Endorsed by a “Son of a Birch”

Sons of Birchers. That is exactly what Charles and David Koch are, and they are passing on their legacy in a way that only money can buy – no, they already have passed on the legacy to Scott Walker, who, in turn, has charmed most of the people in Wisconsin into a myth, a fabrication that the Birch way is best for “freedom”, a delusion that the fetid political philosophies of the dark decades of racism, homophobia, and Ayne Rand narcissism are, somehow, the stuff of the American Dream.birchkoch But, what is a Bircher? A believer in the ideas and political philosophies of the John Birch Society, and believe me, those ideas are not the Wisconsin Idea. But, maybe that is why Scott Walker choose to edit that idea, as he has “edited” collective bargaining rights, women’s rights, public education, transparency in government… oh, but the list goes on, and it is long.

Like His Dad, Charles Koch Was a Bircher

The roots of the “Birch” legacy go to back to Fred Koch, the father of Charles and David Koch, and those tangled roots have been visited into Wisconsin by Scott Walker. The Birch landscape is dark, the ideas extreme, but it’s amazing what a billion dollars can do to dress up a wolf into the cutest little kitty you ever saw. Meow, meow, meow and unions are bad, teachers are lazy, and abortion is always bad in every case, divide and conquer, and the ends justify the means.

Guess who billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have settled on as top choice in the 2016 election? No surprise for middle class folks who’ve been caught in the petri dish of plutocratic experimentation for the past five years. The Bothers Koch remain in the background pulling the strings attached to marionettes, puppets, and moppets. Secrecy and anonymity was always the “Bircher” way, and the Koch Brothers are the peddlers of the John Birch Society goals under brave new brands, super pacs, boasting a poet’s choice of names peppered with words like, prosperity, growth, free, patriot, America. Franklin, which are all smoke and mirrors for the same old idea – John Birch Society.

Enter Scott Walker stage right. The national press speaks to the announcement as though it is news worthy, but it is not breaking news to the middle class of Wisconsin, it’s just more of the “insult to injury” that has already broken Wisconsin and unions, and women rights, and public schools, and the Wisconsin Idea itself.

Conspiracy theory? No. A real conspiracy.

The message and tactics are the same.

Today, as announced on Amy Goodman’s DemocracyNow!, the Progressive Inc. and the Center for Media and Democracy are publishing new information and analysis documenting that billionaire oil industrialist Charles Koch was an active member birchbillboardof the controversial right-wing John Birch Society during its active campaigns against the civil rights movement.The Progresssive July 2014

The photo depicts billboards and pamphlets paid for by the John Birch Society when Charles Koch was an active and high ranking member. Look at the “King is Communist” bill board compared to the vote fraud bill boards that appeared in Milwaukee. Bradley Foundation “BOO” Billboards

With the new aggression of the right, the level playing field for campaign contribution has been on “tilt”, allowing the privileged to vote with dollars. bradley einhornThe Einhorn Family Foundation (Daniel Einhorn in the photo below far right) is funneled money from the Bradley Foundation (Michael W. Grebe president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation pictured top) to support “a public education project”.

Connections of tactics and message of The John Birch Society and Walker policies abound. But what little difference that makes now, as he has all but abandoned the state for a bigger and better political future. The sons of birchers have named their man to sell their extremist bag of tricks on the national stage in the Great Freedom Prosperity and Growth of Patriots” show. Funny, how none of the national media mentions the John Birch Society connection to Charles Koch. Plutocracy marches on.

Walker's Wisconsin – "Unintimidated" the book. "Unindicted" the reality.

“un” a prefix of lacking

Doe a dear a female dear
Ray a drop of golden sun
Un a prefix of lacking

To define yourself by what you are not, suggests some confusion as to what you are. Or, at least, suggests that your greatest quality or achievement rests in some unique lacking which separates you from other members of the human race. Flawed, inadequate, incomplete, impaired are a few synonyms that top the list at Thesarus.com.

Unintimidated is just such word with the “un”prefix to suggest negation or lacking of its root. It is also the title of Scott Walker’s book to be released in November as his prerequisite tome or multi-chapter campaign brochure to define his unique human context for leadership on the national stage.

Governor Walker criticizes Romney in new book
Oct 18 News 800
The Associated Press on Friday obtained a copy of Walker’s book, “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” before its scheduled release Nov. 19. In the book, Walker presents himself as a leader with a national vision but says Romney ignored advice he gave him during the 2012 presidential race.

This whole “un” thing carries the negation unWalker expressed in the emotional tide of the 2010 GOP sweep of the House of Representatives and the rise Wisconsin’s Governor Walker, and Senator Johnson to power. This “un” thing was first expressed through the tea party and its branded band of screamers and shakers who showed up at town hall meetings following the passage of the Affordable Care Act brandishing signs depicting the President with a Hitler mustache or a Muslim turban. The politics of hate and rude dissension was unleashed on the world with a new found energy lacking any decorum or respect for any political office, institution, that might attach itself to the general brand of “government”. The “un” was attached to the word “American” and threatened to negate and alter the root so it became Unamerican to be American. The trick of “un” was employed to disguise divisiveness as patriotism and stupidity as liberty. Pass the “un”, or else!

Wisconsin – an early victim of “Unamerican” Divide

Only later would we learn how the County Supervisor from Milwaukee had employed a secret email network throughout out his campaign for governor. Only later would we understand how the Koch Brothers, the Americans for Prosperity, and the American Legislative Exchange Council, had been working behind the scenes to gain control of Wisconsin and other state houses across the country. The sleeping giant awoke. The giant was angry. But, alas it was too late. The “un” power was established and entrenched with a seemingly endless supply of gold and treasure.

In Wisconsin the “un” arrived and was celebrated in a meeting at the Governor’s mansion with Walker and his legislators when they delighted in the idea of “dropping the bomb” (curtailing collective bargaining rights) through a new “un” tactic, which they boasted to their backers as “divide and conquer”.

Can’t wait for the book

“Divide and conquer” has come back to haunt. The “un”, that worked so well at the front of “Unameircan” and “Unintimidated” did not work its magic when it was stuck in front of the word “fund” or “unfund” Obamacare, shut down the government, push America off the cliff. Scott Walker may well have got his bump from his “un” book had it been released before Senator Ted Cruz drew the deadly poison from the snake on the “Don’t tread on me” flag, and pitched into the soup people who were at the kitchen table discussing payment of this month’s bills. Help!

The “un” landscape has changed. “Unintimidated” should have been an e book. It should have been released last year. Now, we have seen “unintimidated” and his or her name is Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Ron Johnson, Michele Bachmann, (place your favorite “un” person here).

Good luck with your “new” “un” book. Me? I am looking forward to the public release of email and documents associated with the John Doe investigation to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with the headline: “Unindicted”.

How the Koch Brothers Stole America

How the Koch Brothers Stole America ACT 2

As you may remember from Act 1 which played out in December of 2011, the Koch Brothers had finally used their billions to buy Congress. The final soliloquy was delivered on the floor of the house with an eloquence that should line him up for the Congressional Metal of Honor.

Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (born October 2, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 4th congressional district, serving since 2007.

It happened on the shortest day of the year. The Koch Bros. usurp the power of the House, the Senate, the President and the People of the United States.

On Dec. 20, 2011 the Congress of the United States was delivered to the Koch Brothers in a box – just in time for Christmas 2011.

Below is a short excerpt of the words spoken by Hank Johnson Dec. 20.The words were spoken after a long day of “debate” on the tax holiday extension. He came forward and spoke for a full hour before the final gavel of that days business.

Oh, there is a, sort of, cartoon! The clip begins with the famous “fake” call to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker from the reporter from Daily Beast who was posing as the real David Koch.

The billionaire brothers set out to prove that self interest and a healthy helping of money could create apolitical movement. Charles and David Koch set out to fool most of the people most of the time by manipulating the media to follow the rise of the tea party as a grass roots movement.

In ACT 2 they prove they control Public Television

Not only to the Brother’s Koch control Congress, but now they control the Public Broadcasting Service.

Aubrey Bloomfield in Politics 4 months ago

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has bowed to pressure from the powerful Koch brothers and declined to show a documentary critical of the Kochs and the role of money in American politics. The documentary, titled Citizen Koch and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, focuses on the Wisconsin uprising and the role played by big money interests such as the Koch’s in Governor Scott Walker’s 2010 election and his efforts to limit collective bargaining.

You’ve probably noticed how David Koch is a featured sponsor of “Nova”, and that sponsorship appears to entitle them to censor other program decisions. A great way to loosen the grips of the Brother Koch on Public Television is to withhold your contribution while clarifying that you will not give to the Koch Brother’s censored entity. You can also sign a petition:

PBS: Fight censorship from the Koch brothers and air “Citizen Koch” documentary Petition by Christine Scherer Ashland, MA

Ted Cruz and Dr. Seuss

Senator Ted Cruz is often pointed outgreen eggs cruz as being the voice, the spearhead, the quarterback of team “Shut Down”. But who is the coach? The Koch Brothers! Cruz is dumb like a fox, and he knew precisely what he was doing in introducing “Green Eggs and Ham”(graphic at left from Democratic Underground.com) into his fake filibuster. He knew it would trend on twitter, freak on face book, and provide fodder for the 24 hour news cycle to spin, toss, and tumble for days to come.

Free Wisconsin will not be absolved from leaping on the “Dr. Sues” band wagon!

An original Dr. Suess channeled rendition of:

“How the Koch Brothers Stole America”.

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Here the Brothers will meet with leaders
Of wealth and power and crafty cheaters
It will be a tea party, or so they report
But the tea they are drinking is of a sort
That turns the drinkers nasty and mean
The nastiest nasties you’ve ever seen.

What is the plan these nasties have spun?
To invite any and all that will come
By saying they will get a piece of the pie
And many believe it, don’t ask me why.
Some were Senators and vote seeking creatures
Some judges, some lawyers, and even some preachers.

Oh but the nastier, nastiest plan of all
Was to bring them up and watch them fall.
The Littles were drawn up tempted by charms
They moved in long lines with tight locked arms.
Individual freedom was the chant they were singing
Yet they sung as a chorus joined in bringing
A rift of me against them and those against us
Until all here and there were caught in the fuss.


Oh, never has such a jagged, terrible riff
Been plotted and danced at the edge of a cliff.
But the Brothers knew well, this was their plan
To control their mountain and most of the land.
Oh how they chuckled as the Little’s drew near
The edge of the cliff, there goal was clear.

To push them off and watch them fall
Down to their depths like one big ball.

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Read the first five scenes of “House of Monkeys” – a musical romp through the love, life, and work of Moliere. All in rhymed couplets!

NOW does OBAMA have OUR BACK?

Wisconsin was one thing – Michigan is another

Obama did not make a single visit to Wisconsin through a whole year of protest and strife that began with the passage of Walker’s Act 10 curtailing collective bargaining rights for most public workers – not one time. When workers needed Obama to have their backs, his silence was so blatantly obvious that he was taunted by quoting his campaign promise:

“Understand this. If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain, when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I’ll walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States because Americans deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.” That was 2007.

But no – Obama did not have our back

Obama visited Wisconsin on Jan. 26, 2010, a day after his State of the Union address. President Obama visited the headquarters of power technology company Orion Energy Systems, Inc. in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

On February 11 Walker “dropped the bomb” curtailing collective bargaining rights for most public workers – and Obama remained quiet. He did not step foot in Wisconsin in 2010, not in 2011. The first time Obama came to Wisconsin after Act 10 was on Wednesday 2012, over two years later, when he Obama finally arrived in Milwaukee on a visit to the Master Lock company in Milwaukee’s central city.

Did we miss the irony that the “Master” had been “locked out” of taking sides in the most disruptive labor assault in years? Walker didn’t. He boasted about the long Obama silence. He took credit for it.

I am sure the president must know that the vast majority of the federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits. I know he must know this. And I know the president must know that the average federal employee pays 28% for their health insurance premium which is double what I am asking for from state and local employees in Wisconsin. I am sure that the President of the United States is not getting his talking points from the big union bosses in Washington. I think Hannity ran that quote a dozen times that night and that’s the last we heard from the President.

And the workers of Wisconsin cringed, and accepted the Obama absence and silence on the bully pulpit with the rationalization that his reelection campaign was a year away. It would be poor strategy for him to become embroiled in “state politics” by siding with labor against the over reaching of Walker and the GOP legislature. The rationalization held through the Walker Recall election when Obama was absent, the Democratic party shied away, and finally, Bill Clinton showed up to deliver a speech in support of Barrett.

That was then – MICHIGAN IS NOW

Just as Walker “dropped the bomb” in Wisconsin, without any warning in his campaign, Gov. Rick Snyder is poised to sign the controversial “Right to Work(ha ha) “bill on Tuesday. Just like Walker the move came out of the blue, without warning or discussion in a GOP controlled legislature. The bill has been fast-tracked by the Republican-controlled state legislature, with the aim of getting it enacted by the end of the year.

The Big – Huge- Giant- Difference in Michigan


It is “Comfortable Shoes” time, Mr. President

The difference is the presidential election in Wisconsin and Michigan is over. The national conversation has changed. Obama asked workers to “have his back”, and workers capitulated. They “had is back”. They knocked on doors, they signed up for phone banks, they got “fired up”. As a result he won Wisconsin, he won Michigan. Now it is your turn Mr. President.

Why did Rich Snyder make this controversial move against his own best advice just a few weeks ago? “My concern is that could start a whole divisive atmosphere of other people trying to put right-to-work on the ballot, a whole bunch of things like that, and that would distract from the good things we’ve got going on,” Snyder said. Michigan Free Press

Could this be retribution aimed at workers who “had Obamas back?”

American Crossroads, Americans for Prosperity, the tea party, the Kock Bros. and Sheldon Addison lost big time in there attempt to buy the Romney election and gain control of the Senate. It has got to hurt. So what would you do? Would you exert pressure on the portion of the political landscape where you still have hold? Would you strengthen the tentacles of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to wrap the GOP governors and legislatures in states like Wisconsin and Michigan to seek retribution – to get some political payback for the big bucks laid out in the presidential election?

If so, workers are being targeted for “having Obama’s back”. Obama asked workers to “get fired up”, and they did. Now that they are feeling the pinch for that decision, will Obama return the favor? Will he find those comfortable shoes that were lost to Wisconsin and join the workers of Michigan against subversion of their basic rights to organize against the plutocrats?

President Obama opposes the Michigan bill, the White House said in a statement on Thursday.

So far Obama has issued a “Statement”

“President Obama has long opposed so-called ‘right to work’ laws and he continues to oppose them now,” said White House spokesman Matt Lehrich. “The president believes our economy is stronger when workers get good wages and good benefits, and he opposes attempts to roll back their rights. Michigan — and its workers’ role in the revival of the US automobile industry -– is a prime example of how unions have helped build a strong middle class and a strong American economy.”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/michigan-right-to-work_n_2258092.html

When the president asked workers to “have his back” – the AFLCIO, AFSME, and teachers unions did far more than issue statements. They showed up. They got out their comfortable shoes. They knocked on doors. The signed up on phone banks. They got out the vote. They got “fired up”.

It is Obama’s turn to get “Fired UP”. Any number of threatened middle class workers would be happy to loan him a pair of comfortable shoes and welcome him to the picket line.

Walker's Weakest Moment – Time for a KNOCKOUT!

Politically Empowered Ethically Dead

Walker is on the defensive in the John Doe Investigation. He has no mandate. Walker’s major legislative achievements, curtailment of collective bargaining and the voter ID law, have been held unconstitutional, his Mining Bill failed, ALEC has been exposed. His line of credit, the Koch Bothers, have become the laughing stock of late night TV. His job creation record is the worst in the nation, and he is being sued for 45 million by the Talgo train maker. His stall of health care reorganization has come back to haunt with Romney’s loss. His right leaning ideas – tax breaks for the wealthy, government is the problem, the call for repeal of Obamacare – have been deflated in the national conversation with Obama’s win. All these hard-fought victories – all of these remarkable and empowering achievements have left Walker weak and on the ropes.

And progressives weep in consternation at their half-full glass. They have lost control of the senate.

Make the final blow. Take him down for the count.

Progressives are blindly fulfilling the preachings of Ann Coulter and Fox News pundits who claim that liberals will always whine and moan over the dark spots on the moon. The current focus is on the one dark spot on the full moon of accomplishment and victorious achievement.

Dems have the real power. Progressives have the grass roots message that harmonizes with the national conversation, but seem to be afraid to sing. So, how is it that Walker has been taken to the ropes? Why have the major legislative jewels in his crown turned out to be paste? Look very closely. The emperor has no clothes and is about to lose his fig leaf. Yet, the focus and fear on losing the senate seems to have legislators staring at their hands – they dare not speak while Walker is still wearing the crown.

Fired Up – Ready to go

If I were a Dem legislator I would be developing strategies to launch the final blow to the head of a weakened and wobbling opponent. This is not time for hand sitting and waiting for the stumbling contender to cross the ring, before the attack. The mistake would be to wait to react. Now is the time to get, “Fired up – Ready to go!”. Time to take action, make a move. Trust and use the progressive base on the offensive. The base is ready to be lead. Get creative. Take action. We have your back.

PLUTOCRACY All in favor say, "Aye"

Plutocracy is a pejorative; a word or grammatical form that connotes negativity and expresses contempt or distaste.

It’s really not that complicated

The KOCH Bothers Stole Christmas

It happened on the shortest day of the year. The Koch Brothers and their front organizations; Americans for Property and the Tea Party took over congress. This isn’t a narrow liberal opinion of lefty bloggers or recall activists. The quote and title of this post was spoken on the floor of the House of Representatives just days ago – Dec. 20. The words were spoken by Rep. Hank Johnson after a long day of “debate” on the tax holiday extension. He came forward and spoke for a full hour before the final gavel of that days business.

Like many of the actions of the Koch Brothers, a historic session was closed without exciting headlines or a “breaking news” reaction from the media or the notice of most voters. The move to buy power and control of the Supreme Court, 26 State Houses, and the United States Congress has been insidious and slow and covert. Dec. 20 was a historic victory for the Koch Brothers power grab; they got the United States Congress for Christmas.

Another Institution on the Koch Control List

The fringe right faction of the Republican Party acted for the Koch Brothers to usurp the power of the House, the Senate, and the President of the United States.

On Dec. 20, 2011 the Congress of the United States was delivered to the Koch Brothers in a box – just in time for Christmas.

Below is a short excerpt of the words spoken by Hank Johnson Dec. 20.

You can watch the full video of Rep. Hank Johnson by scrolling all the way to the end of the Dec. 20 House Session at the link Cspan Chronicle House

Romney’s Key Economic Advisor

Meet the Man Who Will Make Your Life Miserable if Mitt Wins
By Robert Scheer
TruthDig.org (10/18/12)

Mark the name of R. Glenn Hubbard, the man who will make your life miserable if Mitt Romney is elected president. Unless, that is, you happen to be one of the swindlers who has profited mightily from the nation’s economic pain.

Hubbard is the ideological hit man instrumental in justifying the mortgage derivatives bubble that caused the Great Recession during the George W. Bush years. He now serves as Romney’s key economic adviser and is the front-runner to be the next Treasury secretary should the Republican win. The man who will make your life miserable

Bill Moyers and Company

Journalists Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland discuss how far America’s super-rich will go to keep the One Percent in charge.

Moyers & Company Show 141:Plutocracy Rising from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

PLUTOCRACY All in favor say, “Aye”

Koch Brothers' Congress goes home Today.

Why is Congress being dismissed?

When the nation is faced with unemployment, sequester threats, and without a farm bill after a Summer of record drought, the GOP controlled Congress is going home.

They are abandoning the American people for the same reason they will fill the airwaves with “pants on fire” political messages over the next weeks. The onslaught of commercials will come like the wicked witch of the West on an F5 tornado to flatten and swirl every progressive and democratic principle, just as it did in the 2010 election to crush Russ Feingold under a house to give us Ron Johnson. It gave us Scott Walker, the Fitzgerald Brothers and turned the control of Congress over to the Koch Brothers.

It happened on the shortest day of the year. The Koch Bros. usurp the power of the House, the Senate, the President and the People of the United States.

I Call Your COLAS, and I Raise You a SCALIA

The cards are on the table for a winner take all hand

The “Founders’ Intent group, or organization is coming to the table with what they think is a winning hand. They are holding the liberal activist judge card and betting they can win the pot with all the chips of Act 10, the law curtailing most collective bargaining, in their hands.

WE AIN’T BACKING DOWN! Tyranny of Activist Judges Rally!
Public Event · By Founders’ Intent
Saturday 10:00am until 11:00am

Well, here we go again.

On Friday, September 14th, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas, a former state assistant attorney general, ruled that Act 10 was null and void because it violated both the state and federal constitutions.

We are making an IMMEDIATE statement by showing up RIGHT AWAY to say NO! We ain’t backing down! Join us on North Hamilton St at the Capitol!

The Founders of our nation believed in local, self-governance. And for judges to rule based on APPLYING the Constitution, NOT interpreting it. If you agree, share the message!

THANK YOU!
Founders’ Intent

A Stay has been filed

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen officially asked for a stay and filed for an appeal Tuesday of a Dane County judge’s ruling that struck down certain portions of Act 10, the law that eliminated most collective bargaining rights for many public employees. Host Madison

Founders’ Intenty

The name of the organization staging the rally ain’t anything if not a generalized, unsubstantiated, and naive brand on the hind quarters of Democracy. But not surprising since nearly every institution, policy, and function of government has been disseminated by the deep pockets of the neoconservatives with the same hot iron: Social Security = Entitlement, Consumer Protection = Big Government, Women’s Health = Abortion, Koch Brothers = George Soros. All of the recent brands of the tea party conservatives are repeated over and over again in any face book, twitter, or Cable TV pundit discussion. The hot brand is set into the hide of the beast of discussion and with a painful cry the beast runs off to become the proven property of the great herd of of the branded belonging to the wealthy drovers and ranchers with the deep pockets that keep the brands white hot and readily available.

The “Founders’ Intent” is a myth of branding that reminds me of the saying, “Like trying to stretch a mosquitoes ass over a rain barrel.” That IS a stretch. Yet, as they say, “Here we go again”. All of the case arguments, precedents, contained in the law books and history of the judiciary are neatly summarized in the brand, “Founders’ Intent” which is neatly summarized in the statement, “The Founders of our nation believed in local, self-governance”. Life is so simple when you leave out all the tedious details.

Back to the card game

The rally of “Founders’ Intent” bets that Judge Juan Colas is one of those liberal, Madison, activist judges that is ruling from the bench. He is making law based on his political leanings and from purely political pressure. This is where I call your bet, and I raise you one Judge Scalia.

In a new book The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin

“Scalia’s view of the justices as gladiators against the president unnerved Roberts,” Toobin writes.

The book describes Scalia as “furious” and “enraged” at Roberts — contradicting Scalia’s public statements brushing aside any tension. Toobin’s book says Scalia has become fixated on politics — and particularly on Obama — at the expense of legal scholarship, saying frustration over the healthcare ruling helped fuel his acerbic statement dissenting from the court’s decision on Arizona’s immigration law.

“Scalia was indeed unhappy with the immigration decision, but the splenetic excess of his Arizona opinion owed far more to his failure (as yet unknown to the public) in the healthcare case,” the book says.

Although Toobin says Scalia has descended from scholar to “right-wing crank,” he notes that Scalia came to the court with a unified theory of law — originalism — and has helped recenter important cases and more general discussions around what the Founding Fathers might have intended.

Justice Clarence Thomas, known primarily for his silence during oral arguments, is the court’s “pathbreaker,” always pushing for more, driving the court to the right in much the same way the Tea Party has pushed Republicans, Toobin says.
The Hill Article

Still want to play your Colas Activist Judge Card? There’s more

Do Scalia and Thomas have a conflict of interest with their ties to the Koch Brothers Billionaire Caucus Retreat?

By John Amato

Common Cause makes a great argument that there’s a conflict of interest between Scalia and Thomas over the Citizens United ruling because of their past participation in Koch Brothers’ Bircheresque political retreats:

I’ll be going to the Common Cause panel discussion and rally against the Koch Brothers Billionaire Caucus next weekend in Palm Springs to represent. Aren’t you getting sick and tired of our Democracy being bought and sold to uber-rich megalomaniacs who only care about their free market profits with no concern for the American worker?

The topic of the participation of Scalia and Thomas has come up before. Susie raised these very questions awhile back. Sam Stein wrote about the judges link to this gathering back in 2010.

In October of 2010, The NY Times wrote this: Secretive Republican Donors Are Planning Ahead

Koch Industries, the longtime underwriter of libertarian causes from the Cato Institute in Washington to the ballot initiative that would suspend California’s landmark law capping greenhouse gases, is planning a confidential meeting at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa to, as an invitation says, “develop strategies to counter the most severe threats facing our free society and outline a vision of how we can foster a renewal of American free enterprise and prosperity.”Read more New York Times

The invitation, sent to potential new participants, offers a rare peek at the Koch network of the ultra-wealthy and the politically well-connected, its far-reaching agenda to enlist ordinary Americans to its cause, and its desire for the utmost secrecy.

It’s basically a strategy session on how to re-brand their John Birch propaganda to many more millions of Americans that haven’t already bought into their fraudulent claims.

The Kochs also seek to cultivate Americans’ growing concern about the growth of government: at the most recent meeting, in Aspen, Colo., in June, some of the wealthiest people in America listened to a presentation on “a vision of how we can retain the moral high ground and make the new case for liberty and smaller government that appeals to all Americans, rich and poor.” The Real Koch Bros. 2

So, please have your “Founders’ Intent” branded Rally, but the “activist judge” pot belongs to the “silent unbranded”.

Casino Koch Wisconsin – Come Play!

Billing from the Palm Beech Post!

Koch acknowledges his group is hard at work in places such as Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker is facing off with public unions and grappling with a likely recall vote.

“We’re helping him, as we should. We’ve gotten pretty good at this over the years,” he says. “We’ve spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We’re going to spend more.” Palm Beech Post – Koch

The Stakes are High

Welcome to the Koch Casino Wisconsin; an amusement owned and operated by David and Charles Koch. You will not need to travel to take your chances. You won’t need to go anywhere at all. Just turn on your radio, TV, open a newspaper, or surf the web., and you are in the game. The Koch claim is that “Everyone can be a winner“, and you are given full instruction on exactly how to beat the odds. Whenever you watch your favorite game, or show, the message will be there in a repetitive, mind altering, litany of display ads, commercials, and web sites to mesmerize the potential subject into the winning ways and rules of Casino Koch Wisconsin.

Don’t Think About It

Do not make the mistake of questioning the Casino Koch rules, but just assume the information, provided to win the Koch Casino game, is in your best interest. If you begin to fill your mind with questions and analysis of the motive or message, you can never win. Besides, Koch Casino Wisconsin will make it easy, even painless, by using all the right, feel-good, words and symbols to sugar the instructions and make your mouth water with desire to participate in the ultimate action. You will hear great , patriotic and important sounding words: America, Prosperity, Freedom, Liberty, Individual Rights, Patriots, Founding Fathers, Bill of Rights, Citizens United, Heritage, Private Sector, Ayn Rand, Trickle Down Wealth, Right to Work, It Is Working – I mean how can this message be wrong?

Get Your Free Tools

Oh, and here is yet another Casino Koch Tool; your enemies will be echoed through the message with the cadence of a dripping faucet in the dark of night: Job Destroyer, Big Unions Bosses, Big Government, Obamacare, Government Take Over, Death Panel, Public Workers, Federal Employees, Mandate, Collective Bargaining. Soon, with enough repetition, these words have all the appeal of your next root canal.

Please just listen to the message like a three-year-old viewing Sesame Street and you will know how to play to win! Once the big day comes you will be ready to drink the Koolaid. Unlike most Casino operations, the actual play of the game is a one time occurrence; when you go down to actually play the machines. On this day your local school, church, or city hall becomes the virtual casino operation for Casino Koch Wisconsin. Your ID will be checked, and you go into the booth and behind the curtain to exercise your patriotic, Constitutional, Democratic right to make a choice on an electronic machine. You will even hear electric sounds from the machine, much like in other casinos. Your secret ballot is counted electronically according to computer programs to which only private corporations have access. That’s right, not the President, Congress, Supreme Court, or any other government body has access to the programing that finally tallies your play in the Casino Koch Wisconsin operation.

Picture left – Example of popper ballot! Demand it at the polls!

Make an ATTACK! Ad

Or at least, a phone call


It is only the beginning

The onslaught of commercials is coming like the wicked witch of the West on an F5 tornado to flatten and swirl every progressive and democratic principle, just as it did in the 2010 election to crush Russ Feingold under a house to give us Ron Johnson. It gave us Scott Walker, the Fitzgerald Brothers and turned the control of Congress over to the Koch Brothers.

It happened on the shortest day of the year. The Koch Bros. usurp the power of the House, the Senate, the President and the People of the United States.

The first message of the fringe right wing spin machine is directed at Democratic Senate Candidate Tammy Baldwin. The Citizens United ruling has turned Democracy on its ear, and allowed for an endless flow of money to be flushed into the toilet of deceit in the form of attack adds.

Only the Beginning

The ad above is produced and paid for, impart, by the the Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce – Wisconsin’s Business Voice. © 2007 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
WMC Website

WMC aggressively opposed workplace regulations restricting employer communication
in union organizing drives and minimum wage hikes, as well as substantial business tax
hikes and liability expansions.

Its ads single-handedly got Annette Ziegler and Michael Gableman elected to the state Supreme Court – changed the court from a moderate body to an actively conservative, pro-corporate majority.

Eleven of WMC Board Member Businesses Paid No Corporate Income Taxes in 2003, 2004. Of the 25 companies in which corporate executives sat on WMC’s Board in 2003 and 2004, 11 paid no corporate income tax to Wisconsin. These include: Ariens, Associated Banc-Corp, Emerson, Greenheck Fan, Hutchinson Technologies, Market & Johnson, Serigraph, Snap-On, Manitowoc Company, Wausau Paper, and Webcrafters. This extends to national corporations operating in-state. In 2005, Microsoft, Merck, and Sears earned a combined $18 billion in profits – but paid absolutely nothing in Wisconsin corporate income tax. [Source: Institute for Wisconsin’s Future, 12/07/07] Wisconsin Watch

It Won’t Happen Again – Not this time.

After suffering through a year of the agenda that resulted from the last round of attack adds aired during the last election, when the people lost Russ Feingold and came close to losing Ron Kind, the people will not let it happen again.


Tod Taske is Chair of Milwaukee Manufactures and Commerce

He is also chairman/president/CEO of
Wauwatosa-based Briggs & Stratton Corporation
For Further Information Contact:
Kurt R. Bauer, (608) 258-3400

Dan Ariens is Vice Chair of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

655 West Ryan Street
Brillion, Wisconsin 54110-0157

Phone: 920-756-4688
Fax: 920-756-2407

The first attack ad is now running.

It is only the beginning. How do you fight back against the onslaught of commercials that is coming like the wicked witch of the West on an F5 tornado, to flatten and swirl every progressive and Democratic principal and crush it beneath a house full of money? Make your own ATTACK add! – Or, at least, a phone call.