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Friday, November 08, 2013

Koch Brothers: Biblethumpers, NOT Libertarians

Most people think the Koch Brothers are using their inherited billions to fund pro-business anti-regulation causes and aren’t interested in the Christian Right’s social agenda.


An investigation by Politico and RH Reality Check has uncovered a vipers’ nest of Biblehump organizations that are secretly funded by the Koch Brothers.  Tax documents show that Koch-funded “pro business” groups are pouring money into state legislatures’ attempts to close abortion clinics and ban birth control.

Senior Washington correspondent Adele Stan said:

“There is little doubt that the rash of anti-choice measures that flooded the legislative dockets in state capitols in 2013 was a coordinated effort by anti-choice groups and major right-wing donors lurking anonymously behind the facades of the non-profit ‘social welfare’ organizations unleashed to tear up the political landscape, thanks to the high court’s decision in Citizens United.  Helping to drive the right-wing offensive in the states and in Congress is a network of deep-pocketed business titans convened by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.”

A Koch Brothers’ shell company, Freedom Partners, is the main clearinghouse for these anonymous donations.  About two hundred donors give an average of $100,000 apiece, each year, to Freedom Partners.  Freedom Partners, in turn, has funneled this money into the following Astroturf groups:

Center to Protect Patient Rights, a gang of teabaggers dedicated to fighting the twin evils of abortion and Obamacare;

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, which pushes the Talibangelical “Christian” agenda;

Generation Opportunity, a cult group that’s trying to lure “Liberty-loving” young people into their parlor;

And we’re all familiar with the infamous Americans for Prosperity.

The president and editor-in-chief of RH Reality Check describes this confluence of gutting the safety net and all regulations while bringing back the Salem Witch Trials:

“It is a marriage of ‘church and commerce’ not previously seen in the United States.  Now it is clear that the Koch brothers are pouring money into a policy agenda that recognizes both corporations and fertilized eggs as people, but not the personhood of women.”

Yup, “Limited Government” in all its glory.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gotta believe the Koch brothers are playing with fire, potentially funding religious firebrands that may decide to go a step farther and perhaps even turn against the Kochs.

It would be the Spanish Inquisition and the Moral Majority all over again.


November 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

Libertarians are deluded fools. As overwhelmingly privileged young white males, they can't imagine a day when the Rich treat them the same way they treat minorities and women.

And the 'smaller' government the Rich want is one that fits neatly in their pocket.

November 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I agree, the Koch Brothers and other "free market" billionaires might end up creating a monster and getting hoisted on their own petard.

Grung: You're right, Libertarians are deluded. They can't grasp the difference between a simple abstract theory and the complications and unpredictable-ness of real life in the real world.

November 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Combine this, with what was on Maddow last night, just a re-cap mainly, about how Hagee etc. ran Bush/mid east foreign policy and it all pretty much was about bringing about end times.

Libertarians scare the shit out of me. Of course I have the luxury of having lived near Ron Paul's district for a few decades. Fucking phonies. Ayn Rand was a cunt. Nothing has changed with them. Now they have the tin foil hat crowd with them, in a big way, and the disaffected republicans with them (teabaggers), just a matter of time before they fuck over the whole country and bankrupt every municipality and corporations will rule forever. But the ANNOYING libertarians will just say, "oh, nothing has changed".

November 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anon.: I agree, Hagee and the rest of the Christian/Dominionist fanatics are determined to take the whole world off a cliff. It won't matter to them, since the Rapture will whisk all the Biblewipes up to Heaven.

November 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM  

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