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.