Ron Rosenbaum

From Forbes: "The Misinformed Tea Party Movement"

I’ve enjoyed my dialogue with the Tea Party because it’s given me an opportunity to confront them with their ignorance and see how they react (usually with more, crude, barely literate, ignorance, judging by the cowardly anonymous commenters) .). How to you deal with people so resolutely close minded. Well, you could pity them but that’s difficult because they’re generally so cruel and crude to others, like the guy with Parkinson’s Disease they ridiculed in the video linked to in my last post.

Or you could try to confront them with the facts that demonstrate their ignorance as Forbes conservative columnist Bruce Bartlett does in this startling piece of reporting on actual Tea Partiers’ embarrassing ignorance on the issue they claim for their own: taxes.

Here’ s just a sample of the ignorance a sampling of Tea Party demonstrators demonstrated just last weekend in their sad, sparsely attended “March on Washington”. And remember this comes from a well-known conservative columnist in a well known conservative media outlet:

“Tea Partiers also seem to have a very distorted view of the direction of federal taxes. They were asked whether they are higher, lower or the same as when Barack Obama was inaugurated last year. More than two-thirds thought that taxes are higher today, and only 4% thought they were lower; the rest said they are the same.

As noted earlier, federal taxes are very considerably lower by every measure since Obama became president. And given the economic circumstances, it’s hard to imagine that a tax increase would have been enacted last year. In fact, 40% of Obama’s stimulus package involved tax cuts. These include the Making Work Pay Credit, which reduces federal taxes for all taxpayers with incomes below $75,000 by between $400 and $800.”

Read it Tea Partiers, See if you don’t feel a little ashamed at your fellow TPers’ gross misinformation about your big issue. Are you guilty of the same ignorance? Perhaps if some of you who know how, would read–and research–rather than spew spittle-flecked slogans you might learn something.

What I can’t understand is how any intelligent person would want to be associated with this kind of ignorance.

I’m just here to help lead you back to the real world so you won’t regret making a spectacle of yourselves with your misinformation and your association with one of the most egregiously ignorant movements in American politics. It’s a service! Someday you’ll thank me.