Jul 26, 2013

OMG!: Krugman: ‘Better-informed people on the Right seem, finally to be facing up to a horrible truth’

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has a great analysis in his piece “Republican Health Care Panic”. Before going into the most prescient statement in his piece it is essential to quote his interpretation of what the law does. Inasmuch as it has been explained in many forms, Krugman’s one paragraph puts it more succinctly than most.

Although you’d never know it from all the fulminations, with prominent Republicans routinely comparing Obamacare to slavery, the Affordable Care Act is based on three simple ideas. First, all Americans should have access to affordable insurance, even if they have pre-existing medical problems. Second, people should be induced or required to buy insurance even if they’re currently healthy, so that the risk pool remains reasonably favorable. Third, to prevent the insurance “mandate” from being too onerous, there should be subsidies to hold premiums down as a share of income.

So what ‘horrible truth’ is it that better informed people on the Right seem to finally be facing up to? They are panicking as they noticed that Health care reform, President Obama’s signature policy achievement, is probably going to work. 

For those that have followed the real news and widely available information, that should not have been hard. After-all, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has been working successfully and effectively in Massachusetts for several years now (Obamacare was modeled on many parts of Massachusetts healthcare).

Jul 23, 2013

RNC Head says Republicans should only "SEEM" to be tolerant. They are God's Party

PoliticusUSA

Talking to The Brody File on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) yesterday, Reince Priebus assured conservative Christians of every stripe that the GOP stands for God’s Own Party.

After the catastrophic failure of God’s brand in 2012, College Republicans came up with a scheme to get more votes without budging an inch on socially divisive culture war issues. As Salon put it, “Seem Tolerant.”

Priebus reassured his audience, however, that the GOP is “a party that embraces marriage,” and that he “is a chairman that understands that there’s only one sovereign God and that we ultimately aren’t dependent on what happens in politics, that what ultimately matters in our lives is that we’re salt and light in the world and that we’re honoring God in the things that we do every day.”


Brody: I want to talk to you about this way forward for the GOP. When you use that word “intolerant” in what the RNC put out, Evangelicals start to grab the Excedrin bottles when they hear “tolerance” because they think “oh no the GOP is changing and the whole gay marriage situation.” Why don’t you address this and maybe put evangelicals at ease, or can you put them at ease at all here?
Priebus: Well, one hundred percent. I don’t know if I’ve used the word “tolerance.” I don’t really care fo for that word myself. I don’t have a problem with it. I just think it has another meaning politically that can go the other direction. I happen to believe that our principles are sound. I do beleive, and I still will tell you that our party believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. Our party believes that life begins at conception. I think those are foundational issues that aren’t going anywhere but what I have said, which I don’t think should be controversial at all and I would think Christians and pastors and everyone in between should agree that our principles have to be draped in the concepts of grace, love and respect and that’s not code language, that’s the New Testament, so I don’t think there should be any problem with that thinking in our party. That’s all I’ve said. It’s not what you say, I think, it’s sometimes like our moms used to tell us, it’s how you say it; and I think that’s really the issue and quite frankly I think some of that has been overblown. I’m happy to address it but clearly myself and our party haven’t changed on those principles.

Jul 21, 2013

And Away They Go – More Major Sponsors Sail From Limbaugh’s Sinking Ship



“AAMCO stores are locally owned and operated, and each, therefore make advertising purchasing decisions at their own discretion. However, after many requests online from groups and individuals who have continuously posted about the controversial content on the Rush Limbaugh program, AAMCO investigated where local centers were advertising on Rush Limbaugh programming. The program was not specifically selected by any local AAMCO center, but was part of a broad program rotation in two local markets. Because of this, AAMCO has since requested to those markets that the Limbaugh program be removed from the ad rotation, therefore making an exception to its local policy.”

Very good. Pray tell, why didn’t they do this before? For over a year they have been contacted by individual consumers and groups. Many of these national chains often say they do not agree with Limbaugh’s commentary, but they have no control over their franchises. That’s BS, and we all know it. When push comes to shove, it’s their name and logo on the line – and  they can call to order.  Push also came to shove for Dish Networks, Capstone and Safelite who’ve not been heard on Limbaugh’s show for months.  Angie’s Lists has gone back and forth, so we don’t know what they’ll do. (They’re gone for now.) The protests are clearly working. Limbaugh’s parent company, Clear Channel, run by CEO Bob Pittman and President John Sykes, has lost hundreds of millions in revenue.  Clear Channel is owned by Bain Capitol (yes, of the Mitt Romney flavor). And Clear Channel owns iHeart Radio.

We must celebrate the American public for these accomplishments. It has not been an easy job, no. Hundreds of thousands are involved in the work. There are numerous groups and petitions. Some groups like ‘BoycottRush’ and ‘FlushRush’, monitor stations, and report ads to the StopRush Database, then post them on their Facebook walls. The BoycottRush Facebook Group has over 58,000 members. When they post a sponsor’s name on their wall, it appears in the Facebook news feeds. Those people share on other social media networks like Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, StumbleUpon… and can reach millions. That’s a lot of bad press for a sponsor. And sometimes even bad press – is not good press.

Occasionally, several groups join together and do social media blasts. On a certain day, at a certain time, the combined group members tweet, Facebook post, call, and email sponsors – all at once. Members are advised to be respectful to sponsors. There are some that do not follow that advice, but for the most part, the boycotters are decent everyday people who’ve joined the Limbaugh protests because they care about public radio. They are fed up with the hate speech Rush Limbaugh spews daily on our public airways. Though some members are politically inclined, for most people, this is not a right/left wing issue. It’s about returning some common decency back into media – something Limbaugh greatly lacks. Public radio network was not created to be used by a hate-monger  like Limbaugh, who makes millions, to promote racism, sexism and gay-hating bigotry.

http://samuel-warde.com/2013/07/and-away-they-go-more-major-sponsors-sail-from-limbaughs-sinking-ship/

Jul 19, 2013

Do NOT give websites rights to yours and your 'friends' data!


Say no.  Boycott them.



Never let websites mine data from your Facebook page.... they want your email list and all your friends.  That is utterly outrageous.  

Always EXIT and deny them your comments and your data.

Jul 17, 2013

Dear KMBC: You're killin me with your bigger and bigger ads on my iphone! Cut back or I'll delete you!

You're advertisements on IPHONES seem to be getting BIGGER and BIGGER. There becomes a point when your ADS make looking for your NEWS SERVICE no longer becomes worthwhile. Ads are now too many lines of my iphone real estate!

You've surpassed that point, Channel 9! Raise your rates, not the iphone "real estate" you'e taking from your viewers before you give us the CONTENT we expect from you by CLICKING ON YOUR APP!!

I'm ready now to delete your app. Don't have a problem with a mention of your sponsors at the top of each page, but when your ads take up so much space on my iphone at the expense of the headlines, your ads virtually SCREAMING AT ME, they get in the way of my interest in CONTENT, I'm GONE! 

Jul 14, 2013

REVISED: Why blacks are pissed off, when it happened-- my experiences after 50 years

Radioman KansaSitty:


My experience with black people was non-existant when my parents moved me as a youngster to KC and the white suburb of south Overland Park.

I graduated from a white Shawnee Mission high school and took its academic courses. Yes, even 4 years of Latin, imagine that! (No it wasn't my idea, but my aunt taught Latin and English at Westport HS for 50 years but she'd retired abt1962 and my dad insisted to please HER, not me.  Wasn't long before Latin wasn' t taught anywhere, especially east of Troost.)  I mention that because at one time, like when I was a small child and before, Westport High School was a place where many of your grandparents, or great grandparents went to school.  An all white school.  A KC prep school.  Studying required.

 I expect a lot of KC's moneyed ancestors went there and endured my spinster aunt teaching school there.   But that was then, when she was president of the Browning Society.   Ever heard of poet Robert Browning?    (I had to google it to get his first name--was never into poetry despite what my 8th grade teacher made me memorize.)  All I know, is I couldn't write even at West, made substandard English grades and one post grad summer days under her strict ways, my next year at college brought me an A in English.  Ended up with a career in journalism, go figure!

Aunt Stella's neighborhood, at 46th and Forest, was turning in the late 1960s. Retired white people were dying off, as she did, moving away, and the neighborhood changing to minority quickly, being one block east of Troost.   Her house is gone now as are some others. Small lawns remaining no longer manicured green.  Houses are no longer well kept.   I wouldn't get out of my car there, anymore.

The racial change coming  in KC and elsewhere.
What I really wanted to say was that after high school but before college, I landed a summer job in 1965 as an ice cream man, working for the guy who had the upscale Ice Cream Parlor at French Market, 95th and Metcalf.   Driving one of his trucks paid better, on commission.  My territory with that Mr Softee truck was between 15th and 31st, from Cleveland to VanBrunt. So my experience living around only white people changed drastically. All my customers were now black.

I learned they were good kids in spring 1965, eager for ten cent ice cream cones.  Yes, unlike suburban kids, black children found a dime and were outside at the sound of the ice cream truck's jingle.  It was a cultural thing  -- different than Overland Park kids who were raised to be air-conditioned, indoor cats as they are today with their online video games.  

Then, I hung around older black kids that summer before heading home on my little Honda motorcycle that was so trendy then, and found friends with them that summer.   It was a good experience for me in the long run.  They had their own kinda cool, I discovered.

Eating east side food. Hanging out, learning about this new culture which was poor, unlike my own JOCO neighbors.  But I found them very interesting and actually not all that different in before the Change.  Friendly.  But they had values all right.  No gangs.  Dads lived at home to raise them, I think.  They had modern values of the time.  Do I dare say "white" values?  No.  Just my own values, same as theirs.

To my knowledge, my parents never uttered the word "Ni&&er" when I was young. Only later.  So I never had that 'white' attitude about blacks. It just never came up.  I didn't know about racism.  Sheltered, I guess, in the sheltered suburbs of Shawnee Mission White Kansas of the sixties.


Then in mid 1965, something happened that changed everything between blacks and whites.

The Watts/LA riots broke out, Detroit caught fire...the Black Panthers got active and young black people suddenly felt empowered and angry. 


I no longer felt welcome in that territory. Suddenly I was whitey! I could feel it. Resentfulness isn't really all that subtle. My friendships cooled.  I went away to school at the end of that summer, and didn't see many black people again until I was drafted into the Army in 69, nearly 5 years later.

In the military, black soldiers during the Vietnam era turned their music up loud, daring white soldiers to complain.  Despite integrated military, the tribes stayed to themselves whenever possible.  Do you remember THEIR MUSIC? Temptations, 4tops, so many others from the late sixties? Not so often heard on the WHB station that played mostly Beach Boys!   Animosity wasn't hard to sense, especially by Southern white soldiers hating blacks as always, and black soldiers impressing each other in their disdain for whites and the white establishment.   This was new to me but the hostility was clear enough and I learned quickly to stay with my own tribe.


Black teens learned what they'd seen in the media-- to be angry, resentful, separatist. 

This all happened DURING and after MLK's marches even before his death.  Right after LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act,  granting new legal rights to ALL citizens, not just the privileged whites.  The Kennedies, John and Robert had set the national political stage, but the assassination of JFK in 1963 passed it on to LBJ.  Luckily, this southern Texan carried the banner to signed legislation.

But after the high of legal victory, blacks remained unhappy.   No changes happened right away!

Since that turning point which I witnessed as a young white kid even without prejudice, who later went into NEWS where I continued to learn about cultural things, northern society was never the same again.

Americans struggled everywhere, trying to implement Brown vs Topeka board, ruling that equal but SEPARATE SCHOOLS was Unconstitutional.  Including in KC.  South side parents were pretty unhappy black kids were being bussed from the ghetto to Southwest High!  And kids HATED being thrown together.
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Segregated black school 1940
1970s: KC started integrating schools with court ordered busing as did some districts in other BIG CITIES with mixed races. Lotsa growing pains.

White people left the newly integrated schools for private (Catholic or non-black) schools and many escaped to the suburbs where black families were scarce.

Were they wrong to do that? Do white students and their scholarship lift poor and blacks up?  Or does the introduction of black children cause the schools to water down the scholarship for the white kids?

 I think many white parents didn't want to take the chance, at the first sign of student disorder. We parents have just ONE chance to educate our kids for success, and most moneyed people were more interested in their OWN KIDS' opportunities than being part of a larger movement of tolerance and a societal experiment. So they sold their houses and moved to Kansas. Richest to Shawnee Mission East. Till SM built the other schools. Boy did Johnson County spread out in the 1960s FAST after the KC schools desegregated!  That migration took less than 20 years after the Desegregation case.  That's called "WHITE FLIGHT". Common across the country.  Google it.

Blacks should look at that, wonder why it happened, and FIX IT!  Yes, maybe they have a problem fitting in!   Only THEY can fix it.  I submit GOVERNMENT CAN'T, the MEDIA can't.  It has to come at the lower level, the church level, the parental level.   Bill Cosby tried so hard on his own and with his TV show to bring up black family values.  But it didn't turn the tide, did it?   The ghettos are still full of single moms struggling and distracted with survival to raise boys morally right!  THEY must be the one to ask, "Where are their dads?"   And invite them home to raise their boys.

Later, elsewhere...



Wichita's always been a bit of a 'mini-Kansas City.'  I was in Wichita witnessing desegregation replayed THERE, in the mid 1970-80s... a time when black and white kids, forced to change schools and share classes, were resentful and resistant. Minor school riots. Kids less learning academics then, and more learning only how to get along... This all in the backdrop of the Hundred Years War called Vietnam.

I watched all this happen back then, working in television when TV wasn't just preoccupied with police and fire news. We actually did news and I spent a lot of time working the Education Beat.   Yup, schools let TV in, and to talk to students without some school PR flack hovering right there, to control my interviews.

With an open media, parents much better understood their children's experience at school before schools started clamping down on the media to teach them in secret.  Protect themselves.   (And for the media, well news beats don't exist anymore under tight TV budgets, just liveshot skills in front of CRIME SCENES.)  Today's schools won't let media in anyway without permission slips designed to shield the schools more than their kids.   What can you do?   Vote school board members OUT is about all you can do.   Or pressure them to open up the schools to the media and quit pretending that potential lawsuits prevent an open environment.   They will always hide behind lawyers if you let them get away with it!



Tribalism.    Blacks and the Vietnamese.


The black kids were even resentful in 1981 when the Vietnamese refugees showed up from Manila after years of virtual imprisonment in refugee camps.  

Many blacks thought Viet kids were getting more welfare (which they WEREN'T) and their parents got better jobs than the blacks who'd been there a long time, being underemployed.. They did not realize that the Viet culture was very hard working, industrious... eager to make something of themselves in America, glad to be out of the refugee camps, and they developed a reputation to employers, they were good workers.

Some boyish looking Viet men even used their youthful looks to lie about their ages and slip into public schools for an American education. They could barely speak English but the schools adapted and taught them ESL (English Second Language).

Black kids were just livid. Parents vocal, jealous to share the welfare tit with these foreigners. They told me this on camera, on the news.

File video, just a Wichita wedding party
You'll see a lot of Viet descendents living in Wichita today, because word got around Manila that the aircraft plants in Wichita would hire skilled Viets. And they worked hard, and their $16 an hour union wages did indeed buy nice cars. Yes plenty lived in low income areas, but not all blacks were convinced the Viets were getting government help beyond the Catholic Services which settled them and taught their adult refugees English.  Most Viet refugees were educated, US supporters... not field hands harvesting rice back home.

Their Asian children blended in, and in fact took to wild American kids' culture TOO quickly.   It didn'' take long for them to lose their cultural Asian obedient ways to become materialistic American kids! For them in the refugee camps, coming to America was like dying and going to American Heaven.  Their parents could hardly control them after they became Americanized.

I offer this using my very best observational abilities remembering HOW IT WAS as I saw it unfold, and being paid to story tell it on TV.  Educated Viets weren't shy about talking to me about their neighbors.


So.  Racism existed among angry blacks after mid 1965 ... Among Viet Refugees (that is, those educated Viet friends of America who escaped the murderous Northerners who killed anyone who worked for the US during the war) They were called 'boat people', brave people who with their families set sail for the Phillipines to escape the North Vietnamese after the US left in 73.

As to the northern blacks... things changed in the mid 60s. Older blacks weren't so angry. Calling them "Negros" was okay, they didn't need to be called 'blacks'. And certainly not "African Americans" which was the PC phrase coined much later.

Perhaps, they were QUIETLY resentful before 1965 but they predominantly were married and raised their kids. And less angry.   Didn't see that much television.  More accepting, as older people often are in their waning days. Many found post 1965 life in the north FAR BETTER LIVING than their depression or wartime days. MLK, getting rid of the "Colored Only" signs at the toilet or restaurants was actually pretty good advancement in 1965-1980. It was PROGRESS, if not PERFECTION. Older people tend to be more patient with change. Young? Not so much.

Unrelated file photo
Where have all the fathers gone?

We've discussed this already.  I speculate that it was LBJ's Great Society programs to provide money  AFDC (Aid to Dependent Children) that made black mothers cut many of their low-value men lose to live as single moms on welfare with their babies, instead of putting up with the unmotivated, unsuccessful fathers who can't support their babies.

Remember, all this time, employment was difficult and low-paying for black men. White racism was alive and well and good companies fled to Johnson County. It was virtually impossible for black men, with segregated black educations and few skills, to raise their kids as educated white people could.  It's not to me, otherwise out of my expertise, to explain why the black culture saw the breakup of black families and so many women struggling to raise their sons alone.

Back to the anger--unfulfilled promises

THE POST 1965--BABY BOOMER BLACK KIDS, felt justified in their anger. The separation divided wider.   They resented their white exclusion in the good economy.  Despite high school graduation after being told to study so hard, the jobs didn't come as they did for more privileged white kids.

YOUNGER BLACKS have been pissed off and resentful ever since. I think THAT is where the overt BLACK racism had come. They no longer accepted it... Martin Luther King taught them NOT to.

WHITES, ESPECIALLY SOUTHERN WHITES-- HAVE BEEN RACISTS ALL ALONG, and long before. They could get away with it because they had the established businesses and managed to pull up their white sons and daughters into their industries.

Nobody was giving black kids a break...and no matter how hard they studied, they jobs worthy of their effort just didn't happen. LBJs promise about equality after the Civil Rights Laws just didn't happen in time for THEM to realize the benefits. It was a longer fight than young people had expected.

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It's time for whites to quit whining. 

Don't be mad at your dog if he turns mean after you kick him every day for much of his life.

Let them have a piece of the "American Dream".   I submit there's plenty to go around.   The blacks are really tired of being kicked around. Even in cases like Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. Especially so. Black mothers love their kids just as much as you love YOURS! Get it?

Radioman sed it.   Disagree with my views on racism of the last fifty years?  PLEASE.   Comment.   Be polite but thoughtful to tell readers how YOU perceive racism during your lifetime, as I have.  Otherwise, we shall assume more than a hundred of Tony's readers agree with me!




Jul 8, 2013

BREAKING: Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said he will not run for reelection in 2014

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Perry, 63, will leave office as Texas's longest-serving governor. He left open the possibility of making a second run for president.

"The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today, I am announcing I will not seek reelection as governor of Texas," said Perry, speaking at a Caterpillar dealership in San Antonio on Monday. "I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity and innovation. I will actively lead this great state. I'll also pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path."

For more information... http://www.politico.com  

Jul 5, 2013

VIDEO State lawmakers and prosecutors: Have you made cops completely out of control?

Hinkle: Commit any felonies lately?    Cops out trying to arrest everyone they can.

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:13 am, Wed Jul 3, 2013.
A. Barton Hinkle bhinkle@timesdispatch.com

Elizabeth Daly went to jail over a case of bottled water.

According to the Charlottesville Daily Progress, shortly after 10 p.m. April 11, the University of Virginia student bought ice cream, cookie dough and a carton of LaCroix sparkling water from the Harris Teeter grocery store at the popular Barracks Road Shopping Center. In the parking lot, a half-dozen men and a woman approached her car, flashing some kind of badges. One jumped on the hood. Another drew a gun. Others started trying to break the windows.

Daly understandably panicked. With her roommate in the passenger seat yelling “Go, go, go!” Daly drove off, hoping to reach the nearest police station. The women dialed 911. Then a vehicle with lights and sirens pulled them over, and the situation clarified: The people who had swarmed Daly’s vehicle were plainclothes agents of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The agents had thought the sparkling water was a 12-pack of beer.

Did the ABC’s enforcers apologize? Not in the slightest. They charged Daly with three felonies: two for assaulting an officer (her vehicle had grazed two agents; neither was hurt) and one for eluding the police. Last week, the commonwealth’s attorney dropped the charges.

The agents’ excessive display of force is outrageously disproportionate to the offense they mistakenly thought they witnessed: an underage purchase of alcohol. But in a sense, Daly got off easy. A couple of weeks after
her ordeal, a 61-year-old man in Tennessee was killed when the police executed a drug raid on the wrong house. A few weeks later, in another wrong-house raid, police officers killed a dog belonging to an Army veteran. These are not isolated incidents; for more information, visit the interactive map at www.cato.org/raidmap.

They are, however, part and parcel of two broader phenomena. One is the militarization of domestic law enforcement. In recent years, police departments have widely adopted military tactics, military equipment (armored personnel carriers, flash-bang grenades) — and, sometimes, the mindset of military conquerors rather than domestic peacekeepers.

The other phenomenon is the increasing degree to which civilians are subject to criminal prosecution for noncriminal acts, including exercising the constitutionally protected right to free speech.

Last week, A.J. Marin was arrested in Harrisburg, Pa., for writing in chalk on the sidewalk. Marin was participating in a health care demonstration outside Gov. Tom Corbett’s residence when he wrote, “Governor Corbett has health insurance, we should too.” Authorities charged Marin with writing “a derogatory remark about the governor on the sidewalk.” The horror.

This follows the case of Jeff Olson, who chalked messages such as “Stop big banks” outside branches of Bank of America last year. Law professor Jonathan Turley reports that prosecutors brought 13 vandalism charges against him. Moreover, the judge in the case recently prohibited Olson’s attorney from “mentioning the First Amendment, free speech,” or anything like them during the trial.

In May, a Texas woman was arrested for asking to see a warrant for the arrest of her 11-year-old son. “She spent the night in jail while her son was left at home,” reports Fox34 News. The son never was arrested. Also in Texas, Justin Carter has spent months in jail — and faces eight years more — for making an admittedly atrocious joke about shooting up a school in an online chat. Though he was plainly kidding, authorities charged him with making a terrorist threat.

Federal prosecutors also recently used an anti-terrorism measure to seize almost $70,000 from the owners of a Maryland dairy. Randy and Karen Sowers had made several bank deposits of just under $10,000 to avoid the headache of filing federal reports required for sums over that amount. The feds charged them with unlawful “structuring.” Last week, they settled the case. Authorities kept half their money to teach them a lesson.
“I broke the law yesterday,” writes George Mason economics professor Alex Tabarrok, “and I probably will break the law tomorrow. Don’t mistake me, I have done nothing wrong. I don’t even know what laws I have broken. … It’s hard for anyone to live today without breaking the law. Doubt me? Have you ever thrown out some junk mail that … was addressed to someone else? That’s a violation of federal law punishable by up to five years in prison.” Tabarrok notes that lawyer Harvey Silverglate thinks the typical American commits “Three Felonies a Day” — the title of Silverglate’s book on the subject.

As The Wall Street Journal has reported, lawmakers in Washington have greatly eroded the notion of mens rea — the principle that you need criminal intent in order to commit a crime. Thanks to a proliferating number of obscure offenses, Americans now resemble the condemned souls in Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” — spared from perdition only by the temporary forbearance of those who sit in judgment.

“What once might have been considered simply a mistake,” The Journal explains, is now “punishable by jail time.” And as 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly has now learned, you can go to jail even when the person making the mistake wasn’t you.

bhinkle@timesdispatch.com

And THEN, there's the cops who really don't care about the Constitution:




More:  Protecting yourself from THE MAN.

Jul 3, 2013

Koch Brothers Started Secret ‘No Climate Tax’ Pledge To Block Environmental Progress

A recent report by the Investigating Reporting Workshop at American University shows that the billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have managed to persuade a large portion of Congress to sign a pledge in which they have vowed to vote against any climate change legislation unless it is accompanied by their favorite treat: An equivalent amount of tax cuts for the rich. Given the fact that an eventful solution to global climate change necessarily includes a cost to the polluters and the public, the pledge makes it extremely unlikely that all of those members of Congress who signed it would vote for any meaningful climate change reform. The study tracks exactly how these billionaire brothers were able to single-handedly create a wave of corporatist libertarianism that has fed off of anti-government paranoia stemming from the Bush Recession.

 Charles Lewis, the Executive Editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop explained that the I.R.W., a non-profit news organization attached to American University, decided to focus on Koch Industries because, “There is no other corporation in the U.S. today, in my view, that is as unabashedly, bare-knuckle aggressive across the board about its own self-interest, in the political process, in the nonprofit-policy-advocacy realm, even increasingly in academia and the broader public marketplace of ideas.” Then end-goal of their ongoing crusade against environmental regulations isn’t an honest disagreement with the cost or existence of climate change, but just a shameless ruse designed to allow them to pollute more and earn higher profits.

No Climate Tax Pledge



Koch Industries major source of carbon dioxide emissions, precisely the kind of pollution that the scientific community agrees is responsible for global climate change. The company has emitted over 24,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide just in the last year alone. The Koch-sponsored “No Climate Tax” pledge, which was created only a year after the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency is about to regulate greenhouse gases as a form of pollution, has been extremely successful in preventing lawmakers from enacting meaningful climate change reform. At the moment, 411 current officeholders nationwide have signed their corporatist pledge, and two efforts to implement

And trade energy bills have died in the Senate since its inception, Out of the 85 Preston Republican congressman that swept into the House of Represented us in 2010, 76 of them had pledged their allegiance to Koch Industries. Incredibly, most of America is completely unaware that such a pledge even exists. It is imperative that liberals and progressives make some noise about this and shine a light on the Koch Brothers and their stooges in Congress. Please do your part by sharing this and other related articles on social media forums.

From "Americans Against the Tea Party" website