“Smash Windows!”: Tea Party Leader Is On Government Disability

Posted by | March 26, 2010 12:56 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Thomas Wellborn

Here comes the hypocrisy card again: Michael Vanderboegh, the Tea Party leader and former militiaman who is calling for an armed march on Washington for April 19, and who urged people to break Democrat party office windows, is on government disability!

Vanderboegh said he once worked as a warehouse manager but now lives on government disability checks. He said he receives $1,300 a month because of his congestive heart failure, diabetes and hypertension. He has private health insurance through his wife, who works for a company that sells forklift products.

Born in Michigan and raised in Ohio, Vanderboegh said he was not always a libertarian. He once was active in the Young Socialist Alliance and the Progressive Labor Party. “In my youth, I was a communist,” he said. But in the mid-1970s, Vanderboegh read Friedrich von Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom,” among other books, and had an epiphany.

“From that point on, I could never take Marxism-Leninism seriously again,” Vanderboegh said.

He said he long opposed President Obama because he believed the president has “collectivism” tendencies. But he became especially energized during the health-care debate.

Apparently the government’s “socialist” handouts are egregious and fascist to “real Americans,” except when it comes to Vanderboegh’s needs.  Mr. Vanderboegh, how much of that disability check are you signing over to Sarah Palin each month?  And why are you getting on radio (see below) and calling for an “armed march” on Washington in April, given that they pay your bills?

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