Just when I think conservatives can't surprise me any more, they surprise me with another jaw-dropper. And, no, I'm not talking about the recent Republican debate — though that yielded some real stunners, both from the candidates and the studio audience.
I'm talking about the latest attempt by conservatives to (further) sabotage the economy and smother any hope of recovery. There have been a more than few. But this latest one takes the cake.
The tea party has a message for American businesses: "Stop hiring!"
It wasn't enough to demand that Democrats "Stop talking about jobs."
It wasn't enough to pen an unprecedented letter Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, demanding that the Federal Reserve basically let the economy fail and let America suffer, by keeping unemployment high and keeping the economy lousy through the 2012 election. (The tea party assault on the Fed failed, anyhow. The Fed ignored them.)
It wasn't enough to demand that President Obama park his "ugly bus" and stop promoting his jobs bill (on Republican turf, no less), and calling attention to Republicans' lack of a jobs plan.
Nope. None of that was good enough for the tea party. They had to go one better. And so the tea party made its boldest move to date. In an email to its members, Tea Party Nation sent a message to American businesses: "Stop Hiring." [Via DailyKos.]
Tea Party Nation sent to their members today a message from activist Melissa Brookstone urging businesspeople to not hire a single person to protest the Obama administrations supposed war against business and my country. Brookstone writes that business owners should stop hiring new employees in order to stand up to this new dictator, the global Progressive socialist movement, Hollywood, the media and Occupy Wall Street.
The entire message is worth a look. (In case Tea Party Nation is smart enough to send it down the memory hole, I've saved a screen capture.) But you can get this gist of it from this quote, if you'd rather not click through to the TPN site.
Resolved that: The Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Senate, in alliance with a global Progressive socialist movement, have participated in what appears to be a globalist socialist agenda of redistribution of wealth, and the waging of class warfare against our constitutional republic's heritage of individual rights, free market capitalism, and indeed our Constitution itself, with the ultimate goal of collapsing the U.S. economy and globalizing us into socialism.
Resolved that: President Obama has seized what amount to dictatorial powers to bypass our Congress, and that because the Congress is controlled by a Progressive socialist Senate that will not impeach one of their kind, they have allowed this and yielded what are rightfully congressional powers to this new dictator.
...Resolved that: Our President, the Democrats-Socialists, most of the media, and most of those from Hollywood, have now encouraged and supported "Occupy" demonstrations in our streets, which are now being perpetrated across the globe, and which are being populated by various marxists, socialists and even communists, and are protesting against business, private property ownership and capitalism, something I thought I'd never see in my country, in my lifetime.
I, an American small business owner, part of the class that produces the vast majority of real, wealth producing jobs in this country, hereby resolve that I will not hire a single person until this war against business and my country is stopped.
I hereby declare that my job creation potential is now ceased.
The comments are even better. There's the one, likely from Michelle Bachmann fan, suggesting that a better alternative would be "If everyone agreed not to pay taxes," because "that would send the message loud and clear." That one also suggests sending "Rands 3 novels" to Washington "and force them to read them all." (Force? How? At gunpoint?) That one will run headlong into another commenter's suggestion that it would be better to "start a nationwide boycott of the federal government and all agencies and organizations supporting the marxist agenda..." So much for using the Postal Service to send those books to Washington. Or delivering them via government maintained roads, or airports inspected by government inspectors and airspace made safe by the Federal Avaiation Administration.
And that's just the first page of comments.
It's not enough that last week Republicans blocked the Senate from even talking about jobs. This week, the tea party is telling businesses to stop hiring — in other words, stop creating jobs — in a show of "solidarity."
This makes at least a couple of things crystal clear. First, it's now undeniably clear that Republicans are "hoping for failure" where the economy is concerned.
Second, Herman Cain may need to come up with a new line. After all, if you can't find a job, if no one will hire you, you may be justified in blaming the tea party for telling businesses not to hire anyone. Just saying.