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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Robert Greenwald Exposes The Kochs! (VIDEO)


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Robert Greenwald
Just before the elections of 2012 Robert Greenwald released a documentary about two men who appear hell-bent on a US oligarchy with themselves sitting at the throne and pinnacle of power in the US. Charles and David Koch spent millions in a failed effort to elect Mitt Romney.   The Kochs,  spend large sums to sponsors conservative libertarians (A really bad combination) causes across the social and political spectrum in the US. 

The Greenwald document follows. We have included text copied from YouTube that accompanies the Greenwald video. The video is one hour long, so watch in parts or when you have time to devote to misunderstanding "dark cloud" influences in our nation. Whatever you do, watch it!

Published on Aug 23, 2012

Koch Brothers Exposed is a hard-hitting investigation of the 1% at its very worst. This full-length documentary film on Charles and David Koch—two of the world's richest and most powerful men—is the latest from acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, Rethink Afghanistan). The billionaire brothers bankroll a vast network of organizations that work to undermine the interests of the 99% on issues ranging from Social Security to the environment to civil rights. This film uncovers the Kochs' corruption—and points the way to how Americans can reclaim their democracy. 
What can you do to fight back? Get the film. Host a screening. Tell your friends. Get the Koch brothers out of the shadows and into the spotlight. 
10 Shocking Facts on the Kochs. 
1. Koch Industries, which the brothers own, is one of the top ten polluters in the United States -- which perhaps explains why the Kochs have given $60 million to climate denial groups between 1997 and 2010.  
2. The Kochs are the oil and gas industry's biggest donors to the congressional committee with oversight of the hazardous Keystone XL oil pipeline. They and their employees gave more than $300,000 to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2010 alone.  
3. From 1998-2008, Koch-controlled foundations gave more than $196 million to organizations that favor polices that would financially enrich the two brothers. 
In addition, Koch Industries spent $50 million on lobbying and some $8 million in PAC contributions. 

4. The Koch fortune has its origins in engineering contracts with Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union.  
5. The Kochs are suing to take over the Cato Institute, which has accused the Kochs of attempting to destroy the group's identity as an independent, libertarian think and align it more closely with a partisan agenda.  
6. A Huffington Post source who was at a three-day retreat of conservative billionaires said the Koch brothers pledged to donate $60 million to defeat President Obama in 2012 and produce pledges of $40 million more from others at the retreat.  
7. Since 2000, the Kochs have collected almost $100 million in government contracts, mostly from the Department of Defense. 
8. Koch Industries has an annual production capacity of 2.2 billion pounds of the carcinogen formaldehyde. The company has worked to keep it from being classified as a carcinogen even though David Koch is a prostate cancer survivor.  
9. The Koch brothers' combined fortune of roughly $50 billion is exceeded only by that of Bill Gates in the United States.  
10. The Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs accused Koch Oil of scheming to steal $31 million of crude oil from Native Americans. Although the company claimed it was accidental, a former executive in this operation said Charles Koch had known about it and had responded to the overages by saying, "I want my fair share, and that's all of it."
Money rules all in US politics.  Until people awaken to the danger of  small numbers of people who will rule the nation, we run the risk of allowing the 'grabbers'  move too.  People who will rule from a perspective of privilege and classism un-shared by the vast majority of us do not share.  Most wealthy people do not look to foster an inclusive society where all share for the common good of society.  In the US, and in other countries, I am certain the preponderance of the uber wealthy spend time and effort more growing and maintaining their wealth than working to help people of less fortune.

More on the Kochs.

Apr 27, 2013

Jul 02, 2012

Apr 12, 2012

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