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POLITICS: Koch brothers behind tea party shutdown

Letter by Gene Bullock, Poulsbo on Oct. 11, 2013 at 11:28 am with No Comments »
October 11, 2013 11:28 am

It’s well documented that the Koch brothers funded the national tea party rallies. They’re now behind the tea party’s government shutdown.

The Kochs have long promoted their own brand of libertarianism, which purports to be about freedom from government interference. But their plan is to wreck our government so they can take it over.

The strategy of the billionaire’s club is to divide and conquer. High-paid operatives have perfected the old game of feeding grass-roots bias to splinter the opposition and pit citizen against citizen. Neighbor blames neighbor instead of recognizing the real enemies of democracy.

Professional propagandists have honed the art of altering perception on the battlegrounds of consumer advertising. Now they’re taking mob psychology to new levels. In addition, the Koch brothers feature crony Supreme Court justices at their fund-raisers. They fund organizations that masquerade as grass-roots citizens groups. They fund foundations with misleading names and phony “think tanks” that churn out misleading reports.

The Kochs are among the billionaires who fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which prepackages corporate special interest legislation and then finds state legislators willing to pass it off as their own. They don’t want voters to know who is really behind bills that benefit corporations at the expense of consumers, families and taxpayers.

The Kochs and their billionaire friends intend to buy enough cronies in Congress and on the U.S. Supreme Court to undo our democracy and replace it with their own brand of feudalism.

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