Yesterday in my post about the unbelievable events in Wisconsin, I wondered whether we were all starting to smell a large corporate rat behind those events. I’ve dug a little deeper and our original suspicions were right on the money--quite literally so. And who are the puppet master(s)? Yep, the Brothers Koch.
To begin with, let’s start with the the Kochs and Governor Scott Walker. [Here] In his recent gubernatorial campaign Walker was given $15,000. by the Koch brothers, the maximum direct cash donation allowed by law. KochPAC gave $43,ooo to Walker. The Koch-funded Americans For Prosperity, the astro-turf group whose support is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, was also thrown at Walker. (You’ve probably seen that Tea Partyers have recently become an anti-protest presence in Madison, [Here] whipped up and organized, no doubt, by Koch surrogates.) A virulent ad campaign that was mounted against Walker's Democratic candidate was extremely effective and underwritten by the Republican Governor’s Association which had received a million dollars from the Kochs.
Could we safely conclude that Governor Scott Walker is a dear, dear friend of the brothers Koch?
And what about Koch Industries holdings in Wisconsin itself? Alternet’s Adele Stan provides a summary for us: [Here]
Although headquartered in Kansas, Koch Industries has at least 17 facilities and offices in Wisconsin ... and operates "nearly 4,000 miles of pipeline" through its Koch Pipeline Company, L.P.
...The conglomerate boasts 'four terminals and strategically located pipelines' through its Flint Hills Resources, LLC, which it describes as ‘a leading refining and chemicals company’ that markets ‘gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol, olefins, polymers and intermediate chemicals, as well as base oils and asphalt.’
The Kochs' Georgia Pacific paper and wood products division has six facilities in Wisconsin. Its C. Reiss Coal Company ‘is a leading supplier of coal used to generate power,’ according to the Koch Web site. The company has locations in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan.
(Is it any wonder that the Koch brothers are leading climate change adversaries?) Adele Stan goes on to call Wisconsin “Kochistan.”
Digby at Hullabaloo added that she couldn’t find any tv commentary on morning news shows that even mentioned Gov. Walker’s tax cuts that created the fiscal problem. The American public deserves more intelligent reporting and more responsible journalism.
Digby also passed along this CrooksandLiars video of the Nation's Chris Hayes and Naomi Klein, author of A Shock Doctrine, explaining the larger picture and goals of these neoliberal corporationists. [Here] It's important viewing.
As I keep saying, dust off those marching shoes...