Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party, and West Bend Schools.

It'll be interesting to see whether the cockroaches start to run now that the media have (finally) switched on the lights.

Op-Ed Columnist - The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party - NYTimes.com

Despite what the membership believes, the Tea Party backers believe it's all about profits.

Also interesting is the anti-public education mobilization in Washington County's Common Sense (sic) Citizens cadre, most of whom seem to be members of American's for Prosperity, the Koch Bros' major front organization. This parrots the Koch party line. As Rich notes in his column this week, Koch has a long interest in getting rid of public schools:

When David Koch ran to the right of Reagan as vice president on the 1980 Libertarian ticket (it polled 1 percent), his campaign called for the abolition not just of Social Security, federal regulatory agencies and welfare but also of the F.B.I., the C.I.A., and public schools — in other words, any government enterprise that would either inhibit his business profits or increase his taxes. He hasn’t changed. As Mayer details, Koch-supported lobbyists, foundations and political operatives are at the center of climate-science denial — a cause that forestalls threats to Koch Industries’ vast fossil fuel business. While Koch foundations donate to cancer hospitals like Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York, Koch Industries has been lobbying to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying another product important to its bottom line, formaldehyde, as a “known carcinogen” in humans (which it is).

Daylight also, apparently, trickles down. Finally.

hiho
Mp

5 comments:

xoff said...

The Koch brothers are also featured in a New Yorker article this week. A Koch lobbyist is among the donors to State Sen Jeff Plale, who kiled the Wisconsin climate change bill, among other things. Shepherd Express has more.

Tom said...

Great post. It's scary that so many people are nothing more than pawns for greedy billionaires. The saddest part is these people think they are fighting for their own best interest. Only when it is too late will they realize they were on the "wrong side" of the battle.

larryteufel said...

I have mixed feelings about the West Bends schools. Sadness, seeing the conservatives trying their best to ruin a exceptional school district. But then, a giddiness seeing the conservatives eat their own.

West Bend School District consistently gets good marks in the various rating scores that come out throughout the year. Yet, instead of saying their doing something right, they want to cut the budget more. Notably, teachers and/or teacher salary's. Do they really think they can keep the scores by cutting staff and increasing class size? They constantly cry that the district should be run like a business. Is that what West Bend businesses do to reward good employees, cut their salary and benefits. I'm glad my employer isn't a local business person.

The same goes for MPTC and UWWC. They don't see the bargain they are getting. Yet, they want to cut those trees to see the forest.

I just don't get their rational.

Mpeterson said...

Thanks! There's some great stuff in the Shepherd Express, along with further links.

I did a column on the Koch brothers back in March, but caught first sight of them thanks to Jim Hightower.

John Foust said...

Say, which of the well-known West Bend conservatives associated with AFP and the school district actually send their kids to the public school?