Astroturf: On Heels of Failed 'Coffee Party,' It's 'The Other 95%'
It includes the sort of language one would expect from bitter and angry liberals, such as: "Sarah Palin talks a lot of s*** for someone who is recognized by most of the world as a complete f***ing idiot." Also: "many republicans never left the 19th century. progressives have been dragging them into modernity kicking & screaming for 100 yrs."
So much for moderation.
As for how he feels about the tea party movement in specific, Ceglie liked this description so much he had to issue it twice: "Maj of TeaParty are delusionl, grumpy old whte men who pee their pants w fear." And as you may expect, he refers to tea party protesters dismissively as "teabaggers."
And all of those comments were just from April.
A name-calling radical with a career as a left-wing agitator, Marco Ceglie is a poor choice for a counter-tea party leader, but the meme he is attempting to push of "The Other 95%" is an even more amusing farce.
Years before progressives began scrambling for a group to counter the ever-growing tea party movement, the Wall Street Journal destroyed Obama's 95% myth ... while he was still on the campaign trail:
For the Obama Democrats, a tax cut is no longer letting you keep more of what you earn. In their lexicon, a tax cut includes tens of billions of dollars in government handouts that are disguised by the phrase "tax credit." Mr. Obama is proposing to create or expand no fewer than seven such credits for individuals. ...
Here's the political catch. All but the clean car credit would be "refundable," which is Washington-speak for the fact that you can receive these checks even if you have no income-tax liability. In other words, they are an income transfer -- a federal check -- from taxpayers to nontaxpayers. Once upon a time we called this "welfare," or in George McGovern's 1972 campaign a "Demogrant." Mr. Obama's genius is to call it a tax cut.
The Tax Foundation estimates that under the Obama plan 63 million Americans, or 44% of all tax filers, would have no income tax liability and most of those would get a check from the IRS each year. The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis estimates that by 2011, under the Obama plan, an additional 10 million filers would pay zero taxes while cashing checks from the IRS.
The total annual expenditures on refundable "tax credits" would rise over the next 10 years by $647 billion to $1.054 trillion, according to the Tax Policy Center. This means that the tax-credit welfare state would soon cost four times actual cash welfare.
Obama didn't give 95% of the working population tax cuts. He redefined welfare as "tax cuts" to give more of your hard-earned money to people who didn't earn it.
Of course, I think we can all completely understand why Mr. Ceglie and his allies on the left would prefer to avoid a more fitting name for their rallying point. A moniker that invokes images of lampreys, leeches, and other parasites probably is a culture jam that even his considerable professional skills as an activist couldn't spin.