Exploring The Koch Brothers’ Political Influence | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC


. .>>>TIME NOW FOR “MONEY, POWER,>>>TIME NOW FOR “MONEY, POWER, POLITICS.” POLITICS.” IN THE 2018 ELECTION CYCLE IN THE 2018 ELECTION CYCLE CONSERVATIVE BILLIONAIRES CONSERVATIVE BILLIONAIRES CHARLES AND DAVID KOCH SPENT CHARLES AND DAVID KOCH SPENT ALMOST $400 MILLION BUCKS WITH ALMOST $400 MILLION BUCKS WITH $20 MILLION DEDICATED TO MAKING $20 MILLION DEDICATED TO MAKING SURE THE TAX CUTS PASSED. SURE THE TAX CUTS PASSED. THERE ARE FEW INDIVIDUALS WITH THERE ARE FEW INDIVIDUALS WITH MORE INFLUENCE IN BUSINESS AND MORE INFLUENCE IN BUSINESS AND POLITICS THAN THESE TWO BROTHERS POLITICS THAN THESE TWO BROTHERS ON YOUR SCREEN. ON YOUR SCREEN. THEY OWN ROUGHLY 80% OF KOCH THEY OWN ROUGHLY 80% OF KOCH INDUSTRIES. INDUSTRIES. NOW, WE HEAR ABOUT THEIR NOW, WE HEAR ABOUT THEIR POLITICAL DONATIONS AND THEIR POLITICAL DONATIONS AND THEIR LOBBYING EFFORTS AGAINST CLIMATE LOBBYING EFFORTS AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVES BUT RARELY CHANGE INITIATIVES BUT RARELY HEAR ABOUT HOW THIS FAMILY GOT HEAR ABOUT HOW THIS FAMILY GOT SO POWERFUL. SO POWERFUL. IN THE NEW BOOK “KOCHLAND” IN THE NEW BOOK “KOCHLAND” KRISTOFFER LEONARD DESCRIBES HOW KRISTOFFER LEONARD DESCRIBES HOW CHARLES KOCH TURNED THIS COMPANY CHARLES KOCH TURNED THIS COMPANY INTO A $110 BILLION EMPIRE AND INTO A $110 BILLION EMPIRE AND HAVE INFILTRATED JUST ABOUT HAVE INFILTRATED JUST ABOUT EVERY THREAD OF AMERICAN LIFE. EVERY THREAD OF AMERICAN LIFE. I’LL SHARE THIS QUOTE. I’LL SHARE THIS QUOTE. THE COMPANY IS EMBEDDED IN THE THE COMPANY IS EMBEDDED IN THE HIDDEN INFRASTRUCTURE OF EVERY HIDDEN INFRASTRUCTURE OF EVERY DAY LIFE. DAY LIFE. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE USE KOCH MILLIONS OF PEOPLE USE KOCH PRODUCTS WITHOUT EVER SEEING PRODUCTS WITHOUT EVER SEEING KOCH’S NAME ATTACHED. KOCH’S NAME ATTACHED. JOINING ME NOW THE AUTHOR JOINING ME NOW THE AUTHOR OF “KOCHLAND THE SECRET STORY OF OF “KOCHLAND THE SECRET STORY OF KOCH INDUSTRIES AND CORPORATE KOCH INDUSTRIES AND CORPORATE POWER IN AMERICA.” POWER IN AMERICA.” CHRISTOPHER, YOU NOTE WE USE CHRISTOPHER, YOU NOTE WE USE KOCH PRODUCTS EVERY DAY AND KOCH PRODUCTS EVERY DAY AND ALMOST NEVER SEE THEIR NAME. ALMOST NEVER SEE THEIR NAME. WHAT ARE THE PRODUCTS? WHAT ARE THE PRODUCTS? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?>>WELL, THIS COMPANY>>WELL, THIS COMPANY SPECIALIZES IN THE KINDS OF SPECIALIZES IN THE KINDS OF BUSINESSES THAT UNDERPIN BUSINESSES THAT UNDERPIN CIVILIZATION. CIVILIZATION. KOCH MAKES FUEL, FERTILIZER, KOCH MAKES FUEL, FERTILIZER, BUILDING MATERIALS, CLOTHING BUILDING MATERIALS, CLOTHING MATERIALS, THE SENSORS IN YOUR MATERIALS, THE SENSORS IN YOUR CELL PHONES. CELL PHONES. THE KIND OF STUFF YOU USE EVERY THE KIND OF STUFF YOU USE EVERY DAY BUT NEVER DIRECTLY PURCHASE DAY BUT NEVER DIRECTLY PURCHASE IF YOU WILL. IF YOU WILL. AND THE PROFITS FROM THIS HAVE AND THE PROFITS FROM THIS HAVE BEEN STUNNING. BEEN STUNNING. KOCH’S ANNUAL SALES FOR EXAMPLE KOCH’S ANNUAL SALES FOR EXAMPLE ARE LARGER THAN THAT OF ARE LARGER THAN THAT OF FACEBOOK, GOLDMAN SACHS, AND FACEBOOK, GOLDMAN SACHS, AND U.S. STEEL COMBINED. U.S. STEEL COMBINED. THIS IS A MASSIVE COMPANY THAT THIS IS A MASSIVE COMPANY THAT AFFECTS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. AFFECTS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.>>THEN HOW ON EARTH DO WE>>THEN HOW ON EARTH DO WE BARELY KNOW ABOUT THEM? BARELY KNOW ABOUT THEM? I WANT TO SHARE A QUOTE FROM THE I WANT TO SHARE A QUOTE FROM THE BOOK. BOOK. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE SECRECY. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE SECRECY. YOU WRITE, SECRECY WAS A YOU WRITE, SECRECY WAS A STRATEGIC NECESSITY FOR KOCH STRATEGIC NECESSITY FOR KOCH INDUSTRIES. INDUSTRIES. CHARLES KOCH DID NOT WANT TO CHARLES KOCH DID NOT WANT TO SURRENDER IT. SURRENDER IT. HE ALSO DIDN’T WANT TO SURRENDER HE ALSO DIDN’T WANT TO SURRENDER CONTROL. CONTROL. HE HAD A SPECIFIC, CLEAR VISION HE HAD A SPECIFIC, CLEAR VISION OF HOW TO RUN HIS COMPANY AND HE OF HOW TO RUN HIS COMPANY AND HE DIDN’T NEED WALL STREET DIDN’T NEED WALL STREET INVESTORS TO INTERFERE. INVESTORS TO INTERFERE. SO WAS THE MAGIC OF ALL THIS TO SO WAS THE MAGIC OF ALL THIS TO KEEP THE COMPANY PRIVATE? KEEP THE COMPANY PRIVATE?>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THAT’S RIGHT. WHAT IS SO INTERESTING TO ME IS WHAT IS SO INTERESTING TO ME IS THE SECRECY AROUND THIS THE SECRECY AROUND THIS CORPORATION. CORPORATION. WE KNOW KOCH, FOR EXAMPLE, VERY WE KNOW KOCH, FOR EXAMPLE, VERY INTENTIONALLY DISGUISES ITS INTENTIONALLY DISGUISES ITS POLITICAL DONATIONS. POLITICAL DONATIONS. WELL, THAT COMES FROM THE WELL, THAT COMES FROM THE BUSINESS ITSELF. BUSINESS ITSELF. AND WHAT I REALIZED IS THAT AND WHAT I REALIZED IS THAT SECRECY IS STRATEGIC FOR KOCH SECRECY IS STRATEGIC FOR KOCH INDUSTRIES. INDUSTRIES. FIRST OF ALL, THIS IS A COMPANY FIRST OF ALL, THIS IS A COMPANY THAT IS REALLY DEEPLY INVOLVED THAT IS REALLY DEEPLY INVOLVED IN WHAT WE WOULD CALL TRADING, IN WHAT WE WOULD CALL TRADING, BUYING AND SELLING, ENERGY, BUYING AND SELLING, ENERGY, SUPPLIES, EVEN BUYING AND SUPPLIES, EVEN BUYING AND SELLING OTHER COMPANIES. SELLING OTHER COMPANIES. WHEN THAT’S YOUR LINE OF WORK WHEN THAT’S YOUR LINE OF WORK YOU REALLY DON’T WANT OTHER YOU REALLY DON’T WANT OTHER PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW AND PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW AND TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE BE TO DO. TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE BE TO DO. THAT’S WHY SECRECY IS SO THAT’S WHY SECRECY IS SO FUNDAMENTAL TO THIS COMPANY. FUNDAMENTAL TO THIS COMPANY.>>CHARLIE, YOU HAVE SEEN THIS>>CHARLIE, YOU HAVE SEEN THIS PLAY OUT IN WISCONSIN, WISCONSIN PLAY OUT IN WISCONSIN, WISCONSIN POLITICS. POLITICS. PUT IT INTO CONTEXT. PUT IT INTO CONTEXT.>>WELL, I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY THEY>>WELL, I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY THEY HAVE BEEN MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE HAVE BEEN MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT AND THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT AND THE RISE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BUT RISE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BUT WHAT IS INTERESTING TO ME, ALSO, WHAT IS INTERESTING TO ME, ALSO, IS THE WAY THAT — IS THE RULE IS THE WAY THAT — IS THE RULE THEY’RE GOING TO PLAY IN THE ERA THEY’RE GOING TO PLAY IN THE ERA OF TRUMP. OF TRUMP. THEY NEVER REALLY GOT ON BOARD THEY NEVER REALLY GOT ON BOARD WITH DONALD TRUMP AND THE THING WITH DONALD TRUMP AND THE THING ABOUT THE KOCHS AND I’M TALKING ABOUT THE KOCHS AND I’M TALKING ABOUT POLITICS, IN CONTRAST TO ABOUT POLITICS, IN CONTRAST TO SOME OF THE OTHER PLAYERS LIKE SOME OF THE OTHER PLAYERS LIKE THE MERCERS, THEY DO THINK THEY THE MERCERS, THEY DO THINK THEY ACTUALLY CARED ABOUT IDEAS. ACTUALLY CARED ABOUT IDEAS. AND I THINK THEY HAVE BEEN AND I THINK THEY HAVE BEEN WILLING TO STAY ARMS LENGTH. WILLING TO STAY ARMS LENGTH.>>AND –>>AND –>>THEY BOUGHT INTO THE WHOLE>>THEY BOUGHT INTO THE WHOLE STEVE BANNON, YOU KNOW, TRUMP STEVE BANNON, YOU KNOW, TRUMP SORT OF WORLD VIEW. SORT OF WORLD VIEW. AND I THINK THAT IT’S AND I THINK THAT IT’S INTERESTING TO ME TO NOTE WHAT INTERESTING TO ME TO NOTE WHAT ROLE THE KOCHS WILL PLAY OR THE ROLE THE KOCHS WILL PLAY OR THE KOCH — THE INFRASTRUCTURE WILL KOCH — THE INFRASTRUCTURE WILL PLAY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND PLAY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT POST THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT POST DONALD TRUMP. DONALD TRUMP. THESE GUYS ARE HARD TO KIND OF, THESE GUYS ARE HARD TO KIND OF, YOU KNOW, IS JUST PUT INTO A BOX YOU KNOW, IS JUST PUT INTO A BOX BECAUSE THEY’RE QUITE BECAUSE THEY’RE QUITE LIBERTARIAN. LIBERTARIAN. THEY ARE INTERESTED IN A WHOLE THEY ARE INTERESTED IN A WHOLE LOT OF THINGS. LOT OF THINGS.>>KRISTOFFER,CHRISTOPHER YOU GO>>KRISTOFFER,CHRISTOPHER YOU GO GREATER DETAIL AROUND HOW DONALD GREATER DETAIL AROUND HOW DONALD TRUMP WAS CERTAINLY NOT THE KOCH TRUMP WAS CERTAINLY NOT THE KOCH BROTHERS’ BOY. BROTHERS’ BOY. THEY CONSIDERED FIVE DIFFERENT THEY CONSIDERED FIVE DIFFERENT REPUBLICANS IN 2016. REPUBLICANS IN 2016. NONE OF THEM WERE THE PRESIDENT. NONE OF THEM WERE THE PRESIDENT. YOU WROTE THIS. YOU WROTE THIS. IN MANY WAYS, DONALD TRUMP POSED IN MANY WAYS, DONALD TRUMP POSED A GREATER POLITICAL THREAT TO A GREATER POLITICAL THREAT TO CHARLES KOCH’S POLITICAL AGENDA CHARLES KOCH’S POLITICAL AGENDA THAN BARACK OBAMA. THAN BARACK OBAMA. THAT IS A BIG STATEMENT. THAT IS A BIG STATEMENT. HOW? HOW?>>WELL, CHARLES KOCH HAS BEEN>>WELL, CHARLES KOCH HAS BEEN PATIENTLY WORKING TO RESHAPE THE PATIENTLY WORKING TO RESHAPE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY FOR 40 YEARS. REPUBLICAN PARTY FOR 40 YEARS. HIS GOAL AS CHARLIE JUST SAID IS HIS GOAL AS CHARLIE JUST SAID IS TO MAKE THE REPUBLICANS MORE TO MAKE THE REPUBLICANS MORE LIBERTARIAN WITH THIS POINT OF LIBERTARIAN WITH THIS POINT OF VIEW THAT GOVERNMENT MUST BE VIEW THAT GOVERNMENT MUST BE LIMITED AND MUST NEVER INTERVENE LIMITED AND MUST NEVER INTERVENE IN MARKETS. IN MARKETS. WHEN DONALD TRUMP CAME ALONG IN WHEN DONALD TRUMP CAME ALONG IN 2016, HE UP ENDED THAT 2016, HE UP ENDED THAT PHILOSOPHY. PHILOSOPHY. DONALD TRUMP CLEARLY BELIEVES DONALD TRUMP CLEARLY BELIEVES THAT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IS THAT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IS NOT ONLY APPROPRIATE BUT NOT ONLY APPROPRIATE BUT DESIRABLE. DESIRABLE. JUST LOOK AT THE TARIFFS. JUST LOOK AT THE TARIFFS. LOOK AT THE TRADE WAR. LOOK AT THE TRADE WAR. DONALD TRUMP IS SEEKING TO DONALD TRUMP IS SEEKING TO RESHAPE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOW RESHAPE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOW IN HIS OWN IMAGE, WHICH IS THIS IN HIS OWN IMAGE, WHICH IS THIS SO-CALLED AMERICA FIRST AGENDA. SO-CALLED AMERICA FIRST AGENDA. IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT THE IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT THE AMERICA FIRST AGENDA IS ANATHEMA AMERICA FIRST AGENDA IS ANATHEMA TO THE KOCH NETWORK. TO THE KOCH NETWORK. THERE IS A STRUGGLE AND A FIGHT THERE IS A STRUGGLE AND A FIGHT FOR CONTROL FOR THE FUTURE OF FOR CONTROL FOR THE FUTURE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND I THINK

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  1. If there's any good news about this Old far* Brothers It's they're near to the grave, and with any luck they might slip in a Banana peel soon.😀Yeah!

  2. Trumps accomplishments just off the top of my head.

    7 TRILLION ADDED TO THE ECONOMY
    6 MILLION JOBS ADDED

    #1 ENERGY PRODUCER ON EARTH

    REGULATION CUTS

    ISIS CALIPHATE DESTROYED

    FAIR TRADE DEALS

    NO TPP

    NO PARIS ACCORD

    XL PIPELINE BUILT

    ANWR OPEN

    BIGGEST TAX CUTS IN HISTORY

    USMCA

    US SPACE FORCE

    2 CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

    VA REFORM

    THE WALL & MILITARY ON THE BORDER

    EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM

    EDUCATION REFORM

    LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS IN HISTORY

    CHINA, RUSSIA, CUBA, NORTH KOREA AND IRAN ON THE RUN

    OBAMAS LEGACY ERASED

    NO COLLUSION
    NO OBSTRUCTION
    HES GOT MY VOTE.

    HAVE A GREAT DAY!

  3. THE KOCH brothers and George Soros are fascists that need to be dealt with by SPecial forces so they stop with their tyranny on the American people..

  4. Ever wonder why you never hear anything about the Trump-Russia issue anymore? Here’s why –

    …..By the end of this year (likely sooner), the conscience of America will be shaken at what is going to come out of the Durham, Barr and Horowitz investigations about the criminal conspiracy against
    candidate, President-elect, and President Trump. It is going to make Watergate look like a playground disagreement. It is going to affect some VERY big names in the Democratic party. Already, those that
    believe they will be charged are hiring Constitutional lawyers (yes, the kind you need when you're guilty, and need the Constitution to bail you out) and top defense attorneys. (This from a very connected D.C. attorney whose firm specializes in these kinds of legal/ political fistfights) The DNC is in the beginning stages of putting together a media plan to try to offset the coming political tsunami. Democratic leaders in Congress are going to start being told in advance what is going to happen. You are going to see everything about impeachment and all of the Trump-Russia b.s. gradually lessen (it’s happening already) leading up to this disclosure so that leading Dems can formulate their "distancing" strategy. Trump and his team pretty much know the how huge this is going to be – at this point, Durham & Barr are making the cases airtight, especially with the foreign agents that Comey/Clinton/Obama used to coordinate the spying on Trump. (The Horowitz Report will, of course, be restricted only to internal DOJ issues.) The recent slam-dunk cases against Comey and McCabe were not prosecuted not because they weren't crimes (Comey even acknowledged they were), but because there are far bigger heads to guillotine. (Though Comey and the rest will also be going to jail for much bigger crimes with longer sentences) Again….Durham, Horowitz, Barr and the Republican Congressional investigators have bid their time, making sure that the evidence shows what they already know. The fact is that NO counter-intelligence operations are done without the approval of the President. Read into that what you will. Barr and Durham are not going to make the mistake the Dems made – making accusations with no real evidence to back it up. It will not be able to be hidden by ANY media due to the names, agencies and the depth of the crimes involved. It is going to be all the nation…and the
    world…will be focused on coming shortly.

  5. The Kochs never bought into Trump? Does it count that Vice President Mike Pence is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries? How exactly do you think Pence managed to get the VP job, when Trump had never even heard of him?

  6. The Koch brothers represent everything that's wrong with our country and government. America is no longer a country of the people, for the people, and by the people. It's a country of corporations, for corporations, and by corporations. This has led to the will of the American people being completely subverted. And no one has contributed more to this fascist state than the GOP, which is owned by the Koch bros.

    “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.” 
    ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

  7. I want to know what was the strategy for giving 20 million to HBCU's and what did they expect in return 🤔🤔

  8. Lollll….MSNBC DOING A STORY ON POLITICAL INFLUENCE AND MSNBC IS JUST AS GUILTY OF INFLUENCING POLITICS.
    TAKE THE PLANK OUT OF YOUR EYE, before the spec in mine.

  9. People like the Koch brothers are worth billions of dollars. And for some reason, Trump and republicans decided that they needed a massive tax cut, to end their suffering I suppose. But it's okay, because Trump and republicans are going to make the American people pay for that tax cut to billionaires,,corporations and Wall Street. Just another shining example of why I will never ever vote for a Republican. If you're not a billionaire, or a billion dollar corporation, voting republican is like cutting your own throat.

  10. Im thinking about buying stock in koch.
    I'm thinking about starting up my 1979 mercury that has the smog unhooked and letting it run all day with leaking oil leaking every where

  11. stfu you hypocrites!
    Left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer is gearing up to spend at least $110 million this election 
    Michael Bloomberg is likely to spend as much as $100 million
     GEORGE SOROS $20,251,221

  12. Kochs don't want the government interfering with markets but they have no problem with the market governing our politics.

  13. They're Libertarians who stole the GOP. In it for themselves and nothing else. America is a cash opportunity and nothing more for them.

  14. How on earth did this lady get this job? Fool there are hundreds of large Conglomerate corporations names you have never heard of. Why is this news? What about all the liberal billionaires

  15. Anybody got information about what the Koch brothers are doing with Vet's health care ? something is going on !

  16. Bernie Sanders knows who they are. That’s why Biden always leads him in the polls. Biden will accept their money, Sanders won’t.

  17. Let's explore the collusion between the democrats (some republicans too) and foreign nationals who are illegally here in the US. Pumping out batches of false "American citizens" (anchor babies) who will attempt to over throw the REAL CITIZENS of the U.S.

  18. I was just thinking a day or two ago about how I hadn't heard anything on the Koch Brothers lately, and that it was probably not a good thing.

  19. ‘Koch bros leaving Epstein NYC mansion while greeting a beautiful young brunette’

    Video coming soon on your favorite medie outlet

  20. some products that we use that are from krotch bros
    Paper Products: Angelsoft, Brawny, Dixie, Mardi Gras, Quilted Northern, Soft n Gentle, Sparkle, Vanity Fair
    Wood: Georgia-Pacific (largest plywood manufacturer in US – also owns most of the paper companies above).
    Textiles & Plastics: Polarguard, Stainmaster, Dacron, Lycra, CoolMax/SolarMax, Thermolite, and more.
    Chemicals, Coal, & Oil: Crude oil processing, Flint Hills Resources, lots of other commodities handled.
    Nitrogen: One more reason to make your own fertilizer – Koch Industries produces many synthetic fertilizers.
    Stainmaster
    Dacron
    Lycra
    CoolMax
    SolarMax
    Polarguard
    Thermolite
    Antron
    Comforel fiberfill
    DBE® dibasic esters
    Tactel
    Tactesse Carpet Fibers
    Terathane
    ADI-Pure®
    Polyshield®
    Polyclear®
    Oxyclear™
    Performa®
    Cordura fabric
    Supplex® Fabric
    Somerelle® Bedding

  21. How Can You Get A Real List of Thier Products Because I Want To Boycott Them Any Way I Can..Please Give Actual Guidance To Help &Others To Accomplish This As Best I Can!

  22. I can't believe a 1%er entity actually wants Trump out of the White House, just like the mentally fit non-Maga middle and lower income Americans

  23. In reality US politics are the most corrupt in the world….so much for the “freedom”….haha
    But, in reality, only underinformed americans are running around and talking about freedom, they dont know that rest of the world for the most are way more free than americans!

  24. infiltration has been In action so long in America it's saturated with it. (russia not included ) you know who they all are .epsteine and Co included. Time to kick them out America. Only then America can try and make its self not great but just something to be admired again and be true and caring to others.its failing globally at the moment. There's never a uplifting story coming out of the states lately .just arrogance and negativity .news becomes nauseous

  25. What kind of legacy will these brothers leave? Destruction of the country, the environment, wildlife, safety nets. For the poorest, lack of affordable education, deregulation of the supports for the environment, wildlife.
    Someone should remind these parasites they can't take it with them into the next life.
    Instead of using their wealth to benefit their fellow citizens and society they weaponise their wealth on an appaling scale for what? Absolutely nothing.

  26. Koch brothers remind me of Mortimer and Randolph Duke from Trading Places. Let's hope one day the Koch brothers end up the same way as the Dukes.

    Sad part is the Koch brothers also have their dirty hands in the arts. In fact you'll also see Koch brothers sponsor PBS programs and Lincoln Center. Dealing with them is like Hollywood having to sell their souls to the likes of; Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Kevin Spacey, and Harvey Weinstein.

  27. Koch brothers = f*cking evil,scam of the earth !!! CORRUPTION, CORRUPTION, CORRUPTION !!! The most corrupt country in the west

  28. Wouldn't it be ironic if, being so afraid of Trump, the Koch brothers back a Democrat, who then screws them over by placing a tax on carbon emissions.

  29. So owning my own company is evil if I don't offer it to wall-street investors. I have evil secrets if my company is private and wall-street can't control it. I can't donate to were I want. Why aren't they reporting on others good fortune? The Kennedy's or Rockefeller? What about Wal-mart? Soros, what about his trillions? What about Obama, went from 0 to 100Mil, what did he produce? MSNBC — ANTI-AMERICAN GARBAGE ???

  30. The republicans are a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries. The republicans are in bed with the russians. The Kochs and Putin are conspiring against the US. Treason/Sedition.

    The Koch Brothers are my Brother [HP]
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/the-koch-brothers-are-my-brothers_b_8292670.html

    –Facing accusations of patent violations, Koch looked abroad, including what was then Stalin-era Russia, where he set up Russia’s oil refineries. After setting up Stalin with refineries, Stalin kicked Koch out of Russia. Back in the US, Koch went about fighting Stalin for payback.

    –The Koch brothers didn’t just inherit their father’s fortune. They also inherited his politics. In 1958, Fred Koch was a founding member of the John Birch Society, the right-wing extremist group that opposed civil rights and claimed that both the Democratic and Republican Parties were infiltrated by the Communist Party. In his 1960 self-published book, A Business Man Looks at Communism, Fred Koch wrote that “The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America,” and that welfare was a secret plot to attract rural blacks and Puerto Ricans to Eastern cities to vote for Communist causes and “getting a vicious race war started.” The John Birch Society helped fuel a wave of hysteria against unions, civil rights groups, intellectuals, public schools, liberal clergy and others whom they considered a threat to America…

    –You can see their father’s words in David Koch’s 1980 presidential campaign platform AND in the actions of the republicans of today. The Koch’s spent a billion dollars to purchase and put the republicans into office. The John Birch Society was instrumental in Trump’s campaign (Politico)

    Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on in 1980:

    “Abolish Medicare and Medicaid.”
    “Abolish the Social Security system.
    “Abolish welfare, relief projects, aid to children and ‘aid to the poor’
    “Abolish government regulated schools and compulsory education.”
    “Abolish compulsory insurance/tax-supported health and abortion services.”
    “Abolish the regulation of the medical insurance industry.”
    “Abolish all taxation.”
    “Abolish minimum wage laws.”
    “Abolish the Postal Service.
    “Abolish the Federal Aviation Administration.”
    “Abolish the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
    “Abolish the Federal Election Commission.”
    “Abolish the Food and Drug Administration.”
    “Abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.”
    “Abolish the Department of Energy.”
    “Abolish the Department of Transportation.”
    “Abolish the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”
    “Abolish all public roads and national highways.”
    “Abolish requiring safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.”
    “Privatization inland waterways and control of all water
    “Abolish all lending laws.”
    “Abolish all branches of the service except the Army”

    Now, look at what the republicans are doing!

    'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise [NPR]https://www.npr.org/2016/01/19/463565987/hidden-history-of-koch-brothers-traces-their-childhood-and-political-rise –

    Fred Koch, the patriarch of the family, was an expert in building oil refineries, and he and a friend named William Rhodes Davis proposed building one in Germany during 1934, '35, that period in there. In 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of the Third Reich in Germany, so this meant working under the Third Reich. And in order to get permission, they actually had to go to Hitler himself, and William Rhodes Davis did the "Heil Hitler" to greet Hitler, and finally they got Hitler to greenlight this proposal so that they could build an oil refinery in Hamburg. Koch still loved Nazism, so much so, he employed a Nazi party nanny to raise his children in the US.

    THE SECRET ORIGINS OF THE TEA PARTY [TIME] How Big Oil and Big Tobacco Partnered with the Koch Brothers to take over the GOP
    http://time.com/secret-origins-of-the-tea-party/

    –“Over the years, Rich Fink, Charles Koch’s political adviser, and his various Koch protégés have occasionally talked publicly about what would be needed to take over one of the two national political parties from the outside and place Libertarian, free-market principles at its center.” The Kochs spent a billion dollars of dark money to purchase the republicans and put them into office. The republicans are a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.

    Trump and the Koch Brothers Are Working in Concert They disagree about trade, tariffs and immigration, but don’t be fooled. Neither side can get what it really wants without help from the other. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/opinion/trump-koch-brothers-alliance.html

    President Trump and the Koch brothers have made it clear that they don’t like each other. Politically speaking, they are in fundamental disagreement over trade, tariffs and immigration. Nonetheless, there is a functional Trump-Koch alliance, and the Republican Party has capitalized handsomely on it. Trump’s racially freighted, anti-immigrant rhetoric has been essential to persuading white voters to agree to Republicans’ long-sought tax and regulatory policies. These policies are inimical or irrelevant to the interests of low- and moderate-income Americans. They have been promulgated by the Trump administration, but many of them have been meticulously prepared and packaged by the Kochs’ massive political network.

    Take a look at the ALEC, The American Legislative Exchange Council another Koch Industries subsidiary. The ALEC writes legislation and gives it to a republican representative. Without even transferring the legislation to Official Representative Paper, the republican brings it to the floor to be voted on. Corporations are writing legislation via republicans.

    State Legislatures and ALEC: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIMgfBZrrZ8

    Koch Brothers Work to Rig the Courts
    https://www.afscme.org/now/koch-brothers-work-to-rig-the-courts

    The Koch brothers are branching out – to the judicial branch, that is.

    Having funded state-based think tanks and advocacy groups that are designed to write and enact anti-worker, anti-regulatory legislation, the brothers’ latest target is the federal judiciary. The goal is to ensure that the federal bench is full of judges who, for the next few decades, will issue rulings that enrich billionaires and CEOs like the Kochs – at the expense of working people.

    The Russian oligarchs and the Koch Brothers
    https://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/koch-brothers-russian-oligarchs/8479/

    Since Donald Trump decided to run for POTUS in 2015, our way of life, our election process, our government, some of our media outlets, and our democracy have been under siege by Russian media bots and hackers, as well as several of the GOP congressional leaders, who in reality serve as traitors for hire by Russian oligarchs and the Koch Brothers.

    Kremlin oligarch Leonard Blavatnik, who has close financial ties with some of Putin’s other favorite oligarchs, poured $7.35 million into GOP campaigns between 2015 and 2016, with 2.5 million going to Mitch McConnell alone. The rest went to Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich, John McCain and Donald Trump. The Koch Brothers added another $900 million to GOP campaigns in 2016.

  31. The Kochs want a regime change in Iran… that is why we are pushing to go to war with Iran.

    Koch brothers flout law with secret Iran sales
    https://business.financialpost.com/uncategorized/koch-brothers-flout-law-with-secret-iran-sales

    Koch Industries Exposed for Bribery, Secret Iran Sales and More
    https://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/10/11055/koch-industries-exposed-bribery-secret-iran-sales-and-more

  32. The republicans are in bed with the russians

    34 years ago, a KGB defector chillingly predicted modern America [BigThink]
    https://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/34-years-ago-a-kgb-defector-described-america-today

    –In 1984, Bezmenov gave an interview to G. Edward Griffin from which much can be learned today. His most chilling point was that there's a long-term plan put in play by Russia to defeat America through psychological warfare and "demoralization". It's a long game that takes decades to achieve but it may already be bearing fruit.

    –Bezmenov made the point that the work of the KGB mainly does not involve espionage, despite what our popular culture may tell us. Most of the work, 85% of it, was "a slow process which we call either ideological subversion, active measures, or psychological warfare."

    –What does that mean? Bezmenov explained that the most striking thing about ideological subversion is that it happens in the open as a legitimate process. "You can see it with your own eyes," he said. The American media would be able to see it, if it just focused on it.

    –Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
    The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
    According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.

    –Bezmenov was also instructed not to waste time with idealistic leftists, they would become disillusioned, bitter, and adversarial when they realized the true nature of Soviet Communism. He discovered that many such were listed for execution once the Soviets achieved control.

    –Bezmenov was encouraged to recruit from large circulation, established conservative media, rich filmmakers, intellectuals, cynical and egocentric people who lacked moral principles.

    The Russians know exactly what kind of people Trump, the GOP, the Kochs their followers are.

    The whole process follows 4-steps:
    1. Demoralize a nation (15-20 years):Expose your ideology to your nation’s “soft heads”. At the higher stage, the citizens of that country start brainwashing their own countrymen. (The Tea Party and the Trump Supporters) Trump has been discussing the presidency since 1988.
    2. Destabilization (2-5 years): does not care about your patterns. Essentials are attacked – Defense, Economy and Polity. (Trump,the GOP and the Kochs are attacking the US)
    3. Crisis (6 weeks): bring a country to crisis in such a way that violent change happens, which is followed by the next stage. (The Faux Southern Border crisis, North Korea Nukes, Trump followers creating civil war if Trump impeached)
    4. Normalization (infinite period): This is “tongue-in-cheek” and cynical. Because Normalization means adherence of the enemy country to your own ideology. The people who were instrumental in bringing the enemy country to this stage are “lined up against the wall and shot dead”.

  33. To understand a person you have to study their patterns, their words, their actions as a whole.

    Remember who Trump really is… not the person(?) he's selling.

    Joseph Goebbels was a German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

    “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.” ― Joseph Goebbels

    “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.” ― Joseph Goebbels

    “Success is the important thing. Propaganda is not a matter for average minds, but rather a matter for practitioners. It is not supposed to be lovely or theoretically correct. I do not care if I give wonderful, aesthetically elegant speeches, or speak so that women cry. The point of a political speech is to persuade people of what we think right. I speak differently in the provinces than I do in Berlin, and when I speak in Bayreuth, I say different things than I say in the Pharus Hall. That is a matter of practice, not of theory. We do not want to be a movement of a few straw brains, but rather a movement that can conquer the broad masses. Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths.” ― Joseph Goebbels

    “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” ― Joseph Goebbels

    Now Trump and company are attempting to repeat to the public's ear, over and over again that we are having a national crisis at the southern border, Korea Nukes, civil war and many other rage inducing or mind confusing stutters (lies). How would Trump be so familiar with the Nazi propaganda machine?

    DO NOT CAPITULATE

    Donald J. Trump’s YouTube Play List (Awaken, White Man) (Hitler- Man of Steel)[YouTube just removed these two videos for being hate videos] https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaegUqeOAbQACFc55xdpvVg

    -One of Trump's ex-wives said he had a book of Hitler's speeches, "My New Order", in his bedroom. Trump said his friend Marty Davis from Paramount gave Trump a copy of Mein Kampf, and said Davis is a Jew. Davis was not a Jew and the book was not Mein Kampf.

    Donald Trump 'kept book of Adolf Hitler's speeches in his bedside cabinet' [Independent]
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-adolf-hitler-books-bedside-cabinet-ex-wife-ivana-trump-vanity-fair-1990-a7639041.html

  34. Trump… loyalty… but why!

    –The Hitler oath pledged personal loyalty to Adolf Hitler in place of loyalty to the constitution of the country. Both members of the armed forces and civil servants would swear an oath to Hitler personally.

    –A week exactly after his inauguration, seated for dinner at a small, oval table in the Green Room of the White House, Donald Trump said to the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation what might end up being six most consequential words of his presidency.
    “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”

    –In the 241-year history of the United States of America, there’s never been a commander in chief who has thought about loyalty and attempted to use it and enforce it quite like Trump.

    “I value loyalty above everything else- more than brains, more than drive and more than energy,” Trump once said. [POLITICO]

    Trump demanded 'loyalty,' asked for end to Flynn investigation, Comey to testify [LATimes]
    https://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-demanded-loyalty-asked-for-end-1496859119-htmlstory.html

    Donald J. Trump’s YouTube Play List (Awaken, White Man) (Hitler- Man of Steel) [YouTube just removed these two videos for being hate videos] https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaegUqeOAbQACFc55xdpvVg

    Donald Trump 'kept book of Adolf Hitler's speeches in his bedside cabinet'
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-adolf-hitler-books-bedside-cabinet-ex-wife-ivana-trump-vanity-fair-1990-a7639041.html

    -One of Trump's ex-wives said he had a book of Hitler's speeches, "My New Order", in his bedroom. Trump said his friend Marty Davis from Paramount gave Trump a copy of Mein Kampf, and said Davis is a Jew. Davis was not a Jew and the book was not Mein Kampf.

  35. All of these people being interviewed are wrong. Trump's job is to control the people. McConnell and Ryan's job was to control the legislature. Koch and Putin are in charge.

  36. Trump says white nationalism is not a rising threat after New Zealand attacks: ‘It’s a small group of people’ [WP]
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-offers-us-assistance-after-horrible-massacre-in-new-zealand/2019/03/15/931833d2-4712-11e9-aaf8-4512a6fe3439_story.html?utm_term=.90dd9a7c3ba6

    –Corporal Adolf Hitler was ordered in September 1919 to investigate "a small group of people" in Munich known as the German Workers' Party (NAZI).

    –The use of the term 'workers' attracted the attention of the German Army which was now involved in crushing Marxist uprisings.

    –ADVERTISEMENT On September 12th, dressed in civilian clothes, Hitler went to a meeting of the German Workers' Party in the back room of a Munich beer hall, with about twenty five people. He listened to a speech on economics by Gottfried Feder entitled, "How and by what means is capitalism to be eliminated?"

    –After the speech, Hitler began to leave when a man rose up and spoke in favor of the German state of Bavaria breaking away from Germany and forming a new South German nation with Austria.

    –This enraged Hitler and he spoke out forcefully against the man for the next fifteen minutes uninterrupted, to the astonishment of everyone. One of the founders of the German Workers' Party, Anton Drexler, reportedly whispered: "He's got the gift of the gab. We could use him."

    –After Hitler's outburst ended, Drexler hurried over to Hitler and gave him a forty-page pamphlet entitled: "My Political Awakening." He urged Hitler to read it and also invited Hitler to come back again. [TheHistoryPlace]
    http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/riseofhitler/joins.htm

    The RNC chose Trump as their presidential representative… gift of gab!

  37. The Koch brothers are hard core Libertarian ( or in Plain English Oligarchy across America) Those born into a mega wealth , should own & run Everything.

  38. Poster BOYZ for MONOPOLY and for CORPORATE FASCISM. SCROOGES EAGER TO SEE THE SURPLUS POPULATION DIE, NEOLIBERAL FATCATS THAT NEED HEAVY REGULATING. the cautionary tale of the late 20th century for why corporate lobby and money is not compatible with democracy. Corporate fascist robber-barons are thick. Dont forget Bezos, Waltons, and those gross Sacklers.

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