Detective Lester Freamon of the hit series The Wire prophetically once said: “You follow drugs, you get drug addicts and drug dealers. But you start to follow the money, and you don’t know where the fuck it’s gonna take you.” No truer words have ever been said especially when it comes to power and politics. case in point, the not so grassroots political activists who’ve dubbed themselves as The Tea Party Express. Or as I’d now like to call them, the white new millennium Freedom Riders with Jon Voight as the driver.

Journalist Kenneth P. Vogel, lays out an excellent piece over at POLITICO that exposes the Tea Party Express for the money grubbing Republican “activists” that they are. The piece is titled: GOP operatives crash the tea party; and it’s a piece well worth the read. However, I suspect that it’s being touted as more of the same “liberal media bias” by our concerned citizens within the Tea Party Movement. Especially by those in the movement who are blind to the symbiotic relationship between the Tea Party and the GOP, or at least pretend to be.

In my very first economics class in college, I learned that there are no free lunches, everything has a cost, and somebody has to pay. Unfortunately, this time, just like always, it is the people yelling and screaming against Barack Obama’s “big government” as the pockets of corporate shills are lined who are duped. Which is all the more humorous, especially if there’s a bumper sticker on the bus that reads “Ass, Grass, or Cash – Nobody Rides for Free,” as it pulls into Washington DC for their 2nd annual tax day Klan rally.

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