When I first heard about the tantrum at the state house in Madison Wisconsin over the fact that we're out of money, I thought, "I wonder why we can't get 27,000 people to protest the loss of liberty at the hands of 'progressives' since 2006?" Then I remembered, we all have jobs. Moreover, when the tea parties have rallies, we don't bus rabble-rousers in from all over. Those smaller demonstrations are heartfelt, not purchased.
Sure, Nancy Pelosi called the tea party rallies "Astro Turf", but having participated in local tea party events, I can tell you from first hand knowledge, they aren't. They are locally planned, locally financed, and locally attended.
Financial support for The Rent-a-Tantrum in Madison is provided by Organizing for America... and by the Democrat National Committee... and by union supporters nationwide... and by mandatory contributions from taxpayers like you.