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Koch Brothers Tag

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia apparently isn't hopping on the Koch Obsession bandwagon with some of his colleagues. When asked in a FOX News interview whether he thinks it helps or hurts the cause for the country and for Congress when Harry Reid continually brings up the Koch brothers, Manchin was critical of the recent rhetoric and didn't seem to think it did anything to help in moving the country forward.
If you're trying to rally the base, the bases have already been rallied, the right and the left base has been rallied. It's us in the middle that have to start making something happen here in Washington to move this country forward. People want jobs. You don’t beat up people. I mean, I don’t agree with their [the Kochs'] politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they're doing...paying their taxes, they’re not breaking the law. They’re providing jobs. Right, wrong or indifferent, whether you like their politics or not, there's people who don't like the extreme Democrat politics or extreme Republican politics. We've got to start being Americans again.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has apparently fallen even deeper into the #Kochspiracy black hole. From Politico:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid preemptively slammed the budget proposal Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will release Tuesday, calling it a document written to pander to the Koch brothers and other billionaires. “It’s a blueprint for a modern… how would we say this? Koch-topia. Yes, that’s it,” Reid said. “Call it whatever you want. We might as well call it the Koch budget because that’s what they’re doing, protecting the Koch brothers.” Reid’s remarks mark the latest volley in Democrats’ mid-term election year strategy of attacking the Kochs repeatedly, hoping to fire up their liberal base and associate Republicans with the brothers in the minds of voters. And while a poll last week showed that most Americans don’t know who the Koch brothers are, 45 percent of self-identified liberals said they have a negative opinion of them. Reid dared conservative outside groups to “fire away” at him for his fiery election-year attacks on the billionaire Koch brothers.
(Here's the House Budget Committee's budget blueprint) Reid's rant didn't end there, however. He (or his staff) took to Twitter to say much the same.

We have addressed Koch Derangement Syndrome before.  One of the most obsessive purveyors was Think Progress. Now Rachel Maddow has caught the bug, and it's eating away at her reputation as the intellectual giant, ahem, of MSNBC. She's come undone. The short version is that Maddow went all in claiming the Koch brothers were behind a Florida law requiring drug testing for welfare recipients.  Except that it wasn't true, and her explanation was lacking in logic or credibility. The logic is so convoluted it's hard to summarize.  Basically it involved participation by the Florida Foundation for Government Accountability (“FFGA”) in the State Policy Network (SPN), to which the Kochs contributed about $40,000 over several years.   FFGA defended the drug testing law.  Maddow blamed the Kochs. (Video here) This was the worst form of guilt by association -- that some group involved in an issue was a participant in a larger group to which the Kochs contributed.

Two videos have been released by Generation Operation as part of a national campus push to convince young people not to sign up for Obamacare. If young people don't sign up, Obamacare become even more unsustainable, because the voodoo-economics behind it depend on the system sucking money out of the young to subsidize the less-young. First, for the ladies: Gentlemen, you're up next -- LEAN FORWARD! This was trolling extraordinaire.  What really inflames the left about these videos is that the group receives funding from a group to which the Koch brothers contribute.  That's enough of a connection to make these videos like flames to moths. The reaction has been severe hyperventilation, and attempts to dismiss it all as nonsense.  Those reactions are trying too hard. In the world of low information voters, these types of video approaches are just what the doctor ordered.  It's the imagery that matters. Here are some of the creepiest reactions:

1. Gawker

So obsessed with the Koch brothers, they even included a gif of David Koch in the same position as Uncle Sam: Creepy Obamacare Ad - Gawker1 Gawker Koch Creepy Obamacare

If Koch Brothers Buy LA Times, Half of Staff May Quit: At a Los Angeles Times in-house awards ceremony a week ago, columnist Steve Lopez addressed the elephant in the room. Speaking to the entire staff, he said, "Raise your hand if you would quit if the...

John Hinderaker of Power Line Blog has done an excellent job tracking down and debunking the serial lies of Think Progress regarding the Koch brothers.  I've chimed in too from time to time, but John really has led the charge.In a post today, John demonstrates...

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