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Chan Lowe: Rogue tea partiers


It’s like the movie, Chucky. The ventriloquist’s dummy acquires a vengeful mind of its own, and turns on its masters.

Chucky is today’s tea party. Created, bought and paid for by corporate and Wall Street fat cats to keep their taxes down and enable them to maximize the accumulation of wealth, the puppet has begun doing its job too well. It has taken the tax pledge so much to heart that it has now painted itself, its patrons and the nation into a corner of its own making.

Frantic letters are being sent and backroom pressure applied by worried plutocrats, calling upon the tea party freshmen to bend on the tax issue and avoid a default. “For God’s sake,” they plead, “don’t kill the goose! If you push this too far, the economy will crash, and that won’t be good for anybody. Even we won’t be able to weather it. We’re willing to take a small hit to keep the golden eggs coming!”

But the tea partiers aren’t listening to their paymasters anymore. The benighted populace, especially Republican congressional primary voters, has swallowed the simplistic and seductive line it was fed about lower taxes boosting the economy, and it is as easy to turn around as a battleship being steered by blind helmsman.

Wake up, Congressional Tax Patriots! You’re behind the curve. If this country goes over the cliff, the yahoos will blame you, because they always need a scapegoat for their problems. Obama and the Democrats will be happy to endlessly replay videos of your intransigence to convince them. The ruling class will repudiate you for not obeying, and will withdraw campaign funding from former toadies gone rogue.

Remember, you need five years in Congress to qualify for that cushy federal pension. If you’re thrown out of office after only two, everybody loses.

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Another good column Chan.."Chucky" is a good analogy....I'm thinking of Frankenstein. The Tea Partiers aren't listening to the GOP anymore....Just like "Chucky" they've wandered off into the halls of Congress---With nuts, bolts, & screws rattling around in their heads...Say NO to anything...
Dangerous game they play...Meanwhile people like Cantor & others can make profits off of this, with short sells if the U.S.Treasury defaults on it's debt payments...
Yes- Frankenstein is loose....and walking the halls of Congress--I hear the mucky,cloudy shoes stamping out any Democracy....Who'll be left, to clean up the dirt.? "We The People"--At least I hope so..

please nobody belives obamas scare tactics! shame on you for playing up his sad spin! to try and scare seniors shows the man in the white house is a dirty politican! I know you know better and to always attack tea party members and ignore obama makes you part of the problem instead of the solution!

Did anyone notice he threated not to send the SS checks. No mention of the welfare checks going out to the illegal aliens. Let's go after the seniors first. Next, wasn't it just about 6 months ago that the democrates were screaming about SS was solvent until 2037 or so and was in no danger. Isn't it supposed to be a seperate account that they cannot rob to pay other things? Where did all that money go?

Why do you continue to promote the fear and lies of Obama as actual things? Get over your insane liberal ideology Chan....everyday is more insulting then the last. The only way Soc Sec would be affected is if Barry himself robs the funds. Why don't you make a little drawing of all the Straw Men Obama has created?

How true.. Chan you are brilliant!

How many of you have a college education? If you do then perhaps you need to dust off the economics books. Folks this is real! Do you honestly think if this nations defaults on it's debt it should pay the seniors before paying interest, or not pay the brave men and women being shot at everyday defending this nation. Not to mention the rippling effects this will send across the globe. Call it what you want, but this folks is real! or did Fox news forget to tell you that.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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