How do you think Teabaggers would react if they found out George Soros was holding secret meetings with leading Democrats and grooming candidates for national office?
How do you think they’ll react to the secret meetings the Koch Brothers actually have with Rep. Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez… meetings in journalists are barred from attending?
The billionaire conservative philanthropists and mega-donors held one of their two annual conferences just outside of Albuquerque, where they booked every room at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya. This fact puzzled Albuquerque media, apparently unaware of the event’s implications. Reported a local TV station:
“Something is going on at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya that no one wants to talk about. Everyone is hush-hush. KOB Eyewitness News 4 has been told the entire place has been sold out the last three nights. When KOB sent one of our photographers out tonight, he was stopped at a roadblock about a mile from the high-end resort on Santa Ana Pueblo.”
What did Ryan do or say at the conference? His office won’t tell. Absolute silence appears to be one of the first rules of dealing with the Kochs.
“I can confirm he was there,” responded Ryan aide William Allison by email. “But not confirming/commenting on anything beyond that.”
The Skull and Bones-style secrecy of the events reinforces the notion that the Kochs hold great influence over Republican politicians and their agendas. However, the Kochs — particularly David — have been quite public about their attempts to influence the political process by spending large amounts of money. Read the rest of Craver’s article, here.
So… whaddya think the average Joe Republican will say about billionaires holding secret meetings with Republicans? Here’s a guess. Teabaggers and the average Joe republican will continue to say and do nothing about Right Wing billionaires colluding with their politician pets. Because Fox News only tells them to be outraged about George Soros.
Frankly, I’ve never really understood the right wing hatred for soros – so I’ve just chalked it up to his accent and commitment to human rights.
And their work disenfranchising minority voters proves, they’re just a couple of “regular guys” they’d like to have a beer with.
But for all their attempts at false equivalency, there’s no comparison… If George Soros has his way, his taxes go up, his corporations are tightly regulated, and his workers collectively bargain for a living wage.
So… I wonder what they’re talking about in their secret meetings with Cantor and Ryan? What a coincidence Ryan and Cantor’s whole purpose in government is to kiss up to the rich and kick down on the poor. In fact, fresh from their latest secret meeting with the Koch Brothers, Ryan and Cantor will be pushing a bill that, if passed, will cut 2-4 million people off from food assistance. That’s sure to fix all our economic woes! After all, as Ryan and Cantor tell us, all our problems are because of people on food stamps, right?
Jason Easley wrote all about Ryan and Cantor’s mission to make America even more “food insecure.” From PoliticusUSA:
“House Republicans will be voting on a Cantor/Ryan bill in early September that will double the cuts to the food stamp program (SNAP) to $40 billion over ten years.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities these cuts would literally push millions of Americans deeper into poverty…
I am sure that Cantor and Ryan think that they are targeting urban minority Obama voters who in their minds are the ultimate “takers,” but the reality is that the majority of the people that they will be harming are white people in suburban and rural areas. These people are also known as the kind of voters who Republicans are supposed to be wooing in order to win elections. Every election year, the media proclaims the importance of the suburban vote to Republican candidates, so Cantor and Ryan are about to shoot themselves in the foot with these very same people. (These cuts will also harm Hispanic voters, but the House Republican position on immigration has virtually made getting Hispanic voters back into the Republican coalition a lost cause.) Cantor and Ryan have been laying the groundwork for this attack on the poorest Americans for weeks.
Paul Ryan recently told NBC News, “I think it’s insensitive to not have a work requirement for food stamps, and what I mean when I say that is: our goal in these programs is not to make poverty easier to handle and tolerate and live with, our goal in these program ought to be to give people a temporary hand so that they can get out of poverty.”
What Ryan didn’t mention was that his proposed work requirement would mean that people have three months to find a part time job or they will be thrown off the program.
Cantor told Fox News Sunday that denying poor people food is all about fairness, “And we’re going to bring a bill forward under Chairman Lucas’ leadership, that actually says about food stamps, we want the people who need those food stamp benefits to get them. But you know what? It’s an issue of fairness. If they are able- bodied people who can work, they ought to do that in order to receive a government benefit. That’s the proposal we are bringing forward.”
The vast majority of Americans who receive food stamps are children, the elderly, and the disabled. Children make up 45% of those receiving food stamps. The disabled are 20% of those receiving help, and the elderly are 7.5% of the participants in the SNAP program.
It seems unfathomable that elected officials would willingly try to deny food to some of the poorest members of our society, but this is exactly what Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan are trying to do.
What the House Republicans are trying to do is redistribute any resources that are spent on people at the bottom of the economic pyramid back to those at the top.
In Cantor and Ryan’s worldview, the rich get richer while the poor get to starve. Read the rest of Easley’s article, here.
Oh well! Never mind. This is America!
Just work hard, play by the rules, and don’t envy success – and we can all have Koch brothers’-like riches – in Heaven.
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