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Gayle in MD
03-29-2011, 03:17 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">......Koch is best known as part of a family that has repeatedly funded stealth attacks on the federal government, and on the Obama Administration in particular.

With his brother Charles, who is seventy-four, David Koch owns virtually all of Koch Industries, a conglomerate, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, whose annual revenues are estimated to be a hundred billion dollars. The company has grown spectacularly since their father, Fred, died, in 1967, and the brothers took charge. <span style='font-size: 11pt'>The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, and control some four thousand miles of pipeline. </span>Koch Industries owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra, among other products. Forbes ranks it as the second-largest private company in the country, after Cargill, and its consistent profitability has made David and Charles Koch—who, years ago, bought out two other brothers—among the richest men in America. Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests. In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States.</span> And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a <span style='font-size: 14pt'>“kingpin of climate science denial.”</span> The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.

In a statement, Koch Industries said that the Greenpeace report “distorts the environmental record of our companies.” And David Koch, in a recent, admiring article about him in New York, protested that the “radical press” had turned his family into “whipping boys,” and had exaggerated its influence on American politics. <span style='font-size: 14pt'>But Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan watchdog group, said, “The Kochs are on a whole different level. There’s no one else who has spent this much money. The sheer dimension of it is what sets them apart. They have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation, and obfuscation. I’ve been in Washington since Watergate, and I’ve never seen anything like it. They are the Standard Oil of our times.”</span>

A few weeks after the Lincoln Center gala, the advocacy wing of the <span style='font-size: 14pt'>Americans for Prosperity Foundation—an organization that David Koch started</span>, in 2004—held a different kind of gathering. Over the July 4th weekend, a summit called Texas Defending the American Dream took place in a chilly hotel ballroom in Austin. <span style='font-size: 14pt'>Though Koch freely promotes his philanthropic ventures, he did not attend the summit, and his name was not in evidence. And on this occasion the audience was roused not by a dance performance but by a series of speakers denouncing President Barack Obama. Peggy Venable, the organizer of the summit, warned that Administration officials “have a socialist vision for this country.” </span>

Five hundred people attended the summit, which served, in part, as <span style='font-size: 14pt'>a training session for Tea Party activists in Texas</span>. An advertisement cast the event as a populist uprising against vested corporate power. “<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Today, the voices of average Americans are being drowned out by lobbyists and special interests,” it said. “But you can do something about it.” The pitch made no mention of its corporate funders.</span> The White House has expressed frustration that such sponsors have largely eluded public notice. David Axelrod, Obama’s senior adviser, said,<span style='font-size: 14pt'> “What they don’t say is that, in part, this is a grassroots citizens’ movement brought to you by a bunch of oil billionaires.” </span>
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03-29-2011, 04:54 AM
Dearheart, I'm only responding to you directly this time out of human compassion.

There is no such thing as the libertarian fascism that you are being spoon fed.

Libertarianism is a small mini state belief.

Fascism is a maximum state believe.

If you would ever learn the meanings of the words you use, you would realize that:

- George Walker Bush

- Barack Hussein Obama Junior

- Joseph Robinette Biden

- Richard Bruce Cheney

- Albert Arnold Gore Junior

- William Jefferson Clinton

and yourself are all fascists demanding ever more power be given to the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent state that you so dearly love.

Gayle in MD
03-29-2011, 10:46 AM