Koch-backed study finds ‘Medicare for All’ would save U.S. trillions – Think Progress

A single-payer Medicare for All system would reduce the amount the U.S. spends on health care by more than $2 trillion, a Koch brothers-funded study released Monday found.

Research by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University — a libertarian think tank backed by the Koch brothers — projected that the Medicare for All plan championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would cost the government $32.6 trillion over 10 years. The highly critical report found that even doubling all federal individual and corporate income taxes would not cover the costs of Sanders’ Medicare for All plan.

The study did conclude, however, that Medicare for All would result in significant savings for the government because of lower prescription drug costs, saving $846 billion over the next decade. Streamlined administrative costs under the plan would save another $1.6 trillion, the researchers at the Mercatus Center found. (Read more)

Koch group condemns ‘divisiveness’ and ‘lack of leadership’ in Washington – Washington Post

The Gate Keeper: It is getting gooder, gooder and damn gooder!

COLORADO SPRINGS — Top officials with the donor network affiliated with billionaire industrialist Charles Koch this weekend sought to distance the network from the Republican Party and President Trump, citing tariff and immigration policies and “divisive” rhetoric out of Washington.

At a gathering of hundreds of donors at the Broadmoor resort here, officials reiterated their plans to spend as much as $400 million on policy issues and political campaigns during the 2018 cycle. Earlier this year, they announced heavy spending on helping Republicans hold the Senate. But in a warning shot to Trump and the GOP, network co-chair Brian Hooks lamented “tremendous lack of leadership” in Trump’s Washington and the “deterioration of the core institutions of society.”

He called out the White House and Trump-allied GOP lawmakers, particularly over trade policy and increased federal spending, and added that “the divisiveness of this White House is causing long-term damage.” (Read More)

The Kochs’ Very Profitable War On Busses and Mass Transit – Politicususa

Anyone even remotely familiar with the Koch brothers is aware the billionaire oil magnates are pro-anything that translates into more personal profits for themselves, and anti-anything that does not explicitly advance their business interests and increase their wealth. Inherent in increasing their wealth is promoting policies and agendas that force Americans to buy more gasoline which is why there is a dearth of options to driving a car on this sad country’s pitiful roads,  and why America’s mass transit systems lag the rest of the civilized world. Whether it is paying Republican governors, state legislators, or congressional representatives the Kochs are behind every last effort to kill alternatives to driving. They have successfully blocked several states’ high speed rail projects, and obstructed community progress on bike lanes, light rail, bus rapid transit, or urban communities’ “walkability” factor; any mode of transportation that keeps Americans from driving cars and purchasing gas. (Source: Read more)

NC education department used Koch-funded group for proposed history lessons – News & Observer

State high school social studies teachers would be encouraged to use curriculum materials prepared by an institute funded by the conservative Koch family, under a proposal the Department of Public Instruction presented Wednesday.

The Bill of Rights Institute, based in Virginia, had a $100,000, sole-source contract with the state to help develop materials for teachers to use in a course on founding principles that the state requires students to take. The institute was founded in 1999 and receives grants from David H. Koch, the Charles Koch Foundation, and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, according to a website on Koch family philanthropies. (Source: Read more)

United Negro College Fund receives $25 million grant from the Koch brothers

The Political Agitator Response: Damn so this suppose to make it right? Hell how much have they spent on elections that could have gone to better use? SMDH! It would be ignant for the UNCF to not accept the funds. But to accept the funds and be ignant about the total picture. Well!

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Negro College Fund announced a $25 million grant Friday from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation — a large donation from the conservative powerhouse Koch name that Democrats have sought to vilify heading into the 2014 midterm elections.

The UNCF, known for its iconic motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” supports historically black colleges and universities and provides scholarships.

From the donation, $18.5 million will go toward nearly 3,000 merit-based scholarships to African-American students, and $6.5 million will go toward general support for historically black colleges and universities and the UNCF. (Source: Read more)

Money fuels N.C. Supreme Court race – Wilson Times

Justice Robin Hudson says the Koch brothers are part of a conservative coalition bankrolling a bid to unseat her from the North Carolina Supreme Court.

The veteran judge and trial attorney told Wilson County Democrats that right-leaning political powerhouses are supporting both of her opponents in the May 6 primary in order to replace an impartial arbiter with a Republican ideologue.

"I don’t know what their agenda is,” Hudson said, "but apparently, they don’t want someone who’s going to be fair-minded and impartial. I just call it as I see it under the law and under the Constitution. We need judges who come without a political or a personal agenda. We need judges who are going to be fair.” (Source: Read more)

David Koch breaks from GOP on gay marriage, taxes, defense cuts – Politico

TAMPA, Fla. – Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who is helping steer millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans, on Thursday told POLITICO he disagrees with the GOP’s stance on gay marriage and believes the U.S. needs to consider raising taxes to balance the budget.

Koch, who is serving as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from New York, spoke to POLITICO after delivering brief remarks at a reception held in his honor by Americans for Prosperity, the political advocacy group he chairs and has helped fund. (More)

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Koch brothers’ non-profit hits the ground in swing states

GARNER, N.C. – Clutching Samsung tablets filled with interactive maps, eight conservative activists gathered in a Food Lion parking lot here on a sweltering summer afternoon to get their marching orders.

Knock on doors in this Raleigh suburb and identify residents opposed to President Obama‘s health care law and his stewardship of the economy — all part of an ambitious voter-outreach campaign by Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch that is emerging as one of biggest outside forces of the 2012 election. (More)

Not Voting? The Koch Brothers Thank You – HuffPost

Response: And those who do not vote if things get rough then don’t say a damn word. If you don’t participate in the process then after November you don’t need to complain about anything. You see anyone that knows you will be able to go online to see if you voted.

I don’t know what’s worse: Is it that a party would deliberately seek to deny American citizens the right to vote knowing full well the extraordinary sacrifices that went into securing those rights? Or is it that there are so many Americans who – with that same knowledge of sacrifice and for whatever unsatisfactory reason — decide to give in to apathy and simply choose not to vote? (More)

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Herman Cain, Koch Brothers’ ‘Brother From Another Mother,’ Defends Ties To Conservative Group (VIDEO) – Source: HuffPost Politics

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain spoke at an Americans for Prosperity event Friday, and proudly claimed to be the "Koch brothers’ brother from another mother."

"I’m proud to know the Koch brothers. I’m very proud to know the Koch brothers. They make it sound like that we have had time to go fishing together, hunting together, skiing together, golfing together," Cain told the audience. "Just so I can clarify this to the media, this may be a new announcement for the media: I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother. Yes. I am their brother from another mother, and proud of it. You see, the reason that I am running for president, folks, is because I want to unite the United States of America, not divide the United States of America." (Read more)

Response: “Big Daddy Cain” has lost it again. Unite the United States, not divide? Really? I do like the “brother from another mother” ignance because he thinks that those brothers love him, then he is more ignant than I gave him credit for. This brother is being used by Republicans and these brothers to attempt to win the black vote. But I don’t fault this brother because if black folks fall for this mess then they are to blame for their ignance. Curmilus Dancy II – The Political Agitator

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[KOCH] Billionaires who own the tea party movement

I’m almost as old as the KOCH Bros, although living at the opposite end of the financial spectrum, surviving on Social Security and Food Stamps.  But I remember their father well.  When I was in college learning the difference between liberal and conservative, and the ethical difference between right and wrong, their father was pouring his money into an obscure right-wing organization.

I knew the John Birch Society was so fascist and greed-driven that surely it would wither and die, ignored by all the great Americans who had won WWII at home and abroad, fighting to save the World and Our Democracy from domination by Hitler’s Naziism.  What I did not realize at that time was that there were Sociopathic fascists right here in America who more quietly shared his same Nazi compulsion for World Domination. One of their leaders was Fred Koch.

While Fred’s sons were reared in wealth stolen from others, I worked my way thru college like millions of Americans did during the 60s, with a working wife, help from parents and student loans, even dropping out a year to work.  When I remember struggling to pay tuition of less than $200 per semester at a state college, it boggles my mind how much I paid to send my youngest son to a sister state university 4 decades later, and cannot understand how any University administrator can sleep at night charging what they do today.  Universities have evolved as a fascist tool to keep the intellectual population in debt, so they will owe their souls to Corporate Fascism, and not rebel before being fully inducted into the Corporate Clan.

In a college psych course, I learned this truth:  if you take a frog and throw it into a pot of hot water, it will instantly jump out as an automatic defense reaction.  However, if you put the same frog in a pot of cool water, then raise the temperature slowly enough, it will sit there contentedly until it cooks.

Americans today are the frogs of Corporate Fascism.  Throwing us in hot water was WWII.  We fought Naziism as a Holy War, knowing fascism was evil and an invention of Satan.  For each generation thereafter, American Corporate Fascists have turned up the heat slowly, war after war, all the while stealing more of the American Dream from a healthy and happy Middle Class, born out of prosperity from winning WWII, preserving democracy and crushing fascism.  Democracy doesn’t work without a strong Middle Class, as all Corporate Fascists know.

By 1980, Corporate Fascism had grown strong enough to begin dismantling the safeguards that had been built by FDR a half century before, to protect us from America’s Fascist Corporations, masquerading under the misnomer of "conservatives".  Conservatives conserve nothing but the wealth of the wealthiest.

They put an actor puppet with Alzheimer’s in the White House, and began seriously buying Congress with accelerated Corporate profits caused by Democratic Presidents having paid off the War debt, all the while increasing wealth of American Fascists like the Koch Bros.  Today Charles and David are among the richest Nazis in the World, and they are winning their War against Democracy without firing a shot, tho not without murdering more Americans than Osama bin Laden did.

Like Hitler, everyone they have murdered was done legally. Whenever their crimes are about to be exposed — as when during the Healthcare debate it was revealed that Insurance Corporations murder 46,000 Americans per year — they use Projection to divert attention, claiming the mean old Government was setting up Death Panels, when they knew absolutely that Death Panels had been used by the Insurance Companies to increase profits since they were founded.  Never mind the insanity of such a statement: the Government had NO reason for Death Panels, while Insurance Companies had EVERY reason to torture and murder Americans to increase profits by denying coverage and refusing to pay claims.

The evil Koch Twins of American Nazism employ dozens of highly paid staff in Washington, backed by their unearned billions, to influence hundreds of pieces of Legislation in Congress, each and every one intended to make rich Nazis richer, and to cover up reality of the slaughter and torture of Americans along the pathway to their increased wealth. 

The frog is cooking in the water, unaware that heat has been steadily turned up this past century, to destroy democracy itself, replacing it with total dependence on a Global One-World-Order Military-Industrial-Media-Healthcare Corporate Fascism that would make Hitler drool with envy.  They thought they had it made when they elected an ex-alcoholic AWOL born-again oil-rich Texas boob as President.  Unlike Ronnie Rayguns, most of the time he could remember his lines, and did what he was told to do.  Then, to cement his feet in history, they allowed over 3000 Americans to be mass murdered, while his brain-behind-the-throne-Vice-President, Satan’s Deputy Henchman, launched their fascist wet dream of endless Oil Wars.

But as the 21st Century opened, they turned the heat up too fast, causing Global Economic Collapse, and were afraid the frog might jump.  So they chose an ancient "conservative" and an unknown whacko chickie to make certain that the Party they had totally bought, the Rethugs, would loose. Thats how a symbol of deep racial hatred was elected, so that all attention would be focused away from the Nazis, and toward the N*gger, knowing they could tie enough financial strings to him and make him dance to their fiddle playing.

And so it came to pass that the evil Nazi twins used their billions to birth a fraud wrapped in the false patriotism of a yellow flag with a snake on it, the tea party movement.  When I grew up yellow was the color of cowardice, and a snake lured Adam and Eve from God’s Garden.  It’s still the same.

Like their father before them, the Koch Brothers financed the fraud Americans for Prosperity to build the tea party nationally, and FreedomWorks (but only for the rich).

Brainwashing those simpletons already addicted to the FOXpox was a piece of cake.  Getting them to scream their hatred at Town Hall staged media events was as easy as poking a snake with a stick. 

All the while, professional con artists who are paid six figure salaries to incite the tea party were snickering at how easy it was to get these dolts to work for billionaire Nazis for free.

Having them march as their Storm Troopers draped with colorful fragments of American flags made them seem legitimate on TV, by co-opting an anti-war tactics of the late 60s, when fascists back then were claiming that desecrating the flag by wearing it was treasonous. A different generation failed to notice that black had been turned into white, a tactic perfected by Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.

But the frog was cooking again.

Lately, these chefs impatient to destroy the Middle Class and democracy in their lifetimes have been turning up the heat too fast.  The frog is catching on that it is being cooked.  Sacrilege and blasphemy against Corporate Fascism are showing up inside the temples. 

US Uncut imported from England shoves fascism back up their noses inside (gasp!) Banks themselves.  And just recently, infidels invaded a supreme historical symbol of oppression, from Hitler’s Wagnerian Nazism to America’s Koch Fascism:  the Opera!

While a Premiere Film was projected on the outside walls of New York’s Lincoln Center from a hotel window across the street over heads of a thousand in a gathered audience below, this bit of truth was pasted on a wall inside, to show all the world who our 21st Century Nazi enemies are.
 
 
You can see this magnificent short film that was projected on Lincoln Center, and hear sung one of the most incredible American Operas ever produced here at KochBlocked.com 

As a lifelong media person, I must admit that tears of joy come each time I watch it.

And the Koch brainwashed bauble-headed tea party fake-patriot Armey marches on into oblivion, thoroughly conned into believing that they are actually in control of anything at all.

Please God, may I live long enough to see the collapse of Koch tea party Naziism in America, and the restoration of Your blessings of democracy to an again thriving Middle Class.  By your Mercy, send all of Satan’s Sociopaths back tohell from whence they came.
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BTW: one American pronunciation of the Koch family name is Coke.  Another is ‘cook’, as in frogs.
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Ignant Column: I Just Love It When They Change The Rules To Justify Their Ignance In re: David Koch Gives President Obama Zero Credit for Bin Laden’s Death

I just love it when they change the rules to justify their ignance. The President of these United States is the Commander in Chief so whatever happens under his administration is somewhat in direct relations to him. Over the years when other things have happened under the leadership of the white man, they received credit but now “Our” President haters continue to show just how ignant they are. Damn I hope I will never hate anyone like these haters hate “Our” President.

To say that “Our” President doesn’t deserve any credit and only the military is just like saying Bin Laden had nothing to do with the murders. Also it is like a CEO of a company getting all the credit when the employees who produces the product get none.

Check out the following article, “David Koch Gives President Obama Zero Credit for Bin Laden’s Death.”

Just like Donald Trump, David Koch meets this description: "Ignorance will never end. Even those with money can’t buy SENSE!!" Author: Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator

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You Thought the Koch Brothers Were Bad? Turns Out They’re Even Worse Than You Thought – Source: AlterNet

You knew they were big. You knew they were evil. From the union-busting actions of their minions in Wisconsin and Ohio to their war on health-care reform, to their assault on the environment and their attacks on the science of climatology, Charles and David Koch have earned their place as the focus of progressives’ scrutiny in the age of the Tea Party — the destructive and and regressive movement they bankroll. But a new . . . (Read more)

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