Thursday, April 16, 2009

Rep. Jan Schakowsky Blasts 'Fox News-Fueled' Tea Parties as 'Despicable'

Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky came out swinging yesterday against the so-called tea parties, which she described as "despicable" and as "Obama bashing" parties. Anti-tax activists rallied yesterday in "tea parties," protests that gain their name from the revolutionary-era Boston Tea Party. The rallies, said Schakowsky, besmirch the American spirit. And, for its promotion of the events, Fox News apparently deserves some blame.

Via The Hill:

The ‘tea parties’ being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs.

It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt. Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a grassroots uprising, this is an Obama-bashing party promoted by corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians.

So, we suppose Schakowsky won’t be attending any of the parties planned for Independence day.

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