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Dick Armey

Dick Armey's Waterloo?

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Wed Mar 24, 2010 at 11:36:00 AM EDT

Jim DeMint thought he would bring about President Obama's Waterloo. Instead he may have brought forth Dick Armey's. At least one can hope.  

Dick Armey, one-time GOP House Majority Leader, is said to have written the Contract for America, which became more of a Contract on Americans. He was part of the crew that brought us the infamous government shutdown of the 1990s, when Congress refused to pass a budget, thanks to him and The Newt. It turned out that the people want their reps to work for their salaries, not shut things down. Over time, and possibly due to Newt's ego, the Contract came to be associated more with Newt Gingrich.

Following his departure from the Senate leadership, Armey was a lawyer/lobbyist for DLA Piper, whose clients include the governments of Afghanistan and Turkey. With 3,500 lawyers in 29 countries, the firm represents corporate interests around the world. Among other companies, Lorillard supported his reelection campaign. Here are some backgrounders here and here.

His break from DLA Piper notwithstanding, his current activities spawning Tea Party groups around the country through his new Freedom Works is still "astroturf," through and through.  (So non-grassroots is the effort that the wife of Clarence Thomas is organizing one Tea Party group.)  

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For Dick Armey, When All Else Fails, Hire a Mob

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 21:36:55 PM EDT

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Americans, 72-76% of them, want health care coverage that is universal, can't be denied, can't be canceled, and has a public option.  Now the Republicans have figured out how to silence them.  Using their best tricks from watching too many Godfather movies, or maybe just the House staff who shut down the 2000 vote recount, they resort to mob tactics, thuggery, threats, and intimidation.  Makes ya really proud.

Town hall ambushes are rolling out all over America.  The health care industry has hired Astro-turf staffs in in 30 different states to disrupt and shut down town halls and all public discussion about health care reform.  Watch tonight's Rachel Maddow show when the video comes out.  In scenes distinctly reminiscent of the GOP shutdown of the recount in 2000, congressman after congressman gets shouted down by dial-a-mob transported from state to state, bussed in to harass, intimidate and silence.  

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