In order to provide an alternative to Wall Street and the Koch brothers in 2016, Democrats must embrace a progressive populist economic agenda.
A leading Republican regulator, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar, said in a speech to Cato recently that the goal of the Securities and Exchange Commission should not be to "promote investor confidence," but instead to "promote investor skepticism." This is pretty remarkable, and it's a scary example of a radically libertarian philosophy that could cause our financial system to melt down in a big way.
The modern conservative movement has devolved into something quite different. Not so much more conservative -- in some ways it is, in other ways not -- but mostly just a whole lot meaner.
Libertarian Fox Business host John Stossel on Thursday said he was outraged that most government services like the military and "organ selling" had not been turned over to private business.
New documents reveal a trade organization put together by the Koch Brothers is the source of over a quarter of a billion dollars in dark money in 2012.
In mid-April, Kansas passed a law asserting that federal gun regulations do not apply to guns made and owned in Kansas. Under the law, Kansans could manufacture and sell semi-automatic weapons in-state without a federal license or any federal oversight.
What the teachers in Chicago are fighting is a right-wing agenda that's been in play for a long time, secretly and heavily funded by wealthy extremists and carefully messaged. They're pretty effective, too, since I hear so many "liberals"
From Ring of Fire Radio, Mike Papantonio talks about the long game of the billionaires who have taken over the Republican Party. Gaius Publius at AmericaBlog has more on that in his post here -- GOP is a party of WASPs led by 70-year-old impotent white guys:
Back in March I wrote about the ongoing non-profit abuse by the Koch brothers, as exemplified in their effort at a hostile takeover of the Cato Institute so they could use it and its long reach to meddle in election messaging. ThinkTanked Blog
In the newest episode of the Cato Institute soap opera, the Kochs have sent out an email blast to alumni of their scholarship programs explaining their reasons for suing Kathryn Washburn, widow of shareholder William Niskanen. Via ThinkTanked
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