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The Koch Brothers

Could the tycoon duo's fortune put the radical right into the White House?

Bob Abeshouse, Al-Jazeera

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Paul Oman for this contribution.

Charles and David Koch are each worth about $25bn, which makes them the fourth richest Americans. When you combine their fortunes, they are the third wealthiest people in the world. Radical libertarians who use their money to oppose government and virtually all regulation as interference with the free market, the Kochs are in a class of their own as players on the American political stage. Their web of influence in the US stretches from state capitals to the halls of congress in Washington DC.

The Koch brothers fueled the conservative Tea Party movement that vigorously opposes Barack Obama, the US president. They fund efforts to derail action on global warming, and support politicians who object to raising taxes on corporations or the wealthy to help fix America’s fiscal problems. According to New Yorker writer Jane Mayer, who wrote a groundbreaking exposé of the Kochs in 2010, they have built a top to bottom operation to shape public policy that has been "incredibly effective. They are so rich that their pockets are almost bottomless, and they can keep pouring money into this whole process".

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July 4th "Convention in Philly" is DIS-Information, MIS-Information, and CO-optation

  • What must be noted is, except for points #16 & 17, the whole damn 20 Point document is "D" Party, through and through.
  • Occupy Wall Street's Plans For A National Convention

Bill Perry, Evergreene Digest

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Here is the 20 point Platform of the Co-opt Team that got big coverage on the Oct 15th.

Move On.org, Jobs with Justice (JwJ), Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), George Soros operatives, Van Jones, and other "D" operatives tried to hijack #Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) with these 20 talking points.  (Waaay below, I explain the way they did it.)

What must be noted is, except for points #16 & 17, the whole damn 20 Point document is "D" Party, through and through.

Here's why:

The co-opters want 11 folks per Congressional District (there are 435, nationally) to choose 2 folks to rep each District.

That's 11 folks X 435 Districts = 4,785 folks to decide who the 2 Reps X 435 Districts= 870 Reps for July 4th Philly "Convention."

How in hell do we get reps for Alabama, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Idaho, Mississippi, etc., where there is no Green Party, and certainly no motivated, activist anarchists?

Look at a major State like PA. 19 Districts, and 2 "Occupations"... Philly & Pittsburgh.  Philly & the Burgh "Occupations" draw from maybe 9 or 10 Districts.   Who has infrastructure & organization in place to get 11 folks from each god-forsaken district to pick 2 Reps from the other 9 or 10 Districts?  Only the "D" Party

Look at NJ. 2 Occupations (Trenton & Jersey City) draw from maybe 6 Districts, out of 13 NJ Districts.   Where do the other 7 Districts draw 77 folks to pick their 2 Reps  per district?

NY State has 29 Districts.  Maybe half the 29 Districts have peeps at #OWS.  What 165 people pick the other 30 NY state reps?  Who has infrastructure & organization in place to get 11 folks from each god forsaken district to pick 2 Reps from the other 15 NY Districts? Only the "D" Party can pay travel, lodging, etc, to Philly.

Does Maryland have 8 Districts X 11 folks per dist, to pick their 16 Reps for Philly?  Maybe in Montgomery, PG, Balto., Anne Arundel, Hartford areas, but what about the DelMarVa peeps?  The Hagerstown mountaineers?   How many groups of 11 are not going to be Dem operatives?

Move On.org, Jobs with Justice (JwJ), Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), George Soros operatives, Van Jones, and other "D" operatives have laid out the blueprint for co-opting the entire movement.   They are doing what the 1% can't do... totally co-opt an idea....stealing the energy, courage, & love of folks who will be really dispirited, when they learn they've been suckered into the re-elect obomba machine...And personal friends get associated with this tripe, this co-optation bullshit?

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Occupy Wall Street's Plans For A National Convention, Linette Lopez, Business Insider

  • It Could Change The Face Of America
  • Occupy Wall Street Protesters Propose A National Convention, Release Potential Demands

 

Financial Regulation Kills Jobs? Perhaps Not

Regulations can have a long-term, positive effect on overall economic growth by preventing the types of crises that put an industry on life-support.

Marian Wang, ProPublica

With the presidential campaign in motion, and President Obama urging immediate passage of his new jobs bill, the attention in Washington has shifted almost exclusively to the economy and job creation.

And that means a shift away from regulation, right? Not necessarily.

Some regulators and financial industry experts are predicting the opposite—that new financial regulations will spur some growth.

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Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Would Give Thousands Back to Millionaires

  • Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan would give every American making more than $1 million an average tax cut of $455,000.
  • At the same time, those with incomes below $200,000 -- 84 percent of taxpayers -- would see their taxes increase under the Cain plan.

Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers/Truthout

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David Horsey

Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan would give every American making more than $1 million an average tax cut of $455,000, according to a new independent analysis.

All Americans with incomes above $200,000 would get tax cuts under the Republican presidential candidate’s dramatic proposal, according to the analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a joint effort of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, both respected center-left policy-research centers.

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Chris Hedges shuts down CBC Kevin O'Leary

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

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Occupy Wall Street - Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges shuts down CBC commentator Kevin O'Leary as they discuss Wall Street protests.

Notice how Hedges does not go down to level of the TV host who launches an ad hominen attack while interviewing him.

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CBC issues apology on 2011-10-18
CBC: "The watchdog says hundreds of complaints were filed after Mr. O'Leary called the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist "a nutbar" during CBC News Network's The Lang & O'Leary Exchange on Oct. 6. The remark came during a seven-minute segment about the Occupy Wall Street protests unfolding in the United States."

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