WHAT’S IN IT FOR THEM?
The power of money in politics is on our minds these days, especially since the Koch brothers just announced that they will be spending almost a BILLION dollars on the 2016 election.
Why? To govern on their terms.
What would that mean? In 1980, David Koch ran for vice president on the Libertarian ticket. The party platform answers this question. Here are a few excerpts:
- Repeal federal campaign finance laws, and abolish the Federal Election Commission.
- Abolish Medicare and Medicaid.
- Deregulate the medical insurance industry.
- Repeal Social Security.
- Abolish the governmental Postal Service.
- Repeal all taxation.
- Repeal minimum wage laws.
- End government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges.
- Repeal all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.
- Abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Abolish the Department of Energy.
- Dissolve all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.
- Privatize ownership of public roads and the national highway system.
- Abolish the Federal Aviation Administration.
- Abolish the Food and Drug Administration.
Note the key action words: Privatize, Abolish, Dissolve, Repeal, Deregulate any and all programs that call for oversight, for accountability, or any protection or assurance for those of us with little power (money?).
David Koch did not get elected on this radical agenda in 1980. He is now in a position to buy politicians who do what he advocates. Isn’t it time to expose the true agenda of people like the Koch brothers and the people who are willing to be bought?