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Wealthy plutocrats

Original post made by Ted Rudow III, MA, Palo Alto High School, on Aug 12, 2011

Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, two of the richest men in America who have quietly given more than a hundred million dollars to right-wing causes. Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from healthcare reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.
Increasingly few, stupendously wealthy plutocrats have lately made enormous strides toward dominating global governance, finance and national democracies, while actively undermining traditional democratic expressions, such as collective bargaining rights, clean air protections, and services for social safety nets. Other Voices is program which is live at 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of each month on mid-Peninsula cable channel 27. They were discuss the Koch brothers. I phoned in and ask what is his view with SRI and the Hoover Institution. The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace is a public policy think tank and library founded in 1919 by the future US president, Herbert Hoover, an early alumnus of Stanford.
"Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been involved with the Hoover Institution during my entire tenure as director, beginning in 1989, as a member of the Hoover Board of Overseers, as a member of the executive committee of the board, and as a significant supporter," said John Raisian, Hoover director. A federal appeals court refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two US citizens against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and unnamed others for developing, authorizing and using harsh interrogation techniques against detainees in Iraq. Ignoring this allows them to continue exerting their self interested influence with a free rein. It must be stopped!

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Are you referring to George Soros? MoveOn.org? Public unions? Private unions? Teachers' unions? Fannie and Freddie? Hollywood elites? General Electric? New York elites?


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

I agree with this article, and pointing the finger at George Soros is way out of line, Soros is extremely transparent and honest about what he does, not like the TEA Party movement funded to be a proxy organization for the Kochs, or the fiasco in Wisconsin to undermine unions.

This country was never mean to be under private ownership or face internal threats to the Constitution from plutocratic busybodies with too much money and time on their hands.


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Posted by Murdoch
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Did you know that a foreigner (Rupert Murdoch) controls most of the extremist news media in the USA? Many people are now saying that the Republican Party has become the political wing of the Murdoch empire.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2011 at 5:56 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Controlling the media? You've got to be kidding. At the flick of a finger the average viewer has anything from far left to far right, from Randian freedom to Mussolini fascism. Rants like the above are more to squelch dissenting views than to more fully expose one's own views. Good luck with that!


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Meadow Park
on Aug 14, 2011 at 9:44 am

Predictably laughable and hypocritical. The only ones who can spend millions of dollars on their political beliefs are lefties..moveon, Soros, Hollywood, almost every print and alphabet "news" station..THAT is ok and democratic...

Everyone who disagrees should be outlawed and ostracized.


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Meadow Park
on Aug 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

Hey Murdoch, did you know that many people are now saying that the Democrat Party has become the political wing of Pravda? Of DailyKos and Huffpo? Of Moveon.org? Of ..well, everything else.


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Posted by laughable
a resident of Southgate
on Aug 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

Do you know his wife is a chinese?So we should call it the political wing of communisim


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm

> many people are now saying that the Democrat Party has become the political wing of Pravda?

You don't say ... funny I've never heard this.


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Posted by laughable
a resident of Southgate
on Aug 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Pravda was dead,gone.now,communist is still there


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm

"the Democrat Party has become the political wing of Pravda"

Since pravda is the Russian word for truth, I'd have to agree with that statement.


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