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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Dangers of Having A Koch!

Ed Meese
On January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama shortly after inaugurated 44th President of the United States of America, a group of right-wing politicians and GOP party operatives meet secretly plotted GOP obstruction against the nation. The obstruction literally commenced on January 21st, 2009 and has run as consistently and reliably as the rising and setting sun

While all MSNBC hosts have performed admirably in covering the "Great Obstruction Meeting," We think Al Sharpton has devoted more research and air-time to early obstruction we "off-the-cuff" refer to as the beginning of GOP sedition.

April 2012 Gingrich admits Inauguration day meeting.

Where were these plutocrats during the eight horrible years of Bush/Cheney?  While we would like to think the obstructionist have issues with our president based on his party affiliation and his opposite economic policy, we are reticent to go there. Obama policies economically and as Commander-in-Chief have so outpaced Bush it is actually embarrassing. Now, what other factors could lead to so much effort money-contributed, money-spent and outright obstruction that is detrimental to is all? The question is rhetorical.

Let's follow a few major news sources from the 2009 obstruction planning session through the Ed Messe, Koch meeting of a week ago.

Huffington Post
April 2012....

Robert Draper Book: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama was celebrating his inauguration at various balls, top Republican lawmakers and strategists were conjuring up ways to submarine his presidency at a private dinner in Washington. 
The event -- which provides a telling revelation for how quickly the post-election climate soured -- serves as the prologue of Robert Draper's much-discussed and heavily-reported new book, "Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives." 
According to Draper, the guest list that night (which was just over 15 people in total) included Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). The non-lawmakers present included Newt Gingrich, several years removed from his presidential campaign, and Frank Luntz, the long-time Republican wordsmith. Notably absent were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) -- who, Draper writes, had an acrimonious relationship with Luntz.
For several hours in the Caucus Room (a high-end D.C. establishment), the book says they plotted out ways to not just win back political power, but to also put the brakes on Obama's legislative platform.

Vanity  Fair
October 8, 2013

The Conspiracy to Commit Legislative Constipation

In a scene reminiscent of the summit meeting of mob bosses in The Godfather, Republican House leaders were summoned by evil marshmallow and message-crafter Frank Luntz to hash out a strategy to cope with the defeat of their party in 2008 and the election of the newly inaugurated President Obama, according to Robert Draper's just published book Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives. 
During a lengthy discussion, the senior GOP members worked out a plan to repeatedly block Obama over the coming four years to try to ensure he would not be re-elected. 
In his book, Draper opens with the heady atmosphere in Washington on the days running up to the inauguration and the day itself, which attracted 1.8 million to the mall to witness Obama being sworn in as America's first black president.
Obstruction has worked well for the GOP in many arenas. While obstruction has not undermined a dynamic president with the right agenda, it has slowed economic improvement and has factually contributed to divisiveness never before seen in the nation.

The perfect example of obstruction is the continuing battles from the Right against President Obama's signature health care reform legislation. Obstruction funded and fueled by under wealthy plutocrats like David and Charles Koch.  Since we have written extensively about the Kochs (search Koch brothers this site) we will defer extensive comment about their DNA that reaches back to the founding of the John Birch Society. We will not delve deeper into their major backing of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). And, we will not spend time on their efforts to re-segregate schools in some communities (See North Carolina). Since you are high information voters, we assume you know the Kochs are top level Libertarian; that means compassion for people is not a trait among the brothers. 

The obstruction of "all things Obama" seems common among ultra conservatives and it appears an utmost strategy of the Kochs. Whenever we read or hear about major political (PAC) contributions from ultra conservatives two names seem to show-up: David and Charles Koch.

Yesterday, The Economic Policy Journal webpage published a good synopsis piece about a much greater story. A former GOP top level administration official and the Kochs have again perpetrated what we refer to as a form of sedition.  During the post-Bush years any obstruction to the prospect of improving the nation's economy works again the general welfare of the nation.

Koch Brothers and Ed Meese Join Together To Oppose Obamacare
Given the pro-government positions on some topics, the Kochs and Ed Meese may be useful anti-Obamacare tools and cheer them on, but always keep in mind that they can only be supported on an ad hoc basis when their advocacy falls in line with liberty. I won't always. 
Bottom line: The Koch brothers joined with Ed Meese are far from  
Here's NYT:
Shortly after President Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan.  
Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups.  
It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.  
“We felt very strongly at the start of this year that the House needed to use the power of the purse,” said one coalition member, Michael A. Needham, who runs Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation. “At least at Heritage Action, we felt very strongly from the start that this was a fight that we were going to pick.”  
Last week the country witnessed the fallout from that strategy: a standoff that has shuttered much of the federal bureaucracy and unsettled the nation.

Al Sharpton on the New York Timers story of Meese and Koch plotting against the ACA.

During today's non-scheduled press conference, President Obama finally spoke about uber wealthy plutocrats who work against the good of the nation beyond their own self interest.

The Koch plutocrat webs.......

Just think there is a place in the webs that most assuredly touches your life. Do you really think we should continue to allow the web to growth unencumbered.

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