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Australian Minister Warns of Republican 'Crazies'

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: economy, republicans, usa, americans, democrats, elections, Govtfearmongering, tea-party )

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Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan on Friday attacked Tea Party supporters in the US Republican Party, saying "cranks and crazies" were a threat to the world's largest economy.

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Dave C. (235)
Friday September 21, 2012, 3:48 am
Mr. Swan is right on!!! Unfortunately, the Tea Party supporters don't care.......unfortunately, too many US citizens/voters don't care what others think including their fellow citizens much of the time.

Jae A. (320)
Friday September 21, 2012, 3:51 am
Interesting read. THe man has it right on all that he says...and as many of us have been saying on care2 and other sites the teabaggers are doing all they can to support the rapid decent of our nations economie and futures. Glad to see someone outside the U.S. say it head on...'blunt' use his term .. as things are when it comes to the "teabagger group" in the U.S.
Thank yolu for sharing Alexandra.

Jae A. (320)
Friday September 21, 2012, 3:59 am
[Its very late here at this moment..]...Correction :
*descent of our nations economy and the peoples futures.*

Cathryn C. (17)
Friday September 21, 2012, 5:06 am
Frankly with all that has been done by the GOP over the past 3 years via the lead of the Tea Party..I wish it were possible to charge them with treason against the people of the US. It seems they are only interested in Blocking Obama, and cutting debt not at the places it actually exists in subsidies to oil, and coal , and unnecessary defense spending, but at the level of medicare, medicaid, Social Security, welfare, education, and of course Jobs..with the failure to enact the Jobs Act. They continuously forget that those put to work on our infrastructure NATURALLY reduce dependence on food Stamps, Unemployment, etc..and pay INTO the taxes decreasing our debt potentially.

Teresa W. (763)
Friday September 21, 2012, 5:27 am
thank you

. (0)
Friday September 21, 2012, 5:49 am
noted with thanks...

John Gregoire (282)
Friday September 21, 2012, 5:52 am
thanks Alexandra

Carlene V. (201)
Friday September 21, 2012, 6:57 am
Enjoyed reading this Alexandra. The TP should stand for Toilet Paper because they will send us down the drain if they continue to disrupt our economy and political future with their extreme views. Many of them, and I know several, are more concerned with abortion and religion than one would realize.

pam w. (138)
Friday September 21, 2012, 8:18 am
Sorry to the world....we know they're whack-jobs! We just can't do anything about it....there's this little problem called "freedom of speech." Even loons have the right to their opinion.

DORIS L. (61)
Friday September 21, 2012, 8:26 am
Mr Swan is absolutely correct.

Kamila A. (141)
Friday September 21, 2012, 11:07 am
OMG, he gets it! The whole world sees the crazies here, and they are aware of what has been going on here. I just wish everyone who supports Romney would wake up and see the truth

Kamila A. (141)
Friday September 21, 2012, 11:10 am
Cathryn, you are right, but the supporters of the Tparty and Romney are so dumbed down, and stuck in fear of terrorists that they don't see what is obvious to the rest of us. Pretty soon they will call being a hypocrite a positive value.

Barb Knight (1686)
Friday September 21, 2012, 1:41 pm
I love all these comments!! WTG Mr. Swan!! Thank you for posting Alexandria and thank you for the fwd, Carrie!! Blessings to you ALL!!

Lyn v. (18)
Friday September 21, 2012, 2:36 pm
I think Mr Swan should look to his own country before passing comment on others

Laurita Walters (60)
Friday September 21, 2012, 6:50 pm
Those poor, dumb teapartiers are sheep to the slaughter ... the grossly rich have sure taken them in with the rhetoric of 'less government.' By the time they learn that the 'less government' will be less assistance, less health benefits and less help of any kind for those same greedy rich. Surprising how folk seem to want to be led down the garden path and seduced by cliches. I remember when .. but I was young and he was SO sincere! and, getting screwed is getting screwed.

Laurita Walters (60)
Friday September 21, 2012, 6:52 pm
Whoa! A part was left out!
it should read, "and less help of any kind, but higher taxes to support bigger tax breaks and larger corporate projects to fleece the poor, for those same greedy rich."

Susanne R. (249)
Friday September 21, 2012, 8:41 pm
Thank you for posting this, Alexandra! It's nice to know that we U.S. citizens who do not support the tea party are not alone in the way we feel about the rapid deterioration of the humanity of the Republican party. However, you won't convince a conservative that high-ranking people from other countries who don't agree with them could possibly be right. They seem to believe they're being sucked dry to feed the other half --which they believe is made up of lazy loafers who don't deserve to live-- and you'll never convince them otherwise. They live in their own reality and refuse to consider facts or reason. I can't even imagine what it will take to make them see the light.

H Nick H. (1826)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 1:18 am
To bad that about 95% of all media here in the USA is controlled by the right wing, especially some like Fox. But, it extends far more than any of us know. It's everywhere, and you will not find much news other than what they want you to see. Think, how many accomplishments have you seen that President Obama has completed? I read 2 local news papers and follow many other sources and only knew of a couple out of hundreds. So, we as a people are not completely to blame, cause we never really hear the truth in news.

Rose Becke (294)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 2:36 am

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cecily w. (0)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 2:59 am
Great to see that the U.S. Tea Party is internationally recognized for what it is--a bunch of nuts.

Danuta Watola (1243)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 3:18 am
Thanks for the information.

Barbara K. (67)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 5:35 am
Thanks for the post and I agree with all of the above. There is no cure for STUPID, but we DON'T have to vote for them. Make your vote count, it is the greatest power we have left, and they are trying to take that away.

Mary S. (1)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 5:42 am
Do you realize how much worse it would be without the internet...

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 5:59 am
It is commendable of Mr. Swan to share his views and opinions. As to what impact his views and/or opinions will have in the US electoral process remains to be seen

Robert K. (31)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 12:28 pm
For decades it was illegal to belong to the communist party. Since the republican party has done thousands of times more damage (Really millions) to the country than the American communist party ever did, wouldn't it be an honorable thing to make them illegal and jail every one of them, not in a private jail, but in one run by the government? Maybe in those "FEMA concentration camps" they always complain about. (Sarcasm alert)

Christopher Fowler (84)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 1:18 pm
While I can certainly appreciate Mr. Swan's candor and factual accuracy, I fear that his wisdom will be lost on the toadies in the GOTea party. There are far too few moderates there to make a difference any more.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 1:25 pm
I agree with Mr Swan.

Daniel Partlow (189)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 2:16 pm
At All costs in the USA, we need to make sure the Republicans do not win!!

Janet R. (37)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 3:03 pm
Wow, it's pretty sad when people around the world see the stupidity of the Tea Party. Mr. Swan is spot on with his comments, I never thought to consider the consequences of their actions on the world market. We must get rid of those in Congress who do nothing to make America better.

David Menard (43)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 4:15 pm
I agree with Christopher Fowler about their being too few moderates I would even go far enough to say they should be put on the endangered species list.

Wayne W. (12)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 4:44 pm
Thank you Alexandra.

Recently an angry Tea Bagger wrote my local newspaper furious that people were blaming Hoover for the Depression when, he says, it was caused by FDR. A local college professor pointed out that FDR didn't take office for over three years following the 1929 crash, that from the crash until the time FDR took office GDP had dropped 40%, corporate profits had fallen 90%, in Toledo unemployment was 80% and over 25% nationwide, in many states the percentage of malnourished children reached 90% 11,000 of the nation's 25,000 banks had failed, 9 million savings accounts had been wiped out, 273,000 families had been evicted, more than 50% of America's seniors lived below the poverty line, millions of homeless people roamed city streets and the countryside, fighting for survival. There was no FDIC, no unemployment insurance, no food stamps, no Social Security, no safety net at all that could be blamed for the catastrophe yet President Hoover declared it was not the government's responsibility to help its citizens.

Were it not for the safety net and the stimulus we would have been there again. So, right on, Mr. Swan, keep spreading the word. The Tea Party is a clear and present danger not only to America but to the entire world.

Gloria H. (88)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 5:01 pm
will they give us political asylum if Mitt wins? If he wins, the crazies will be definately running the asylum here! Can I get my long sleeved linen straitjacket in colors that compliment my eyes?

Julie W. (27)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 6:07 pm
And boy, did he get in a heap of trouble in Oz because of his opinions! The opposition (conservatives) really attacked him.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 6:34 pm
Thanks Alexandra. Julie W. is right; Swan has copped a lot of flack.

GARY L. (136)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 8:47 pm
well said too bad it falls on deaf ears in this corporate controled country

Sharon F. (0)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 10:38 pm
The Dems should use this guy's words as a campaign ad! Many people in other countries want this election to go the right way (& not be stolen!).

Ray M. (0)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 11:06 pm
He's one wise Aussie. Too bad the republicon idiots in the USA can't see the light.

Robert Garvin (46)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 2:45 am
How very interesting. I bet none of you commenters have actually looked at the track run of our Womnderful Mr Swan. When the wonderful fellow went to power with our beloved uncle Kev, the Australian government had a miserly 70 billion dollars in the bank. In the four years they have been in power they have given us Ozzies a nice little surprise to take home to think about. They have set their limit to a mere 200 billion of debt. To pay it off over the next 20 years will only be a mere 108 billion in interest. It is quite amazing to consider the past situations. Every time Labor gets into power it brings the Australian economy into deep debt. This is quite okay because it is only "short term debt" but really it is something that WE the people have to find every year for every man woman and child to pay just the interest of over $733 each year just to pay the INTEREST. That includes all those on welfare and especially US who are on the pension (which is barely enough to exist on. If we go and do any extra work to try and help pay the bills, we have our pension reduced. Sure, they have given us the chance to earn an extra $250 per fortnight or to make it an extra pension payment per month before they reduce our pension BUT that is BEFORE tax is taken out. So, we get about $50 or more removed per fortnight. Of course, they always seem to find some reason for us not getting that tax back at the end of the year. Yes Mr Swan, those tea baggers may be crazy, but just about as crazy as YOUR Government.

Robert Garvin (46)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 3:05 am
Just to bring that into more perspective. Of the 181 years of experience the top 6 parliamentarians have had in running the government, apart from some 15 years of anyone having any knowledge of running a business, If we take out those 15 years, there is NO ONE who has ever started a business, run a business or anything to do with business and here they are trying to tell business people how to run their businesses. They are hell bent on bringing our wonderful country into total debt where there will be practically NO chance to reduce out debt, just about the same as the USA is right now. The idea of setting some ceiling for the debt is about the same as coming home one day and finding that the sewerage system has blocked in the area and you find your home has sewerage up to the ceiling. Is the best way to eliminate this problem to actually just raise the ceiling or would it be better to eliminate the problem?
I was travelling on a bus and talking to the driver. He said he had always voted for the ALP but on looking at things in reality, he stated that they always got increased income when the Liberal Party was in but when labor was in they were asked to postpone any claims for higher pay. He was NEVER going to vote for Mr Swan EVER again nor for his party. They are there for their own pockets and not for the benefit of the workers. I guess, they aren't too much different from either party tea Baggers OR Obama. It is time that folks actually looked past the rhetoric and looked at reality. Instead of complaining about the Tea Baggers OR Obama, get out and do something constructive to help the economy. Our Governments do not owe us ANYTHING, They should not be there to try and force businesses to pay all their profits to the Government so that they are forced out of business. They should be there to protect their people but unfortunately, this does not seem to be happening. When we have to depend on our Governments for a hand out, we are surely in BIG trouble. Both countries. To run a country, it needs to be in the hands of those who know how business actually runs. You can not keep producing an article for ten Dollars and selling it at just nine. Eventually you go out of business. You can not have just one person working in the workshop and having 3 being paid in the office.

Jinny L. (83)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 10:23 am
He's got that right! Thank you Alexandra for the post!

Eternal Gardener (750)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 3:07 pm
To keep it home... "cranks and crazies", might I be hopeful in thinking that Swan indirectly points his finger as well towards thug Abbott & his cronies?

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 3:40 pm
The crank here is Wayne Swan. It's the Dummycrat crazies and extremists, including Obama, who threaten the USA economy and survival. Voting Obama out and exiling him for live would be a beginning towards restoring the USA to greatness! Down with socialism, communism, and libtard extremists - along with theocrat nutcases (Filthy Phelps, Jeremiah Wrong, Falwell, Roberts, et al) on the conservative side!

lee e. (114)
Monday September 24, 2012, 8:31 am
All I kow is that Mr. Swan recognizes American crazies in politics better than most Americans do - as for himself, I'm not familiar enough with Aussie government to make a judgment call as to whether Mr. Swan sees himself in the mirror or his opposition, but he knows that we here are being hijacked by the loony bin, and it's sabotaging our ability to govern!
Thanks Alexandra
PS - Mr Freddy Krohn - there is no such ideology as socialism and communism being practiced in our country! I'm a proud Social Democrat (leans toward socialism - especially single payer universal health care), and the preservation of our "entitlement programs" - I'm an Atheist and Obama, with whom I'm disappointed is far far from being left, or liberal --- he's about as liberal as Richard Nixon was - or Eisenhower, accuse Sanders of liberality - he's a great man! - Accuse Kucinich of liberalism - you'd be right - and they are my mentors!

Gene Jacobson (268)
Monday September 24, 2012, 11:20 am
""Let's be blunt and acknowledge that the biggest threat to the world's biggest economy are the cranks and crazies that have taken over a part of the Republican Party," he told a business breakfast in Sydney."

He's right. The Teapublican's wish to turn America into a theocracy, for most of us, as with all religious extremist societies, the "rule" will only apply to the average person. The plutocrats will still have their houses and their gold and most ot the wealth in the country. Mitt's just looking out for the average billionaire and pandering to the religious right wing to garner their votes. Nothing new under the sun, this has been going on since recorded history - the wealthy subjugate the poor the only real difference now is they try to persuade the poor they are better off for it. That's because there is no more divine right of kings, we VOTE. That's progress. And the world has reason to fear a Romney presidency, he's proven he can't even run a campaign, we should trust him with the country? I don't think so. And neither do Americans who aren't blinded by dollar signs or as eager to impose their religious views on everyone else as any other theocratic state. That group does not make up enough American's to EVER impose their views on the rest of us. Doesn't stop them for trying, but the vote on 11/6 will stop them from doing. Which is to the world's benefit as much as it to the average American citizen's.


Rin S. (10)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 8:16 pm
He can be a bit of a douche, but at least he's intelligent.
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