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AFP, which is chaired by Koch and believed to be financed by several other plutocrats from the New York City region, released a letter warning members of Congress not to vote for the proposed federal aid package for victims of the storm that swept New Je

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JL A (281)
Monday December 24, 2012, 2:38 pm
David Koch Now Taking Aim at Hurricane Sandy Victims
Lee Fang on December 22, 2012 - 2:35 AM ET

Billionaire David Koch’s prime political organization, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), having failed in its $125 million quest to oust President Barack Obama, is now aiming at a slightly less sophisticated political target: victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy was the second most costly in American history, leaving 100 lives lost, over $50 billion in devastation and tens of thousands of damaged or destroyed homes. Legislative efforts to help those who survived Hurricane Sandy’s wrath will reach a major stumbling block.

Earlier this week, AFP, which is chaired by Koch and believed to be financed by several other plutocrats from the New York City region, released a letter warning members of Congress not to vote for the proposed federal aid package for victims of the storm that swept New Jersey, New York City and much of the surrounding area in October. An announcement on the group’s website says that the vote next week for the Sandy aid package will be a “key vote”—meaning senators who support sending money for reconstruction could face an avalanche of attack ads in their next election. Already, opposition to the bill is growing, although it passed one procedural hurdle last night.

There is some legitimate criticism with aspects of the legislation, including the fact that some of the money will go to non-Sandy related reconstruction efforts in disaster areas. For AFP, however, the whole bill must die and victims of the storm deserve no help from the government.

Koch’s top deputy in New Jersey, a surly gentleman named Steve Lonegan, who heads the local AFP state chapter, called the aid package a “disgrace.” “This is not a federal government responsibility,” Lonegan told reporters. “We need to suck it up and be responsible for taking care of ourselves.”

It seems particularly cruel that the Koch political machine would use its vast network of paid activists and professional operatives to kill this bill. For one thing, this is David Koch’s community. From his Upper East Side apartment, Koch lives only a subway ride away from the devastation in Red Hook. Notably, Koch’s group gave away free gasoline during the election in a wide-scale anti-Obama stunt, yet had nothing to give to the victims of the storm. Now, Koch, one of the richest men in the world, is actually trying to take something away from them.

There’s another wrinkle to this political assault on the aid request that makes it even more heartless. (No, it’s not the rather arbitrary decision to target this piece of federal funding over others. Recently, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta identified $74 billion in unnecessary military spending, but AFP has not demanded that the government immediately axe these funds.)

The other tragedy of Koch’s decision to target Sandy aid is that his company is one reason we will increasingly face extreme weather events like hurricanes, flash floods, droughts and fierce storms. The Koch brothers, David and Charles, sit atop one of the world’s largest privately held conglomerates. Koch Industries is a sprawling company with interests in commodity speculation, timber, oil refining, ethanol production, chemicals, pipelines, consumer products, and fertilizer, among others. The Koch empire, by one estimate, has an annual carbon footprint of 100 million tons.

Not only does Koch’s business contribute to climate change through massive carbon emissions, as Greenpeace reported, Koch is the largest financier of climate denial political organizations and media groups. (As an aside, unlike AFP, Greenpeace ignored partisan politics and sent many of its workers to Queens to assist with relief efforts.)

Steve Lonegan, the AFP New Jersey staffer now crusading against federal support to his disaster-stricken state, led the effort to persuade Governor Chris Christie to reject a New England regional system to reduce carbon emissions. In a self-discrediting opinion column for The Times of Trenton last year, Lonegan mocked the overwhelming scientific data that projects global warming will lead to increased hurricanes (emphasis added):

It’s disturbing enough to realize the leading supporters of this reckless, irresponsible [cap and trade] scheme not only advance their argument under the banner of wild-eyed claims about increased rates for hurricanes and tornadoes due to global warming, for which there is no valid scientific proof—such increased rates have occurred regularly over the centuries.

As I’ve written, Koch’s political machine has largely used “conservative” and populist political efforts to advance their bottom line. Koch Industries makes a fortune by avoiding having to repay society for contributing millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Before AFP fought efforts to regulate carbon emissions, the group (then known as Citizens for a Sound Economy) blasted efforts to curb acid rain and asthma-causing dust from factories, using much of the same rhetoric and hard-edge tactics. It lost those battles; but in recent years, it has won major policy debates, especially on climate change.

In this instance, there’s no payout to Koch Industries. Instead, it appears the fight over the Sandy relief money is yet another proxy battle with President Obama and his party. If the bill is significantly sliced apart, or even blocked, Democrats will have a difficult time finding the funds to pay for other programs over the course of next year.

Regardless of the politics though, it’s just kind of sad that a man worth $31 billion would spend his money this way.

Sue H (7)
Monday December 24, 2012, 2:47 pm
Who the hell are they to "Warn" our politicians how to vote?? Unspeakable Evil.

Faye Swan (23)
Monday December 24, 2012, 2:57 pm
What does he want? Just the feeling of power? He could do so much good for his fellow Americans and many more.

. (0)
Monday December 24, 2012, 3:03 pm
Is there no level of depravity and cold heartedness to which these people will not lower themselves? They have to be Luciferians practicing the divisionary tactics of creating and increasing the suffering of the masses [bad works] balanced by creating foundations and charities [good works]. A balance must always be maintained. One should actually take a good look at what many of the foundations and charities do and who is behind them. Take Rockefeller for example and the Lucius Trust. Did you know that Hegel, Goethe and Weishaupt were all Illuminati members? Today we call them the Elites: 13 bloodlines, 200 families, 90% of the world's wealth in their control; and still they find the time to increase and take pleasure in the misfortunes of those in great duress. I guess they won't be satisfied until they have it all; have reduced global population to 500 Million; control whom is allowed to breed and when; what to think and basically decide who lives and who dies. At that point they should all be living for the most part inside a giant computer of combined intelligence; with a few taking up residence in Nano-cyborg bodies to administer the rest of us remaining. At that point they will no longer be as human but as "gods". Hmmm, just my opinion but......

JL A (281)
Monday December 24, 2012, 3:36 pm
Evil, abuse of power, depravity all seem appropriate here. Green stars headed where I can, but: You cannot currently send a star to Sue because you have done so within the last week.

John C (75)
Monday December 24, 2012, 6:10 pm
Total responsibility has ever been a Libertarian ideal. It has always been an interesting thing to me to research how much insurance Libertarians buy. That always makes someone else responsible.
As long as insurance companies remain, only the rich can afford the premiums.

Barbara K (60)
Monday December 24, 2012, 6:14 pm
These brothers are actual Nazis, so were their parents. He wanted something from our government a couple of decades ago and was refused (don't know what it was); but they hated America and vowed to destroy us. They seem to be doing a pretty good job of it, even evil enough to use our own people against each other. It is too bad only the good die young. These wicked ones will live far too long. We won't have freedom from them until they move on. Hope they get some dreadful diseases and they will learn that money can't buy them everything. We should vote everyone out of Congress who votes "no" on the help for the hurricane victims. These ba$tards think they have the right to rule over us with their puppets. Well, we can just get rid of their puppets.

Laura H (964)
Monday December 24, 2012, 6:40 pm
The Koch brothers do not have hearts or souls; they are pure evil.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday December 24, 2012, 7:29 pm
Good Gad, what next? I certainly don't advocate violence, but if someone mentally ill is going to be shooting anyway, why can't it be the Kochs instead of school kids?

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday December 24, 2012, 7:33 pm
P. S. Speaking as an insurance professional, it d****d well is the Federal Government's responsibility. No private insurer will cover the peril of flood, which is why the NFIP was established in the first place. The deductibles are high, the compensation is low, and those people deserve every penny.

JL A (281)
Monday December 24, 2012, 8:56 pm
Thank you John for reminding us of the hypocritical aspect of Libertarians with insurance John. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
Thank you Barbara for reminding us of the Koch family history (beyond father founding The John Birch Society) and of the moral issues and dilemmas involved. You cannot currently send a star to Barbara because you have done so within the last week.
Laura you present the faces of the brothers which most frequently surface in the various investigative reports-thank you (You cannot currently send a star to Laura) because you have done so within the last week.
Joanne--thank you for reminding everyone of the nature of the government's responsibility vs. insurance for floods and asking the kind of question many ask silently in the face of such immoral acts: You cannot currently send a star to Joanne because you have done so within the last week.

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 4:29 pm
Get the F out of Politics, David Koch. They should have held a public burning of his letter...or used it as a birdcage liner.

JL A (281)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 5:53 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Roseann because you have done so within the last week.

Julie W (32)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 1:13 am
What incredible cold-hearted ruthlessness! It takes my breath away.

Ro H (0)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 6:27 am

David Menard (43)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 6:27 am
Get the plutocrats out of our govt the hel with the koch bros and all of their ilk and their servitors in congress.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 8:11 am
Pay attention people to how the Politicians are voting for the people or for a few special interests, like the Koch plans for one. These Cockroaches have spread into every layer of our society and they need to go down. Taking away their puppets in Washington and replacing them with people who will stand up for ALL of us, not just for them. Then when you do get someone standing up for the We The People, stand behind them as well, with your vote, your thank you's. Don't let them stand out on the limb by themselves, for the Cockroaches will make sure that those we elect know they are there, either by the velvet glove or the hammer on the head, whatever it takes to sway your elected official to go their way, not the way that you had voted them in for.

If ever a time was to become political and knowledgeable in politics it is now, it is to all of our demise if you do not.

Is why I appreciate J.L. A. and others who place the articles onto C2 as this is what I use to do myself but with limited time, due to more activism off of C2 as well as other matters I must attend to, I do not have so much time on here anymore. So I appreciate all those who continue to place the information out there for the general public can read and learn, and please, please do take the time to read these articles.

Whenever I see an article about Monsanto, I will comment as I see fit, but I usually end with MONSANTO = DEATH
Now I think a similar thing can be applied on any article with the Koch Brothers signature to it.
I don't normally use that term often, but with these policies that the Koch Brothers back far too often, it fits perfect.

Gloria p (304)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 8:13 am
One can only hope that the most important thing is taking care of Sandy victims.

JL A (281)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 8:42 am
You are welcome Ro.
You cannot currently send a star to David because you have done so within the last week.
Thank you for your wise and well-informed words Dandelion--an informed public is indeed one of the best protections against the evils pushed on the country and the methods you recommend are among those that can best serve us all :unfortunately You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion because you have done so within the last week.
You cannot currently send a star to Gloria because you have done so within the last week.

Seth E (81)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:41 am
It might reflect badly on me, but I don't feel wrong to wish painful, aggressive penile cancer on David Koch.

He doesn't deserve any nice wishes, and for the malice that actions like this show toward others, he at least deserves some of the same sentiment in return.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 6:49 pm
Koch is always in search of people to look down on and attack. Pathetic!

JL A (281)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 8:19 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Robert because you have done so within the last week.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 5:01 am
how sad the sandy victims need help how would he feel if he were in their situation

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:13 am
He doesn't care nor feel how it would be to walk in their shoes Krysti. Even if a home of their was destroyed the Koch brothers have more homes all over and enough monies to rebuild with no problem. They will never know how it feels to the common person, in fact it matters not to them.

Just the same as the Masters in the slavery days, the slaves only mattered in the way they made money for the plantation so that the Masters family was well taken care of. The slaves, were given little consideration, enough food to keep working not so much as to ever feel satisfied. In their minds the slaves had no feelings so they didn't care if ripping their child away and selling it off bothered the Mother or any number of things that happened to the people who toiled for them. Now people are paid a salary for their wages, but people like the Koch Brothers made sure that they and others in their league are paying as little as possible for the labor given, hence wage stagnation the last 30 plus years.

People, like the Koch Brothers, sitting in their ivory white towers no more care what happens to those people than someone who steps upon an ant or messes up an ant hill. They are the Heartless Ones, if there is a way to make a dollar off of their misery or save a dollar from their misery, that is all these Heartless Ones care about. I think the American people who has been raised on thinking we are all equal realize that the ones in Power do NOT think in the same way.

You are nothing to the likes of the Kockroaches, you're only a body to do their bidding, to buy their product or the get out of the way if you can do neither. The American people must realize we are not coming from the same way of thought. Is why their Puppets they place in Washington don't care if they are slicing the throats of poor children by removing Medicaid or cutting back the Food Stamp program. Now the milk and dairy products are going through the roof as they won't pass a Farm Bill, so they raise prices of the food AND cut back the Food Stamps. They are caring less if Grandparents are cold and can't buy fuel as they cut back on the Fuel Assistance Program, they will also make sure they get less in their Social Security checks at the same time they do that with this Chain crap in the works. They don't care if the Veteran who fought and lost his leg, his mind, or his health in a war to protect the Elites special interests, they will allow that Veteran to remain homeless rather than support programs to bring into being affordable housing.

We care, the average American cares, we care about our children, our families, our Grandparents, the Veterans as well as each other. But it will have to take all of us to rise up and take back our Power that is now solely in control of the people like the Koch Brothers, ALEC, the Morgans, and other various Banksters. Why are none of them in a jail, why are things going along about the same? Oh we hear it's tied up in Washington, well that is the Puppets all playing a good game for the Almighty Heartless Ones to keep you amused while they squeeze us further and more so we become to weak from hunger and cold to rise up.

JL A (281)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 8:53 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Krystal because you have done so within the last week. If they could walk a mile in any other shoes, who knows--but they are well protected from the chance of doing so as Dandelion points out so thoroughly (thanks so much Dandelion--however I can't send you a green star again yet either)
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