Taking a Koch Break
by Dave Bradley About a month or so ago someone wrote and asked me about boycotts. I had been trying to formulate a response that didn’t seem all muddled when the Koch brothers started their democracy destroying shenanigans.
I am not always convinced that boycotts work, but in the case of the Koch brothers let us see if we can make it work. If the 67% of Americans who support the unions in their (and our) struggle in Wisconsin make an effort to quit buying anything Koch maybe we can send them a message.
Here is a list of Koch Industry products to avoidUnfortunately their big products are gas and oil. I can’t find a specific company that they retail to. This is fairly common in the oil industry if I recall correctly.
While many of us may not be able to travel to Madison or Des Moines or other sites of major protest, one thing I think we can all do is to go to our local legislative forums and let your local elected rep know that you support the unions in their fight for fair wages and benefits. There is usually a big business contingent at these, so it would be nice to have a show of strength.
There is no shortage of things to question our law makers on. Such items as Iowa’s shot at cutting collective bargaining, or maybe jobs and taxes and here at IowaFiscal.org
My question is, what do we need to do to get recall in Iowa? I am sure Branstad needs help to retire.
– Shephard Smith should get some kind of an award for accidently (?) speaking the truth on Fox the other day. The video is at the bottom.
– An international item that may come into big play soon is the elections that took place in Ireland over the weekend. The party that had been in charge during their crash and negotiated settlement have been shown the door big time. The new sheriffs in town are not too happy about the deal they inherited and are threatening to default. This could send shockwaves around Europe and the world.
But the new expected PM does not feel that the Irish people should lose services and pay more taxes to bail out the banksters. My guess is, that is a position that will get much sympathy here (and in Wisconsin).
– Goldman Sachs issued a study stating that GOP proposed tax cuts will hurt the economy. This should be no surprise to anyone. The GOP has been actively pursuing economy damaging strategies since Obama was sworn in. A bad economy is their best hope for election victory. Seriously, did you think they really cared about deficits? After what Reagan, Bush and Bush did?
– Finally, I would like to give a shout out to Gov. Walker’s baby sitters up there in Madison. The Kochs paid a lot for this office holder and they want to make sure he does just what he is told. It’s not just busting the unions or stealing the power plants for nothing, no there are environmental laws to lay havoc to, also. Have you ever seen corruption so blatant?
And most of the corporate media refuses to cover it. CNN had 10 minutes on cell phones and brain damage, but no time for the biggest story in a long time.
Homework: Memorize this list
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Dave Bradley is a self-described
retired observer of American politics “trying to figure out how we got
so screwed up.” An
Iowa City native currently living in West Liberty, Dave and his wife
Carol have two grown children who “sadly had to leave the state to find
decent paying jobs.“