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  •  For example, (4+ / 0-)
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    Sylv, mstep, Laconic Lib, Stude Dude

    the Koch brothers just gave Heritage Action $500,000, so their denial of being involved in this fight sounds rather weak at this point.

    The discussion about the Kochs’ financial contribution to Heritage Action comes as the group is pushing Republican lawmakers to make defunding Obamacare a provision in a deal to fund the government and raise the country’s debt ceiling.
    Heritage Action’s position is at odds with Koch Companies, which moved Wednesday to publicly tell lawmakers that while it believes Obamacare will increase deficits, raise taxes, among others things, it isn't pushing lawmakers to include defunding Obamacare in a government funding package.
    “Koch has not taken a position on the legislative tact of tying the continuing resolution to defunding Obamacare nor have we lobbied on legislative provisions defunding Obamacare,” Philip Ellender, president of government and public affairs at Koch
    wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to senators. “Instead, Koch has focused on educating the public about reducing our nation’s debt and controlling runaway government spending.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/...

    Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

    by skohayes on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 06:43:57 AM PDT

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    •  The craziness will slow down (2+ / 0-)
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      only when the guys writing the big checks decide that the ideology has become counter-productive. Even then, it would take a while, cuz ideology is not something you can just put back in the can once it's been unleashed. They have purchased and set loose a boatload of ideology in the past 4 years.

      You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.

      by mstep on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 07:23:46 AM PDT

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      •  Four years is just the tip of the iceberg. Since (2+ / 0-)
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        the New Deal is more accurate. Saint Ronnie's success was partly due to long cultivating those ideas in everything from colleges to "think tanks" set up by the gored plutocrats.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 07:47:31 AM PDT

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    •  Holy cow. (0+ / 0-)

      Did Philip Ellender, president of government and public affairs at Koch, really misuse the word "tact" in that statement (when he really meant "tactic") and did Politico actually reprint it without so much as a [sic]?

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 09:13:19 PM PDT

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