Elitist Koch conservative groups pushing for more immigration – what easier way to lower Americans’ wages and benefits?

When nearly everyone, left and right, the rich, politicians, pundits and scholars, all agree on a public policy – we are in trouble!

Nowhere is this more true than in the struggle to control immigration, legal or not. The almost universal message is that more population is always better, less is quite unfair, and even the status quo is unacceptable.

Who is promoting this? The answer is an example of how thoughtful Americans are hoodwinked by pundit propaganda, intense marketing campaigns, and phony front groups with fancy names, but sinister plans.

C. Koch

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a leader in urging open borders and campaigns to end Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) viability. Funded by the Koch Brothers, this group opposes any minimum wage, wants Medicare privatized, unions busted, early retirement moved from 62 to 65, and a revamped Social Security system that brutally cuts middle class benefits and makes it a welfare program.

AFP is one of the many Koch open border crusades by dozens of front groups that all fixate on similar goals – in addition to unfettered immigration.

These groups advocate lower wages, lower taxes, privatization of all public entities, removing worker’s rights, and a general destruction of the universal safety net, first initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Uncontrolled immigration serves the Kochs’ goals well.

For example, a documented worker on an employment Visa is tied to the boss, who can fire them and force return to their home country if they don’t cooperate in even the most egregious labor law violations.

An undocumented (not legally here) employee has even fewer rights in America, and will do almost anything to escape exposure and deportation. These are the nannies who get paid nothing and sleep in cellars, the roofers who live in cardboard boxes on our big city streets, and the poor masses huddled in Winter in front of the Home Depot to beg for hard labor at pitiful wages.

Kochs despise middle class, use immigration as weapon to suppress wages

The Kochs and their Libertarian buddies have no problem cutting wages by ending unions, or sickening the poor by slicing Medicare, or terrorizing the elderly by raising the full retirement age to 69, and even totally eliminating earned benefits for some retirees.

It’s all about cheap labor for them, bigger parties with their friends, larger yachts, more mansions, and the self satisfaction of making their underlings subservient and crushed by their whims.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Age, opening floodgates of immigration from poor nations into the U.S. was done only for economic reasons – lowering wage rates and increasing profits.

Check the “overhead” expenses for some of the above groups!

Any effort to control immigration in recent years has been met with lobbying in Congress and tv ads in opposition by both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Club for Growth (an elite group of CEOs).

Democrats mean well, but are confused by Koch smokescreen

Unfortunately, in the regulation of immigration the evil goals of the Koch Brothers align with the sympathies of the modern Democrat Party and its current utopian view.

Despite the Democrat tradition to protect middle class workers from greedy corporations and shareholders, progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have seized on unfettered immigration as pure and perfect, while ignoring the real need to protect national borders.

Here is a link to the numerous border barriers around the world. Most are to prevent illegal immigration, terrorism or smuggling.

The extreme right, those corporate water carriers, are very adept at eliminating facts that don’t promote their anti-middle class goals. The left, unfortunately, relies too much on “research” often provided by the Kochs and their think tanks.

Politically, you can’t ignore the politics of immigration and its influence on our legislatures.

Ronald Brownstein, senior editor for the Atlantic, noted this year that nearly 90 percent of House congressional districts with a foreign-born population above the national average were won by Democrats.

In 2016 among native-born Americans, Trump won 49 percent to Clinton’s 45 percent, according to exit polling. With foreign-born residents, Clinton dominated Trump with 64 percent of the immigrant population’s vote, compared to Trump’s 31 percent.

Brownstein said that Republicans hold about 30 of the 100 Senate seats in the 20 U.S. states with the smallest foreign-born populations. Meanwhile, Democrats control 32 Senate seats in the 20 U.S. states with the largest share of foreign-born residents.

Koch-backed art exhibit promotes corporate view

The corporate propaganda machine uses many methods to promote its efforts to prevent any immigration control.

Last week, the “Common Ground” exhibit, a joint effort of the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity, the Libre Institute and Stand Together, used ten videos behind ten doors to send messages about how immigrants supposedly always make America stronger.

“You can go to live in France but you can’t become a Frenchman,” President Ronald Reagan said in one video. “You can go to live in Germany or Turkey or Japan, but you can’t become a German, a Turk or Japanese.”

“But anyone from any corner of the Earth can come to live in America and become an American,” Reagan said.

Reagan gave amnesty to three million immigrants here illegally with the hope that effort would solve the problem of foreigners living and working in the shadows. Today, there are between 11 million and 21 million, depending on which survey you believe.

Congress was supposed to pass legislation and enforce laws, but did neither.

“Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants,” President Barack Obama said in the video.

“We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws,” President Bill Clinton said.

“America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time,” President George W. Bush explained.

The Koch Brothers are the sons of Fred Koch, founder of the John Birch Society. Fred opposed all the initiatives of the New Deal, which introduced the 40-hour week, overtime, Social Security and a host of other programs to benefit the middle class. Fred’s boys have continued that tradition, founding and funding the Tea Party in Congress, and donating $800 million to elect strict conservatives in 2018 at all levels of government, even down to local school boards.

Far Left Soros and Far Right Koch gang up on us..

Conspiracy nuts often claim that Far Left and Far Right political groups are actually in bed together, pretending to be enemis, but actually both serving the very rich and their establishment lackeys.

No better proof of this joint effort to determine public policy exists than the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

The group, which will officially launch in November, $500,000 each from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and Charles Koch’s Koch Foundation.

The think tank is named after U.S. President John Quincy Adams.

Eli Clifton is Quincy’s research director, Some of his comments indicate his biases, and as a result, the thinking of Koch and Soros:

Smearing and bullying Tlaib and Omar fits with Trump and Netanyahu’s pattern of pandering to white nationalists and Islamophobes. – Lobe Log, August 2019

The ZOA (Zionist Organization of America) has emerged as one of the few defenders within the Jewish community of Trump’s White House and its “alt-right” members when they have faced charges of anti-Semitism. The group even invited (Steven) Bannon, a seminal figure of the “alt-right,” to its annual dinner in November. – The Intercept, August 2017

Clifton recently ripped into Cory Booker for not favoring a return to Barack Obama’s Iran Deal:

That language closely parrots Trump’s claims that he can use the leverage of abrogating the Iran deal to negotiate a better deal with Iran. Under the guidance of Iran hawks like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, this strategy has brought the United States 10 minutes away from a war with Iran and no closer to a better deal.

And again he is an avid Trump opponent. Here is an excerpt from a 2015 FP News article:

Much like Trump, Gaffney shows little concern for the religious or personal freedoms of Muslims. Gaffney has claimed that Muslims who follow sharia should be prosecuted for sedition. He has also characterized the Islamic community center in lower Manhattan as a “Trojan Horse Mosque.”

But if Clifton appears more than just opinionated, Quincy’s executive director, Tria Parsi, sounds like the poster boy for the New World Order in this “About” from the site:

Trita Parsi

Trita Parsi is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for his 2007 book, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press).

He is the founder and former president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and an expert on US foreign policy in the Middle East. Parsi has extensive experience on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations, including work at the UN Security Council… His latest book is Losing an Enemy – Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (Yale University Press).

You can check this very critical information about NIAC from the liberal Daily Beast.

Parsi is an Iranian-Swedish dual national and a permanent resident of the United States, not a citizen. He was born in Iran and educated in America. He is married to Amina Semlali, who is a human development specialist at the World Bank.

Koch.

It came to pass on the 23d day of the 9th month in the beginning of the 20th Century that a troubling cloud appeared atop Wichita, Kansas. In the fields below, ground and trees trembled at the first cries of a certain infant arrived, a child of dark forces, who would bring misery to so many for so long. And his name was Fred Koch.

All manner of riches would come with ease, commanded perhaps by unstoppable evil, but neither possessions nor power would end the pain for others caused.

In the 11th month of 1967 Fred’s living presence left, but things concocted ended not. Soon, a son would stir the infamy his father brewed – bringing forth even more sorrow across the land.

This boy was David, and with older brother Charles, they pledged great fortunes to crush the public weal. Roads, bridges, schools, prisons, even water and power to light and heat, were touched by a Koch crusade.

Last week, on Friday his family and fanatic fans mourned David’s passing. Meanwhile, millions of victims went on as usual, struggling for food, health, ever wishing for a fairer share of America’s bounty.

– Anonymous

All of the fawning obituaries and all the memorial plaudits will not put David Koch’s reputation back together again. It was lost at birth if you believe in the “evil seed”, and nothing he did for the rest of his life could counter the universal harm he promoted.

I first encountered the effects of the Koch philosophy in the late 60s, when one of Fred Koch’s followers presented me with a copy of The Blue Book, a pithy bible of the John Birch Society. At the time I was editor of The Recorder newspaper in Conshohocken, PA, and Fred Koch was one of the founders of the Birch organization.

Ayn Rand

After reading The Blue Book, I saw a corruption of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism philosophy. Her novels on self-determination emphasized individual freedom of thought and cognitive evaluation. She deplored how fruits of inventors were destroyed or stolen by second-rate “experts” and corporate chicanery.

There is someone named after Ayn Rand in the Senate today – Rand Paul – who fights proposals to increase our minimum wage, seeks to privatize all things short of the air we breathe, and suggests everything should be legal unless it physically harms someone else. He is a corporate tool – no regulation, no anti-trust, no consumer protection.

Conshohocken had once produced 500,000 tons of steel per year and was also home to the national brand – Lee Tires. As companies closed, the town grew poorer, jobs were lost, boarding houses replaced elegant homes, and at least one new crime seemed to be reported every day in a borough with only 8,000 citizens.

Urban Renewal, a federal program that paid to purchase land, clear acres and grant the property to a developer, was the only salvation possible. Some $28 million was promised, and nearly everyone in town was excited with hope of new homes, businesses and roads.

A few folks hated the idea. Long letters about Communism and federal government takeover of the town were sent to me for publication. Angry residents wandered into the newspaper’s office, claiming they represented the opposition to renewal.

It was insane, made no sense, until one of the leaders handed me a copy of The Blue Book and told me to read it and I would change my mind.

I didn’t.

Fred Koch’s Birch Society was the source of today’s Tea Party and Libertarian movement.

To achieve their privatization goals the Kochs funded dozens of front groups, and even spent some $400 million to elect favored candidates in 2018.

What are the ultimate goals of the John Birch Society/Libertarians:

  • No minimum wage
  • No public schools
  • No public prisons
  • No U.S. Department of Education
  • No Environmental Protection Agency
  • No public highways
  • No public police departments
  • No public fire departments
  • No union movement or right to strike
  • No unemployment compensation
  • No workman’s compensation
  • No Food  Stamps
  • No Medicaid
  • No Medicare
  • No public hospitals
  • No public mental institutions
  • No Federal Reserve System
  • No income tax
  • No tariffs
  • No Social Security

In every case benefits now free to the public would be taken by investors to make profits.

For example, only charter schools would remain after public schools deteriorated from politicians deliberately cutting funding.

All highways would be toll roads. Annual dues would be required for fire or police protection.

Our seniors would die quickly without Social Security, leaving the only alternative: Wall Street pension plans. Emergency rooms would collapse from the influx of the poor and seniors without Medicaid or Medicare.

What do the pure Libertarians, like the Kochs, think are good ideas:

  • No laws against gambling or prostitution
  • No penalty for drug use of any kind
  • Unlimited immigration with no borders
  • Dividing public by race and sexual persuasion
  • Earned Income Tax Credits to subsidize business
  • More military funding
  • Sales taxes
  • Ending deficit spending

After a long battle Conshohocken won the urban renewal battle and is replete with high-rise hotels, public parking garages, two large fire departments, and a structure called Marshall Lee Towers.

When all the objections were cleared, the borough’s leaders discovered that the major Birch Society opposition was to the public housing required by the dislocation of residents in the renewal zone.

The critics wanted as few of these homes as possible, citing the “danger” of outsiders moving into town. My opinion at the time was that they meant Black families from Norristown or Philadelphia, but this was never proven.

Finally, someone proposed that part of the renewal program would be housing for the poor elderly, a towering structure on the main drag just for senior citizens. One stipulation was that the waiting list place borough residents on top, county residents next, and others at the end.

There wasn’t very much need for restrictions. The Towers have always been filled only by Conshohocken residents, the demand being so great.

Following the renewal battle I noticed that many of the opponents had left town. They had rented apartments nearby to fight renewal, and now they were off to deprive another community of so-called “government welfare.”

David Koch was about 30 at the time, and Fred had died in 1967.

Mick Mulvaney

The society lives on without much publicity, but it has prominent advocates:

Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), offered the 2008 keynote speech at the John Birch Society 50th anniversary, and Donald Trump’s current Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was the speaker at the John Birch Society’s National Council dinner shortly before joining the President’s administration.

Other members over the years included: Roy Cohn, H. L. Hunt, Adolphe Menjou, Roger Milliken, Archibald Roosevelt, John Wayne and Robert W. Welch Jr.

Republican Mike Lee and Democrat Kamala Harris in bed together for plot against American workers

Talk about two, very strange bedfellows!

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) might be described as Ying and Yang in their public political positions, but when it comes to destroying jobs for Americans, they are as inseparable as Ding and Dong.

This odd couple is co-sponsoring the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, a bill that would remove per-country caps for employment-based green cards, and give India a huge advantage in exporting their workers here to take Americans’ jobs.

Harris’ mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, immigrated to the United States from Madras, India in 1960. Her father, Donald Harris, emigrated from Jamaica in 1961 for graduate study in economics at University of California. She is Jamaican-Indian-American for those who like hyphenations.

Lee is a Mormon from Utah, who has earned a 100% rating from the Club for Growth and 99% from the Koch Brothers-supported Heritage Society. He wants the age for Social Security retirement hiked three years to 70, cuts in benefit payments to those retired, and a host of policies that mirror the John Birch Society’s pro-corporate, anti-public design for society. He is of English, Swiss, and Danish descent

Harris wants Medicare for All, is rated seven percent by the National Rifle Association (NRA), and believes companies should provide contraception under ObamaCare. She even posted some 3,600 different Facebook ads against Brett Kavanaugh, whom Lee supported for Supreme Court Justice.

Yet, when it comes to the so-called “Fairness” act, Harris and Lee join ranks with organizations including: Immigration Voice, Compete America Coalition, the Information Technology Industry Council, Google, Microsoft, The Heritage Foundation and La Raza. The giant technology companies are especially anxious to get this bill passed, so they can import hundreds of thousands of software techs and engineers from India.

Both six-year-term Senators spout the usual propaganda about why we don’t need jobs for talented Americans.

Immigrants should not be penalized due to their country of origin,” Lee said.

Treating people fairly and equally is part of our founding creed and the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act reflects that belief. Immigration is often a contentious issue, but we should not delay progress in areas where there is bipartisan consensus just because we have differences in a other areas.

“Ours is a nation of immigrants, and our strength has always come from our diversity and our unity,” Harris said.

We must do more to eliminate discriminatory backlogs and facilitate family unity so that high-skilled immigrants are not vulnerable to exploitation and can stay in the U.S. and continue to contribute to the economy. I’m proud to join with Senator Lee on this bipartisan legislation to ensure that our country remains vibrant and dynamic.

The Harris-Lee bill works by lifting the current “country cap” immigration rules, which say that people from one country can receive up to seven percent of the 140,000 green cards sponsored by employers each year. This forces diversity to companies’ hiring of foreign workers.

In practice, loopholes allow Indians to double their inflow, with roughly 14 percent of the annual allotment each year. That 14 percent provides green cards to roughly 23,000 Indian workers, spouses, and children each year.

But that annual supply of 23,000 cards is too small for all the Indian workers who have been sponsored for green cards by U.S. and Indian outsourcing firms. The result is that roughly 630,000 Indian visa workers, spouses, and children are slowly moving through the line for green cards.

The huge population of temporary workers is made possible by Congress, which allows H-1B visa-workers to continuously extend their six-year stay in the United States, once their company sponsors them for green cards. That extension law has been used by the Indian outsourcing companies to greatly expand their “temporary” H-1B workforce already in the U.S. to nearly 700,000 workers.

Harris and Lee are proposing to end “country caps” and allow visa workers to get their green cards on a first come, first served basis. The Indian-run, middle-class outsourcing industry is so large that Indian visa workers will receive nearly all of the green cards for the next several years. A smaller group of workers will come from China, the Philippines, and other nations.

Michelle Malkin, whose parents were in the U.S. on employer-sponsored visas when she was born a citizen in Philadelphia, is a severe critic of the GOP’s pro-visa programs, and went after Republicans at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC):

It’s interesting because in sort of the mainstream establishment of the conservative movement, the kind that is essentially ruled at CPAC for year after year after year, there’s been — in my mind — not as much progress on (fixing) legal immigration issues, Malkin said.

And you hear it with this talking point, this platitude from many sort of defensive virtue signalers that ‘I’m against illegal immigration but for legal immigration. What does that mean? What numbers? How much? And who?

Asking the questions and answering them is so necessary, especially in this environment where the donor class and the establishment Republican ruling class don’t want those questions asked,” Malkin added.

In the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) latest research, Malkin said the supposed “highly skilled” H-1B visa foreign workers that are imported by big business and tech giants are not, in fact, highly educated:

The idea, for example, that these thousands and thousands and tens of thousands of people with H-1B visas are the ‘best and the brightest’ simply isn’t borne out by the data. And the data is the data. The data is not racist, the data is not xenophobic or discriminatory and it’s not picking and choosing. The data is the data.

And the data show that by and large, the vast majority of people with H-1B visas are journeymen and they are of average skill.

They are not the best and the brightest. They are not starting world shaking companies. They are not earning hundreds and thousands of patents that no American can secure and innovations that no American can come up with.”

Unlimited visa advocates and companies claim there is a shortage of high skill workers, but tests show that immigrants with foreign college degree score far lower than Americans graduates.

Michael S. Teitelbaum, vice president of the Sloan Foundation, said there is no shortage of American-born scientists and engineers.

Teitelbaum said there is evidence suggesting surpluses. He explained that there are significantly more science and engineering graduates in the United States than attractive positions available in the workforce. Similarly, B. Lindsay Lowell and Harold Salzman also pointed out the disproportionate percentage of bachelor’s degree holders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) were not employed in those occupations.

Looking at the STEM labor market, Salzman said that, for every two students graduating with a U.S. STEM degree, only one is employed in STEM, because of a lack of suitable jobs.

For many, the salaries are too low, forcing them into other fields not infiltrated by visa hires. In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 74 percent of those who had a bachelor’s degree in a STEM major were not employed in STEM occupations.

The argument goes that foreign workers are more talented or better educated, but CIS researcher Jason Richwine found that among those surveyed with at least a college degree, native-born Americans scored at the 74th percentile in literacy, while U.S.-educated legal immigrants scored at the 66th percentile. Trailing behind, foreign-educated legal immigrants, brought to the U.S. to take high-paying American jobs, scored at the 42nd percentile in literacy.

A good example of how unfair our visa programs have become is Jay Palmer, a software expert who was forced to train his Indian replacement, after he was terminated from his Florida job at Disney Corporation:

The federal offer of green cards to foreign workers tilts the field decisively by providing huge government-funded prizes — work permits, green cards, and citizenship – to foreign workers, who agree to take Americans’ jobs at lower wages, work longer hours, live in overcrowded apartments, move from city to city, and complain less, Palmer said.

Indian managers rationally exclude young American graduates from new jobs, and instead hire Indian visa workers, he explained.

Indians only hire Indians because they can manipulate them, exploit them, and the young workers just take it because [any job in the United States] is better than being back in a poverty-stricken nation…they’ll work 70 to 80 hours a week … and they won’t complain.

Worse, many American firms rely on Indian subcontractors to do introductory jobs, such as software testing and maintenance. The result is that few Americans get starter jobs in the technology sector, Palmer said.

Many Americans are talented but they have little hope of getting a job in the tech fields because they will ask for fair wages.

The Harris-Lee Senate bill is additionally cosponsored by

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
Sen. Jim Moran (R-KS)
Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ)
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ)

The companion House bill is sponsored by all these Republicans:

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., Rep. Any Barr, R-Ky, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla, Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind, Rep. Ken Calvert, Ken, R-Calif., Rep. Ken Calvert, Ken, R-Calif., Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, R-P.R.,  Rep. Michael Guest, R-Miss., Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah., Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.,  Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Rep. Ron Estes, R-Kan., Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio., Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas., Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio., Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kans., Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.,  Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Va., Rep. David Roe, R-Tenn., Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., Rep. Elise, Stefanik, R-N.Y., Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah., Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., Rep. Don Young, R-Ak., Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn., Rep. David Schweikert, R-Az.,  Rep. Steven Watkins, R-Kan., Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah., Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas., Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Rep. David Rouzer, R-N.C., Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas., Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.,

And all these Democrats:

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., Rep. Donald McEachin, D-Va., Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisc., Rep. Joseph Morelle, D-N.Y., Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine., Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J., Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., Rep. Dina Titus, D-N.V., Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Rep. Yvette Clarke,  D-N.Y., Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Rep. James Comer, D-Ky., Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., Rep. T.J. Cox, D-Calif., Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pa., Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., Rep. Bill Foster, D-Il., Rep. Vincente Gonzalez, D-Texas.,Rep. Josh Harder, D-Calif., Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas., Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Rep. Eddie Johnson, D-Texas., Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisc., Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., Rep. Ann Kuster, D-N.H., Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Ca., Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Calif., Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., Rep. Mary Scanlon, D-Pa., Rep. John Garamendi, D-Ga., Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas., Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Ill., Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., Rep. Sean Patrick, D-N.Y., Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., Rep. Derek Kilmer,  D-Wash.

It is amazing how “bipartisan” our crooked Congress has become, when it has the opportunity to cut wages of the American middle class, satisfy corporate greed, and ensure future campaign contributions, personal gifts and secret payoffs.

250 colleges take tens of millions from globalists, and you wonder why their lobbyist-paid “studies” make no sense

Hurricane Maria killed 64, 247 or 2,975 persons last year, depending on what source you believe – FEMA, the Puerto Rico government or the Koch-backed GWU’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.

“Junk Bond” Milken

As recently as Sept. 5, Puerto Rico officials had complete details on only 64 individuals, who died in the hurricane and its aftermath. At the same time. those same officials told CNN the actual total should be 247 – the number of families whose deaths FEMA confirmed to be storm-related.

These 247 families received a total of $565,882 in assistance from FEMA to cover some funeral and burial expenses, according to Dasha Castillo, an agency spokeswoman. To compound matters FEMA said there were another 2,350 cases that were still under review for FEMA burial aid.

What happened to the agreed official death toll of 247? Continue reading “250 colleges take tens of millions from globalists, and you wonder why their lobbyist-paid “studies” make no sense”

If we treat the military budget like Social Security, our Army will consist of only one “Mad Dog” and 3 puppies

The Social Security Trust Fund now totals $2,892,000,000  – just about the highest amount in history, and some scolds are still sad.

Mr. Gloom

To promote their austerity charade, the front groups of the Koch Brothers (descendants of the co-founder of the John Birch Society) just released their attack dog, John Stossel.

J. S. rants on FOX News about silly things, even suggesting everyone should save some 20% of their wages for retirement and maintaining that the poor don’t need luxuries like public schools or highways.

Social Security is running out of money. You may not believe that, but it’s a fact. That FICA money taken from your paycheck was not saved for you in a “trust fund.” Politicians misled us. They spent every penny the moment it came in. – Stossel (worth $4 million) laments.

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Ask the Kochs, they’ll say you can’t buy happiness, but there’s a price to buy politicians in both parties

Brothers of a feather, Charles and David Koch, are once again spreading their wings, not in some benevolent embrace to aid their 120,000 workers worldwide, but instead to hover over the 2018 Congressional election and elect stooges who have pledged to kiss their bony talons.

Yo, Bro, let’s buy some elections!

That may seem a bit harsh. It’s not fashionable to criticize two craggy-faced zealots worth about $100 billion, who own the second largest (after Cargill) privately held firm in the U.S.A.

The Kochs will spend big bucks in 2018 – reportedly some $889 million – a lousy one percent of their total wealth, but enough to buy elections.

The Koch “investment” in 2016 was slightly less – $800 million, but compare that to $80,000 in 2016 ads by the Russians to influence the same election.

This proves American tycoons meddled best – the Kochs spent 10,000 times as much as cheapskate Vlad.

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Kochs win again as their boy, Marc, short-circuits Trump MAGA with an anti-populist spending bill

President Donald Trump must have been distracted, while rubbing his gold-plated putter, when the Cabinet and the West Wing top birds were being anointed, because only golf daydreaming easily explains:

  • H. R. McMaster, James Mattis, Rick Perry and Wilbur Ross – Bilderberg Group participants.
  • Gary Cohn, Dina Habib Powell and Steven Mnuchin – Goldman Sachs
  • Rex Tillerson – Exxon-Mobil
  • Kenneth I. Juster – Trilateral Commission

These officials are all establishment globalists, and Trump campaigned as a populist nationalist. Each appointee should be considered a slippery swamper, and because of that, some are now out of office or headed that way. Continue reading “Kochs win again as their boy, Marc, short-circuits Trump MAGA with an anti-populist spending bill”