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As David Nir noted earlier, the Koch brothers are out with a new set of ads accusing Democrats of being insurance company stooges for passing Obamacare. But if the Kochs were in the slightest bit serious about going after politicians supported by big insurance companies, Democrats wouldn't be the place to start, as these two charts from opensecrets.org make clear:

Charts showing Republicans get the benefit of insurance company largesse
I'm looking forward to their ads going after Mitch and John. Any day now, right?

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  •  Growing up in NYC we had a name for guys like the (7+ / 0-)

    Cokes.......'Suckers'

  •  The Republican Party cleaned out the John Birchers (3+ / 0-)
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    annieli, jan4insight, Creosote

    from their ranks back in the 70s and 80s.

    Now the Republicans are bought and paid for by the Kochs, who are sons of a founding member of the John Birch Society.

    •  Predicting these guys are going to create an (3+ / 0-)
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      American corporate backlash like you've never seen.....since Roosevelt.....Teddy that is.

      •  I certainly hope you're right... (1+ / 0-)
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        But first we need a contemporary equivalent of a Teddy Roosevelt in the White House to be the leader of that backlash.

        Unfortunately for the American people, President Obama doesn't seem to want anything to do with the great legacy of either Teddy Roosevelt OR Franklin Roosevelt.

        •  We have a complex relationship with the President, (1+ / 0-)
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          don't we?  I think very few of us wish to be seen as ungrateful for the many bonafide progressive reforms that he has accomplished.  On the other hand, there is this lingering, bittersweet sense that he came so close to engineering an historic progressive tipping point - yet backed away from his destiny of true greatness at the last moment.

          As he swept into office in January 2009, he had the wind at his back to a degree few other Presidents ever experience, with a huge reservoir of political capital at his disposal, to fundamentally remake numerous public institutions for the benefit of the 99%, to an extent not seen for nearly 100 years.  For whatever reason, he chose to play footsie with "the powers that be", rather than kick ass and take names.  I'll never understand it...

          All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

          by Mystic Michael on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 10:39:53 PM PDT

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    •  They did? (0+ / 0-)

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

      by CTMET on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 03:11:58 PM PDT

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  •  Kochroaches hiding in the darkness ... (2+ / 0-)
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    of politic's cracks and crevices.


    Try explaining to your pet slug that you just had escargot for dinner.

    by glb3 on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 03:20:42 PM PDT

  •  Poor Dave & Charlie! (4+ / 0-)
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    They're so...truth challenged!  Maybe the poor fellows never had a chance at a decent education, never learned how to reason properly...so they keep getting their causes mixed up with their effects; their bass confused with their ackwards!

    Then again...

    On a (only slightly) less snarky note, the fact that the plutocrats themselves are trying to exploit public disgust with the insurance companies, ought to tell us several things, including:

    1) that the Koch Brothers are sleazy, unscrupulous, immoral weasels (which we already knew);

    2) that they themselves recognize corporate exploitation as "a thing";

    3) per tactics straight from the right-wing propaganda playbook, the Kochs are attempting to shield themselves from legitimate criticism of their true agenda, by pre-emptively attacking Democrats for it; and

    4) that there remains a substantial amount of grassroots rage against Big Insurance among rank & file Americans, which the Kochs themselves have implicitly acknowledged by their attempts to exploit it, leverage it...and redirect it for their own nefarious purposes.

    I'll leave the greater political and policy implications of these observations for other Kossacks to analyze and interpret within this thread.

    All that is necessary for the triumph of the Right is that progressives do nothing.

    by Mystic Michael on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 03:25:11 PM PDT

  •  Jed (1+ / 0-)
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    didja hear about Obama being the cause for the upcoming lunar eclipse? He did it, I tell you!

  •  Spiking Insurance Company support for GOPers (2+ / 0-)
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    in the last round explains the 47 votes to repeal ACA.

    Notice: This Comment © 2014 ROGNM UID 2547

    by ROGNM on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 03:46:57 PM PDT

  •  The Kochs hide their true agenda (2+ / 0-)
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    part of which is to kill any renewable energy efforts.

  •  The next question is who are the most vocal (0+ / 0-)

    against Obamacare? Maybe there's a connection.

  •  Thanks for the diary, and it explains one thing (3+ / 0-)
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    I'd wondered why Bevin was not on the air with more ads.  Now, I know.  The Koch's decided to throw their support behind McConnell.  Seems the TEA Party candidates cannot survive without some rich person underwriting their campaigns for office.  And the GOP wonders how to control the TEA Party?  Sheesh.

  •  the koch piggies are right. (0+ / 0-)

    Aside from the fact that ACA would not be at all, it ought to have cut out the insurance business altogether.

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