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Friday, September 26, 2014

Kochs And Scrutiny They Detest

Well....stop working to serve as un-elected influencers of the nation. and stop paving a path for a return to GOP administration of a government and a nation.

Thursday afternoon, POLITICO reported that billionaire industrialist David Koch, the oft-vilified bankroller of groups aimed at electingMitt Romney and many Republican congressman, supports many libertarian positions that are antithetical to the Republican Party.

While this may come as a surprise to many, it’s actually quite well-known that the Kochs are socially liberal and fiscally conservative — a.k.a., “libertarian”. Koch was the 1980 vice presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party who campaigned on things like drug legalization and a non-interventionist foreign policy.

“I believe in gay marriage,” Koch told POLITICO. When reminded that Romney and the GOP oppose gay marriage, Koch said, “Well, I disagree with that.
Read more, if you wish or care to waste three minutes of your day.
Image courtesy of Center for Public Integrity
The Washington Post 

Fox recently published a piece regarding Koch funding of 44,000 ads in support of conservative political candidates. I do not recall any social liberal ideology that coincides with exclusively running ads for conservative politicians.
The 2012 Mediaite piece states the Koch's are socially liberal and fiscally conservative. The writer had the gall to imply that meant "Libertarian." Let's quickly dispense of the notion Libertarians are socially liberal by simply posting the names two well known Libertarians: Ron Paul and his apple under the tree Rand Paul. Libertarians, like American conservatives are pretty much socially liberal until we think of property rights to deny service to people or it we think about public schools. Also note Ron Paul's white supremacist and white nationalist supporters may not care for characterization of the Libertarian Paul as associated with a social movement identified by the Mediate writer as "socially liberal."


Now, that we have placed the 2012 piece in true perspective lets dig a little into the Kochs.

The Kochs of late have been complaining of getting a "bad rap" from progressive media. The brothers would have you view their empire as indicated via the advertisement below with implied empathy and desire for affinity for each brother and their empire  

I posit a veritable Trojan Horse advertisement campaign developed and promulgated to snare the Achilles Hell of US pubic with deeper ambitions towards the US government. These men are classic oligarchs who remind of Vladimir Putin.
From the 2012 Mediaite piece, I offer a much more real and frank view of the Kochs. 
Rolling Stone's Tom Dickinson published a piece this past Monday, that is worth any time spent reading and assimilating the Kochs.
Rolling Stone

Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world's largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they don't want you to know is how they made all that money          
By Tim Dickinson | September 24, 2014                                               

The enormity of the Koch fortune is no mystery. Brothers Charles and David are each worth more than $40 billion. The electoral influence of the Koch brothers is similarly well-chronicled. The Kochs are our homegrown oligarchs; they've cornered the market on Republican politics and are nakedly attempting to buy Congress and the White House. Their political network helped finance the Tea Party and powers today's GOP. Koch-affiliated organizations raised some $400 million during the 2012 election, and aim to spend another $290 million to elect Republicans in this year's midterms. So far in this cycle, Koch-backed entities have bought 44,000 political ads to boost Republican efforts to take back the Senate.                                                                                                                           What is less clear is where all that money comes from. Koch Industries is headquartered in a squat, smoked-glass building that rises above the prairie on the outskirts of Wichita, Kansas. The building, like the brothers' fiercely private firm, is literally and figuratively a black box. Koch touts only one top-line financial figure: $115 billion in annual revenue, as estimated by Forbes. By that metric, it is larger than IBM, Honda or Hewlett-Packard and is America's second-largest private company after agribusiness colossus Cargill. The company's stock response to inquiries from reporters: "We are privately held and don't disclose this information."

But Koch Industries is not entirely opaque. The company's troubled legal history – including a trail of congressional investigations, Department of Justice consent decrees, civil lawsuits and felony convictions – augmented by internal company documents, leaked State Department cables, Freedom of Information disclosures and company whistle­-blowers, combine to cast an unwelcome spotlight on the toxic empire whose profits finance the modern GOP.                

Under the nearly five-decade reign of CEO Charles Koch, the company has paid out record civil and criminal environmental penalties. And in 1999, a jury handed down to Koch's pipeline company what was then the largest wrongful-death judgment of its type in U.S. history, resulting from the explosion of a defective pipeline that incinerated a pair of Texas teenagers.                              
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.....
 The Koch dream for America spans well back past the 1980 Libertarian presidential campaign of Ed Clark and David Koch (as VP).   In 2011 The Center For American Progress published an extensive report on the "brothers who would be kings. 

[quote phraseology via The Pardu] The brief summary of the report findings. (See report pages 1 and 2).
While the Mediaite piece is almost three years old, it is a testament to Koch power and efforts to cleanse their reputations as oligarch industrialist who are:
I will add, the Kochs are very much, anti-abortion, work to re-segregate certain school systems (North Carolina in particular), are anti-environmentalist, stand to gain millions from the Keystone XL Pipeline completion and the brothers remain fiercely anti-government regulation. Must I remind of corporate america with little to no attention to federal oversight and monitoring. 
  Bernie Madoff

And, from the unfettered sub-prime "Bubble" from Clinton (Glass–Steagalland Bush the US economy looked like this:

The St. Louis Federal Reserve

Yet, the Koch's who can withstand the losses of economic collapse ten times over want no federal regulation as protection against American greed.

The 2011 Mediaite piece seemed to have Koch money all over it. The Kochs are industrialist oligarchs who obviously view government as a tool of the uber wealthy and a hindrance to their ability to run roughshod over a nation and the world.

In closing:

A date chart that does not reflect current Koch net worth at over $80 billion between the two oligarchs.

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