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The Tea Party is thought to be a group of angry voters tired of the way things are in the country.  They are tired of being taken advantage of, tired of high taxes and not having enough money for even the essentials.  The problem isn’t the idea of the tea party, but that the people financially backing the tea party are using them so they can buy nutjob politicians who will continue the current Republican theme of free reign and no oversight of big oil.  The tea party is for the most part, the brain child of the Koch brothers who just want to continue making insane amounts of money and will stop at nothing to make sure they continue to do so.  They don’t care about the people of the tea party, they want to destroy them and the land that they live on and have fooled them with a mission that the people think will get their country back. 

Most teabaggers have no idea that the wool is being pulled over their eyes.  They either are too angry, too blind or too busy to actually find out what is really happening.  I have to admit, until the last couple of years, I have been too busy to care about what is really happening in politics, but a light bulb turned on and I have studied both sides and have discovered what to me is really happening to the country. 

My view is that most politicians on both sides are being bought by big business, whether it is big oil, wall street, the big banks, big pharma or all of the above.  The difference to me however, is that the Democrats seem to be trying to fix things while the Republicans use lies and fear to make sure that the people really paying them stay happy.

Who are the Koch (pronounced coke) brothers?  Until I did some investigation, they were just a couple of rich guys who are buying their way into the Teabaggers hearts.  David and Charles Koch’s daddy Fred started things for these silver spoons.  They are an American private energy group out of Wichita, Kansas.  They own a bunch of large companies but for the most part, their main love is oil and energy.  Like most of the oil industry, they spend obscene amounts of money to get around rules and regulations that are supposed to protect the environment.  They have been fined numerous times for violations but obviously, the fines do not add up to the profit they make by avoiding the regulations.  Among the fines that these wonderful gentlemen have gladly paid are:

In March 1999, Koch Petroleum Group, a Koch Industries subsidiary, pled guilty to charges that it had negligently allowed aviation fuel to leak into waters near the Mississippi River from its refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota, and that it had illegally dumped a million gallons of high-ammonia wastewater onto the ground and into the Mississippi River. Koch Petroleum paid the Dakota County Park System a $6 million fine and $2 million in remediation costs, and was ordered to serve three years of probation.

In 1999, a federal jury found that Koch Industries had stolen oil from government and American Indian lands, had lied about its purchases more than 24,000 times.

In January 2000, Koch Industries subsidiary, Koch Pipeline, agreed to a $35 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and the State of Texas. This settlement, including a $30 million civil fine, was incurred for the firm’s three hundred oil spills in Texas and five other states going back to 1990. The spills resulted in more than three million gallons of crude oil leaking into ponds, lakes, streams and coastal waters

In 2001, the company reached two settlements with the government. In April, the company reached a $20 million settlement in exchange for admitting to covering up environmental violations at its refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. That May, Koch Industries paid $25 million to the federal government to settle a federal lawsuit that found the company had improperly taken more oil than it had paid for from federal and Indian land.

In June 2003, the US Commerce Department fined Koch Industries subsidiary Flint Hill Resources a $200,000 civil penalty. The fine settled charges that the company exported crude petroleum from the US to Canada without proper US government authorization. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security said from July 1997 to March 1999, Koch Petroleum (later called Flint Hill Resources) committed 40 violations of Export Administration Regulations.

In 2006, Koch Industries’ subsidiary Flint Hill Resources was fined nearly $16,000 by the EPA for 10 separate violations of the Clean Air Act at its Alaska oil refinery facilities, and required to spend another $60,000 on safety equipment needed to help prevent future violations.

In 2009, Koch subsidiary Invista agreed to pay a $1.7 million civil penalty and spend up to $500 million to correct self-reported environmental violations at its facilities in seven states.  Prior to the settlement, the company had disclosed to the EPA more than 680 violations after auditing 12 facilities acquired from DuPont in 2004.

On August 24, 1996, a pipeline carrying butane gas operated by Koch Industries subsidiary Koch Pipeline Group ruptured near Lively, Texas, a small rural town about 40 miles southwest of Wichita Falls. The highly flammable butane vapor ignited as a pickup truck carrying two men drove into it in their residential area, and the resulting fire killed them. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the “probable cause of the accident was the failure of Koch to adequately protect its pipeline from corrosion.” As a result of NTSB’s investigation, it required Koch Pipeline to make a number of safety improvements and to conduct public education.

Governor Schwarzenegger, a Republican recently blasted 3 companies, one being Koch Brothers Industries for spending millions of dollars to manipulate the will of Californians and “buy votes.  The companies are sponsoring Proposition 23 on the Nov. 2 ballot, which would indefinitely suspend California’s 2006 law that calls for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Opponents of the law, AB32, say it will place a financial burden on businesses and cost California jobs. They propose delaying its implementation until the state’s unemployment rate falls from its current 12.4 percent to 5.5 percent and stays there for a year.

Schwarzenegger said the law may cost some jobs but will more than make up for the losses by boosting the clean-technology industry. He questioned the true motivation behind the oil companies’ support for the ballot measure.

“They really don’t just want to suspend it, they want to kill this initiative, kill our laws,” he said. “Does anyone really believe that these companies, out of the goodness of their black oil hearts, are spending millions and millions of dollars to protect our jobs?”

The above statements are not from a bleeding heart liberal or the so called biased media, they are from one in my opinion, of the last of the decent republicans.  While I disagree with a lot of the Terminator’s views, at least he has the guts to not blindly follow the party line. 

Some of the Koch Brothers other political contributions include:

From 2005 to 2008, Koch industries donated $5.7 million on political campaigns and $37 million on direct lobbying to support fossil fuel industries.

Between 1997 and 2008, Koch Industries donated a total of nearly $48 million to climate opposition groups.  According to Greenpeace, Koch Industries is the major source of funds of what Greenpeace calls “climate denial”. 

Koch Industries and its subsidiaries spent more than $20 million on lobbying in 2008 and $12.3 million in 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group.

Koch Industries produces Formaldehyde in large quantities and has been lobbying to prevent the EPA from classifying it as a known carcinogen in humans.

It’s obvious what these guys are all about, the almighty dollar and Mother Nature be damned.  The Koch Brothers should be the poster boys for what is wrong with this country; instead, they are one of the biggest financial backers of an angry group called the Tea Party.  Do the teabaggers really believe that their movement will make the US a better place?  Do they really think that allowing big business to get around rules and regulations will make their lives better?  I think that if most teabaggers pulled their heads out of their tea cups to find out who is leading their cause; that most of them would be against what the Koch Brothers are trying to do.


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