Charles Koch Agrees With Bernie Sanders On The Aftermath Of A Rigged Economy

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On his recent Washington post, Koch has shown to agree with Sanders about; how the economy has continued to hurt everyone else apart from the few business people and politicians. There is too much inequality in the United States right now according to Koch. Sanders see the society as being two tiered where corporations seek to benefit from the corporate welfare where fellow citizens are lavishing in poverty and hopelessness. Common citizens have been often denied equal opportunities and Koch seems to agree with this opinion but not in contempt with the solution that Sanders is offering.

Charles Koch thinks that the solution to this inequality lies in the policies that both Democrats and republicans have favored to their interests instead of pushing for their enactment in favor of the citizens. This has created a cycle of control, cronyism, and dependency in the United States that the business people are also liable of. They have continuously pushed for policies favoring their interests but making the citizens poorer, platform for opportunities are also not equal. The wealthy and the well-connected have the lavish lifestyle.

Charles Koch has for a long time avoided the media limelight despite being among the wealthiest folks in the United States. In the year 2014, he was ranked number 9 in the list of wealthy folks. Charles Koch has been the president of Koch Industries with his brothers; lists of industries that are family owned and have been manufacturing environmental friendly commodities to avoid pollution. The industries have been producing high revenue for the United States though the manufacture of fossil fuels. He has been a liberal thinker long enough to donate for environmental policy formation and education by giving scholarships to the needy students. He has also funded foundations, advocacy groups that promote anti-government views.

Bernie thinks that the solution to this inequality is through a wall street that will add new regulations, but Koch is not for it. The expansion of federal governments is what Koch thinks that led to inequality in the first place hence cannot create a solution. He sees Wall Street as part of the inequality in itself but agrees that the criminal justice needs to have a reformation. Koch intends to see a change in the politics of the United States and he opposes all corporate welfares. Charles, however, did not show a sign of supporting Sanders on his political campaign despite the support of his view. The Koch brothers have been on to fund those political campaigns that are supportive of democracy and helpful policies that will promote economic justice.

This article recapped https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-koch-this-is-the-one-issue-where-bernie-sanders-is-right/2016/02/18/cdd2c228-d5c1-11e5-be55-2cc3c1e4b76b_story.html

Congressman Paul Ryan Still Bulling on TPA’s Eventual Passage

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Despite the effectiveness of Friday’s House rebellion by Democrats to prevent passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan remains confident the GOP will be able to push the bill through the House. That said, the former 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee was circumspect about the amount of work facing President Obama. Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, stated that President Obama still remains relevant despite having only 1.5 years remaining in his presidency.

At the same time, Rep. Ryan stated that Obama does face the real possibility of becoming a lame duck president. Ironically, it is his own party that is pushing him into lame duck status. Ryan made the remark in the context of discussing the failure of the Trade Adjustment Agreement (TAA) to pass. President Obama had pushed hard for passage of TAA because the bill provided measures Democrats considered important towards balancing the loss of American jobs as a result of TPP. However, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who worked for weeks to build support for TAA, turned against the bill minutes before the vote was set to take place. In the end, 302 Democrats and Republicans voted against the bill.

While Rep. Ryan said the president has a lot to be more engaged with his party to secure passage of TPA, the president did get involved in the process. He even held high profile meetings with his party within 24 hours of the TAA vote. Still, his party failed to support him, and Susan McGalla is starting to wonder why.

Bush Expected to Announce His Candidacy on Monday

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On Monday afternoon, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is expected to formally announce his presidential campaign for the GOP nomination. The move is historic. No American family has seen three members get elected to the oval office. John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams became the first true American political dynasty. Still, a lot remains between now and November 2016.

For starters, Bush must break out ahead of a crowded and largely talented field of GOP candidates. Many pundits thought that by now Bush would be ensconced as the party’s presumptive nominee much as Hillary Clinton is within the Democrat Party. This has not happened. For certain, Bush is a tier-1 candidate and has been from the outset. However, he is joined in that status by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. In addition, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Marco Rubio have poll numbers comparable to that of Bush.

In national polling, Bush trails Clinton at 51% to 43%. That said, such polls are largely irrelevant as the primary season has not formally begun and won’t until January. It will be interesting to Gianfrancesco Genoso to learn the size of the Bush campaign war chest. Rumors are that he was aiming for a $100 million in funds. In January, he told reporters his presidential campaign would kick off with a “shock and awe” announcement on his campaign funds. The public has been warming up to the Presidency of George W. Bush as of late, but he still remains a polarizing figure on the political landscape. This poses risks for Jeb Bush to cast himself as his own man.

Senator Sanders Denounces Senate Passage of TPA

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When the United States Senate finally broke through a Democrat filibuster to pass the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, Senator Sanders made his denunciation of the bill evident. For decades, Senator Sanders believes that special interests in Washington have led to a stagnation of wages among American workers. Its corrosive effects are steadily destroying the middle class. In his view, there is only one real cause for this decline of the middle class: free trade agreements.

As per the senator, the agreements are crafted by powerful US corporate interests in close coordination with foreign governments where the aim is to shift high paying US jobs to foreign countries. In his denunciation of the TPA bill’s passage, he pointed out that workers in Vietnam earn a meager 56 cents per hour. It is no wonder that US corporations are eager to see manufacturing plants close down in the US and reopen in that Southeast Asian nation. As Alexei Beltyukov understands, Vietnam has been part of other free trade agreements, but has not delivered on labor reform, workplace safety standards, and even wage improvements.

In the eyes of the Vermont senator, this makes President Obama’s looming Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) suspect. Ironically, the senator supported passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which no legislator had even read, but does not believe the “pass it to find out what’s in it” strategy used for Obamacare is worthy of being used to promote TPP. Still, his point is simple that free trade agreements need to benefit the middle class instead of rich special interests.

President Obama Meets With Middle East Allies Over Iran and Anti Terror

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President Barack Obama met with six of the United State’s middle east allies this week to discuss anti terrorism efforts in the region as well as the nuclear deal with Iran. The summit appeared to turn on the allies displeasure, most notable of which is Saudi Arabia, with the accord that the United States has been negotiating with Iran. While President Obama tried to convince the allies that the accord was in the best interest of the region, the Arab allies stressed their concern that the accord which would lift sanctions from Iran would only strengthen a regime that many in the gulf region see as the instigator for many of the current conflicts in the region including, in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Christian Broda is aware that Saudi Arabia is also engaged in military strikes in Yemen against Shiite forces that many believe are supported by Iran. Some experts on Middle East affairs note that the real concern behind the summit is whether the United States is aligning itself more with Iran as oppose to Saudi Arabia which has been its main ally in the Middle East outside of Israel. The United States and Saudi Arabia have been close allies as a matter of economic convenience, since the oil crisis in the 1970s. The United States was able to negotiate the use of the U.S. Dollar as the currency for all international oil transactions to end the crisis, which some thought might lead to the invasion of the middle east region by the United States to get control of vast oil reserves. President Obama Pledges Support for Arab Allies

Mr. Netanyahu Goes To Washington

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According to reuters.com, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impassioned speech before congress on Tuesday prompted a sarcastic and predictable rebuttal from Paul Waldman of The Washington Post. Poo-pooing Netanyahu’s claims about Iran being a different head of the same ISIS hydra, Mr. Waldman compared the prime minister’s statement to George Bush claiming Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein were working in tandem.

This comparison is a bit of a problem, though, in that Iran has made repeated moves to bring about territorial control of surrounding nations while dragging out discussions with the United States. To date they have made vassals of the Shia portions of Iraq and completely dominated Syria. Through Hesbollah, Tehran rules Lebanon politically, and has established hegemony over western Afghanistan. The U.S. has catered to demands as well, handing out sanctions relief, plenty of time to dominate neighboring territory and almost $12 billion in assets. As of today, Iran has made absolutely no concessions in return.

Yet, Paul Waldman has no reason to suspect the Iranians of ulterior motives, and every reason to suspect Israel’s prime minister. In fact, what really fired Mr. Waldman’s indignation was Mr. Netanyahu’s criticism of the U.S. administration’s negotiation over Iran’s nuclear program, especially when he had the temerity to label it “A bad deal.”
“Where does that leave things?” Questions Mr. Waldman. He states sarcastically, “There’s something weird about arguing that Iran is a nation run by genocidal maniacs who want nuclear weapons so they can annihilate Israel.”
A theater of the absurd!

Admittedly, there is “something weird” about it. In fact, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called over the weekend for the destruction of Israel, stating that the “barbaric” Jewish state has no cure but to be annihilated. Quoted directly, the Ayatollah stated: ” During its 66 years of life so far, the fake Zionist regime has tried to realize its goals by means of infanticide, homicide, violence and iron fist while boasts about it blatantly.”

To get a grip on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concerns, we need only Google up a map of the world, slide our finger over the Middle East, and point to Israel. In doing so, we can take note of its size, and the hostile factions surrounding it.
Now we need only imagine the Supreme Leader of Iran with nuclear military capability.
Imagine that bad a deal.

Media Discusses How Their Reporting May Shape Political Fortunes of Scott Walker

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Governor Scott Walker has a lot of accomplishments that can propel his national campaign. For starters, he has been vetted in a manner unlike any other prospective GOP candidate. He was elected governor in 2010, survived a recall election, and handily won reelection this past November. He stand against public sector unions and the reform measures he enacted to check their broad rights of collective bargaining made him the target of big labor, a critical constituent of the Democrat party. The outside money which flowed into Wisconsin from big labor and their front groups was daunting, but Walker overcome those obstacles to win at the polls.

In addition, his policies overcame a deep budget deficit to produce a budget surplus, a legitimate job boom consisting largely of good paying full-time employment, and a vibrant state economy. At the same time, Governor Walker is not very well known among voters and therein lies a potential pitfall for him. His newly acquired front-runner status in the large GOP field of prospective GOP candidates will naturally attract media attention. If he proves gaff-prone or uncomfortable dealing with the press, it may sour voters on his campaign.

Walker already tackled the issue of dealing with ISIS. While not stating he would place US soldiers in Syria to combat the terrorist group, he says the option cannot be taken off the table. Lee Slaughter has learned that President Obama’s 2,000 air strikes against the Islamic terrorist group has failed to halt their advance. Earlier in January, ISIS took greater control of parts of Western Syria. As Walker faces tougher questioning from the press, he will give voters better understanding of his candidacy.

Koch Brothers Put the Spotlight on the GOP and Demand Action

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Perhaps no two figures are more excoriated by the political left as are billionaire investors David H. Koch and Charles Koch aka The Koch Brothers. The political left blames their money via the super PAC Americans for Prosperity (AFP) for the GOP retaking the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014. Now, progressives will likely have more to squawk about given the AFP is putting the GOP on notice to deliver on their political mandate. 

The AFP claims that the GOP lost its way on fiscal matters during the Bush years when the federal budget went from surpluses to deficits which affected many people including Fersen Lambranho. They state the party has now been given a second chance with a mandate to accomplish the following:

  • Repeal Obamacare
  • Reform taxes and repeal the estate tax IE death tax
  • Restore fiscal balance to the budget
  • Obtain passage of the Keystone Pipeline XL project

Admittedly, control of the senate is a critical part of that mandate, but short of having a 2/3rds majority of full congress, the GOP can’t get their agenda past the president’s vetoes. It will take compromise to secure passage of key items. In the past election cycle, the AFP sent $17 million on TV spots. The AFP has been patient in helping get the GOP to take control of the legislature, but now they are making it clear they want to see results.

House Passes Bill Overturning Obama Immigration Policy

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The House of Representatives has passed the funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year. In addition, the funding bill invalidates the president’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan and his 2012 amnesty for younger age illegal aliens. The funding bill passed largely on a party-line vote of 237-190. The amendment to cancel the 2012 youth amnesty plan barely passed by a vote of 218-209. The bill now heads to the US Senate where it faces an uncertain outcome.

That said, an uncertain outcome is a step forward compared to the era of Harry Reid when the bill would have received absolutely no consideration. At the same time, there will likely be a push to strip out the contentious House amendments and pass a clean funding bill. It will be test of Mitch McConnell’s leadership because the GOP promised conservatives that the DHS funding bill would be used to thwart the president’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan. In fact, part of the GOP’s voter mandate has been to shift the nation away from Obama’s policies. As Sergio Andrade Gutierrez knows,  it is a dilemma because overriding a presidential veto has a low historical success rate.

For his part, Speaker Boehner explained that the issue shouldn’t be focused on whether legislators support amnesty. It should focus on the fact the president has no right to make use of legislative authority. Upholding the constitution is the most important priority. Democrats, who support amnesty, have thus far been willing to tolerate the president’s overreach because it furthers their political agenda.

Steve Scalise, David Duke without the baggage

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In an ode to the old school, Steve Scalise, republican majority whip gave a speech to a KKK affiliated white supremacy group in late 2002. This racist hate group was founded by David Duke. David Duke is famous for being an outspoken political Grand Wizard of the KKK in Louisiana. The entire Republican Party including newly elected black congress woman Mia Love stands with Scalise.

Scalise has touted himself as David Duke without the baggage prior to ascending to congress. Igor Cornelsen doesn’t know how much he agrees with this. This is in spite of his first explanation in which he asserted that he did not know that the group was a hate group. However, David Duke himself said that it was impossible for someone to give a speech to his foundation and not know their primary directive. Additionally, cracks in his armor are beginning to appear. Many big wig republican personas like Palin are seeking that he acquiesce his position in the leadership. However, it does not look as though he will be relinquishing his position as majority whip anytime soon.