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Showing posts with label American Legislative Exchange Council. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Legislative Exchange Council. Show all posts

Monday, July 30, 2018

Kochs Turning On Trump? (Video)

Koch Freedom Partners ad as an appetizer

Surrounding himself with civilian and military “yes” people so he can overthrow government and become dictator. Are you ready to “Hail, Feuer Trump!”

In 2015, The New York Times published an article related to Koch brothers plans for Election 2016 Spending.

We actually have no idea the extent of Koch spending on placing Trump in the White House and moneyed support to the GOP holding two houses of Congress. The figures are without question exorbitant and it was such without consideration of potential continuous from the Koch brothers "Donors Club of wealthy conservatives who commonly contribute along with the Kochs

If we look back at David Koch's part in the 1980's Libertarian Party Platform, we find a few items which stand out like a Fly in your Ice Cream.  Even as far back as 1980, at least one Koch has been active in Paleozoic Era (regressive) policies.  Noticeable in its absence from the Libertarian Party Platform were bullets related to federal spending.  

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The Koch brothers since 1980 have not developed from their socially regressive ideology. But, they have been loquacious regarding federal spending. Their support for the GOP includes a history of well-documented support for cutting federal spending while openly espousing tax cuts (hence the 1980s platform).

We also remind you, the Kochs benefited mightily from Trump's early term approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. While Snopes rates reports of potential profit for the Kocks via the pipeline project as Pants of Fire, I find it impossible to believe with major land holdings of the Canadian Tar Sands, the Koch aren't garnering enormous additional wealth from Trump's signature pen. Another Koch victory via Trump is the tax cut for the nation's wealthy.

The tax cuts guarantee the Kochs billions per year in tax savings. it should be noted after the tax law was signed, reports circulated the Kochs gave Paul Ryan $500,000.

The Kochs are in no way friends of the people nor do they work towards advancing social reforms. They are longstanding social regressives who are instrumental in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which focuses on developing law drafts for handoff to eager state and local politicians.

As time has passed and the reality of Koch support for yet another Oval Office 'loser' comes to light like a devil with a comb-over, it appears the Kochs are flip-flopping on their conservative party head. 

Politico recently published a piece centered around Charles Koch's possible split with His brother David on matters of post-Trump election politics.  Maybe the time is right along with growing evinces Trump is losing his mind while the GOP Congress moves the nation back to Pre Word Was II policies.  

Well, wouldn't you know Trump's ill-advised Tariff strategies and practices; have touched the Kochs?  As David Koch moves ever so close to "retirement" his Wichita based brother, Charles, is turning and aiming his vast wealth and behind the scenes political maneuvering against Trump's tariff policies.

Multiple intentional media are reporting Charles Koch is turning into a tariff Chameleon. He is turned his colors from Trump red to a facade of possible false (or opportunist) liberal blue. Maybe the public reports are only related to tariff policy, but any Koch against Trump won't bode well for the GOP going forward.


Koch Brothers' Network Pushing to Curb Trump's Tariff Powers | Time


CNN (June 2018)

While self-serving regarding the Koch business empire, the Charles Koch sniffing of liberal ideology (regarding tariffs) brings thoughts of the image below.
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Bring him in and suffer greatly, or and more apropos, never trust a smiling Spider.

How did Trump react to the Koch news?  Linked here.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tea Party Fades..What About the Cancer Left in Congress? Southern Ideology Vs. The Ideal House

Tea party ralliers wave flags outside the Capitol. | Jay Westcott/POLITICO
The only thing missing at the event attended by three senators? A big audience. | Jay Westcott/POLITICO
The Tea Party is fading like an Alka Seltzer in four ounces of tap water! However, the cancer has taken a toll on American society.

There are few in the United States who are unaware of the Koch brothers (Charles and David). Well, I should qualify my statement, "...the Koch brothers well-known among people who follow contemporary politics, current events, and the erosion of US politics for the people."  The Kochs are two of the world's richest men with family DNA including co-foundling the John Birch Society, have a stranglehold on the majority of conservative politicians. We posit there are few legislative initiatives, decisions or agreements from the GOP that are not in some way influenced by the Koch brothers. 

The Kochs have disavowed intimate involvement in creation of the Tea Party. Rest assured the position is a deep and straightforward a lie as any told from conservative America. The Koch Facts Dot Com page offers the following graphic for media inquires regarding the Kochs and Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Americans for Prosperity Foundation. 

The proliferation of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), receives major support from the Kochs, thus providing a Mixed Martial Arts "rear-naked choke hold" on state legislatures.

As John McCain and Sarah Palin fizzled-out of the 2008 General Election, Koch money and their conservative/libertarian support structure led to development of a movement with a singular purpose. Conservative America needed a strategic hold on US Federal government via control of both Houses of the US Congress. What better way to excite a movement than an opportunity to leverage the election of a Democrat president and an African-American in the Oval Office.  The 2010 Elections for conservative plutocrats offered tantalizing prospects. 


A Koch public relations statement from the page.
Koch and Americans for Prosperity
Among the hundreds of organizations that have received monetary support from Koch companies, Charles Koch, David Koch, and/or the Koch foundations are Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation. 
AFP and AFP Foundation’s overall mission of promoting sound economic thinking is one in which we firmly believe. In addition, they stand for ideals that are critical to our nation’s future and the well-being of all people: limited government as set forth in the Constitution; fiscal responsibility; removing unnecessary barriers to entrepreneurship; and restoring fairness to our judicial system. 
AFP and AFP Foundation operate independently of Koch Industries. We are not involved in their day-to-day operations and we do not direct the activities of either organization.
As a matter of fact, the Kochs contribute to organizations numbering in the hundreds. They are reported to be contributors to the arts, but they also provide significant support for a cancer that is now eating away at the US House of Representatives. The cancer is the aforementioned Tea Party. 

Within the week, the National Journal has accessed previously (and published) non-public IRS documents that clearly show Koch involvement in organizations that have and continue to provide bed-rock financial support for the tea party movement. AFP (and Freedom Works) provided the money seeding for the tea party. The document you are about to view, lists the Kochs as top donors for the  2003 (then) newly formed AFP.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Politics By Money: Bill Moyers On ALEC

Politics by Money!

Ever sense I can remember, I have heard the old adage, "Politicians are on the take."  You have heard it. We have all grown so accustomed to the money in politics the pandering, pay-offs, contributions and 'most favor corporate" legislation are as common as our two party political system.

Websites like Gov Track and Open Secrets are provide critical information about the US Congress (proposed legislation, the money trials, legislative votes and bills passed).

There is no organization in America with more influence on moving the nation towards a much more conservative society than the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC with major support from the Koch Brothers and their "eager to contribute" billionaires donors club literally facilitates hand-off of GOP crafted legislation to state representatives.  

Bill Moyers has broadcast segments on ALEC and its influence on the nation.  

May 30, 2013 ... See how, once again, the American Legislative Exchange Council is fitting its sticky fingers into scores of legislative cookie jars.

2 days ago ... Learn more about the most influential corporate-funded political force you've likely never heard of: ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Apr 23, 2013 ... Several recent reports on the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, reveal more about the funding of the meetings between state ...


It is clear conservative America has no issues with the growing plutocracy via the Kochs and other 1% conservatives and libertarians.  

What is phenomenally sad, is our suspicion that progressive, independent and liberal America is not paying proper attention to the cancer that is ALEC.