Is The Tea Party Becoming Just Like the Rest in Politics ALREADY?

If this movement becomes just like all other Politics and are only looking to fill their pockets, for profit of the organizers, then this is becoming a sad time in America.. God Help Us..
Paying Palin $100K is rediculous, if she doesn't want to become part of the movement of the TeaParty and rally the folks for the benefit of the Tea Party, then we do not need her. ITS ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR FREEDOMS, THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE CHARGING THIS KIND OF MONEY DO NOT GET IT.. The Tea Party will be just like all the other parties and You can Count me OUT..
Holding a convention and asking the regular folks, American folks to dish out $300-$500 for tickets in a lavish hotel... Looks like the same ole Politics to me Doing what the Democraps and the republicans do the same ole same ole.. NO THANKS, if you continue on this path!

Tea Party Nation' Prepares Convention, But Partiers Balk at For-Profit Event

By David Lewkowict Lauren Miller


The first National Tea Party Convention is slated for the end of this week, but several big names and events have cancelled after questions rose about the high fees to attend and the treasure chest where the money will end up.

That National Tea Party Convention is being held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville from Feb. 4-6. (

The first National Tea Party Convention is slated for the end of this week, but several big names and events have cancelled after questions rose about the high fees to attend and the treasure chest where the money will end up.

Over the past few weeks, several sponsors, speakers and volunteers have backed out of the convention, scheduled Feb. 4-6 at Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., after learning that the convention organizer, Tea Party Nation, is a for-profit company. Some activists and outsiders alike are questioning the motives of Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips.

"It seems to me like it's going to be a bunch of people who want to stand in front of our movement and lead it as parade leaders rather than being somebody who wants to walk with us in the parade," said Scott Boston, member of Bowling Green Ohio Tea Party Patriots.

Phillips originally said profits from the convention would fund a tax-exempt, "527" political organization that would air ads to promote conservative candidates.

But Phillips later told Politico that plans for the 527 group may not fly.

"We're still not even done with the convention yet and there may not be any profits. We could still end up losing money on this convention," he is quoted saying.

Because the use of any proceeds from the event haven't been established, a House ethics committee review insisted last week that Reps. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee withdraw from the conference.

The event's main sponsor, American Liberty Alliance, dropped its sponsorship after learning that those who purchased tickets paid for them through PayPal accounts linked to an e-mail address belonging to Phillips' wife.

National Precinct Alliance has canceled precinct strategy workshops. Meanwhile, American Majority scrapped plans for two sessions at the convention and withdrew its sponsorship.

The national convention that began as a way to unify tea party activists from across the country is now threatening to divide them. Some of Tea Party Nation's own volunteers and members have rejected the convention because they see profiteering and fear a Republican Party takeover.

Most tea party groups want to stay separate from the GOP, but very few are pushing for the movement to become a third party.

Saturday night's keynote speaker Sarah Palin remains committed to the event.

"Oh, you betcha I'm going to be there," Palin told Fox News. "I'm going to speak there because there are people traveling from many miles away to hear what that tea party movement is all about."

Palin's speaking fee is $100,000. She said she will donate the money to campaigns, candidates and issues. As a down payment for Palin's fee, Phillips reportedly borrowed $50,000, much of it from a baseball card mogul. He missed his first payment.

Tickets to see Palin are $349 and participants can attend the entire event for $549.

Critics say that the convention's ticket prices are too high for a grassroots event, and most tea partiers will skip the convention simply because they can't afford it.

"We're limited on our funds," said Greg Fettig, Hoosier Patriots. "We don't have backers. It's coming out of our pockets."

Fox News' Jonathan Serrie contributed to this report.

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Comment by R.T. Hudgins on February 2, 2010 at 6:20pm
I agree. I just hope the tea party members watch out for the progressives. The money cannot line the pockets of the leaders or organizers. the money has to be spent 100% on the defeat of the progressives. No leader in the tea party should accept any money for their involvement. This has to be totally for the United States Of American and her Citizens. The speakers should volunteer their time and energy and not to take take take, or it will be a lost cause before it is out of the gate. I joined because of the conservative values it represents and the morality, honor and freedom it represents.
Comment by R.T. Hudgins on February 2, 2010 at 4:38pm
True. I do not think many average joe huys will be at this convention. They have priced the average American out of going. Especially in the economy we have now. The only people that will be going is the republican bureaucrats that we have now, to push and try to gain support of the group.. I am afraid this tea party group will be limited from the greed of money and soon will be spoiled.
Comment by R.T. Hudgins on February 2, 2010 at 1:50pm
Good point, thank you. I believe Palin should not except any money as well as other poilitians who support the tea party or any group that is for protecting the US Constitution and American Freedom. This event is a ridiculous spectacle, Americans do not want this kind of representation and exploitation and the people who for profit are just as bad as the politicians we have in office now. The tea party movement can find a sponsor much cheaper, maybe not as glamorous to hold this event and NOT Profit from it. I would suggest anyone who is thinking about attending this event, to think about where that money is going, who knows it could be lining the pockets of the very people the teaparty is against supporting. I suggest Judson Phillips try organizing with business leaders that would be willing to donate a convention spot, The USA is large, I am sure, with the condition, that the event is NOT for Profit, business leaders would step up to the plate. This would make the Tea Party much more relevant in the eyes of its supporters. If the thing goes FOR Profit, I will not support it and will go elsewhere for the protection of our constitution, and would advise other members to do the same. If large amount of money start coming in, 100% of the money should be used for ads and support of this cause.. No one should be making a dime, that means NO salaries to ANY Member.



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Joe Biden Vows: Give Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare To All Illegal Aliens In U.S.

Former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden is vowing to give Obamacare, funded by American taxpayers, to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

During an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Biden forgot that Obamacare technically bans illegal aliens from enrolling in healthcare plans — although illegal aliens are still able to obtain subsidized and free healthcare at Americans’ expense — and promised that under his plan, all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens would be able to get Obamacare.

The exchange went as follows:

DIAZ-BALART: When I … NBC moderated that first debate with you, I didn’t … I don’t recall a clear answer, under your plan should … would the 11, 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States, that have been here many for generations, would they have access …


DIAZ-BALART: — to health insurance.

BIDEN: Yes, they … if they can buy into the system like everybody else.

DIAZ-BALART: Because you know, in [Obamacare] they can’t.

BIDEN: Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well they can, that’s my point. They continue to be able to do that.

DIAN-BALART: They cannot under the ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Well and that’s my point, they will though. They will be able to buy into … [illegal aliens] would be able to buy in, just like anyone else could.

Biden joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — among other 2020 Democrats — in committing to forcing American taxpayers to pay for healthcare for illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S.

Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized healthcare, emergency room visits, and other health services.

Under the 2020 Democrats’ plan to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens living in the U.S., Americans would be billed potentially $660 billion every decade just to cover the costs. Other research has found that the plan would cost Americans at least $23 billion every year.

As Breitbart News has reported, experts have said that giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to effectively all foreign nationals who can make it to America’s borders would drive “strong incentives for people with serious health problems to enter the country or remain longer than their visas allow in order to get government-funded care.”

Despite 2020 Democrats’ continued push for taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed that the healthcare-for-illegal-aliens plan is the least popular policy position, with opposition from 62 percent of U.S. voters.

Similarly, a CNN poll from July discovered that 63 percent of likely swing voters oppose providing healthcare to illegal aliens, along with nearly 6-in-10 of all likely U.S. voters and 61 percent of moderates. A Rasmussen Reports survey also found that likely voters, by a majority of 55 percent, oppose giving healthcare to even the most low-income illegal aliens.

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