Saturday, September 18, 2010
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Sunday, September 12, 2010
New York Times:
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WASHINGTON — House Democrats were preparing late last year for the first floor vote on the financial regulatory overhaul when Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders summoned more than 100 industry lobbyists and conservative political activists to Capitol Hill for a private strategy session.
The bill’s passage in the House already seemed inevitable. But Mr. Boehner and his deputies told the Wall Street lobbyists and trade association leaders that by teaming up, they could still perhaps block its final passage or at least water it down.
“We need you to get out there and speak up against this,” Mr. Boehner said that December afternoon, according to three people familiar with his remarks, while also warning against cutting side deals with Democrats.
That sort of alliance — they won a few skirmishes, though they lost the war on the regulatory bill — is business as usual for Mr. Boehner, the House minority leader and would-be speaker if Republicans win the House in November. He maintains especially tight ties with a circle of lobbyists and former aides representing some of the nation’s biggest businesses, including Goldman Sachs, Google, Citigroup, R. J. Reynolds, MillerCoors and UPS.
They have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaigns, provided him with rides on their corporate jets, socialized with him at luxury golf resorts and waterfront bashes and are now leading fund-raising efforts for his Boehner for Speaker campaign, which is soliciting checks of up to $37,800 each, the maximum allowed.
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Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
President Obama argues against a return to failed economic policies of the past and outlines a vision for the economy that encourages free markets, benefits the middle class, and promotes fiscal responsibility in a speech at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, OH. September 8, 2010.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
They are well organized--too well organized, in my opinion, for a year-old "grassroots" organization.
The New Yorker takes a look at the billionaire Koch brothers, who operate oil refineries in Alaska and Texas, and their support of Tea Party-like causes.
A columnist for Long Island Press details the myriad conservative think tanks funded by the Koch family.
Every hazardous product manufactured by Koch Industries and every conservative and libertarian think tank established by the family members—Mercatus is eclipsed in absurdity by their other venture, the Cato Institute—pales in comparison to their most important creation to date: the Tea Party. This movement is the culmination of 40-plus years of radical free-market fanaticism beginning with the John Birch Society, of which father Fred was a founding member.Frank Rich of the New York Times also writes about "The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party" calling them:
...the latest incarnation of what the historian Kim Phillips-Fein labeled “Invisible Hands” in her prescient 2009 book of that title: those corporate players who have financed the far right ever since the du Pont brothers spawned the American Liberty League in 1934 to bring down F.D.R. You can draw a straight line from the Liberty League’s crusade against the New Deal “socialism” of Social Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission and child labor laws to the John Birch Society-Barry Goldwater assault on J.F.K. and Medicare to the Koch-Murdoch-backed juggernaut against our “socialist” president.And lo and behold, the Koch brothers pop up again in California politics, having contributed $1 million to Proposition 23, which is a initiative on the November ballot aimed at suspending California’s 2006 law fighting global-warming.
Bottom line...Democrats need to show up to the polls in November to fight against the corporate-sponsored interests of these duped Tea Party activists. They're just pawns in a bigger game.
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