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Koch Brothers Kill Nashville Transit Project Just Because They Can

Koch Brothers Kill Nashville Transit Project Just Because They Can

Apr 1, 2014

If you are not aware of Koch Industries and The Koch brothers attempt to control our government, you need to inform yourself. Their tactics and antics are corrupt, unethical and undermining our American democracy. Start with listening to this video. The Randolph Review has considerable additional information on the Koch brothers. Just go to The Randolph Review .com In this article, The Koch Brothers funds a campaign to kill a mass transit project in Nashville Tennessee. Why kill a project that does not impact your business or personal life? Some believe it’s because they want everyone to know how powerful they are.

The Koch brothers, showing how powerful they are.

The Koch brothers, showing how powerful they are.

TUESDAY, APR 1, 2014 02:28 PM EDT

Koch brothers vs. a bus: Why two billionaires hate a transit project in Nashville

A bus rapid transit project is imperiled because a couple of rich guys love meddling

Naturally, this usually makes drivers annoyed, because drivers hate losing one single lane of traffic to drive on anywhere at any time. Property owners often worry, too, that mass transit projects will make it easier for undesirable elements (poor people and black and Latino city residents) to travel to rich neighborhoods.* That is why the project has become “oddly ugly,” in the words of Atlantic Cities. The ugliness is actually understandable for anyone who follows urban transit politics. What doesn’t quite make sense is why Americans for Prosperity, one of the Koch brothers’ largest political organizations, is now lobbying against the project. [*There are also more sympathetic criticisms of the project from residents of working-class neighborhoods, who believe that the city is prioritizing transit for tourists over essential transit upgrades for low-income residents. But it’s always easier to find funding for projects connecting already thriving commercial districts than for projects connecting poor people to that commercial activity.] The Tennessean reports that the Tennessee office of Americans for Prosperity was involved in the drafting of a state Senate bill that would “make it illegal for buses to pick up or drop off passengers in the center lane of a state road,” effectively banning Nashville from creating Amp along the route that it has been planned to operate on since it was first proposed years ago.

StopAmp.org Inc., the leading opposition group, thanked AFP in a news release Thursday, and Andrew Ogles, AFP’s state director, said that the group didn’t back the effort financially but that the bill grew out of a conversation he had had with Sen. Jim Tracy, the sponsor.

In other words, AFP suggested the bill and a friendly legislator sponsored it. According to Ogles, Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee was founded nine months ago, with a “sizable” undisclosed budget and three employees (two of whom are registered lobbyists). Why Tennessee, a state that the Kochs have no personal interest in? Well, it’s just a good environment for their agenda:

“With supermajorities in both houses,” [Ogles] said, “Tennessee is a great state to pass model legislation that can be leveraged in other states.”

So, this is not “the Kochs” doing this, in the cartoonish sense of David or Charles calling up a henchman and saying “kill that new bus line in Nashville,” and then cackling and dipping an orphan in fracking runoff and using it to light a cigar. But this is the story of how billionaires dedicated to advancing an agenda at every level of government can do so with practically no one noticing until they’ve already won. Because a couple of energy moguls are constitutionally opposed to mass transit spending based on a very self-serving definition of “liberty,” Nashville, a city neither of them spends any significant amount of time in, may not get a new bus line. “All politics is local” means something a bit different in this age of unregulated free-for-all political spending.

Alex PareeneAlex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of “The Rude Guide to Mitt.” Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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The Koch brothers- Social Security-

Koch Brothers – Koch Industries Links

Koch Brothers – Koch Industries Links

Mar 29, 2014


The Right Wing Organization, Koch Industries, Is Putting Millions Behind The Assault on Social Security And The Destruction Of The American Middle Class A new video by Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films, “The Koch Echo Chamber,” puts the GOP position that changes to Social Security ought to be a part of a deficit reduction plan in the context of the Koch brothers’ longtime support for conservative and libertarian organizations who argue for such cuts. Over the years, the Mercatus Center, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation and Reason Foundation have collectively been given $28 million by the GOP benefactors, the film notes, tying that giving to a subsequent shift in the public conversation as it relates to Social Security. – See more at: couchmouse.net




The Koch Party


Only a few weeks into this midterm election year, the right-wing political zeppelin is fully inflated with secret cash and is firing malicious falsehoods at supporters of health care reform.

As Carl Hulse of The Times reported recently, Democrats have been staggered by a $20 million advertising blitz produced by Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group organized and financed by the Koch brothers, billionaire industrialists. The ads take aim at House and Senate candidates for re-election who have supported the health law, and blame them for the hyped-up problems with the law’s rollout that now seem to be the sole plank in this year’s Republican platform. More


On MSNBC, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) laid out in chilling fashion how much money the Koch brothers are now free to spend to buy the White House. Link