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Tea Party Rally Supports GOP Senators Who 'Did the Right Thing'

As Tuesday's recall elections near, nearly 300 people turn out for spirited Tea Party Express event in 8th Senate District.

During a spirited rally in a Ozaukee County park Saturday, Tea Party Express organizers implored hundreds of supporters to take the conservative movement to the polls Tuesday and support the six Republican senators being targeted in the high-profile recall elections.

Under a brilliant blue sky in Thiensville Village Park, about 275 Tea Party supporters were galvanized by a half dozen speakers, patriotic music and flag waving during the hour-long event.

"I am all jazzed up!" said Andrea Shea King, blogger and radio host, as the crowd roared. "Americans are here with you. We are supporting you and we are praying for you."

Related: Check out archive of from rally

Most of the speakers focused on fiscal policy issues and public unions, which have garnered attention after Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-led state Legislature successfully ended collective bargaining for most public unions in the state this spring.

"This country should not be run by union bosses. It should be run by we the people because they work for us," said Amy Kremer, co-chairman of the Tea Party Express. "Politicians are usually recalled because they don't do their job. These people in this state stood strong for fiscal responsibility, they did the right thing and now they are being unfairly targeted."

The Tea Party Express, the most recognizable and influential of the various tea party groups around the nation, on behalf of the six Republican state senators who are targeted for recall in Tuesday's elections. Earlier in the day, the group held a rally in Kenosha.

The Thiensville rally took place in the 8th Senate District, where incumbent Sen. Alberta Darling is being challenged by Democratic state Rep. Sandy Pasch.

Although Darling was campaigning in nearby Mequon on Saturday and was invited to the rally, she did not attend.

In addition to the six senators who face recall elections on Tuesday, two incumbent Democratic senators also are being targeted for recall in Aug. 16 elections.

If Democrats are able to win three recall races on Tuesday and hold serve during the two later recalls, they will take the majority from their Republican counterparts in the Senate and likely attempt to reverse many of the conservative measures passed during the last six months.

"With the changing world we have now, I don't know what is going to happen Tuesday," Tea Party supporter Dick Cammack, a member of the Ozaukee Patriot organization, said before the rally began. "I hope that they win; I pray that they win. If they don't, then we're going to be in really bad shape."

The impetus for the recalls was the Republicans' support of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, which eliminated many bargaining rights for most public employees.

"They made it about collective bargaining, but it's about collective bullying we are not going to be bullied any more," speaker Vince Schmuki told the crowd, referring to the Democrats.

The rally was held in the sprawling park with picturesque scenes of picnickers, boaters and children swinging in playgrounds in the far backdrop.

"We are here trying to stop the destruction of the country," said Bruce Hawkins, a Tea Party supporter who came from the Detroit area to take part in the rally.

Unlike a similar where about 100 protesters mixed it up with a couple of hundred Tea Party supporters, Saturday's event was devoid of confrontation.

Five protesters circled the pavilion where the rally was held, but they went largely unnoticed until some Tea Party supporters began following them, attempting to shield their signs from the crowd.

"I came here to express a different about opinion," Joe Bockhorst, a protester from Shorewood. "We are not going away, and people care about what happened in the state."

After the rally, Tea Party Express organizers hopped back on their touring bus to check their e-mail and blog about the event. More than a dozen organizers are riding on the bus, which resembles a rock band coach on the inside.

Before the bus rolled out of the parking lot, a staffer boarded with a case of Coors Light beer to the delight of thirsty and tired Tea Party organizers.

Aldo Raine August 09, 2011 at 04:39 AM
Here's out full time poster Bob McBride.
Aldo Raine August 09, 2011 at 04:40 AM
Nate and Steve are here. Looks like someone opened up the monkey cage.
Craig August 09, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Yes. Take back the sanity and send the protesters home with their tail between their legs. Funny thing about protesting, many have no clue what they are protesting about! After a few weeks of nothing to do they just may join the likes of England and find something new to protest. Stupid is as stupid does...
Craig Johnson August 09, 2011 at 11:09 PM
The tea party has 20% approval. The tea party Darling ought to re-think her support of their "no compromise" policies, which have resulted in a downgrade of the country's credit.
Linda Binder August 09, 2011 at 11:34 PM
Here is a thoughtful and short article about the recall election from the Washington Post. Please read it and please vote. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/wisconsin-recall-fight-ends-where-it-began-with-a-big-lie/2011/03/03/gIQALHqD5I_blog.html
Craig August 10, 2011 at 02:00 AM
Rocket man: Darling is State Senate. Dohhh! If the Federal Gvt. was doing their job- they would use Wisconsin's plan. Can't blame Darling or Walker for the National Debt. Open mouth insert foot Mr. Johnson. :P
Craig August 10, 2011 at 02:01 AM
But hey- thanks for playing anyways.
Sweeney August 13, 2011 at 03:25 AM
So you would rather Miller-Coors would move out of this state because of their political affiliation? How many jobs would go with them? Go ahead and cut off your noses to spite your faces. Don't drink the beer. The funny thing about your little boycott (if you are really boycotting) is that the majority of people don't agree with you or your little Commie games and will more than make up for what you are not buying from local stores and/or made by local businesses. But since you brought up who contributes to what, most people in this state don't like the fact that WEAC is donating $$$$ to Communist-based-lefty causes and there is nothing we can do to keep these formerly-union-dues-paying teachers away from our kids........yet..
Sweeney August 13, 2011 at 03:32 AM
Hmmmm........and this is what democracy looks like! Darling: 39,471 Pasch: 34,096 The people have spoken......AGAIN!
Randy1949 August 13, 2011 at 02:22 PM
@Red -- "This morning the S&P guy said we have to get entitlement spending under control. What was Obama's plan for controlling entitlements again??" Is that so? As it stands, FICA payroll taxes currently bring in 40% of federal revenue while accounting for 33.5% of federal spending. http://www.factcheck.org/2011/07/fiscal-factcheck/ So the answer is to trim these entitlements so that even more of the earmarked revenues can be spent on the Pentagon and lowering the top marginal tax rate? What's wrong with this picture?
Randy1949 August 13, 2011 at 02:32 PM
And if you make $20,000 a year you keep $15,000 and have a hard time living. Not to mention you don't have a lot left over to pay state and local taxes.
red August 13, 2011 at 02:58 PM
@randy1949 ------As it stands, FICA payroll taxes currently bring in 40% of federal revenue while accounting for 33.5% of federal spending. Sure, as it stands. You miss the entire point of S&P rating. They are telling bond investors that buying thirty years of US debt is not as good an investment. Please look at this chart. http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_full_width/hash/b3/3f/MedicareCostsChartFuture.jpeg This whole argument is where we will be years from now. Failing like Greece because our political elites spent like crazy asses or financially sound as we were for 200 years. What's Obama's plan? ----the answer is to trim these entitlements so that even more of the earmarked revenues can be spent on the Pentagon In this chart 'other spending' where defense is is flat. BTW What's Obama's plan? ---- lowering the top marginal tax rate? We don't have a revenue problem, we have a nearly fatal spending problem. http://www.unitedliberty.org/files/images/obama_budget_deficit_2010.jpg We spend 300 billion dollars per month and only take in 120 billion. What's Obama's plan What's wrong with this picture?" I gave you a couple of 'pictures' that project the future. You are 'picturing' only the present. That's what's wrong with this picture. And that's what's wrong with Obama not having a plan.
red August 13, 2011 at 03:21 PM
2 randy1949 A sound flat tax would have an income floor for the genuinely poor to be forgiven for paying taxes or perhaps pay only a nominal amount so they would begin to understand our system of government. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=obama+stash+detroit&view=detail&mid=942EC04FE2871C8E787A942EC04FE2871C8E787A&first=0&FORM=LKVR2 @Jazzbuzz the buses and beer provided by billionaires (the Koch brothers) might an incentive. But there was no voting activity associated with TEA party rallies, unlike Pasch's ribs for votes program. State election authorities are questioning whether a liberal group broke the law by offering both free food and free rides to vote in a hotly contested Senate recall election. http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/126558543.html Progressives, care so much for the poor.... they are willing to buy their votes.
red August 13, 2011 at 03:52 PM
@tass WALL STREET STOCK BROKERS ARE ALL FREE MARKET WHACKOs... lefty National Journal President Obama is seeking to REGAIN (my emphasis) support from Wall Street executives following a rough patch in their relationship, The New York Times... Although the president's top financial industry supporters have said they are confident that Obama will get the backing he needs from Wall Street in the upcoming election, the Obama campaign will have to work hard to overcome the events of the past two and a half years: ..The president alienated some top Wall Street supporters when he criticized their bonuses and called them "fat cats." http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/exclusive/obama-tries-woo-back-wall-street-161248523.html Daniel S. Loeb...hedge fund manager, was one of Barack Obama’s biggest backers in the 2008 presidential campaign. A registered Democrat, Mr. Loeb has given and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democrats. Less than a year ago, he was considered to be among the Wall Street elite still close enough to the White House to be invited to a speech in Lower Manhattan..So it came as quite a surprise on Friday, when Mr. Loeb sent a letter to his investors that sounded as if he were preparing to join Glenn Beck in Washington over the weekend. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/business/31sorkin.html?adxnnl=1&ref=business&adxnnlx=1313250450-tYb8P1QQC64pDcRdbih4LQ Obama isn't regulating or punishing Wall St because they are democrats.
Craig August 13, 2011 at 04:20 PM
@Barbara Johnson: You are a sick, twisted, delusional bitch.
Randy1949 August 13, 2011 at 04:24 PM
@Red, other members of Congress have come up with budget plans that don't make their savings by trimming programs that have up till now run in the black in order to further cut taxes for those who will not suffer as much as someone on Social Security trying to purchase health insurance for $15,000. So I don't give a rat's behind what Obama's plan is, it has to be better than Ryan's. Stop spending money on foreign wars if we have to cut spending. Social Security are NOT the problem. They, and their revenues, should be taken out of the budget entirely and fixed separately if they need fixing. Since the government has used them as a cash cow for most of my working life, perhaps we owe it to the social contract to pay for them out of general revenues for the time it takes the Boomer bulge to move through the system. This is for the next generation, who will be paying the same payroll tax for far less in protection once they reach retirement age.
Randy1949 August 13, 2011 at 04:32 PM
@Red: "2 randy1949 A sound flat tax would have an income floor for the genuinely poor to be forgiven for paying taxes or perhaps pay only a nominal amount so they would begin to understand our system of government." We'd just end up arguing about who is genuinely poor and complaining that 50% of taxpayers don't pay federal income tax. Conveniently ignoring that the working poor pay FICA on the first dollar earned and they pay sales taxes out the wazoo.
Randy1949 August 13, 2011 at 04:45 PM
@Craig, is that kind of language necessary? Barbara's opinion is no more extreme than others I've read here.
red August 13, 2011 at 04:59 PM
@randy No Randy, you are wrong. Barbara's delusional fixation on lynching - including alluding that Walker would legalize it - is much much more extreme than anybody else's comments. Since you didn't condemn that you are guilty of it too. Where's the civility that was being called for a couple of months ago? Unfortunately your progressive side relies so much on invective that you don't recognize mental illness and/or verbal poison when it is in print. I'll give you "bitch" is over the line. Craig, you should tone it down because using that word fails to show some sympathy for the mental illness that she is objectively evidencing. Otherwise you are spot on.
red August 13, 2011 at 05:06 PM
---We'd just end up arguing about who is genuinely poor Just like now we argue about who is rich. Millionaires and billionaires that have more than $200 K per year. And in a Welfare state why shouldn't we more closely define poor? “How would you describe being poor in the U.S.?” The overwhelming majority of responses focused on homelessness, hunger or not being able to eat properly, and not being able to meet basic needs. The poorest Americans today live a better life than all but the richest persons a hundred years ago.”[3] In 2005, the typical household defined as poor by the government had a car and air conditioning. For entertainment, the household had two color televisions, cable or satellite TV, a DVD player, and a VCR. http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2011/07/What-is-Poverty ---and complaining that 50% of taxpayers don't pay federal income tax. Conveniently ignoring that the working poor pay FICA on the first dollar earned and they pay sales taxes out the wazoo. Good, we agree that taxes are hard on all of us and should be levied at a level support a limited government that doesn't become a leviathan trying to make everyone equal.
red August 13, 2011 at 05:21 PM
@randy -----other members of Congress have come up with budget plans that don't make their savings ...purchase health insurance for $15,000. None that can be scored by CBO. The Democratic senate hasn't even passed a budget in over two years. ---So I don't give a rat's behind what Obama's plan is, You demonstrate you are an unthinking person perhaps just worshiping the cult of the President rather than helping to self-govern. Obama's budget (plan) was so fantastical that it was defeated 97-0. Ryan's plan gained bi-partisan support it would also have avoided the S&P downgrade. -perhaps we owe it to the social contract to pay for them out of general revenues Sorry, social security has long been paid out of general revenues. The importance of general revenues to the maintenance of Social Security benefits is disguised by the Social Security trust fund, which is really nothing but an accounting device. On paper, it holds assets that earn income. But all of those assets consist of Treasury bonds and the income consists of interest that is paid out of general revenues. http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2010/08/13/The-Future-of-Social-Security.aspx#page1 And remember, its Medicare that is bankrupting us - see the chart I provided.
Randy1949 August 13, 2011 at 05:47 PM
@Red -- "“How would you describe being poor in the U.S.?” The overwhelming majority of responses focused on homelessness, hunger or not being able to eat properly, and not being able to meet basic needs." Wouldn't you describe the ability to live in your old age and obtain healthcare without it bankrupting you as 'meeting basic needs'? "Good, we agree that taxes are hard on all of us and should be levied at a level support a limited government that doesn't become a leviathan trying to make everyone equal." No, I do not agree. I agree on a government that looks to the good of its own people rather than wasting money trying to fight the world's battles for it. I agree we need to cut spending. I don't agree on where it should be cut.
Randy1949 August 13, 2011 at 06:05 PM
@Red -- "You demonstrate you are an unthinking person perhaps just worshiping the cult of the President rather than helping to self-govern" I no more worship our President than you worship Paul Ryan. It is the job of Congress to come up with a budget that solves our spending versus revenue problems without doing it on the backs of seniors and the poor. "Sorry, social security has long been paid out of general revenues. The importance of general revenues to the maintenance of Social Security benefits is disguised by the Social Security trust fund, which is really nothing but an accounting device. On paper, it holds assets that earn income. But all of those assets consist of Treasury bonds and the income consists of interest that is paid out of general revenues." Nonsense. General revenue pays the interest on the bonds that the Social Security Trust fund invested it's surplus into. Just the same as the Chinese and Investment banking forms and every other investor in Federal bonds. Any good trust fund is invested, whether it's mine or Paris Hilton's. "And remember, its Medicare that is bankrupting us - see the chart I provided." No, Bush's two wars are bankrupting us right now, as opposed to Medicare in the future. It's all about priorities.
Steve August 13, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Looks like the tea party won, again. Keep crying it's really helping your agenda.
red August 13, 2011 at 07:00 PM
---It is the job of Congress to come up with a budget It is the job of our entire government to balance spending and revenues. ""The President submits the budget request each year to Congress for the following fiscal year, as required by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921"" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_budget_process That Obama fails to provide a budget required by law is either duplicitous (e.g. he doesn't want the American people to know how much we wants to spend) or incompetent. ---without doing it on the backs of seniors and the poor Continued cliche. The 2010 election demonstrated that the American people disapprove on out of control spending which far exceeds safety net spending. The failed stimulus, green jobs, hundreds of millions to Hamas, doubling the EPA budget, none of that is 'for the poor'. ---Nonsense. General revenue pays the interest on the bonds that the Social Security Trust fund invested it's surplus into. That's what the quote I posted said. So your solution of paying from general revenue is indeed not a solution, but the status quo. ---as opposed to Medicare in the future. It's all about priorities. And as we draw down Obama's war in Afghanistan (surged 30K troops) and watch Obama's continuing costly quagmire in Libya (the leftist media gives him fantastic cover) those costs are declining. Meanwhile Medicare bankruptcy needs to be reformed now while the reforms can be manageable.
Randy1949 August 13, 2011 at 07:57 PM
@Red -- I think that Wikipedia article needs to be updated. Lately, the President submits a budget (or any proposal) and Congress amends it within an inch of its life or fails to pass it entirely. It's still the job of Congress to pass it. "Continued cliche. The 2010 election demonstrated that the American people disapprove on out of control spending which far exceeds safety net spending. The failed stimulus, green jobs, hundreds of millions to Hamas, doubling the EPA budget, none of that is 'for the poor'." You opened this discussion by saying that the ratings downgrade was the result of our inability to control spending on 'entitlements', which indeed are for seniors and the poor. So which will it be? "That's what the quote I posted said. So your solution of paying from general revenue is indeed not a solution, but the status quo." You're right. Better the interest on the national debt should go to the Chinese and the Saudis. [/sarcasm
Craig August 13, 2011 at 11:00 PM
I stand by my words. To claim people are racist based upon their geographic location is equally as stupid as claiming the GOP is the KKK. To talk about lynching ropes as threats- NO ONE should tolerate that.
Randy1949 August 14, 2011 at 01:46 AM
First of all, Red, I took issue with Craig's use of the B-word. But if you feel that to fail to condemn a lack of civility in a post means a shared guilt for it, you have a lot of work to do, because I've been reading some very unfortunate things on the Patch concerning the State Fair Riots.
Craig August 14, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Randy: You are right that was a strong word to use. Typically I do not do that. However, to put fuel to the fire regarding race issues in this Country is absolutely insane. We will always have bigots, but we do not have to make everyone a bigot who lives in a nice house or who votes for a perticular candidate.
red August 14, 2011 at 06:56 PM
----if you feel that to fail to condemn a lack of civility in a post means a shared guilt for it, you have a lot of work to do, because I've been reading some very unfortunate things on the Patch concerning the State Fair Riots I have NO work to do because I have not seen those comments. If they are racist comments then I condemn them just as I condemn this easy 'lynch' talk. Typical of a liberal to instruct me what to do as a diversion from your quiet acceptance of the lynching slur. You ignore the hate-filled, psychotic ramblings from your side to 'take issue' with your political opponent. Fine. Just don't tell us you are the 'civil' one.

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