Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Who Says You Can't Buy An Election?

Donald Trump keeps rolling along. And things keep getting worse for Hillary Clinton. The real campaign hasn't even started yet. A lot of Clinton's misery is of her own making.  Trump is a sociopath -- who will say anything and stop at nothing to win. But, Gerry Caplan writes, things will really get bad when "Kochtopus" is unleashed from its underwater lair. The meme refers to:

Charlie and David Koch and the astonishingly rich and powerful gang of extreme right-wing billionaires they have quietly organized over the past few decades. They have already wreaked havoc among Democrats and undermined any number of progressive causes.

They may operate underwater. But they are now well known:

This record is meticulously documented by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer in her terrifying new book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.

Mayer shows how the syndicate that the Kochs have organized has been responsible for everything from the emergence of the Tea Party to the charge that Obama’s health-care act provides for “death panels” to the widespread denial of climate change across the United States. The Kochs and many of their allies are themselves oil billionaires who hate environmentalists, government regulation and paying taxes. If Trump is dangerously unpredictable, Koch and his plutocratic pals are only too predictable.

They will, as they always do, use smears, lies, distortions, fabrications, fear-mongering – whatever it takes, or costs. The Kochs and their fellow conspirators are pledged to spend no less than a cool $889-million fighting the Democratic nominee this year.

Trump will deliver the fear, lies and distortions. Kochtopus will pay for them. Who says you can't buy and election?

Image: thegreenmarketoracle.com


Toby said...

It's not just the US. The Kochtopus has meddled deeply in Canadian politics as well. The Fraser Institute The Manning Centre both get "donations".

Owen Gray said...

Quite true, Toby. And the Kochs hope to achieve the same goals in both countries -- unbridled capitalism in their own self interest.

e.a.f. said...

On the upside North Korea has just endorsed Trump because he said he'd pull American troops out of South Korea if they don't pay more to keep them there. Trump forgot to read the notes which said it was less expensive to keep troops in South Korea than in the U.S.A.

IF THE Americans vote for Trump and he goes into his routine, they have only themselves to blame.

Canada on the other hand may have to open its doors to a several million Americans applying for refugee status.

One of Trumps candidates for the Supreme Court is a judge named Bill Pryor. Not only is he on record saying those who practise homosexuality ought to be sent to jail, there is a nice picture of Pryor on Bad Puppy, a gay porn site, in his younger days. (check out Legal Schnauzzer an Alabama website which deals with Alabama corruption) With people like this no wonder North Korea thinks Trump will make a great President. We one the other hand might want to make sure Trump stays out of Canada. That man is truly weird and crazy.

Owen Gray said...

Weird, crazy and rich, e.a.f. Wealth is no sign of virtue.