Reposted from Libby Shaw by Libby Shaw
I laughed out loud the other morning when I opened the print edition of the Houston Chronicle. The front page headline read
Koch funded Libre Initiative looks to mobilize Latino voters.
I like to read the print edition every morning. The first thing I do is open the paper and line up the front page and the city and state sections side by side. I look to see what section I will read first. So, when I opened the city/state section I laughed when I read the section's front page headline. Of course none of this is really funny at all. The plight of immigrants in this country is beyond craven, heartless and hypocritical. While the Koch GOP groups try to pretend to care about immigrants their colleagues in state houses and in the U.S. Congress are working 24/7 to keep cheap labor a permanent state of slavery in this country.
GOP again tries to repeal in state tuition law
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I guess it has dawned on the Republican Party that it cannot rely solely on cheating, stealing, lying, fraud and treason in order to win elections. It somehow has to find a way to woo Latino voters.
The Libre Initiative, the Texas-based organization funded heavily by billionaires Charles and David Koch, is expanding in Texas and around the country in a drive to mobilize Latino voters heading into the 2016 elections.
The growth of the Mission-based organization offers more evidence of Republicans’ determined effort to make inroads into the fast-growing Latino vote, which overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama and most Democrats in recent elections.
Since February, a separate Koch-funded group has posted openings for Libre Initiative jobs in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia - states with heavy Latino populations or likely battlegrounds in the 2016 elections.
The organization's methodology will likely rely on typical GOP scorched earth politics. It will target groups of evangelical Christian Latinos and employ the usual wedge issues, i.e. gay marriage, abortion. It will demonize Democratic opponents by smearing and attacking their greatest strengths. Remember the Swift Boating of John Kerry? I guess it's hard for the Party of, for and by the 1% to run on the merits of its accomplishments, agendas and ideologies.
A wolf in sheep's clothing.
Libre — the Spanish word for free — bills itself as a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that advances the principles and values of economic freedom to empower Latinos. The group provides a variety of services, from helping obtain driver’s licenses and tax filing to providing children with school supplies.
The definition of freedom in Koch GOP World means serfdom. While these grassroots groups pretend to help immigrant families their cronies, enabled by GOP politicians, will prey upon them later like sharks.
The unfettered payday loan businesses in Texas is out of control. Greg Abbott and other Texas Republicans protect the loan sharks because of the industry's generous contributions to their campaigns. Unfortunately it is the low income earners who fall into the traps laid by ruthless payday loan organizations. While the politicians look the other way.
The Latino Victory Project, a political advocacy group co-founded last year by Henry Muñoz, of San Antonio, is keenly aware of Libre’s activities. Project president Cristobal Alex said he intends to conduct a briefing on Libre in New York soon with potential donors.
"We need to have a counterweight to what the Koch Brothers are doing," he said. "They understand, and rightly so, that Latinos will decide future elections in a number of places, including at the very top, but that Latinos are not hyper-partisan."
He added: "They (Koch brothers) are not investing in Libre for the benefit of the Latino community. They are investing in Libre for their pocketbooks."
Meanwhile, back on the ranch in Austin, Texas Republicans are hell bent on making life as miserable as possible for immigrants and their children.