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SHRED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 08:05 AM
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Who funds the CATO Institute?
In addition to the Libertarian Party?

Which corporate special interests?
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FormerDittoHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 08:07 AM
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1. Rich people & corporations who get to deduct it from their taxes...
All of these political machine "think tanks" should have their tax-deductable status removed along with churches (knock-knock, Pat Robertson?) who mix politics into their religion.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 08:09 AM
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2. Here ya go.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cato_Institute

The Cato Institute has a budget of about $14 million a year, derived from 15,000 contributors. More than 70 percent of its funding comes from individuals, with about 10 percent each from corporations and foundations. According to one critical source, in the 17 years spanning 1985 to 2001, the Institute received $15,633,540 in 108 separate grants from eight different foundations:

Castle Rock Foundation (Formerly Coors Foundation)
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
Earhart Foundation
JM Foundation
John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.
Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Scaife Foundations (Sarah Mellon Scaife, Carthage)
As Social Security reform has become a more prominent issue, the Knight Ridder newspapers reported that the Institute, a strong advocate of privatization, had received backing from "the American International Group, an insurance and financial services company whose business includes managing U.S. retirement plans." <6>

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has served on the board of directors of Cato.

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MsTryska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 09:08 AM
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8. the 4 Sisters strike again.....
i tried explaining this to a libertarian who thinks himself brilliant.


he apparently couldn't wrap his head around it, and snarkily told me i didn't know what i was talking about.


whatever.
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 08:23 AM
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3. I heard it was this guy . . . .
Edited on Fri Sep-16-05 08:24 AM by ET Awful


Oh wait, you said Cato, not Kato :evilgrin:
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BigMcLargehuge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 08:29 AM
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4. no no, it was this guy (on the right)
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 08:35 AM
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5. LMAO
:rofl:

I wonder how many people will actually get that reference :)
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 09:18 AM
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9. You sure it's not this Cato?
"The med Bimber almost blew his little yellow skin off!"

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Village Idiot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 08:44 AM
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6. Look to "the usual suspects..."
Scaife, Mellon, DuPont, Horowitz and Murdoch - and their ilk, I am sure...
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 08:53 AM
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7. Koch brothers put up initial funding.
They are pure evil - father funded the John Birch Society.

They do NOTHING unless there is a political power payoff to it.

They are BFEE through and through.

When I discovered that they made the Vermont Yankee deal with Dean, I knew it was a setup against Dean. Most politicos knew he wanted to run for prez since 1997.

The Bush way is to set up compromising deals with Dems they think will run against them. They targeted Clinton right after Poppy took office in 89, but he never got caught up with any of the deals they presented him at the time. (see The Hunting of the President)

Koch Industries bought Vermont Yankee. I have no doubt that had Dean been the nominee that the Koch brothers would have "found" some incriminating memo that they somehow passed through and Dean signed or even one they would have forged or Dean generated innocently, but was later manipulated into some unethical position by the Koch's.

Anyway, it would have fed a whole media frenzy and Dean would have been forced to open all his books and previously sealed files. And he probably wouldn't have had the time necessary to prove his innocence.

That's how they operate, folks. They've been doing it for decades. They are doing it now in preparation for 2008.

That's what they do.

And the Koch brothers are two of their most active manipulators.

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