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    Daily Kos: Town meeting attendee confronts GOP freshman over health reform repeal

    Guess what happens when a congressional town meeting audience isn’t created by the Koch brothers or fueled by Fox News? There’s a different kind of confrontation. Here’s what happened at a meeting earlier this week at Ohio’s Walsh University, with GOP Rep. Jim Renacci (OH).

    —- Question for all GOP: “There’s a lot of things that took effect that help seniors. Once you repeal it, what happens to all that?”

    — 3 years ago
    #tea party  #koch brothers  #townhall meeting  #Rep. Jim Renacci  #Ohio  #health care reform 
    "In response to the growing protests in Madison, Koch fronts are busing in Tea Party protesters to support Walker and his union-busting campaign. Last night, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz reported on the involvement of Club for Growth and the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity in the pro-Walker protest scheduled tomorrow.
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    […] Koch’s Americans for Prosperity group has launched a new website and petition called www.standwithwalker.com. The new site attacks all collective bargaining, not just for public sector unions. Koch’s front group also declares: “In fact, every state should adopt Governor Scott Walker’s common sense reforms.”"
    — 3 years ago with 1 note
    #wisconsin  #unions  #koch brothers  #tea party  #astroturf  #counter protests 
    Koch Industries, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and the labor unions →

    It’s not for nothing that Koch Industries was one of Governor Walker’s biggest campaign contributors last year. And it’s no coincidence that “Tea party counter protesters” have been bussed into Wisconsin’s capital today. These counter protesters could also be called the “I stand with Scott Walker,” Koch funded astroturf, K Street pros.

    Koch Industries has a lot at stake with Scott Walker.  And Walker aims to deliver what they paid for:

    It’s important that people understand this: This is a fight Gov. Walker picked for the specific purpose of breaking the unions. Wisconsin had a surplus, and as soon as he was sworn in, Walker gave it away to special interests in order to put the state into deficit. Is it a coincidence that every Republican governor is suddenly going after the unions and the pensions? Is it simply bubbling up from the ground for no special reason? Hell, no. – Republican Governor Deliberately Spent Wisconsin Surplus To Pick Fight With Unions

    And there’s this:

    Koch Industries Slashed WI Jobs, Helped Elect Scott Walker, Now Orchestrating Pro-Walker Protest

    Koch Industries is a major player in Wisconsin: Koch owns a coal company subsidiary with facilities in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan; six timber plants throughout the state; and a large network of pipelines in Wisconsin. While Koch controls much of the infrastructure in the state, they have laid off workers to boost profits. At a time when Koch Industries owners David and Charles Koch awarded themselves an extra $11 billion of income from the company, Koch slashed jobs at their Green Bay plant…

    […] Koch Industries was one of the biggest contributors to Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, funneling $43,000 over the course of last year. In return, Koch front groups are closely guiding the Walker agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council, another Koch-funded group, advised Walker and the GOP legislature on its anti-labor legislation and its first corporate tax cuts.

    According to the EPA, Koch businesses are huge polluters, emitting thousands of pounds of toxic pollutants. As soon as he got into office Walker started cutting environmental regulations and appointed a Republican known for her disregard for environmental regulations to lead the Department of Natural Resources. In addition, Walker has stated his opposition to clean energy jobs policies that might draw workers away from Koch-owned interests.

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    — 3 years ago with 3 notes
    #class war  #economy  #politics  #astroturf  #campaign contributions  #collective bargaining  #conservatives  #GOP  #IStandWithScottWalker  #k street  #Koch brothers  #koch industries  #labor unions  #Republicans  #scott walker  #tea party  #wisconsin  #wiunion 
    Dance with who brung you →

    So Gov. Walker’s “budget repair” bill is really a two-parter: 1) bust the unions that didn’t support him, and 2) sell off the state-owned power plants to his generous cronies.

    — 3 years ago
    #politics  #class war  #budget repair  #gov. walker  #Koch brothers  #union  #wisconsin  #wiunion 
    "The Koch brothers are the poster children of the effort by multinational corporate America to try to redefine the rights and values of American citizens."
    — 3 years ago
    #wiunion  #wisconsin  #koch brothers  #unions  #americans for prosperity  #tea party  #gop  #republicans  #conservatives  #RWNJs 
    "The billionaire brothers whose political action committee gave Gov. Scott Walker $43,000 and helped fund a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign against his opponent during the 2010 gubernatorial election have quietly opened a lobbying office in Madison just off the Capitol Square."
    — 3 years ago
    #wiunion  #wisconsin  #scott walker  #koch brothers  #politics 
    UPDATE: Gov. Walker and the Koch Brothers →

    A couple days ago I posted:

    So Gov. Walker’s “budget repair” bill is really a two-parter: 1) bust the unions that didn’t support him, and 2) sell off the state-owned power plants to his generous cronies.

    This morning there are some interesting updates:

    1) Charles Johnson caught an advertisement that was posted just two days ago for plant managers for multiple power plants in Wisconsin. What a coincidence!

    2) Also, the Koch Brothers have quietly opened a lobbying office in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.

    3) And finally, Gov. Walker was punk’d last night by a journalist, who pretended to be David Koch on a phone call. Walker fell for it. In fact, “believing himself to be on the phone with his patron, [Walker had] a long conversation about busting Wisconsin’s unions.” There’s audio of the call at the link.

    Buffalo Beast

    — 3 years ago
    #class war  #economy  #politics  #conservatives  #David Koch  #GOP  #gov. walker  #Koch brothers  #phone call  #power plant sale  #punk'd  #pwnd  #Republicans  #scott walker  #tea party  #united states of koch  #wisconsin  #wiunion 
    Wisconsin: Dems took two seats. Imagine if that would have happened earlier, going into 2011. →

    Was the Wisconsin recall election a loss? Markos doesn’t think so:

    But let me just say, if tonight was a loss, I hope we have many more such “losses” in 2012.

    We took the fight into red territory, and took two seats. What was a safe 19-14 GOP advantage is now a narrow 17-16. If we had those numbers going into 2011, the anti-labor bill would never have passed—one GOPer voted with the Democrats (and hey, Sen. Dale Schultz, the water is mighty fine on our side of the aisle!).

    The execrable Randy Hopper is gone. He can cry in his 20-something-year-old mistress’s arms tonight. And Kapanke too. It sucks being unemployed in Wisconsin these days. Maybe they can get a non-union job at McDonald’s.

    Beyond Wisconsin, if we can enjoy a similar “loss rate” in Republican-held districts (picking up 33 percent of them), Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have a huge majority in 2013. We had a message that resonated with large numbers of working people in overwhelmingly white working-class districts that shifted hard against Democrats in 2010. GOP overreach is winning them back for us. Just think, before today, only 13 state legislators had been recalled in the entire history of this nation.

    I highlighted that one sentence above, because just imagine all the trouble, heartache, unemployment, and overall dumbfuckery that could have been avoided if more people who voted in 2008 had bothered to vote in 2010. The people who stayed home handed Wisconsin over to the anti-union, pro-Koch, aggressively stupid teaparty wingnuts — hell, they handed over the entire country to them in the form of John Boehner and Congress and the past seven months worth of freshmen TP-Republicans attempting to destroy our country by doing nothing good on purpose.

    What did you “accomplish” by staying home again?

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #news  #politics  #class war  #income redistribution  #war on the middle class  #2010 election  #2012 election  #anti-labor bill  #credit downgrade  #Democrats  #emoprogs  #GOP  #heckofajob  #John Boehner  #Koch brothers  #recall election  #recalled two gop seats  #Republicans  #S&P  #spending cuts for everyone else  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #tea party  #Teaparty  #two seat gained by democrats  #unemployment  #wisconsin 
    New study that will make Teaparty members even angrier then they are now →

    FIVE YEARS AGO, IN 2006, DAVID E. CAMPBELL AND ROBERT D. PUTNAM INTERVIEWED 3,000 AMERICANS and re-interviewed many of the same people again this summer. Their findings indicate what most of us already knew: that Teapartyers were far-right, social conservative Republicans (and still are). Or, as Jon Stewart said: “They’re just moral majorities in a tri-cornered hat.”

    [W]e can look at what people told us, long before there was a Tea Party, to predict who would become a Tea Party supporter five years later…

    Our analysis casts doubt on the Tea Party’s “origin story.” Early on, Tea Partiers were often described as nonpartisan political neophytes. Actually, the Tea Party’s supporters today were highly partisan Republicans long before the Tea Party was born, and were more likely than others to have contacted government officials. In fact, past Republican affiliation is the single strongest predictor of Tea Party support today.

    What’s more, contrary to some accounts, the Tea Party is not a creature of the Great Recession. Many Americans have suffered in the last four years, but they are no more likely than anyone else to support the Tea Party. And while the public image of the Tea Party focuses on a desire to shrink government, concern over big government is hardly the only or even the most important predictor of Tea Party support among voters.

    As so many have been arguing for the past 3 years, priority #1 is not small government with these people! So what do (rank and file) Tea Partiers have in common (from 2006 through today):

    • They’re white and
    • have a low regard for immigrants and blacks (*ahem* racist?!)
    • are disproportionately social conservatives
    • have a desire to see religion play a prominent role in politics
    • seek deeply religious elected officials
    • approve of religious leaders engaging in politics
    • want religion brought into political debates

    Absolutely no surprise. They’re the same weird, eccentric group of religious RWNJs with a brand new Koch-funded name: Tea Party Patriots. What rubbish. They have always wanted a form of government for the USA that’s a straight-up Christian Theocracy, and nothing has changed.

    Sometimes it seems that teahadists needs to be reminded that Jesus Christ was not one of the founding fathers. And, newsflash! Their idea of Christianity is so far removed from mainstream belief that it borders on freakish: Jesus as a gun-toting, white-power, women-belong-in-the-kitchen, immigrant-hating, ‘get your own wine and fish’ conservative Deity, who gladly puts the world on hold to personally speak with politicians like GWB, Perry, Bachmann and Palin.

    But here’s what’s funny — people have already figured out the teaparty:

    Polls show that disapproval of the Tea Party is climbing. In April 2010, a New York Times/CBS News survey found that 18 percent of Americans had an unfavorable opinion of it, 21 percent had a favorable opinion and 46 percent had not heard enough. Now, 14 months later, Tea Party supporters have slipped to 20 percent, while their opponents have more than doubled, to 40 percent.

     […] the Tea Party ranks lower than any of the 23 other groups we asked about — lower than both Republicans and Democrats. It is even less popular than much maligned groups like “atheists” and “Muslims.” Interestingly, one group that approaches it in unpopularity is the Christian Right.

    Read the rest….

    With the growing disapproval of the teaparty in general, it’s nice to know that most of us ARE actually using the brains God gave us.

    Related:

    — 2 years ago with 28 notes
    #news  #politics  #2006  #2011  #christian right  #christian theocracy  #Christianity  #david e. campbell  #George Bush  #Jesus  #Koch brothers  #Michele Bachmann  #not about small government  #religion  #rick perry  #robert d. putnam  #rwnjs  #sarah palin  #social conservatives  #study  #tea party  #teabaggers  #Teahadists  #Teaparty  #teapartyers  #wingnuts 
    The Koch brothers million-dollar club: 2012 is “the mother of all wars” →

    Class warfare, Koch-style:

    Twice a year, the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch host secretive retreats for an exclusive list of corporate America’s rich and powerful to strategize and raise money for their right-wing political agenda. Mother Jones has obtained exclusive audio recordings that shed some light on the brothers’ latest retreat, held at a resort near Vail, Colorado, in late June. In a speech that is part of these recordings, Charles Koch thanks donors who gave more than $1 million to the cause. We checked the audio against a list of participants at the Kochs’ 2010 seminar in Aspen that was obtained by ThinkProgress.org and did additional research on these individuals. Below are the names Koch read that appeared on the previous guest list. Exclusive: The Koch Brothers’ Million-Dollar Donor Club | Mother Jones

    See the article above for details / companies owned on each of the following:

    • The Camerons
    • John Childs
    • The Cortopassis
    • Joe Craft
    • The DeVoses
    • The Farmers
    • The Friesses
    • The Fullinwiders
    • The Gilliams
    • The Griffins
    • The Hamms
    • The Haworths
    • The Haydens
    • Diane Hendricks
    • The Humphreys family
    • Virginia James
    • The Levys
    • The Marshall family
    • The Menards
    • John Moran
    • The Popes
    • Tom Rastin
    • The Robertsons
    • The Schwabs
    • The principals with the Services Group of America
    • Paul Singer
    • The Templetons
    • Karen Wright

    Via Obama For America: Special-interest groups intend to pour virtually unlimited funds into attacking the President and Democrats in the year to come. The right-wing oil billionaire Charles Koch even told a roomful of wealthy donors that 2012 was “the mother of all wars.”

    Fight back: Please donate to support the 2012 campaign today.

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #class war  #income redistribution  #war on the middle class  #2012  #contribute to OFA  #GOP  #Koch brothers  #millionaires  #President Obama  #Republicans  #spending cuts for the rest of us  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #tea party 
    A chart showing the population density of prisoners in various  countries. Notice the ONE red country on the entire chart: the USA. (via: other-stuff)
In case you didn’t know, prisoners have become a huge profit opportunity, what with all the privately run prisons in America. And if spending cuts at local and state levels are enacted that effect certain segments of the population who rely on certain programs and services (i.e. health department, mental health, substance abuse, education, unemployment assistance) and if these kinds of cuts usually cause an increase in criminal behavior — we then have a win-win: more prisoners, more profits!
Another aspect of the GOP’s ongoing bottom-to-top income redistribution plan: hopefully those private corporate prisons can get themselves more tax cuts after the spending cuts go into effect. Fingers crossed!
America is still #1 in manufacturing (prisoners)

    A chart showing the population density of prisoners in various countries. Notice the ONE red country on the entire chart: the USA. (via: other-stuff)

    In case you didn’t know, prisoners have become a huge profit opportunity, what with all the privately run prisons in America. And if spending cuts at local and state levels are enacted that effect certain segments of the population who rely on certain programs and services (i.e. health department, mental health, substance abuse, education, unemployment assistance) and if these kinds of cuts usually cause an increase in criminal behavior — we then have a win-win: more prisoners, more profits!

    Another aspect of the GOP’s ongoing bottom-to-top income redistribution plan: hopefully those private corporate prisons can get themselves more tax cuts after the spending cuts go into effect. Fingers crossed!

    America is still #1 in manufacturing (prisoners)

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #politics  #class war  #income redistribution  #unemployment  #America  #Koch brothers  #manufacturing  #plutocracy  #prisoners  #prisons  #private prisons  #spending cuts for the rest of us  #tax cuts for the wealthy