Thursday, April 21, 2011

Report Details Our “Koch-Fueled Congress”

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks discusses the growing influence of Charles and David Koch, billionaire oil magnates who inherited their wealth and use it to support right-wing causes aimed at harming the environment, attacking health care reform, busting unions and destroying Medicare and Medicaid. Referring to a report from the Center for American Progress (see also Jane Mayer’s New Yorker article, "Covert Operations"), Uygur states that David Koch was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate in 1980–to the right of Ronald Reagan. Instead of becoming elected officials, the Kochs then decided to buy them. They’ve given millions to right-wing think tanks and politicians, to the point that we now have a “Koch-fueled Congress.” The Kochs benefited from the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, which rejected all corporate campaign spending limits. They plan to spend $88 million in the 2012 elections. Uygur is joined by Tony Carrk of the Center For American Progress, who elaborates on the Kochs’ financial influence on the Tea Party and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Watch this eye-opening report:

1 comment:

Seeker said...

This is really an important story, and is hardly getting out.

Since FOX spews is part of the problem, they surely aren't going to run stories like that.

It boils down to the old saw "Garbage in, Garbage out". The Kochs, and people like them, have done a very good job dominating the propaganda machine for the right.

Take a look at the really wacky "Fairtax" which seems rational, but it's beyond goofy when you get into the math and fine print.

For example, they have 800 billion dollar tax -- I kid you not -- on city and state government, much of it paid in ADVANCE. The whole thing is so goofy.

Huckabee was for it -- Boortz got paid to push it. Hermain Cain is for it. There is money coming from somewhere to push a really goofy plan, that would not survive ten minutes in Congress, when their own "sponsors" got a look at it.

CATO institution, American Enterprise INstitutue, Beacon Hill, these and other "Think Tanks" are hired to push certain agendas, no matter how goofy.

When you are a kid you think Congressmen and Senators are pretty smart. Not really, a lot of them have very shallow understanding of economics, history, or logic. They seem bamboozled by the BS. Not dishonest exactly, but easily led by those who purposely distort very basic facts.