Now that David Koch has gone to wherever Koch brothers
go when their time is up, let us all take a look at what
they stood for back in 1980, and how similar it looks
to what passes for Trumpism today (with special thanks
to Bernie Sanders for reminding us all) -
Koch brothers platform coming to pass:
BERNIE SANDERS Uncovers 1980 Koch Agenda- "What Do the Koch Brothers
What else do the Koch brothers want?
In 1980, David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1980.
Let’s take a look at the 1980 Libertarian Party platform.
Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that
David Koch ran on in 1980:
“We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”
“We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”
“We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide
health services, including those which finance abortion services.”
“We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”
“We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and
increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”
“We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The
present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages
governmental surveillance of private correspondence. Pending abolition,
we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free
competition in all aspects of postal service.”
“We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including
capital gains taxes.”
“We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”
“As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax
evasion should be terminated immediately.”
“We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person
to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”
“We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the
free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation,
and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”
“We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”
“We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of
private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”
“We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”
“We support abolition of the Department of Energy.”
“We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”
“We demand the return of America's railroad system to private ownership.
We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”
“We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so
-called "self-protection" equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or
“We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”
“We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”
“We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our
present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax
-supported services for children.”
“We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the
poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help
for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and
“We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”
“We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”
“We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
“We support the repeal of all state usury laws.”
In other words, the agenda of the Koch brothers is not only to defund Obamacare. The agenda of the Koch brothers is to repeal every major
piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80
years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children,
the sick, and the most vulnerable in this country...
Tomorrow it will be Social Security, ending Medicare as we know it,
repealing the minimum wage. It seems to me that the Koch brothers will
not be content until they get everything they believe they are entitled
Our great nation can no longer be hijacked by right-wing billionaires
like the Koch brothers.
For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, for the sake of our economy, we have got to let democracy prevail.
We've heard these memes for years, Americans have come to believe this
is how it has to be. It's the recipe for neo-feudalism.
Pork. The One You Love.
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