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Monday, May 12, 2014

Simon Maloy, Salon: Last week, Politico's Ken Vogel got his hands on a memo circulated among major donors to Americans For Prosperity, the conservative group that functions as Charles and David Koch's primary outlet for political activism. It lays out the group's strategy and budget heading into the 2014 midterms, which represent a key test for the Koch-funded network. After dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the campaign to take down Barack Obama in 2012 only to see the president skate to reelection, the Koch brothers were left trying to figure out what went wrong. The answer they came up with is actually kind of hilarious. "If the presidential election told us anything," the memo reads, "it's that Americans place a great importance on taking care of those in need and avoiding harm to the weak."

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I read that and I picture Charles or David Koch watching the Romney "47 percent" video for the 34th time and slapping his forehead in a eureka moment that could only happen to a billionaire libertarian whack-job. "Don't treat the poor like garbage ... Of course! It's so simple!"

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"I read that and I picture Charles or David Koch watching the Romney "47 percent" video for the 34th time and slapping his forehead in a eureka moment that could only happen to a billionaire libertarian whack-job. "Don't treat the poor like garbage… Of course! It's so simple!"

Taken alongside Paul Ryan's sudden concern for America's impoverished, you get the sense that the right is finally starting to realize that perhaps they might have a problem when it comes to low-income voters.

Now, I should be clear that the Kochs view this is a messaging problem, not a problem rooted in policy.

They're still firmly wedded to their beliefs that government assistance programs engender laziness and that the federal government should be slashed down to just the army and the patent office.

What they're trying to do is find a way to convince the less fortunate that cutting taxes for billionaires and blocking minimum wage increases will lead to the sort of shared prosperity that will lift them out of economic hardship.

"We consistently see that Americans in general are concerned that free-market policy -- and its advocates -- benefit the rich and powerful more than the most vulnerable of society," the memo observes. "We must correct this misconception."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-12 01:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

The Kochs are a trojan horse for the fascisti. They will be shut up when they are no longer useful.

#2 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-12 03:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Rarely in human history have so few ‘owned' so much. And the Federal Reserve has been at the heart of that ‘success' story. The incomes and wealth of the very richest have been fully restored, as has Wall Street's capacity to once again kill the economies of the West at a moments notice.

Until capitalism is over and done with the way to put people to work in the face of market ‘failure' is through government jobs programs that are independent of Fed policies. That doing so is politically infeasible while saving Wall Street and the wealthy is feasible illustrates the basis of social power in economic power.

The distinction between ‘natural' and ‘unnatural' unemployment is a dim hoax designed to convince workers who are being screwed that it is ‘nature' doing the screwing when it is specific industrialists and financiers who are doing it and particular economists who are mystifying the process. While New Keynesians are writing endlessly about a ‘zero lower bound' what is being left unsaid is that the Federal government could create a job for everyone who wants one at a living wage with health care benefits and pensions. Through Fed policies financial asset prices have more than doubled since 2009 with nary a word about ‘inflation' from the economic crowd in full-blown panic over people getting jobs in government programs. (Rob Urie)

That there are so many fools on this site that believe in the free market claptrap in the face of its repeated engineered failures is astonishing.

#3 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-05-12 03:37 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

Did you get the memo?

leankit.com

#4 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-12 03:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

'"If the presidential election told us anything," the memo reads, "it's that Americans place a great importance on taking care of those in need and avoiding harm to the weak."'

Wait.

did they just concede that Obama is a good guy and they're not?

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-12 03:42 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Oh nutcase. You make way too much sense for this place.

#6 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-12 03:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

Oh nutcase. You make way too much sense for this place.

Nutcase has always made way too much sense and his observations are usually based on cold truth, the hardest thing for the delusional to accept.

However, this nation collectively is far too invested in whatever we call the economic world we live in and the vast majority couldn't understand macroeconomics if they spent the rest of their lives trying to. The common man has as much of a chance to affect real change within the global economy as does the bug heading toward your windshield surviving the impact.

The reality is that everything is based on faith from top to bottom. If that faith collapses those at the top lose everything, but so does the little people running in the treadmills that keep the whole thing going. The most we can realistically do is to try and make incremental changes at the margins when the mood is strong enough, but the vast concentration of wealth with such a small few willing to reinvest crazy sums to keep the tilt in their favor is a hard dragon to slay.

Nutcase knows what to do if we could start over again and create a model that truly serve's the needs of everyone more equally, but I just don't see a practical way that such a transformation can happen based on the institutional holds that show little signs of meaningful change anytime soon.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2014-05-12 04:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

-a trojan horse for the fascisti.

A conspiracy within a conspiracy wrapped in a chocolate enigma.

You funny, Money.
.

#3 | POSTED BY NUTCASE

Stolen from ...

www.counterpunch.org

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-12 04:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

What I'd like to see is some of these purer than thou types put their money where their mouth is.

www.drudge.com

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-12 04:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

'"If the presidential election told us anything," the memo reads, "it's that Americans place a great importance on taking care of those in need and avoiding harm to the weak."'

People on the right always insist this country was founded on Christian ideals. But it seems to shock them if any Christian ideals actually manifest in our culture.

#14 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-12 04:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

#14

Ironic, ain't it?

One of the basic tenets is that one cannot love God and money.

The Kochs et al seem to have chosen a side.

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-12 04:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

The memo reads as if it were prepared by aliens trying to understand basic human concepts like compassion and empathy.

#17 | Posted by censored at 2014-05-12 04:45 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Corky can't read the credit to Rob Urie clearly posted. As a service to readers here I often do a readers digest summary, since most articles are paid by the word.

Just as often I am accused of plagiarism, even when my every word is original. The lack of substantive rebuttal is boring and does not bode well for our future. Without defining the problem, solutions are out of reach.

Our country and much of the world is run by criminals. The similarities between the mafia and our unelected Government (CIA, NSA, Pentagon, State Department, SEC...) is obvious to any neutral observer, yet unspoken domestically.

There are only two issues in politics, money and morality. Bailing out the wealthy at the expense of the destitute, which is clearly Fed policy, is a testament to just how depraved our political system has become.

Obama appears bent on war in the Ukraine, whereas Putin continues to seek a peaceful solution. Washington DC is largely an evil enterprise that can only be reigned in through painful public protest. The system is prepared to make peaceful protest extremely painful.

#18 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-05-12 05:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

-credit to Rob Urie

SO... we have to search for the link to find out that 90 percent of this stuff is from Counterpunch?

-What does that spam

And now a link to a thread is, "spam".

Again, if these several Puritpians we have here would put their money where their mouth is, we'd make a lot more progress and, wishfully I know, a lot less whining.

#19 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-12 06:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

Puritopians, emoprogs, whatever.

#20 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-12 06:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

emoprogs

What is that? I presume the last syllable is short for progressive (or is it? IDK), but what about the first two? Isn't that like a giant ground bird like an ostrich?

#21 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-12 06:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

www.wikihow.com

#22 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-12 06:26 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

That's hilarious, Harry.

#23 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-12 06:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

As a service to readers here I often do a readers digest summary, since most articles are paid by the word.

Nutcase: When you copy text from a site in a comment, link to it also so people can read the full article. Putting "(Rob Urie)" at the end of that passage was better than no credit, but there needs to be more clear attribution.

#24 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-12 06:29 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Great link, Harry. I'm going to try that ballet skirt idea. I'll report back on whether it was slimming.

#25 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-12 06:30 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

what is being left unsaid is that the Federal government could create a job for everyone who wants one at a living wage with health care benefits and pensions

So I trade a corporate master for a political one, both are still masters; one actually has an army. It is all a ruse for domination, end of individual liberty, and one world government.

BTW - who is going to be in charge of telling me what I job I have?

#26 | Posted by danv at 2014-05-12 06:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm just here to help.

#27 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-12 07:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

Poor people only matter when they vote. Corrective action is being taken to address this problem.

#28 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-05-13 08:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

"People on the right always insist this country was founded on Christian ideals. But it seems to shock them if any Christian ideals actually manifest in our culture."

Is it really that surprising that Christianity permeates the best parts of our culture?

Social Services didn't give birth to it's self.

#29 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-13 06:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

Social Services didn't give birth to it's self.

I'm an atheist, but I know this is true. When I was a kid the church provided more for the poor than the government did. Yea, not so much today, but Tor is right. The roots are with the church

#30 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-13 07:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Tor is right. The roots are with the church"

It's not just one Church, and the process wasn't Uniform by any stretch, but it was faith based.

Even wikipedia states "Prior to the Great Depression the United States had social programs that mostly centered around individual efforts, family efforts, church charities, business workers compensation, life insurance and sick leave programs along with some state tax supported social programs."

My understanding is that back in the day my hometown had a defacto one woman social service agency.

She seems to have undertaken it as part of her Christianity and she was very good at coordinating the limited charity resources of all the local Churches and even better at shaking down the local government to help the poor.

#31 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-14 12:57 AM | Reply | Flag:

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