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don_socalJune 11, 2013

David Koch says "Money is a weapon." and is using it in that manner to gain control of things he wants to change. Citizens United has given him this power and by controlling the lawmakers he has slipped in through the board room door. PBS has only 12% funding from the government and has to rely on donations. The rest of this tale is in the links...

The first one I found on Addicting Info....

Censorship In America: How A Billionaire Blocked Two Unflattering PBS Documentaries (VIDEOS) (the videos do not start unless you click on them)

The original story as pointed out to me by a friend on FB from The New Yorker, many here know her.

A Word from Our Sponsor
Public televisionâÂÂs attempts to placate David Koch.
by Jane Mayer May 27, 2013

I posted on this some time ago but it apparently scrolled off as I tried to find it with the lousy search. Wish they would have an archive to find older posts.

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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

While I find this sort of ham-handed manipulation offensive, my experiences tell me that this sort of thing goes on at all economic scales, so to speak, just more robust when millions of dollars are at stake in support of other projects. I find much more offensive the buying of legislators and producing near-identical State laws to promote extreme goals, such as limiting voting rights and access to the ballots.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 8:53PM
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david52_gw

Speaking of buying state legislatures and governorships then ramming through all kinds of ideological Koch Bros. BS, the latest report out of Wisconsin....

"Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) is a conservative hero with a record of taking progressives and unions in a state that went for Obama and beating them twice. HeâÂÂs cut government, taken away worker protections and empowered the private sector, making him the Republican insidersâ favorite for the 2016 GOP nomination.

His only problem is, his economic policies continue to fail - miserably.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has ranked the Badger State 49th in its 50-state Leading Index report for April. With an index rank of -0.74 percent, Wisconsin was one of only five states to show contraction.

Experts do not read much into one monthâÂÂs data. This index - which factors in average manufacturing hours, unemployment, wage trends and building permits - often shows a wide margin of error. The state has been especially rocked by the national decline in manufacturing.

However, Walker doesnâÂÂt really have any positive economic data to point to. Since he took office, his state has fallen from 11th to 44th in job creation. WisconsinâÂÂs wages are also declining at twice the national level.

WalkerâÂÂs new budget - which reads more like a campaign document than a plan to create jobs - offers a tax cut that mostly benefits the rich and sucks public funds into private ventures, in the form of school vouchers.

The governor is also rejecting Medicaid expansion and using the Affordable Care Act exchanges to kick 87,000 Wisconsinites off his stateâÂÂs Badgercare program.

Meanwhile, his promise of creating 250,000 jobs looks less and less likely to happen.

Austerity seems to work about as well in America as it does in Greece. Maybe losing the recall was the best thing that could have happened for WisconsinâÂÂs progressive movement. WalkerâÂÂs job creation record is speaking volumes about attacking the institutions that helped create AmericaâÂÂs middle class."

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 11:49AM
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susanjf_gw

been trying for months to bring their gross disregard for the "average person"..now it's hitting closer to home than ever...

rather than take the millions they spend on making this country rich white men, they'd rather pay fines or ignore "we poor white/black folks" of Detroit...

Here is a link that might be useful: [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/18/business/energy-environment/mountain-of-petroleum-coke-from-oil-sands-rises-in-detroit.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0(http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/18/business/energy-environment/mountain-of-petroleum-coke-from-oil-sands-rises-in-detroit.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 2:55PM
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david52_gw

Looks like the Wisconsin State Legislature is focusing, laser-like, on "Jobs" just like the US House.

Meaning they're passing stuff like mandatory ultrasounds before abortions.

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 3:52PM
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adoptedbyhounds

"...rather than take the millions they spend on making this country rich white men, they'd rather pay fines or ignore "we poor white/black folks" of Detroit..."

How do you think think the Americans you're worried about will benefit if the Koch brothers and liberal politicians stick together and get amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens? Seems to me if you're hurting now, the last thing you need is more people legally competing against you for jobs.

One other thing. If illegals won't be eligible for Obamacare, as the gang of eight claims, but employers can hire them and save all the costs of Obamacare, who will wind up with a job? You? Or formerly illegal aliens with legal status and no Obamacare baggage?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 3:21PM
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david52_gw

The same thing is going on in Kansas.

snip - "In order to finance his tax cuts, Brownback has cut education spending by the largest amount in state history. But in January, a state court ruled the cuts unconstitutional and ordered the government to restore $400 million of school spending. "It seems completely illogical that the state can argue that a reduction in education funding was necessitated by the downturn in the economy and the state's diminishing resources and at the same time cut taxes further," the court stated in its ruling. Brownback has responded on dual fronts: by appealing the ruling to the state Supreme Court and by pushing through a bill that would "reform" the way in which state judges were appointed - allowing Brownback, rather than a panel, to appoint judges directly, giving the governor direct power over the one branch of Kansas government that had been out of his control.

-snip-

What's really important to the people running the show in Kansas - wealthy patrons like the Koch brothers - is the tax bill. Last year, Brownback hired widely discredited economist Arthur Laffer, who has been peddling supply-side theories since his work in the Reagan Administration, as a consultant on tax policy and drew up a budget that Republicans and Democrats alike considered precipitously austere. When it came to the size and swiftness of the tax cuts, the budget was also clearly financially unsustainable, a near-instantaneous deficit-bomb. The moderate Republicans who still controlled the Senate balked - until Brownback promised that if they just passed the bill, its problems would be fixed in the House. The Senators believed him, and allowed the bill to move to the House. Paul Davis, the leader of the House Democrats, remembers assuming there was no way his House Republican colleagues wouldn't fix the bill, "Just because the fiscal note was so massive, and it was so irresponsible."

Recalls Virgil Peck gleefully, "They passed something they didn't think we'd pass. Basically, it was, 'You won't shoot the hostage.' 'Oh? Watch.' And we did."

Now that the bill is law, though, experts are predicting a $267 million deficit by the end of 2013 - down from a $500 million surplus. snip end quote

And like Perry in Texas, Brownback has eyes on a White House run, using Kansas as his prize example of how to run an economy and government.

So thats now three - Perry, Brownback, and Walker, all with crazy far right state legislatures, passing Koch and their libertarian ideology based tax cutting, gvt cutting laws, and all want to run for President.

Here is a link that might be useful: Depressing reading about Kansas

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 9:13PM
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fancifowl(5Pa)

Soros, Bloomburg and others use their money as a weapon, so, whats new? Its only bad if conservatives do this??

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 9:41PM
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don_socal

A weapon to help the general public or to make a profit at the expense of the general public. Wall mart vs. Costco for example.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 12:23AM
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