“What State Policy Network has done to promote and help build these state-focused think tanks has been one of the great initiatives of the Free Market Movement.”
-Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal
They have multiplied by the hundreds. Blogs supported by the State Policy Network and the Kochs and the Libertarian right-wing. They are paying bloggers through award programs like the Sam Adams Alliance award called the Sammies, to spread the word of their vision for America.
Here is their link, click here
And who sponsors Sam Adams Alliance? None other than Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity (Changing the Nation, One State at a Time)
Here’s another: Americans for Limited Government — GetLiberty.org
Americans for Limited Government (ALG) is a conservative, libertarian think tank. Its primary concerns are tax and spending reform, property rights restoration, school choice, limiting the size of government, and political term limits. (Wikipedia)
ALG supported campaigns in 12 states for the November 2006 election.
ALG promotes a free-market approach to the American public school system based on vouchers or charter schools, arguing that competition among schools will increase both the quality and the economic efficiency of public education. (Wikipedia)
The organization claims that privatizing American schools will decrease education spending, promote accountability in school administration, and permit parents a greater degree of control over the schools their children attend.
Opponents claim that ever since Milton Friedman suggested the concept during the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education, vouchers have functioned to increase racial and economic discrimination in schools, beginning in the late 1950s with the appearance of segregation academies. Critics also contend that since approximately four out of five US private schools are religious, voucher and charter systems violate the Constitution. (Wikipedia)
From their web site:
What does Americans for Limited Government do?
ALG is dedicated to putting the principles of limited government into action. We work with local groups across the nation to promote freedom, limited government, and the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
The time is ripe for an independent, nonpartisan political movement that fights for hardworking taxpayers against the special interests that continually push for big government nationwide. *end quote
That’s a lie. They are very much partisan and back specific people like Ron Paul, a John Bircher Libertarian. They do not work for everyday Americans. They work for the Kochs and other industrialists. So, that’s a fabrication – another lie. They want to privatize public education, do away with what they see as welfare: Medicare, Medicaid, and unions.
Here is the spin from The State Policy Network: Fueling the New Revolution
Free enterprise is under attack from a well-funded and motivated political establishment. With a historically high national debt, significant political turmoil and a critical series of public policy milestones approaching, we will decide in short order whether we continue down the path of European-style social democracy or whether we return to our Constitutional roots as a free-market Republic.
Free enterprise is not our government. Free enterprise is a function of our economy. The political turmoil is coming from the right-wing who wants to dismantle the remnants of the New Deal coalition and legacy of the Great Society legislation passed in 1965 by President Johnson.
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– Horace Greeley 1861
Horace Greeley, a liberal Republican and editor of the most powerful newspaper between 1840 and 1870, the New York Tribune, spoke of the Confederacy in 1861, ” in reality he said they are “a violent, unscrupulous, desperate minority, who have conspired to clutch power”. He might as well have been speaking of the Koch brothers and their Tea Party – the New Confederacy – who have stimulated a new ignorant herd inspired to treason. The inevitable crisis now is the groundswell of everyday Americans who are rising to fight for their democracy, their rights to protect their jobs, negotiate for decent pay, decent benefits, and decent working conditions. They do not wish to be subservient to a wealthy elite. They are once again embracing their right to self-determination. They are claiming their allegiance to this democracy AS IT IS.
For myself, I am a patriot. I love my country. I honor the principles of democracy. I make no pledge to any man, woman, religion, or cause. I do however pledge my allegiance to our flag. I do it because I love freedom, equality, and the republic for which it stands. Some people have forgone their allegiance to the flag, to our country, to their sworn oath. They have sworn another oath – to oppose our president. It borders on treason.
Nine of the 12 new Republicans on the panel signed a pledge distributed by a Koch-founded advocacy group — Americans for Prosperity — to oppose the Obama administration’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gases. Of the six GOP freshman lawmakers on the panel, five benefited from the group’s separate advertising and grass-roots activity during the 2010 campaign.
Claiming an electoral mandate, Republicans on the committee have launched an agenda of the sort long backed by the Koch brothers. A top early goal: restricting the reach of the Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the Kochs’ core energy businesses.
The new committee members include a congressman who has hired a former Koch Industries lawyer as his chief of staff. Another, Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia, won a long-shot bid to unseat a 14-term moderate Democrat with help from Americans for Prosperity, which marshaled conservative activists in his district. By some estimates, the advocacy group spent more than a quarter-million dollars on negative ads in the campaign. “I’m just thankful that you all helped in so many ways,” Griffith told an Americans for Prosperity rally not long after his election.
Perhaps the Kochs’ most surprising and important ally on the committee is its new chairman, Rep. Fred Upton. The Republican from Michigan, who was once criticized by conservatives for his middle-of-the-road approach to environmental issues, is now leading the effort to rein in the EPA.
Upton received $20,000 in donations from Koch employees in 2010, making them among his top 10 donors in that cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Koch Industries is the country’s second-largest privately run company, a conglomerate of refining, pipeline, chemical and paper businesses. Their products include Lycra and Coolmax fibers, Brawny paper towels and Stainmaster carpets. Last year, Forbes magazine listed the brothers as the nation’s fifth-richest people, each worth $21.5 billion.
A spokesman for the famously press-shy family declined to comment. Koch allies say the brothers act out of ideological conviction.
A Washington energy consultant familiar with the Kochs, Javier Ortiz, said the committee agenda reflects the “needs of the American people” and a broad shift in political sentiment.
My sentiment and allegiance is still to our form of government AS IT IS, not as some wealthy interloper wishes for it to be. As I have stated, I am focused on the Kochs because they are anti-environment, anti-regulation, anti-union, anti-civil-rights, and anti-democracy. They are bigoted oligarchs pure and simple. They are advancing corporatism and privatization of our country’s institutions and long standing public works. They are more dangerous now than in the 60s when the John Birch Society, co-founded by their father, Fred Koch, was advancing a radical agenda and they need to be stopped.
Americans For Prosperity is another great sounding group interested in my prosperity, but it is another ruse and actually is a group of self-interested businessmen backed by the billionaire Koch brothers. Just a reminder who these guys are…. they are oil & energy right-wingers. Their father was co-founder of the John Birch Society.
AFP is the powerful tea party astroturf group that helped sweep a wave of Republican climate deniers into Congress earlier this month, serving the economic interests of AFP’s founder David Koch, the right-wing billionaire pollution scion. Brad Johnson explains how AFP’s President blurted out the truth that their policy director had been attempting to conceal.
Speaking at the Center for American Progress last month, Phil Kerpen, the policy director for the right-wing astroturf group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), claimed that his organization is “not arguing the science” of global warming, but rather the economics of implementing measures to address it. However, appearing on CNN Monday night, AFP president Tim Phillips angrily challenged the scientific consensus on the threat of global warming pollution. In the CNN interview with Elliot Spitzer, Phillips argued that “Al Gore” and “the left” are guilty of “arrogance” for believing in global warming pollution.
Who is Charles Koch?
Charles Koch is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, Inc., the second largest privately held company (after Cargill) by revenue in the United States.
Koch funds and supports libertarian and free-market organizations such as the Cato Institute, which he co-founded with Edward H. Crane and Murray Rothbard in 1977, and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, which works to reduce federal regulation. Koch supported his brother, David H. Koch, who was the Libertarian Party’s 1980 candidate for vice president. The party ticket promised to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve Board, welfare, minimum-wage laws, corporate taxes, all price supports and subsidies for agriculture and business, and U.S. Federal agencies including the SEC, EPA, ICC, FTC, OSHA, FBI, CIA, and DOE. The ticket proposed legalization of prostitution, recreational drugs, and suicide. After the bid, according to a book by Brian Doherty, an editor of Reason magazine, Charles and David viewed politicians as “actors playing out a script” and they wanted to “supply the themes and words for the scripts” by influencing “the areas where policy ideas percolate from: academia and think tanks”. Koch also organizes twice yearly meetings of Republican donors.
Koch Industries and its subsidiaries, of which Koch is 42% owner, spent more than $20 million on lobbying in 2008 according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, with $1.15 million—more than any other oil and gas company—donated to candidates. Koch funds the Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program through the Institute for Humane Studies. In the August 2010 New Yorker, Jane Mayer writes that “As their fortunes grew, Charles and David Koch became the primary underwriters of hard-line libertarian politics in America.” The article states the Koch brothers fund a multitude of groups opposed to Obama administration policies.