Marguerite Renner: Jane Mayer’s ‘Dark Money’ details efforts of the Koch Brothers to buy control of the American political system. Democracy Under Fire
Ernest Canning: We the people should not fear “big government.” Instead, as revealed by the poisoning of Flint’s water, the real threat to our health, safety and liberty comes from unaccountable oligarchy.
Lawrence Wittner: In the 1970s, America’s wealthiest 0.1 percent—the richest one-thousandth of the population—owned 7 percent of U.S. household wealth. Today, that figure has risen to 20 percent.
Joe Cicero: The libertarians/conservatives/billionaires are badly outworking progressives in recruiting college students to right-wing causes. The counter-attack has just started.
Rudy Acuña: History tells us that as the norms shift right belief systems change and corruption is more acceptable, e.g., the Gilded Age, the 1920s, 1950s and the worst of times — today.
We’ll be talking with Michele Sutter, cofounder of Money Out Voters In, which sponsored California Senate Bill 1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act, through the California legislature. The bill became Proposition 49 and Michele was briefly the Chair of the Yes on Proposition 49 Campaign Committee, before Prop 49 was removed from the ballot by order of the California Supreme Court.
Jessica Lux: Citizen Koch director Carl Deal joined a political panel moderated by Lauren Steiner following Friday night’s LA’s theatrical premiere.
RJ Eskow: Thomas Jefferson seems like an arbitrator all parties can agree upon. Koch even cites Jefferson in his own defense. Unfortunately, all that citation accomplishes is to make it painfully clear that Koch is no Jefferson scholar.
Brent Budowsky: The latest brainchild of Washington insider Democrats, to waste millions of dollars running attack ads against conservative mega-donors Charles and David Koch, might be the worst idea since the owner of the Titanic cut the budget for lifeboats.
West Virginia Oil Spill — The Brothers Koch have put out $30 million to convince us that their coal and petroleum processing doesn’t really hurt the environment.
Steven Mikulan: Last week’s announcement of a settlement between the state of California and two political campaign organizations linked to the Koch brothers fittingly coincided with the centenary of the first scientific explorations of Los Angeles’ La Brea Tar Pits.
Joseph Palermo: With a little luck there will be a point reached when the GOP’s paymasters among the giant corporations and billionaires get nervous about closing down a government which functions as a cash cow for them.
Gary Cohn: “Pension reform” has become the latest battle cry in a seemingly endless war that has ostensibly been declared against tax-dollar waste, but whose single-minded purpose has been to slash the job protections and benefits enjoyed by California’s working middle class.