Wednesday, 12/3/14, Public Square

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by | December 3, 2014 · 6:00 am

7 responses to “Wednesday, 12/3/14, Public Square

  1. One area where the republicans shine is the fear department. They do know what strings to pull to keep their constituents afraid, very afraid.

  2. A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

    Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry’s role in driving climate disruption.

    The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party’s anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brendan-demelle/study-confirms-tea-party-_b_2663125.html

    Published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Tobacco Control —

    Tobacco Control is an international peer review journal covering the nature and consequences of tobacco use worldwide; tobacco’s effects on population health, the economy, the environment, and society; efforts to prevent and control the global tobacco epidemic through population level education and policy changes; the ethical dimensions of tobacco control policies; and the activities of the tobacco industry and its allies.

    Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers
    http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/

    • During the early 1980’s? Very fertile political landscape in the White House during those years – huh?

      I always remind Republicans that Reagan was the genius boy that actually tried to get ketchup classified as a vegetable for school lunches.

      Reagan was nothing more and nothing less than an Idiot out looking for a village.

      • On second thought – Reagan was more – he was a very dangerous I-D-I-O-T

        He used his acting abilities (?) to make everything sound so ‘purty’ and ‘God-like’ – didn’t he?

        I’ve often said – the true evil ones are those who manipulate the gullible into thinking they are a mission from God and they’re God’s favorites.

    • I have long been accusing the Koch’s of doing just that! Granted that many of the stated feeling and thoughts of the Tea Party were already there. Though in some cases it was misdirected. As for big tobacco, I am not sure exactly what their aim would be in it? Everyone either directly or indirectly uses oil in some fashion. But you have to be addicted to use tobacco. But I have to agree that the largest operations many well being following down the same road as the industrialists of nineteen thirties Germany.

  3. Asher Bob White

    In the last six years, nothing.