1. On the Deficit James Lankford Has Proven He Is Not A Man Of His Word
2. Height Of Hypocrisy 4: Republican Hypocrisy On The Deficit Is Epic!
3. Height Of Hypocrisy 5: Roy Moore Hypocrisy & Deficit Hypocrisy Show GOP Stand For Nothing. Not Family Values. Not Fiscal Responsibility. Nothing. Except Maybe Pedophiles.
This post just looks at the sorts of donations James Lankford gets (what I can find with a quick google search) that is the accepted form of bribery of political society today. In fact "lobbying" (a nice way of saying bribery) is an "honorable profession" in Washington DC. The links below go into more detail about the Koch Brothers. This helps place Lankford in context of current politics. The next post will go into more specific detail of the economic con the Koch's GOP is pulling.
First lets open with how much of the media & institutes the Kochs have bought which explains why this is so unknown in the public debate;
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Research: New Book Exposes Koch Brothers' Guide To Infiltrating The Media
Second, lets look at James Lankford at a Koch Institute event (CATO, i.e. free publicity) and the "donations" he gets to push whatever agenda he's pushing.
Great to join @TaxpayersEllis, @RominaBoccia, @MrRBourne, & @CatoEdwards for today’s #CatoEvents “Curbing Wasteful Spending in 2018”— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) December 7, 2017
We can’t cut what we can’t see. It’s time Congress passes my Taxpayers Right To Know Act: https://t.co/SJC6S9JZCl pic.twitter.com/N1V5PNmufH
Given the free exposure in the Cato Institute (Koch Owned) PLUS all the "donations" with no restrictions and oversight for "politics". James Lankford is making, easily, over 50,000 dollars a year. Sure, its not as much as Inhofe, who pushes HIS OWN counter fight against climate science as if he's a a scientist, but there must be a seniority in these sorts of things with a gradual development of the level of bull you can feed your base and get away with.
More information about the Kochs and the paws in their web of lies, deceptions and coverups;
Koch/AFP Finds Support On-Air With Fox's Koch Campaigners
Who Are The Fox News/Koch Campaigners?
Koch lobbyists and Opus Dei — who’s dropping in on Trump budget czar Mick Mulvaney? The influential OMB director’s door is open to corporate and conservative interests
The Kochs just got their hands on Time. Who’s next?
The Koch Brothers are About to Destroy Veterans' Health Care and No One Knows About It
Koch Bros. donate to Heritage Action
The Koch Brothers’ most loyal servants are serving in Donald Trump’s White House One-third of the Trump team has ties to the Koch brothers.
Five Myths About the Koch Brothers — And Why It Matters To Set Them Straight Democratic reformers need to know exactly what they are up against — now and likely for years to come.
Myth # 1: The Koch network is a recent reaction to the Obama presidency.
Myth #2: The Koch network is a personal pet project of the brothers themselves.
Myth #3: The Koch network is little more than a corporate front.
Myth #4: The Koch network scatters big money to hundreds of conservative groups.
Myth #5: The Koch network is virtually a third US political party.
“They see themselves as heroes. Instead people are saying they’re manipulating American politics”: Jane Mayer on the method behind the Koch brothers’ brilliant madness Jane Mayer, author of “Dark Money,” tells Salon how billionaires funded the radical right, remade American politics
Koch brothers summon Bush, Cruz, Walker, Rubio to SoCal confab The crowded field of GOP contenders is competing aggressively for the support of uncommitted mega-donors.
The Koch brothers’ influence empire: A list of right-wing action groups and think tanks - This list of organizations is long but they have one common thread: promoting an antitax, antiregulatory ideology that will ultimately gut government’s ability to ensure markets functioning properly for everyone and protect consumers against abuses in the system. In addition to promoting this right-wing ideology, some of the groups on this list, such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute, seek to undermine the science behind climate change. Indeed, many of the policies these organizations promote not only further a right-wing ideology but they also increase profits for Koch Industries.
Cato Institute—$13,887,640 Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research—$300,000 Citizens for a Sound Economy2 —$12,356,712 Environmental Literacy Council—$287,516 George Mason’s Mercatus Center—$9,674,500 Property and Environment Research Center—$258,144 Americans for Prosperity Foundation—$5,610,781 Center for Equal Opportunity—$240,000 Heritage Foundation—$4,115,571 Institute for Energy Research—$237,000 Institute for Humane Studies—$3,630,091 Atlas Economic Research Foundation—$221,100 Bill of Rights Institute—$3,070,909 Ethics and Public Policy Center—$190,000 Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas—$2,617,842 Citizens for Congressional Reform Foundation—$175,000 Institute for Justice—$2,615,000 Frontiers of Freedom Institute—$175,000 Reason Foundation—$2,516,521 Texas Public Policy Foundation—$174,500 National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship—$2,481,786 The Phillips Foundation—$165,000 Federalist Society—$2,058,999 John Locke Foundation—$134,472 Institute for the Study of Human Origins—$2,035,912 Fund for American Studies—$133,650 American Enterprise Institute & Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies—$1,979,400 James Madison Institute—$121,924 Manhattan Institute—$1,575,000 John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy—$120,086 Washington Legal Foundation—$1,457,500 Young America’s Foundation—$107,500 Foundation for Individual Rights in Education—$1,400,000 Leadership Institute—$101,500 Foundation for Research on Economics & the Environment—$1,385,500 American Council on Science & Health—$101,000 Competitive Enterprise Institute—$700,499 Laffer Center for Global Economic Growth—$100,000 National Center for Policy Analysis—$672,000 Association of Private Enterprise Education—$98,500 American Legislative Exchange Council—$668,858 Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives—$93,903 Capital Research Center—$665,000 Center for Independent Thought—$92,500 Tax Foundation—$637,369 National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Legal Foundation—$88,000 Independent Women’s Forum—$485,000 Carbon Dioxide & Global Change Center—$85,000 International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics—$440,000 Mackinac Center for Public Policy—$84,151 Acton Institute—$416,250 Market Based Management Institute—$82,500 Fraser Institute—$373,721 Media Institute—$80,000 Pacific Research Institute—$370,000 Heartland Institute—$77,578 American Council for Capital Formation—$325,000 Goldwater Institute—$75,000 George C. Marshall Institute—$310,000 Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation—$65,000 10 Center for American Progress Action Fund | The Koch Brothers The Koch brothers’ political-influence empire A list of right-wing action groups and think tanks Libertarian Review Foundation—$60,000 Americans for Tax Reform—$60,000 Students in Free Enterprise—$30,000 Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions—$55,946 Center for Excellence in Education—$27,500 Center for Freedom & Prosperity Foundation—$54,266 Ayn Rand Institute—$25,000 National Tax Limitation Foundation—$50,000 International Policy Network—$25,000 North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law—$50,000 Becket Fund for Religious Liberty—$20,538 Free Enterprise Education Institute—$45,000 Atlantic Legal Foundation—$20,000 South Carolina Policy Council—$45,000 Institute for Political Economy—$20,000 Center for Individual Rights—$40,000 Media Research Center—$15,005 Texas Justice Foundation—$40,000 Future of Freedom Foundation—$10,000 Foundation for Economic Education—$38,267 Pacific Legal Foundation—$10,000 National Taxpayers Union Foundation—$37,500 Foundation for Human Development—$5,000 Institute for Policy Innovation—$35,000 American Spectator—$4,500 Critical Review Foundation—$33,000 Galen Institute—$3,590 Hudson Institute—$32,650 Source: Tax records for the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, David H. Koch Charitable Foundation, and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, available at guidestar.org for 2009 and compiled on Media Matters Action Network website for prior years.
The following article describes the society they want with the descriptions of Kansas showing what America will look like with Koch policies.
This Libertarian Strategy to Make America as Screwed-Up as Texas Before there were the Koch Brothers, there was James McGill Buchanan, the inspiration for their modern right-wing oligarchy.
Koch Economics In Action: Kansas
A warning to Washington from Kansas
Kansas contains a lesson for Congress. Politicians in Washington, D.C., are set to embark on a similar fiscal path Brownback charted. President Donald Trump's insistence on huge federal tax giveaways to wealthy Americans will not create jobs. Fewer investments will hurt our economic growth rate. There will be a decline in tax revenue. His plan to enable the setup of pass-throughs for business owners will only lead to evasion and dwindling federal dollars. Infrastructure will crumble and critical services will be cut.
It is impossible to hide the effect of slashing revenue, and Americans will feel the impact of these cuts. His plan will give tax breaks to the largest corporations and mirrors the agenda that put Kansas in dire fiscal straits. And from a political perspective, it is historic that a Republican controlled legislature is rebuking their Republican governor over tax cuts. Why? Because the rhetoric on tax cuts does not match reality.
Daily Show: SAM BROWNBACK'S CONSERVATIVE KANSAS EXPERIMENT 10/16/2014 Jessica Williams travels to Kansas to investigate the outcome of Governor Sam Brownback's extreme tax-cut experiment.
Sam Brownback declares war on Kansas: This is how extremists gut a state — and democracy The ultraconservatives take control, with an assist to ALEC and no concern for the people
Comparing Kansas and California; What happened after California raised taxes and Kansas cut them
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