The Koch Brothers Are Buying America! Progressives Say: Boycott Their Products! Updated March 14, 2011!

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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
Sparkle napkins
Vanity fair napkins
Zee napkins

Koch Industry/Invista Products:

COMFOREL® fiberfill
COOLMAX® fabric
CORDURA® fabric
DACRON® fiber
POLYSHIELD® resin
SOLARMAX® fabric
SOMERELLE® bedding products
STAINMASTER® carpet
SUPPLEX® fabric
TACTEL® fiber
TACTESSE® carpet fiber
TERATE® polyols
TERATHANE® polyether glycol
THERMOLITE® fabric
PHENREZ® resin
POLARGUARD® fiber and
LYCRA® fiber

Georgia Pacific Building products

Dense Armor Drywall and Decking
ToughArmor Gypsum board
Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood
Flexrock
Densglass sheathing
G/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)-
Agricultural Plaster
Arts & Crafts Plaster
Dental Plaster
General Purpose Plaster
Glass-reinforced Gypsum (GRG)
Industrial Tooling Plaster
Investment Casting Plaster
Medical Plaster
Metal Casting Plaster
Pottery 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 FS
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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HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Great Hub Jillian. I enjoyed your tracing the Koch brothers early years. You are absolutely correct that they are behind the Tea Party. Along with Dick Armey. Most of the Tea Party are simply middle class people who want the budget balanced and less government. This is a respectable stream of political thinking. But they were hijecked by the Koch brothers. My feeling is they and the GOP were scared by the money President Obama raised and felt that he must be stopped. I'm writing a Hub now on how I feel this conspiracy is going now culminating in this Wisconsin mess. Great Hub.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear HSchneider,

It is always good to hear your views! I often use them to guage what I have written. I am never as concise, nor do I present an argument as clearly as you do (hard for me to believe because in college I was a championship intercollegiate debater, but that was many years ago, and the spoken word has always been easier for me!), so it goes without saying, I am anxious to read your Hub.

I also believe that, for the most part, the Tea Party rank and file are probably likeable, well-meaning people, but always question the psychology behind voting for the very people that will ultimately crush them. The Koch brothers et al, will crush them when they achieve their goals. Among other things, the Koch brothers despise Social Security and Medicare, and when I see Tea Party protesters, the clear majority appear to be close to, if not already, at retirement age.

I did not mention that Fred Koch spent years working in Russia for Stalin, helping his government develop pipelines and oil refineries. When people talk about the 'grassroots' Tea Party movement, I wonder if they realize that in part, it has been brought to them courtesy of Joseph Stalin.

Also, as a point of interest, in early November, the Republican Governors met in San Diego. Local reporters provided a short list of the GOP enemy list, gleaned from the speeches they were allowed to hear. Their first enemy was, of course, Barack Obama and the Democrats; their second enemy was labor unions.


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Pixienot 5 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

Jillian,

I am never disappointed in reading your hubs. Thank you so much for this one.

I am politically ignorant in many areas, just climbing back into the arena of knowledge.

I find this a very important and informative hub.

I look forward to more. You did good!

Voted up, useful and awesome.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Pixienot!

Thank you so much! I feel like you and I are friends, even though we have never met! I look to you and your Hubs for the pick-me-up that I need so many times! Your positive comment means so much!

I guess I am just an old hippie at heart. I did the whole protest thing in high school and early college (minus the drugs, cause I just knew I would be the one to get arrested! Not to mention, my parents would have killed me!), so I have always been politically active. Politically wrong, some may argue, but like you, always lead with my heart!

Thank you, my friend!


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Great hub.its never a waste of time reading your hub because it really added something to my knowledge.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Thank you, Crysolite, for your kind words! I am happy to meet you!


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hey Jill, thanks for giving some background on these guys. I am not as worried about their influence on voters who want to "throw the bums out" and put some different ones in as I am about the influence the government is putting on the public by their calculated fundings. Most of the voting public has been lulled or scared into inactivity by the benevolent big daddy. Anyone who is fed up and asking questions and trying to change things for the better usually can handle a little specialized interest talk. Give me a mover and a shaker over the complacent any day. =:)


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Winsome,

Throwing the bums out is always a good idea! It just seems that they get replaced with other bums that get into office and then start to think of their position as a career, instead of providing service to the public. They become more concerned with their own job security than the job security of the people they serve.

They are easily bought by the highest bidder! And they have to keep those big donations coming in!

As for complacency, I have little respect for people that wrap themselves in a cocoon and refuse to speak up! We should all be ashamed if we do not, at the very least, vote!

Thank you, Winsome! I appreciate your comments!


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sir slave 5 years ago from Trinity county CA.

Hi jill,

Id like to be like you someday. I have ADD when it comes to research. I can write ok, but you seem to have a love of delving into domestic finacial politics(which I love to follow) I also have a tendancy to want to say as much as I can in four paragraphs. Americans sometimes have a short attention span.

the Kock brothers make me sick.

one of them look like Stephen colbert in twenty years.

our current society reminds me of a game of Monopoly, you know at the end when one player owns everything and the rest of the players are pretty much screwed. parker brothers invented that game near the end of the victorian era(?)

to show americans how much monopolies sucked. were aproaching those days again it seems. too bad Obama is a huge corporate crony...if only he could be as left wing as TEDDY Roosevelt!! never mind FDR. many thought he would bust some heads on wall street for what they did. since clinton moved the party right, I wasn't hugely suprised when Obama abandoned most of his campaign positions. anyways, I read your profile quickly, and I wanted to see if you had ever tried feverfew. It is Non-psychotropic, and is like a wonder herb for people with migranes and depression(as they are evidently linked) combined with copious magnesium and b-2, it has a punch for people with mild but persistant migranes(me) and depression and or panic attacks(me)

anyways peace S


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Sir Slave,

Trust me, loving to research sucks! It is never-ending and as soon as you find what you think tells you everything, you find out there is more! I think it is obsessive since high school. So, ADD or obsessive, each is a pain in the you know what! But, thank you for your kind compliment. And if it can be said in 4 paragraphs, why add more?

Now I must research feverfew! I, too, have migraines and have found out from my doctor that magnesium and the B vitamins are really important!

I was not surprised when Obama abandoned his left of center approach, but I have a feeling that he has a plan...just a gut feeling... Sometimes, when he sees that there is no way that he can get enough support (what with all the Blue Dogs, and they are Dogs!)for the things he wants, he has to find support for less ambitious goals. I believe in his heart he has the same opinions he always had, but reality has hit him in the face! I think he is going to divide the GOP and then count on us to conquer them at the polls!


Justsilvie 5 years ago

Excellent Hub! But i guess these days we would have to say the Tea Party is totally aware who the Koch Brothers are, and their Agenda.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Jillian it is good to see your work on HP adn it is sorely missed. You forgot to mention that the uncle of the Koch Bros. sorked for the Nazis during WWII! Not very surprising is it? Thanks for an eye opener,

Peter


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Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

Dogged determination for the facts probably is a curse, but it's a blessing you provide for any reader who wants to be informed. Thanks for your diligence and the boost to my political and economic awareness.


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

I would not mind you libs and your silly witch hunts, if only one of you had the integrity to tell on yourselves! When Bush spent too much I said so! You guys believe if someone murders in your name they are to be guarded and made sacred! (see Bill Airs and Bernadine) Back to subject at hand, When will any of you mention Zoros?? This man has broke small countries and left people to starve in the streets to make billions! He gives millions upon millions to every leftist organization out there!.........The funniest part is I and many other conservatives never even heard of the Koch brothers untill some left wing fanatics (no pun intended) started writing stories about them!............last point! Koch brothers are peasants to the money Zoros has!


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Sorry, American Romance, but Soros does not compare to the Kochs in any way, except for the fact that they all have money- Take a look at the chart. Know that does not matter to you, nor does it matter that the Kochs stand for everything that 'libs' disagree with.

Talk about starving in the streets? If the Kochs and their counterparts in ALEC have their way, you who defend them, will be one of their victims! Do you even know what they believe in? Maybe you do and agree with them...good for you, until it destroys everything you believe in. A country run by corporations? Don't think you want that! I know there is money on both sides, and there is corruption on both sides, and I think all of it is shameful!

But, as far as I am concerned, the Kochs are nothing but opportunists, seeking to run the country--do some reading about ALEC...They write your laws...


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Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

"I would not mind you libs and your silly witch hunts, if only one of you had the integrity to tell on yourselves!"

Somebody watches Fox News!


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Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

I wonder what American Romance thinks of the mega-wealthy Warren Buffet?

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-18-20...


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

American Romance is a phenomenon! Never one to take a center view of anything- I always try to present the facts along with my liberal perspective, but at least he reads it, if only to disagree...I know I am liberal to the core, but come on- What is wrong with social justice?

Thank you for reading, World of Whimsy! I plan to catch up on your writing this weekend (too many work hours during the week)- I am happy and honored to meet you!


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Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

I don't write much, Jillian, so not to worry—I mostly Photoshop_and the honor is all mine!

[img]http://s1.hubimg.com/u/5341064_f248.jpg[/img]


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Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

Opps! I meant this linked image [img]http://s1.hubimg.com/u/5341064.jpg[/img]


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

The picture is awesome! You did it? It is one of the best I have seen!


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Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

Well, at the very least, it helps me jujitsu the outrage I feel regarding these extortionists . . . and hopefully annoys American Romance and his ilk. ;-)


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Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

Bill Moyers: "Over the past three decades our politicians and their bankrollers have written and rewritten the rules of politics and the economy in ways to benefit the people at the top at the expense of everyday people. That’s the story of our time, but the mainstream press—public broadcasting included—has paid little attention to it. To do justice to that story you would have to be more than a scribe for the official players of the ruling ideology, which holds that politics is essentially about which of the two parties wins elections."


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

The media is run by mega corporations. To say they have skin in the game is an understatement! So tired of the rich getting richer and the poor being killed off, little by little. As for the middle class, they are being groomed to accept and even beg for the minimum wage jobs out there, just to feed their children...

The corporations and the politicians who are supported by them run this country and we are their pet rats. They have us in such a frenzy that we are turning against each other, thinking that is the only way to survive. We have become a sick society.

And where do we begin to even fight it? And how? Harder and harder to survive; every day seems to get worse in the constant grab for power and wealth.


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Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

Amen!


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f_hruz 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

WOW .... how did I manage to miss reading this first class hub for over a year?

I feel you are right on target with your views: "The corporations and the politicians who are supported by them run this country and we are their pet rats. They have us in such a frenzy that we are turning against each other, thinking that is the only way to survive. We have become a sick society."

Your question about a strategy to fight is a very good one ... I can see a few writers with a clear understanding of the political reality of today, being able to form a dynamic incubator for political development and practical social change, starting right here ...

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