Harry Reid on the Koch Brothers' agenda

Senate majority leader Harry Reid gave a hell of a speech in Congress about the agenda of the billionaire Koch brothers, carbon barons who are the prime beneficiaries of Citizens United, the Supreme Court case that ruled that corporate persons had the free speech right to engage in unlimited campaign finance spending.

The Facts About The Koch Brothers (via Hacker News)

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  1. The Kochs are effectively seizing control of individual states, dictating the precise language of entire legislative agendas, voiding local elections, changing the election laws so their puppets stay in office forever, and disenfrachising millions of voters.

  2. "...whoever has the most money, gets the most free speech…"

    Well, then it's not "free" then is it?

  3. The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism—ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
    -FDR. message to Congress, 1938

  4. If you have enough money to perpetually make more money just off the interest and investments, it's essentially free to you. To normal people, money is earned and spent to live. For the Kochheads, money is used to control others.

    This is the tragedy of the working class Republican base. They're so paranoid about Obama taking their guns and precious liberties that they don't see that corporate America is already dictating their lives and livelihoods.

  5. IMB says:

    Nice try, but I want is for legal bribes and ethically questionable financial incentives to not exist.

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