Friday, April 11, 2014

What Do the Koch Brothers Want?

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont posted What Do the Koch Brothers Want?. "In 1980, David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1980." He's posted the 1980 Libertarian Party platform which is the quite the read. In short they want to abolish:

  • Federal campaign finance laws
  • Medicare, Medicaid and all regulations of medical insurance
  • Social Security
  • Welfare and all "aid to the poor programs"
  • all income taxes (personal and corporate)
  • minimum wage laws
  • all public schools and compulsory education laws
  • all taxes on private schools
  • the FEC, EPA, DoE, DoT, FAA, FDA, CPSC, USPS
  • public roads, highways, inland waterways

Sanders says "And because of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, they now have the power to spend an unlimited amount of money to buy the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the next President of the United States."

Now John Roberts would say, that's fine, they can want these things and they can make their case to the public as much as they want and in elections people can decide for themselves if they want these things too. But I wonder, if money equals speech and they have $80 billion speech-bucks, who's going to speak up against them? Who can?

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