Saturday, April 12, 2014

Want to know the Koch Brothers' Goals? Here they are

I would love to see Bernie Sanders as President! He's one of the very few politicians in Washington (Elizabeth Warren is another) who is honest and clear-seeing.  Oh, how we need someone like that at the helm of the ship right now!!!!  Although most on my e-mail list will be horrified to read the following, there are a few who will smile in agreement with all the Koch brothers' proposals.  As you read the proposals, it will become immediately apparent which type you are. The Readers' Comments at the end are starting to pour in--you can see more of them at the link for the article at:

by Karoli

There is a lot of talk about the Kochs and how much they spend to influence elections. But what do they expect for their investment?

I write a lot about all the connections the Kochs have to today's dysfunctional elections and politics, but their goals are always more amorphous, it seems. At least, until now.

Senator Bernie Sanders went back in time to 1980, when David Koch ran as the Vice Presidential candidate on the Libertarian ticket. He found their platform for that year, and published it again. It is a manifesto of what David and Charles Koch expect to receive in return for their large investment in American politics.

Here is the list (my emphasis added):

  • We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”
  • “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”
  • “We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.”
  • “We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”
  • “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”
  • “We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence. Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.”
  • We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”
  • “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”
  • “As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”
  • “We support repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”
  • “We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”
  • We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”
  • “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”
  • “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”
  • “We support abolition of the Department of Energy.”
  • “We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”
  • “We demand the return of America's railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”
  • “We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called "self-protection" equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.”
  • “We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”
  • “We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”
  • “We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.”
  • “We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”
  • “We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”
  • “We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”
  • “We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
  • “We support the repeal of all state usury laws.
  • “We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and [we call for the privatization] of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”

    Just thought I'd clarify the second part of that sentence. The Kochs want your public water to be owned by a private corporation, so they can charge you exorbitant fees for drinking water, or simply deny you water if you piss off the corporation.

    The Kochs want everything to be owned by corporations, so that every American is owned by corporations. One big, nasty united state of Koch.

  • They are interested in privatizing the entire nation so they and their friends can own it all and drive the rest of the nation into abject poverty. These two men are evil incarnate.

  • "repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”

    Slavery. Unpaid workers. Most of those stances will end up with a slave class that is thrown away because they are taken from a pool of individuals that must care for themselves. Each worker will die by age 35 and be replaced because they'll be reproducing young enough to have their replacements ready before they die.

    Fred likely left because he didn't like how the Birchers operated, not what they wanted to ultimately do.

  • They are the definition of fascist, pure and simple. They are of the same ilk that American soldiers fought against 65 years ago. We were there to help Europe. There is no one who will help us.

    high-five to bernie sanders

  • Holy Crap!!! Can you imagine what the country would look like in a decade? Frightening to say the very least.

    • Never mind a decade. Repealing all taxes, but in the interim no civil or criminal penalties for non-compliance would ruin us starting today. No money, no anything else.

    • We really don't have to imagine all we need is to review our early industrial age history, its all there in its inglorious shamefulness.

    • And we have five assholes in the Supreme Court that are trying to hand them everything on their evil wish list. It started with getting rid of all campaign finance laws, so the Kochs and their evil buddies can buy our political system.

  • all i can say right now is, watch your back, Bernie. these guys do not play nice.

    Imagine what the world would be like if these depraved monsters got all they wanted.

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