The Koch Brothers Are Buying America! Progressives Say: Boycott Their Products! Updated March 14, 2011!
Koch Brothers Have Huge Voice In Shaping US Policy!
According to progessives, David and Charles Koch, multi-billionaire brothers both in their 70's, are purchasing the United States, in a systematic and premeditated effort to control all policy making in the United States. Why run for one office when you can buy many offices? Their efforts are targeted to garner as much influence as possible at every level of government: federal, state and local, leaving no stone unturned. The Koch Brothers personally contributed millions of dollars to federal, state and local candidates in the elections of 2010. They also contributed to the Republican Governors Association and the Chamber of Commerce. The contributions to just these two organizations were in the millions. Their front organization, Americans For Prosperity, founded in 2004 by David Koch, is supposedly a grass roots organization, but how many grass roots organizations were founded, receive funding and their direction from billionaires and their corporations?
Recently, many progressives have put out a call to boycott products made by Koch Industries. The following list has recently been appearing on websites throughout the country. They say that if you are tired of the agenda that is being furthered with funding from corporate interests, start with this list that is featured on the Facebook page, People Before Profit:
Koch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products:
Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft 'n Gentle toilet paper
Vanity fair napkins
Koch Industry/Invista Products:
SOMERELLE® bedding products
TACTESSE® carpet fiber
TERATHANE® polyether glycol
POLARGUARD® fiber and
Georgia Pacific Building products
Dense Armor Drywall and Decking
ToughArmor Gypsum board
Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood
G/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)-
Arts & Crafts Plaster
General Purpose Plaster
Glass-reinforced Gypsum (GRG)
Industrial Tooling Plaster
Investment Casting Plaster
Metal Casting Plaster
FibreStrong Rim board
G/P Lam board
Blue Ribbon OSB Rated Sheathing
Blue Ribbon Sub-floor
DryGuard Enhanced OSB
Nautilus Wall Sheathing
Thermostat OSB Radiant Barrier Sheathing
Broadspan Engineered Wood Products
XJ 85 I-Joists
FireDefender Banded Cores
FireDefender Mineral Core
Hardboard and Thin MDF including Auto Hardboard,
Perforated Hardboard and Thin MDF
Wood Fiberboard -
Commercial Roof Fiberboard
Hushboard Sound Deadening Board
Regular Fiberboard Sheathing
Structural Fiberboard Sheathing
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The Run For Vice-President!
The Koch brothers used to work behind the scenes, until 1980, when David Koch ran for vice-president, on a ticket that included Ed Clark as the Libertarian presidential candidate. They ran against Ronald Reagan and their ticket promised to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve Board, welfare, the minimum wage, corporate taxes. According to Wikipedia, the team also proposed ending government support for the SEC, the EPA, the FTC, OSHA, the FBI, the CIA, and the Dept of Energy.
According to New York Times columnist Frank Rich, "His campaign called for the abolition not just of Social Security, federal regulatory agencies and welfare, but also of the FBI, the CIA, and public schools.” Since then the Libertarian party has become increasingly visible, and so did the Koch brothers. They again emerged publicly during the Clinton era. Their lobbying efforts increased. They state that they are still libertarians and that all social programs beginning with the New Deal would destroy freedom in this country. The current dissatisfaction with the economy has given them the opportunity to not only lobby, but to orchestrate a movement.
The Brothers, Their Backgrounds And Where The Money Is Going!
David and Charles Koch are the sons of Fred Koch, who was one of the founders of the John Birch Society in 1958. They grew up in Kansas. According to most reports, even though as they grew up they did not buy into many of the John Birch Society's beliefs, they did develop a mistrust of the United States government and have fought government regulation for years, saying that any regulation of private industry is socialism. They inherited many millions of dollars when their father died and built their company, Koch Industries, into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. According to their website, they employ 50,000 workers in the US and many more overseas. They have oil and gas, chemicals, cattle, forestry, and synthetics companies. They are a major force for pipeline and oil interests worldwide and have been accused by the federal government of being one of the top 10 polluters in the US. More and more, instead of concentrating their money on lobbyists, they have found and exploited a voice. They are accused of not only driving the Tea Party, but funding it and giving it direction every step of the way. Does the Tea Party constituency even know who is funding and directing their every movement? Does the Tea Party rank and file realize that the Koch brothers will only be satisfied when every major anti-pollution law in this country has been overturned? Do they know that the Koch brothers do not want any environmental laws? Maybe, but more likely the answer is no. Tea Party members may be completely unaware that they are simply tools in the Koch brothers' toolbox, that also includes these other Koch funded tools: ALEC, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Independent Women's Forum and the Mercatus Center.
The brothers were looking for foot soldiers and finally found them, in the Tea Party. Those foot soldiers believe that their 'grassroots movement' is independent and the voice of the people. Sadly, the members are being manipulated by the Koch brothers, to advance only the agenda of the Koch brothers. Follow the path of the Koch brothers, and these Tea Party members will vote away anything that is in their own best interests. By the time they wake up, every social safety net will have disappeared.
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