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Matt Welch: ‘The Great Libertarian Conspiracy’

Excerpts from an article by Matt Welch of Reason:

New York Times columnist Frank Rich accused the Kochs of plotting “a billionaires’ coup” to secure “corporate pork,” tax cuts, and a blank check for Wall Street bailouts. “What the Koch brothers have bought with their huge political outlays,” opined Times columnist Paul Krugman, “is, above all, freedom to pollute.” The New York Observer’s Yasha Levine concluded that the brothers are “not very” libertarian, as evidenced by their fondness for “using government subsidies to maximize their own profits.” The Democratic National Committee hammered Koch Industries for laying off 118 workers at a North Carolina plant: “The question for the Kochs is instead of spending money on secret campaigns to fill the government with candidates that will enact their special interest agenda, why aren’t they spending that money on saving those American jobs?”

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If these attacks appear to lack a consistent theme, it’s because Democrats need the Koch bogeyman to accomplish so many political tasks.

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PSL: ‘Election results: right-wing shift or anger at the status quo?’

Brian Becker at PSLweb.org:

Class-wide struggle is brewing

Do the Nov. 2 election results signal a major shift to the right and a resurgence of conservatism among the people? Is that what the capture of 66 House seats by the Republicans indicates? That is the fundamental message from the corporate media and by many in the milieu of pro-Democratic Party liberalism, such as the ACLU.… Read more ...

DeMint in bed with BP, takes money from foreign polluters, blocks BP probe, says Green US Senate candidate Clements

From Clements for Senate (H/T GPUS):

COLUMBIA, SC — U.S. Senate candidate Tom Clements of the S. C. Green Party condemned Jim DeMint’s acceptance of corporate donations from British Petroleum (BP), saying “DeMint’s taking money from BP shows he’s in bed with the dirty industry Congress is supposed to regulate. DeMint has sold out to the highest bidder and stands with polluting companies against the environment and working people.”

A recent report published by the Climate Action Network found that leading European polluters are giving donations to members of the U.S.… Read more ...

Randy Shaw: ‘Media Falsely Brands Corporate Plutocrats as Libertarians’

Excerpts from an article by Randy Shaw in Beyond Chron:

(T)he notorious Koch Industries – run by the type of corporate plutocrats who battled FDR – are described in the October 19 New York Times not as selfish profiteers but as “longtime underwriter of libertarian causes.” Hedge fund manager Paul Singer, another large right-wing donor, is also described as “active in promoting libertarian causes.” But neither Singer, the Kochs or any other of these right-wing plutocrats are supporting any candidate that supports abortion rights, gay and lesbian rights, and the legalization of marijuana – three core libertarian principles.

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Opinion from the blogosphere: The Real Face-offs in the 10/18/10 NY Guv Debate

Below is an opinion piece by Ian Wilder, my co-blogger at onthewilderside.com -KW

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OK, the corporate media keep playing up the face-off between Republican governor candidate Carl Paladino and Democratic governor candidate Andrew Cuomo like it is some kind of WWE event. I realize that they are their boys, but someone’s gotta point out that not only isn’t this Connecticut, but you couldn’t slip a Koch family contribution between their economic austerity plans.… Read more ...