Koch Brothers Have Had It With President Trump And His Republican Party

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I’ve been wondering when the Koch brothers would reach their limits of tolerance with the likes of the republican President Donald Trump. I am resentful for a lot of what they have done with their monies to influence the political climate in this country in ways that I could never condone, like disseminating the concept that climate change is not for real.

It looks like the time is at hand.

In the end, both are self-made successful business men who tout the conservative principles of free trade which means that they are definitely against the president’s recent imposition of tariffs, especially against our neighbors and allies.

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They are also in favor of an increase in legal immigration and for a permanent fix where the DACA dreamers would no longer have to worry about deportation.  This is the program that granted a temporary stay on the implementation of deportation procedures to those young adults who came to the US as children with their undocumented parents but who have known no other country.

Any solid business person would be strongly against the president’s policies towards wanting to cut back on legal immigration by at least 40%, resisting implementing a permanent fix with the (DACA) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the imposition of tariffs on our neighbors and friends on the basis of US national security interests.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On the 29th of July 2018, Rebecca Berg of CNN penned the following report, “Top Koch network official: ‘The divisiveness of this White House is causing long-term damage”

Excerpts:

“The influential conservative Koch network opened up their summer meeting with an emphasis on bipartisanship while also delivering sharp critiques of President Donald Trump and his administration.”

“The divisiveness of this White House is causing long-term damage,” said network co-chair Brian Hooks, who also chided elected officials who are “following” his lead.”
“The Koch network’s influence, even among Republicans, has come into question in the conventional-wisdom-shredding era of Trump. The network has during the past year and a half fruitlessly pushed for comprehensive health care and immigration reform; and like other leading conservative groups, the network has been powerless to persuade the President to rethink his strategy on trade generally and tariffs specifically.”
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“The weekend conference comes with fewer than four months until the midterm elections, as the network, led by billionaire Charles Koch, gears up to spend millions to protect Republican majorities in Washington. Yet the networks’ leaders did not sound like they were on war footing on Saturday, instead highlighting bipartisan cooperation.”
“It is radical, particularly given the divisive climate that we’re in right now and how polarized and factionalized the country is in many ways,” said James Davis, a spokesperson for the network. “But we want to focus on aggressively finding areas of common interest where we can make progress on some issues, even if we disagree on other issues.”
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“Although the Koch network has not adjusted its spending projections for the midterms, its thematic shift suggests the GOP-aligned group could be contemplating a new power dynamic in Washington and its place in it. Indeed, in spite of significant investments by the Koch network and like-minded groups, Democrats have maintained an advantage in generic polling and appear as well positioned to compete for majorities in Congress now as they did earlier this year.”
“The Koch network has dabbled in working with and supporting Democrats when their interests have aligned, and the network alarmed some Republicans earlier this year when it funded a digital ad campaign applauding North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s support for rolling back bank regulations. Heitkamp is one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents this year, and her race could help decide partisan control of the Senate.”
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“Briefing reporters on Saturday, network leaders also touted their past work on criminal justice reform. “I think we’ve shown we can work with both parties,” said Hooks, adding that the network “(needs) to earn some trust” among Democrats.”
“The group remains unambiguously pro-Republican by reputation. Only Republican elected officials plan to attend the Koch network’s meeting over the course of the weekend, as is standard — including a few, like Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a candidate for Senate in Tennessee, who will count on the deep pockets of Koch network donors in competitive races this fall. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is also running in a marquee Senate race, will also be on hand, as will the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn, among others.”
“But the administration’s tariffs have stung uniquely for this group, which traces its roots to 2003, when Charles Koch and a group of like-minded business leaders grew alarmed at the rapid growth of government programs and the implementation of steel tariffs under President George W. Bush.”
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“So, we find that there are some similarities to where we are today,” said Davis.
In a video message that will be shown to the network’s donors during this weekend’s meeting, set on the lush grounds of the Broadmoor hotel here in Colorado Springs, Charles Koch warns that “protectionism is perverting the key institutions of our society.”
“The Koch network has pledged a “multi-year, multi-million dollar” commitment to fighting tariffs and other policies they believe are protectionist. “We see this as a long-term endeavor,” said Davis.”
“Even beyond some glaring policy disagreements, the Koch network has not exactly enjoyed a cozy relationship with Trump, having voiced stark concerns about him during the presidential election and recoiled at his brand of Republicanism. Once Trump won, however, the network resolved to work with him where they could, and following his first year in office, their public view turned rosier. In January, Tim Phillips, the president of the network’s political arm, Americans for Prosperity, touted the network’s “partnership” with Trump and cheered the administration’s work to roll back regulations and nominate conservative judges.”
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“As the political ground shifts, the network is also grappling with a fundamental transformation of its own. The shorthand for the network was once the “Koch brothers,” a reference to Charles and David Koch, its patrons and figureheads. But David Koch, 78, formally resigned from his role with the network earlier this year, citing declining health.”
“The network’s leaders have emphasized that the group originated with Charles Koch, 82, while David Koch “came along later,” Davis said, and focused his energies more on Americans for Prosperity, the network’s political arm. Charles Koch has also for years established himself as the more public face and voice of the network.”
“There’s only one Charles Koch,” said Davis, “but fortunately he’s going really strong.”

17 comments

  1. While I am glad to see that the Koch brothers are finally seeing and disavowing some of Trump’s policies, they in themselves are a huge part of the problem and largely contribute to the income disparity that has so many people struggling just to make ends meet. We really need to have some strict campaign finance rules so that Kochs and NRA don’t choose our leadership for us. But that’s highly unlikely in the current environment.
    Hugs!!!

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    • Dear Jill,

      The Koch brothers have used their monies to buy politicians, fund a myriad of right wing think tanks and other organization to get their way politically at the expense of the welfare of lots of Americans. They are definitely of the school of thought, “Let them eat cake.” They have done a lot of harm in pushing their fossil fuel business.

      But their plans have blown up in their faces with the likes of President Trump.

      Now they would like to see more bipartisanship in the US Congress when they were the ones who helped cause the politics of today. They are the perfect example of the “law of unintended consequences.”

      Let’s see if they can do some good for a change.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      Thanks a million for the reference. Rudy Giuliani is a gift to prosecutors everywhere that just keeps on giving. I did blog on this news item.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Gronda, not that I am a fan of the Kochs, but why aren’t their concerns about Trump making a dent in rhe GOP sycophancy to the man? Same could be asked of concerns noted by Lt Colonel Ralph Peters when he resigned from Fox, plus countless other more reasonable GOP voices like George Will, Eric Ericson, David Brooks, etc.

    Every time I hear the President tell his doe-eyed supporters that it’s the Democrats, media and those with Trump Derangement Syndrome it is frustrating as it works. But, like most of what he says, it is not true,

    Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      Let’s get real. They are probably facing the fact that they with all their manipulations have managed to ensconce a Russian asset in the White House.

      They are the monsters who have allowed a man to cruelly harm children.

      They have to be so proud of themselves. The reason, they are acting now is because President Trump is putting a dent into their pocketbooks by acting in a way that is counter to the belief systems of any true conservative.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Cherilyn,

      War makes for some strange bedfellows. We are in a war to take back this country from the hooks of President Trump and his lemmings. In my book, this means eventually diminishing the power of the Koch brothers in US politics.

      But if they can finally do some good by ending the reign of Emperor President Donald Trump and his republican party, so be it.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Normally I’d agree, but I am wary of accepting Evil simply because it is slightly less Evil than the current Evil in power. Also, Trump’s not the only one “in power”…the “lesser evil” has been catering to him and letting this shit get out of hand all along. Don’t forget that 6 months ago, the Koch Devils were all about loving up to Trump.

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    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      Thanks for the reference.The Koch brothers do not fall into the neocon category.

      I do not always agree with the neocons but they are consistent in their beliefs. They are strong supporters of the “rule of law” the FBI, the DOJ. They along with many in the military were alarmed by the president’s behaviors at the 2018 Trump-Putin Helsinki summit. Many in this category are registered republican voters but they will not be voting for any candidate who supports President Trump.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Hugh,

      Let’s hope that they can do some good for a change but I do not want them to get their tentacles into the Democratic Party legislators.

      With their Libertarian leanings which frequently are counter to US best interests as in the case of climate change, are too often, just plain wrong.

      They have contributed greatly to the income disparity and the increased levels of poverty in this country. In my opinion, they have done a lot more harm than good. They are the reason that gridlock is the norm in the US Congress.

      It would be great if they legitimately did some good beyond working with others to improve the US judicial systems and their philanthropy efforts.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Gronda, by embracing this toxic man, the GOP leaders have put themselves between a rock and a hard place. They have been amply forewarned by conservative columnists and thought leaders. Now, they are reaping what they sowed.

    What puzzles me is as the you-know-what hits the fan with Mueller, Trump will need as many allies he can get. Yet, he is not endearing himself to those folks. Per Trump, the Kochs are a joke. The Bushes are losers. John McCain is a RINO. The unraveling continues. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      The president is suffering from 2 delusions, The 1st is that he and his GOP sycophants can win elections with their base of voters, only. This axiom may be true for districts where the president won the 2016 election by 20 plus points but everywhere else, they are vulnerable.

      The 2nd is that Russia will pull off another coup d’etat in 2018, by making sure that the GOP remains the majority party in both houses of the US Congress.

      Reality will hit him hard. Once the elections are over and when those remaining GOP members in the US Congress smell the president’s vulnerability, they will turn on him like sharks smelling blood. Most of the GOP in the US Congress are very vocal in their antipathy against him when they are speaking to reporters, off the record. But as soon as they are on the record, they speak about him in glowing terms. The Freedom Caucus GOP members and others who still support him will be marginalized where their sphere of influence will be diminished.

      His world will come crumbling down.

      Hugs, Gronda

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