Civility, My Ass
Let’s play masters & servant:
Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker, whose bill to kill collective bargaining rights for public-sector unions has caused an uproar among state employees, might not be where he is today without the Koch brothers. Charles and David Koch are conservative titans of industry who have infamously used their vast wealth to undermine President Obama and fight legislation they detest, such as the cap-and-trade climate bill, the health care reform act, and the economic stimulus package. For years, the billionaires have made extensive political donations to Republican candidates across the country and have provided millions of dollars to astroturf right-wing organizations. Koch Industries’ political action committee has doled out more than $2.6 million to candidates. And one prominent beneficiary of the Koch brothers’ largess is Scott Walker.
According to Wisconsin campaign finance filings, Walker’s gubernatorial campaign received $43,000 from the Koch Industries PAC during the 2010 election. That donation was his campaign’s second-highest, behind $43,125 in contributions from housing and realtor groups in Wisconsin. The Koch’s PAC also helped Walker via a familiar and much-used politicial maneuver designed to allow donors to skirt campaign finance limits. The PAC gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which in turn spent $65,000 on independent expenditures to support Walker. The RGA also spent a whopping $3.4 million on TV ads and mailers attacking Walker’s opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker ended up beating Barrett by 5 points. The Koch money, no doubt, helped greatly.
You will notice I didn’t call him a Nazi. The Nazi’s were much more transparent about their motives…
Bonus: Speaking of those who can be bought cheaply, I could write a post that would cause Glenn Greenwald to comment “too long…didn’t read” about this latest offering from McMegan, however I expect great things when SOT & Tom Levenson to take it on because it is such a target rich environment. Having said that, I thought this line was too good to risk being lost in the sands of time. Quoth the McMegan:
One of the prime attractions of a career in K-12 teaching is that you can almost never be fired…
Which is similar to a desire to become the business and economics editor for The Atlantic, where the ability to use the word “monopsony” in a sentence obviates a need to understand the basic principles of math.
Or, as McMegan might put it: Fucking decimal points. How do they work?