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Teabagging, as shown by the video above, has the potential to ruin the lives of kids.  It also has the potential to ruin our chances of having an educated debate on health care.

The term “teabagging” is  slang for the act of a man (teabagg-er) placing his scrotum in the mouth or on, or around the face  of another person (teabagg-ee), often in a repeated in-and-out motion.  The practice resembles dipping a tea bag into a cup of tea.  By now you may be asking yourself what this weird sexual act has in common with health care.  The answer is everything.

The media has been struggling to characterize the teabagger movement.  Some media outlets are quick to call them crazy (notably MSNBC), some try to keep an objective stance on them, while other outlets (notably FOX) are happy to promote them as innocent patriotic protesters.  Astroturf is a term for the use of money to create an appearance of widespread “grassroots” support.

The truth of the matter is the people responsible for these teabaggers are anything but crazy, and they are certainly not innocent protesters.  It is nothing more than a really clever corporate-funded ploy to trick people into supporting the interests of only the richest Americans.

Freedomworks is one of the largest corporate-funded conservative lobbying groups.  It has helped organize the chaos at recent town hall meetings on healthcare.  This the same chaos promoted by FOX News as grassroots protesting etc..  The Wall Street Journal has already exposed the Freedom Works method of building “amateur-looking” websites disguised to promote the lobbying interests of Dick Armey.  Armey works for DLA Piper, As of just this Friday Armey used to work for one of the biggest lobby firms in the United States, and is also the co-chairman of FreedomWorks.  In 2009, FreedomWorks launched a campaign against President Obama’s health care proposals, accusing the Obama administration of attempting to socialize medicine.  This anti-reform campaign is really interesting considering that DLA Piper received $1,290,000  in 2009 from the pharmaceutical company Medicines Co., and much more from Bristol Meyers Squib Inc. (another pharmaceutical company), to help lobby against health care reform.  Basically, big pharmaceutical companies paid DLA Piper to derail health care reform, and subsequently FreedomWorks then launched its anti-health care reform campaign.  This is not to suggest that all of those protesting are being organized by Freedomworks, it merely points out the fact that some of the grassroots-looking protesting is actually being promoted by corporations who stand to benefit from the health care reform is shot down.



Do crazies think alike?  Fundamentalist conservative organizations are not the only guilty party here, extreme liberal organizations are also to blame for muddying the waters of discussion.  Take LaRouchePAC, who are responsible for promulgating the idea that health care reform is somehow a Nazi concept, a view that has also been promoted by none other than Rush Limbaugh.  Interestingly this is one of the only views that the crazy extremists on both sides agree on.  Funny how war makes for strange bedfellows.

Regardless of what side of the debate you are on, the staggering costs of health care affects us all.  We pay more than any other country for health care and yet our country’s health care system is only ranked 37th in the world.  Obviously, paying more for health care does not equal better overall quality.  As most economists agree one of the only ways we are going to combat the growing deficit is to reel in the costs of health care.  The reason being that if health care costs are not driven down the country will go bankrupt.



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