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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Koch Industries: Spend Billions Financing the Teabaggers, Then Beg for Government Handouts

Gotta hand it to those Koch Brothers, aka the Kochtopus. They’ve spent bazillions out of their own pockets to get the inbreds all riled up against Death Panels and Obamacare. They’ve spent so much money, they’re now trying to get some of it back — from the exact same health care law that they spent billions trying to defeat.

The word “Irony” comes to mind, only that’s too many syllables for the useful idiots who keep enabling the Kochtopus.

One feature of the dreaded Obamacare is the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program — a $5 billion program that helps employers maintain coverage for early retirees who aren’t yet eligible for Medicare. And one of the applicants for this socialist giveaway is — as you’ve guessed — Koch Industries. Two-faced son of a cocksucker.

The Koch Brothers aren’t quite as well known as Dick Armey, FreedomWorks, Americans For Prosperity or what’s-his-name from West Virginia who murdered all those coal miners a few months ago. But this family is possibly the single biggest bankroller of extreme rightwing causes, from the 1960s to the present.

From the John Birch Society, fifty years ago, to today’s Astroturf teabaggers — you can follow the money back to the Koch Family.

How do we cut that serpent’s head off?

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Blogger Randal Graves said...

They'll privately take the handout, but they publicly won't like it.

September 1, 2010 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Well we know what products to boycott and speak out against. "Koch Industries owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra."

September 1, 2010 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger Suzan said...

An informed populace is the only way (sigh!).

Love your work, baby.

I'm plugging you over at my place.

No, not that way.


The word “Irony” comes to mind, only that’s too many syllables for the useful idiots who keep enabling the Kochtopus.

And the word "irony" never occurs to me about these self-righteous idjit specimens (would that they were on someone's slab right now).

My words for them are "loathesome, disgusting, venal scumbags."

And much worse.


September 1, 2010 at 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read that article in the New Yorker.

They're nazis;always have been,always will be.

September 1, 2010 at 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny on how almost half the shows on Liberal PBS have their name as a sponsor.


The previous Anon was not me

September 1, 2010 at 11:20 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

This really is ironic, but it comes as no surprise. The Koch brothers amassed their billions through pragmatic greed, not by standing on high principles.

Everyone should read the lengthy but excellent New Yorker article on these ultraconservative and ultra proactive turds.

September 1, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Screamin' Mimi said...


September 1, 2010 at 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

The Koch family and the Bush family have been fellow travelers on the Nazi/traitor path for many generations. The fact that today's Rushpubliscums revere them tells us all we need to know about the Rushpubliscum Party of the here and now.

September 1, 2010 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it.

Dave: Good to know. I can at least change paper towel brands; and no more Dixie cups.

Suzan: Thanks for the plug. I agree with "loathesome, disgusting, venal scumbags."

Anonymous: Agreed. I'm glad the New Yorker is publicizing this.

Erik: I didn't know that. I can't decide whether the Koch Brothers are closet liberals, or just doing it for the tax write-off :)

SW: Pragmatic greed -- good description of how that kind of person accumulated their wealth. We subscribe to the New Yorker. I don't usually have the attention span for their looong articles, but I'll try to make myself read it. In any case I'm glad the New Yorker has printed the story and brought it to a larger audience.

SM: Koch-suckers -- LOL.

JR: That's true, the Koch Family and the Bush Crime Family are 2 of our best and brightest Nazi/traitor families.

September 1, 2010 at 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

They may not be as well known as dick and his army but, BUT they fund just as many of these righty sites, perhaps more than he does. I am trying to find the information I saw this morning, there had to be at least 9 different right or republican causes they alone have funded with their coin. Now they can go ahead and get help from our tax dollars to fund the righties. It's like funding terrorism using oil money. We can't win for losing with the wealthiest few.

September 1, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: And they've been funding and masterminding these rightwing nutcase groups since the 1960s. The John Birch Society and today's teabaggers all have the same wizard behind the curtain, pulling the strings. That's creepy.

September 1, 2010 at 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knew I would remember where I saw the funding the bros Koch have done for righty causes. For your enjoyment some of the list. Now they are onto globbing onto the jobs thing and doing some astroturfing.

• FreedomWorks, whose Koch-founded precursor, Citizens for a Sound Economy, received some $5.7 million from Koch foundations.
• Americans for Prosperity, which received at least $5.1 million from Koch Foundations from 2005-2008 and is an offshoot of the Koch-founded Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, which itself received more than $6 million from Koch foundations.
• The American Highway Users Alliance, of which Koch Industries is a member.
• Americans for Tax Reform, which received $60,000 from Koch Foundations from 1997-2008.
• The Institute for Policy Innovation, which received $35,000 from Koch foundations.
• The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, of which Koch Industries is a member.
• The National Taxpayers Union, which has received $20,000 from Koch foundations.
• The Natural Gas Supply Association, of which Koch Industries appears to be a member.
• The Texas Prosperity Project, on whose board of directors sits Bill Oswald, Government & Regulatory Affairs Director at Koch Industries.
• The Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, which recently held an event sponsored by Flint Hills Resources, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.

The Rally for Jobs tour is the latest astroturf attempt by Koch and the rest of Big Oil to use the economic anxiety gripping the nation to stave off any new attempts to crack down on the industry’s emissions and to block new accountability measures in the wake of the BP oil disaster.

September 2, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Ahhh, last comment was me guys. Sorry.

September 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Dammit, thought I had put the link to thinkprogress for the list. Anyway Thinkprogress had come up with the list of these astroturf places on an article the were doing about the bros Koch. I have been passing this thing around many places today and this is the second time I forgot about the link. Oh and the righties are not liking Thinkprogress having all this info up. It is not true righty pseudonym(can't give it away now can I), you are just making this up and so are they.

September 2, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

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