The far right is upset because of the “hit” piece against the Koch Brothers. It is not a hit piece. The Koch response is rather pathetic, to say the least.
The Koch Brothers are the libertarian version of George Soros. If you are liberal, you think George Soros is fine. If you are anti-immigration John Tanton is the Holy Grail. If you are conservative you think that Richard Scaife is fine. There is nothing wrong with them – any of them, in that they have a Constitutional right to do what they do.
I have a Constitutional right NOT to like what they do. They are manipulators all. When just a few of very wealthy individuals use their money to manipulate the political scene. When people like this do what they do, they bother me. They disturb me.
For months The Pink Flamingo has been working on the connections between the libertarians, John Birchers, Glenn Beck, the Tea Parties, and the hate Republicans crowd. We should be very afraid of these men. They are the libertarian version of George Soros – with all the little libertarian idiots going around quoting them:
Exhibit A is below:
“...In 1958, Fred Koch became one of the original members of the John Birch Society, the arch-conservative group known, in part, for a highly skeptical view of governance and for spreading fears of a Communist takeover. Members considered President Dwight D. Eisenhower to be a Communist agent. In a self-published broadside, Koch claimed that “the Communists have infiltrated both the Democrat and Republican Parties.” He wrote admiringly of Benito Mussolini’s suppression of Communists in Italy, and disparagingly of the American civil-rights movement. “The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America,” he warned. Welfare was a secret plot to attract rural blacks to cities, where they would foment “a vicious race war.” In a 1963 speech that prefigures the Tea Party’s talk of a secret socialist plot, Koch predicted that Communists would “infiltrate the highest offices of government in the U.S. until the President is a Communist, unknown to the rest of us.”…”
Who are the Koch Brothers and why should we care?
“…The anti-government fervor infusing the 2010 elections represents a political triumph for the Kochs. By giving money to “educate,” fund, and organize Tea Party protesters, they have helped turn their private agenda into a mass movement. Bruce Bartlett, a conservative economist and a historian, who once worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based think tank that the Kochs fund, said, “The problem with the whole libertarian movement is that it’s been all chiefs and no Indians. There haven’t been any actual people, like voters, who give a crap about it. So the problem for the Kochs has been trying to create a movement.” With the emergence of the Tea Party, he said, “everyone suddenly sees that for the first time there are Indians out there—people who can provide real ideological power.” The Kochs, he said, are “trying to shape and control and channel the populist uprising into their own policies.”
A Republican campaign consultant who has done research on behalf of Charles and David Koch said of the Tea Party, “The Koch brothers gave the money that founded it. It’s like they put the seeds in the ground. Then the rainstorm comes, and the frogs come out of the mud—and they’re our candidates!”…”
What you also need to know is this is the bunch who are after NORMAL Republicans like Lindsey, John McCain, etc.
They are big funders of Americans for Prosperity.
“…Now, back to Glenn Beck and Rupert Murdoch. Fox will likely tell you that Beck’s event is a Beck, not a Fox, extravaganza. Sure, but what is the source of Beck’s fame? Where does he promote his event? Fox News, of course. Do you really think he’d be doing that without Rupert’s blessing?…Actually two of the five News Corp.-affiliated speakers were paid contributors to Fox at the time (Michelle Malkin and Jim Pinkerton), while two (Stephen Moore and John Fund) were — and still are — full-time employees of the Wall Street Journal, which is also owned by News Corp.
What Koch and Murdoch share in common is a brutally anti-regulatory agenda for big business, one that subjects the well-being of the everyday person to the whims of shareholders and CEOs. If what it takes to maintain the loyalty of Tea Party ground troops is a subsidized trip to D.C. to attend a fun-filled event designed as an act of race-baiting, well, then, that’s a small price to pay to further the enactment of an agenda that could reap billions for the men who are advancing it….”
Regular Pink Flamingo readers will never, in a million years, be able to guess that The Pink Flamingo has no use for libertarians. I think they are intrinsically dishonest. This said, Jane Mayer has an interesting piece we should all read about Charles and David Koch. It will make your skin crawl.
From the Frum Forum:
“...Further, as Mayer herself mentions briefly, there has been plenty of funding for causes unrelated to Koch business interests. Such initiatives include the Institute for Justice’s role in the groundbreaking Kelo v. City of New London case, the Cato Institute’s non-interventionist foreign policy school of thought, and the Mercatus Center’s Enterprise Africa program. (Full disclosure: I was formerly a beneficiary of a Koch Summer Fellowship, which funds students working in free-market think-tanks, which I might add is another venture not related to Koch business interests)
So how self-serving are Charles and David Koch? If you think about it, funding a plethora of free-market groups seems like an odd path to profit. If these organizations exist to serve the corporate interests of Koch Industries, why not replace them with a lobbying firm that would directly advocate on the niche issues that affect their businesses? Why bother educating students or organizing protests? The answer seems pretty clear to me: the Kochs genuinely care about the ideas, and genuinely believe that free-market methods are the path to prosperity.
And this is what Mayer gets right in her article, the concept that the Koch brothers have been the driving force behind the ideas, the phrases, and the organizational skills that now animate Tea Partiers. While the Koch brothers don’t share the frustration that drives the anti-government protests that have sprung up since President Obama’s election, they share a consensus on the solutions for digging out of today’s economic problems.
But the Tea Partiers aren’t controlled by Koch influences, just guided by them – try telling an activist that they’re an agent of the Koch family! The Tea Party just can’t be seriously controlled, only educated.
Mayer’s piece is a valuable addition to the growing number of pieces on the Koch brothers’ hand in contemporary politics. It’s an indispensible read in terms of understanding how the Koch family funds ideas, even if the ‘why’ is a bit off….”
“...The AFP is the third largest recipient of funding from the Koch Family Foundations, behind the Cato Institute and the George Mason University Foundation. Before 2003, when the AFP was still named the Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, it received $18,460,912 in funding. 84% of that funding came from the Koch Family Foundations ($12,906,712) and the Scaife Family Foundations ($2,510,000). Koch Family Foundations is funded by Koch Industries. According to Forbes, Koch Industries is the second largest privately-held company, and the largest privately owned energy company, in the United States. Koch industries has made its money in the oil business, primarily oil refining. Presently, it holds stakes in pipelines, refineries, fertilizer, forest products, and chemical technology. Americans for Prosperity is also connected to oil giant ExxonMobil. According to ExxonSecrets, between the years 1998-2001, Citizens for A Sound Economy and Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation received $380,250 from Exxon Mobil….”
The Koch family fund Americans for Prosperity. They are working directly with the tea parties, pouring big money into it. They deny there is a connection between the tea parties, but….
They are part of the bunch spreading lies about Lindsey, going after him.