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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 08:57 PM
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State Sen. Tom Davis (R-SC) says Tea Party should be outraged at tax giveaways to corporations
 
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At a the Tax Day Tea Party on Monday in Columbia, SC, a number of politicians, including Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), gave rather routine speeches blasting the Obama administration and liberals. Towards the end of the event, one speaker delivered a fiery speech excoriating both Democrats and Republicans for giving away hundreds of millions in taxpayer money to well connected corporations in the state. State Sen. Tom Davis (R-SC) explained to the crowd that corporations are dominating South Carolina by hiring lobbyists, then demanding huge tax giveaways from the ruling elite of politicians. By giving money away to already powerful corporations, costs are pushed upon regular people in the form of service cuts or higher sales taxes.

After his speech, ThinkProgress spoke with Davis about corporate influence in politics and his fight against tax giveaways to powerful businesses. We also spoke about how receptive the current Tea Party movement is to his message. In fact, as many historians have accurately noted, the real Boston Tea Party was a revolt against a massive corporate tax cut given to the East India Trading Company. The tax cut effectively gave the British corporation a monopoly over the tea trade in colonial America:

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/23/south-carolina-stat...
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:00 PM
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1. but he won't criticize his OWN corporate donors, of course.
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:16 AM
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12. I'd be interested in who his donations come from
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 12:20 AM by rpannier
He's a lawyer from a lawfirm that does among other things, personal injury and is presently suing Chase Bank

I'm sure financial institutions are not among his donors
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Badsam Donating Member (153 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 03:09 PM
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14. If he is any good at law
Chase will make him an offer he won't refuse. He still looks and sounds like a politician to me. This is just the natural progression to his big payday.

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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:08 PM
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2. How many death threats will the Teabaggers send him by tomorrow night? n/t
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randr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:13 PM
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3. The tide turns
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:14 PM
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4. Dear Lord help me. I agree with him!. . n/t
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OHdem10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:18 PM
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5. I agree with him also. Have been wondering about these
so called Tea Partiers.
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Stevenmarc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:28 PM
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6. It's not part of their indoctrination, they can't figure this shit out for themselves.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:32 PM
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7. But they are not
Which lead to the theory that the teabaggers are nothing more than a paid group of corporate thugs. Political Mercenaries
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HolyCity2012 Donating Member (378 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:33 PM
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8. Doesn't this guy know that
everyone from the south is supposed to be some sort of ass backwards, cousin fucker, racist?!

He is totally ruining the image that we have worked so hard to achieve!

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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:40 PM
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9. I agree with him. But how does he feel about taxing the wealthy? Might
be a different story.
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:15 AM
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11. Maybe. Maybe not.
He was a member of the lawfirm of Harvey & Battey. Harvey & Battey 'specialize" in personal injury, contracts, family law, estate law, insurance and real estate. (I could see specializing in contract law, family/estate law, insurance disputes real estate as they deal with contracts, but personal injury seems a bit outside)

Presently their firm is representing Active Duty Military Personnel in National Class Action Against Chase Bank.

I'll bet money he got nary a dime from Chase. I wouldn't be surprised if he got locked out by all financial institutions.

Link to their side of the lawsuit -- It's rather interesting (IMO):
http://www.harveyandbattey.com/News-Reviews /

They have also represented local merchants in a dispute over street preaching. Their arguments against the street preachers centered on the preachers not being denied the right to preach, but that the preachers insisted on being extremely loud and doing it only between 12-2 - Lunch time.

The lawfirm doesn't seem to be friendly to large companies.

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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:59 PM
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10. Too many dogwhistles in that clip that Fang didn't have time to call him out on.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 03:45 AM
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13. Still.
He used the old RW "Get the government off our backs." talking point. But at least he will admit we can't run a government, state, local or federal, without revenue. Rare Republican.
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