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Yesterday on All Things Considered, Robert Seigel manged to ask a few pertinent questions of Wyoming billionaire Foster Friess, who is a major backer of the Red, White, And Blue superPAC supporting Rick Santorum.  

In addition to the standard Kochtacular "Privatize It!" philosophy, there's some truly hilarious gems about how the wealthy are at a disadvantage and underrepresented in government.  I particularly enjoyed Friess saying, "Bye bye, Robert" at the end, as if he was envisioning the end of public radio.  

There's also the nonhilarious concept of reforming campaign finance by simply allowing fully disclosed, unlimited direct donations to candidates.  It's presented as honest.

Give it a listen, if only because others have heard it, and you'll want to be able to discuss it.  Also, this is another billionaire enemy whose name needs to be out there.  Whenever they go on record, we need to keep playing that record.

Short diary, off to work, spread the word.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    The rich are eating the world. The Republicans are their teeth. The Democrats are dentists who refuse to pull those teeth because they are so beautiful and sharp.

    by Leftcandid on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 06:38:05 AM PST

  •  There actually IS a third Koch brother. (10+ / 0-)

    And a fourth.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 06:42:18 AM PST

  •  oh i thought foster friess was (5+ / 0-)

    so weird.

  •  I did hear most of this interview. (4+ / 0-)

    Had to turn up the volume on the radio to make sure that I caught the idiot's name at the end.   What a jerk.

    "If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones." John Steinbeck

    by BluejayRN on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 06:52:34 AM PST

  •  Lady de Rothschild on MSNBC yesterday said same (1+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA

    about

    "....reforming campaign finance by simply allowing fully disclosed, unlimited direct donations to candidates.  It's presented as honest...."

    & she is a democrat

    well, a PUMA

    •  ps should say she supported the same (0+ / 0-)

      as in the wealthy should just have to disclose they donated but unlimited donations allowed

    •  I agree with her, and with Gingrich, on this (2+ / 0-)
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      zubalove, DEMonrat ankle biter

      I think money is speech under capitalism and that it's unconstitutional to restrict whom I can donate to, with appropriate disclosure.  This puts me in 0% here at Daily Kos...we used to be 1% but the guy who always expressed that opinion either got bored or was run out of town.

      This is a separate issue from Citizens United, which I also think was rightly decided but it is possible to support unlimited individual contributions but oppose corporate ones because of the narrow question of corporate personhood.

      But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

      by Rich in PA on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 07:20:02 AM PST

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      •  So you think it's a good thing for someone with (2+ / 0-)
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        carver, DEMonrat ankle biter

        more money to have a bigger influence on the way this country is governed than someone with less money? I'm sorry but I just don't get it. It gives a huge advantage to the richest and how can you justify that? I'm trying to figure out where your point of view comes from. One man (or woman) one voice. It's called democracy. Money throws that in the waste basket.

        Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

        by burnt out on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 07:52:05 AM PST

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      •  "Free Speech Channels" (1+ / 0-)
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        Personally, I don't agree that money, undisclosed or disclosed should be considered free speech, but if it is  considered free speech, then I think they should set up "Free Speech Channels" for all the commercials to be aired just like they do with the "Free Speech Zones" for people protesting.

        Poor man wants to be rich. Rich man wants to king. And the king ain't satisifed until he rules everything. B.Springsteen

        by howd on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 07:57:52 AM PST

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      •  I'm listening..... (4+ / 0-)

        I think this might be worth talking about. Unlimited money makes me wanna scream, but AT LEAST you've got full disclosure. Which means you can actually say "Of course you want that pipeline! They've given you $3M! What would you support for $5M?" Instead we have all this shadow money and crap coming from all over with no direct lines to link cash to behavior.

        This opens us up to other problems of course.

        Before people respond, I'm not ADVOCATING for this. What I am saying is we should welcome a debate on money in politics as well as disclosure.

        •  We will never get money out of politics (1+ / 0-)
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          I think this sucks, but it gives us an opening to discredit all high-volume political speech by planting the idea that our opponents are all bought and paid for, which they are.  The meme should be that corporations and the wealthy don't support Republicans because of a congruence of interests, but rather than Republicans espouse the views they do because corporations and the wealthy pay them to do it, much as the neighbor kid mows my lawn because I pay him to, not because he happens to love living next to a well-mowed lawn.

          But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

          by Rich in PA on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 08:45:45 AM PST

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      •  Absolutely. The rich deserve more free speech than (1+ / 0-)
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        Leftcandid

        the commoners

        It is only fair and just. Haven't we all had that dream where we will one day live in a nation where our children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their bank accounts.

        What better way to determine who is worthy to shape our society than by the money they have to spend on it.

        Whiners. All they have to do is go inherit or legally rob billions of dollars and they to can affect change

        I would bow to your wisdom except I am weary due to my sarcastic outpouring and because you say

        it's unconstitutional to restrict whom I can donate to

        Oops.  I think anyone has vaguely tried to restrict to whom you can donate. You can donate to every single candidate that is running.
        It is just the buying one they object to.;

      •  What does "under capitalism" mean politically? (0+ / 0-)

        Capitalism has no business influencing governance or law; that's the entire problem.   Democracy-->Law-->Wealth is the moral order; Wealth-->Law-->Democracy is an immoral one.

        I'm glad you're here at DK helping make things better but I can't disagree with you more on this subject.   All campaign finance should be publicly funded; from that fund opportunities to use the mic can be distributed more equitably.   When only the rich have mics, the speech of everyone else is limited.  We have every right to be heard as much and as often as anyone else, money should have nothing to do with it.

        The rich are eating the world. The Republicans are their teeth. The Democrats are dentists who refuse to pull those teeth because they are so beautiful and sharp.

        by Leftcandid on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 04:10:45 PM PST

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  •  Good catch Leftcandid........ (2+ / 0-)
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    NYFM, Leftcandid

      ....and thanks!

    Best, HH99

    Compost for a greener planet.............got piles?

    by Hoghead99 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 07:04:11 AM PST

  •  Yes I listened to this to (2+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, Leftcandid

    What was interesting was I was able to hear almost WORD FOR WORD  the same talking points as someon e on another rNPR show a few days ago.

    The female lawyer for a SuperPac associated with Rick Perry.. the other 'guest'  was ted Koppel.

    the talking points were  George Soros started it,    CNN and NPR are corporations to that say waht they want  why shouldnt other corps get to say stuff etc etc

    Same exact crap.

    ANd Robert Siegal  mildly objects to this stuff ... barely even defedning NPR...  sigh

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