Friday, February 28, 2014

Slut Shaming the Koch Brothers on the Senate Floor


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Democrat) took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to personally slut shame the Koch Brothers.
“I can’t say that every one of the Koch brothers’ ads are a lie, but I’ll say this: Mr. President, the vast, vast majority of them are.”
The statement was made as part of a larger diatribe issued by the Senator on the Senate floor which resulted in the Washington Post awarding the him two Pinocchios.  That same organization admitted earlier this week that the ad Harry Reid is referring too about a woman who lost her health insurance plan was accurate.  All though her premium and out-of-pocket covered costs will be about a wash, her specialists and possibly many medications that were previously covered are not covered under the "Affordable" Care Act and she will be on the hook to pay for.
"What is going on with these two brothers who made billions of dollars last year in an attempt to buy our democracy is dishonest, deceptive, false and unfair. Just because you have huge amounts of money, you should not be able to run these false, misleading ads by the hundreds of millions of dollars.”
One of the Democrats longtime go-to strategies is to always blame their oppositions for things they in fact are doing.  Whether it was blaming the GOP for the government shutdown, despite the GOP voting numerous times to re-open the government under a myriad of compromises while Obama and Reid refused to vote on any of them.  Or whether it is accepting massive campaign donations from special interests and then rewarding those donations with crony capitalist policies that send billions of tax payer dollars down money holes like the public education system and vaporware like wind and solar energy.

The Democrats have been infatuated with the Koch brothers ever since the GOP started drawing attention to George Soros and the billions he funnels into over 190 sham public organizations like Media Matters, Think Progress, and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now a.k.a ACORN. [1]

They do this to try and distract from their highly profitable big money machines.  The simple truth is the Koch brother's don't even crack the top 20 when it comes to the biggest political spenders.

When you look at Top Overall Donors, which includes all donations, uncluding so-called dark money, to candidates, PACs, and individual contributions of a company's employees and families, Koch Industries comes in at #77 with $2.7 million in donations for the 2012 campaign cycle which included all funds donated in 2011 and 2012.

By comparison, the NEA ranked #5 and the UAW #8 with combines contributions of over $28 million.

A quick perusal of expenditures by the top PACs during the 2012 campaign might leave some Democrats scratching their heads as the won't be able to find any PAC in that list that has received donations from an Koch Brother or any other source in which they may be directly or indirectly affiliated.

The simple truth is when you look at the heavy hitters of public campaign finance, those donating between 1989 and 2012, the Kochs are far behind their liberal counter parts, ranking just 59th.
"It's time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers, who are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine."
Not everyone can be a fine, upstanding American patriot like Harry Reid, who has been the benefactor of numerous corrupt land deals in his home state of Nevada and recipient of pay-to-play scams that saw his top campaign contributes walkaway with lucrative government contracts and the lobbyists that arranged the deals ending up in jail.

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