by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Sunday Aug 14th, 2011
Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, two of the richest men in America who have quietly given more than a hundred million dollars to right-wing causes. Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from healthcare reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.
Increasingly few, stupendously wealthy plutocrats have lately made enormous strides toward dominating global governance, finance and national democracies, while actively undermining traditional democratic expressions, such as collective bargaining rights, clean air protections, and services for social safety nets. Other Voices is program which is live at 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of each month on mid-Peninsula cable channel 27. They were discuss the Koch brothers. I phoned in and ask what is his view with SRI and the Hoover Institution. The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace is a public policy think tank and library founded in 1919 by the future US president, Herbert Hoover, an early alumnus of Stanford.
"Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been involved with the Hoover Institution during my entire tenure as director, beginning in 1989, as a member of the Hoover Board of Overseers, as a member of the executive committee of the board, and as a significant supporter,” said John Raisian, Hoover director. A federal appeals court refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two US citizens against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and unnamed others for developing, authorizing and using harsh interrogation techniques against detainees in Iraq. Ignoring this allows them to continue exerting their self interested influence with a free rein. It must be stopped!
Ted Rudow III, MA