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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 04:38 PM
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The Koch Brothers' End Game in Wisconsin-"the best vertical monopoly in a generation"
Edited on Mon Feb-21-11 04:43 PM by kpete
Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 02:14 PM EST
The Koch Brothers' End Game in Wisconsin

by Patience John

...........

......in short:

1) Koch Brothers get their puppet Governor Walker in power
2) Governor Walker gins up a crisis
3) Democrats and Progressives take the bait and counter-protest on collective bargaining
4) Governor Walker will compromise on collective bargaining if the rest of the budget is passed as is
5) Bill passes, with trojan horse give-a-way to the Koch Brothers nested in
6) Koch Brothers will buy Wisconsin power plants for pennies on the dollar in closed unsolicitated bids for which there will be no oversight
7) Koch Brothers get the best vertical monopoly in a generation

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/21/947947/-The-Ko...

.............

The Kochs will be laughing at you all, because they just played y'all like a fiddle.

See, when you think you won, this will get passed:

State of Wisconsin
SENATE BILL 11

http://legis.wisconsin.gov /...
http://legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/data/JR1SB-11.pdf
Google Quick View of PDF:
http://docs.google.com /...
http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:X1ujH_yii54J:...

Bottom of Page 23:

SECTION 44. 16.896 of the statutes is created to read:
16.896 Sale or contractual operation of state−owned heating, cooling,

and power plants. (1) Notwithstanding ss. 13.48 (14) (am) and 16.705 (1), the

department may sell any state−owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may

contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without

solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best

interest of the state.
Notwithstanding ss. 196.49 and 196.80, no approval or

certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to

purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is

considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification

of a project under s. 196.49 (3) (b).


......................

note, now I am depressed, kpete


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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 04:42 PM
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1. omg
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 04:43 PM
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2. Walker selling off commonwealth assets is a given
We will fight to have a place from which to mount a counter attack.

Thank-you
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 04:45 PM
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3. K&R
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 05:04 PM
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4. K&R!
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roxiejules Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 05:09 PM
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5. K&R
omg...
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roxiejules Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 05:39 PM
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6. Selling the State to the Highest Bidder
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/21/947954/-The-ot...


Walker's budgetand his intentiongoes well beyond crippling public employees' unions. He's selling the state to the highest bidder (or more like it, the largest campaign contributor, since bids won't be required for the acquisition of state assets). The new slogan: What's good for the Koch brothers is good for Wisconsin. Breaking the back of labor is one part of that end goal, but not the whole of it.


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toddwv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 12:34 AM
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28. Doubt that it will be the HIGHEST bidder.
Otherwise, they wouldn't specify it as no-bid contracts.

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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 08:53 AM
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38. more like the best deal possible to a cronie!
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sybylla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 04:20 PM
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45. You mean highest CONTRIBUTOR, right?
Because bidding has nothing to do with it.
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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 06:05 PM
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7. k and r
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 06:18 PM
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8. maybe
the people protesting and getting involved will help them & us understand what's going on behind the scenes in Wisconsin. It does draw attention to the way state governments are being manipulated by the right for their own gains.

Not necessarily depressing if it leads to some enlightenment.
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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 06:48 PM
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9. Kick. This is crucial
I've said it before and I'll say it again:

Ask them what their objectives are. Make them state it clearly and for the record.

Then look at the actions they take. Are those actions consistent with what their stated objective is? If not, they lied.

Ask them again, until you get the truth. I guarantee you, it'll be something awful.


In this case, it's REALLY awful.



TG
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Parker CA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 06:50 PM
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10. Geezus. This is some truly F'ed up stuff going down. Kick and Rec!!
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 06:51 PM
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11. the guv shows absolutely no sign he is willing to compromise
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 07:10 PM
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12. Kochsuckers.
No matter what we do, the rich always win. :argh:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 07:18 PM
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14. LOL
great nickname for them
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 07:22 PM
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15. I wish I could take credit for it, but it's not the first time I've seen it.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 07:27 PM
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16. .
"... not the first time I've seen it" I will just let that one pass
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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 07:17 PM
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13. K & R - This needs to go viral.
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hay rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 07:39 PM
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17. Looting, pure and simple. K&R. nt
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border_town Donating Member (191 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 08:27 PM
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18. okay but...
how do we stop the Koch Brothers?
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 09:23 PM
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19. Sad K&R. Hope Walker is impeached for his malfeasance before that happens. //nt
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 09:25 PM
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20. Motherfuckers!
Where's Jimmy?
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 09:27 PM
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21. K Pete! When's the last time I told you that you fucking rock!
YOU FUCKING ROCK! :yourock:

Now what to be done about it? There must be a way to stop them!
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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 09:27 PM
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22. K&R
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 09:41 PM
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23. Tweet this to all the news sources you've got for exposure.
I'm starting with Michael Moore @MMFlint.

Don't let them get away with this. Send it everywhere.
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Faryn Balyncd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 10:13 PM
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24. They didn't just re-name their party the "Rape-publicans" for nothing...
Edited on Mon Feb-21-11 10:15 PM by Faryn Balyncd



Ike would cry. TR would vomit. Lincoln would convulse.



K&R



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joeunderdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 10:23 PM
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25. I'm kinda thinking they overplayed their hand on this one.
Looks like an enormous backlash for Walker and a galvanizing moment for the working class voters. Will they just let this corporate monster slip by to rob them or will they realize that they may have found their voice?
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 11:15 PM
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26. So why isn't our fed. govt. using the anti-trust laws to break this up?
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 06:08 AM
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33. Same reason they are not using the laws to punish the big banks for fraud.
duh........
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 04:14 PM
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44. it was intended as a rhetorical question
unfortunately
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 12:22 AM
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27. Thanks kpete.....
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 01:20 AM
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29. MN. Republican-run House & Senate in cahoots. Working in tandem.
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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 01:47 AM
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30. What those types might win?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HARfKx7zBOY

Although I hope it does not come to that.

"Purge" by MELDRUM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd46H5LVX-U
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Truth2Tell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 03:58 AM
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31. I'm a bit skeptical
I'm not skeptical that Walker plans to help the Koch bros loot Wisconsin. But I'm skeptical of the scenario laid-out here. This kos commenter echoed my thoughts...

I think it's both too--there was a LOT of crap in that bill, taking away rights classifications based on sexual orientation, destruction of the Union by ripping out collective bargaining AND helping Koch brothers make some big bucks by selling off state resource rights at a song.

But I don't think they're that clever--besides, what's the benefit of making everybody on earth hyper aware of this particular bill if they wanted to slip through Koch's buy out plans? It's more likely to be prevented with major media attention, not less.

I think they just stacked the bill with EVERYTHING THEY EVER WANTED and got called on some of it...

by HiddenHistories on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 07:32:20 PM EST


I doubt that the hubub over this bill was ginned-up to cover this looting.

I think it's more likely they unintentionally screwed-up by doing their looting in the same bill that was otherwise so egregious it ended up drawing mass attention.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 05:57 AM
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32. Exactly like the unemployment extensions
and the tax cuts for billionaires. This action is their standard MO.
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cate94 Donating Member (573 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 06:37 AM
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34. K & R
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disillusioned73 Donating Member (963 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 07:59 AM
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35. Kpete, thanks - great info. and to a more broader point
that the "lefties" on DU have been yelling at the top of their lungs over the past two years is the Dems inability to know how to negotiate. The right knows exactly how it is done - you go extreme to your side and then when you give a little your still on your side of the argument(ex. Healthcare & Financial reform).. it's not that hard, it's been in practice since the beginning of time and yet the Dems continue to play the Charlie Brown to the Repuds Lucy :(

I know there are some good Dems, but the collusion argument gets stronger by the day..
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 08:37 AM
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36. "Ginned up" budget crisis, all by design. Koch's idea, no doubt!!
You can see their handprints all over this phony budget crisis!!
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 08:38 AM
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37. Ed Rollins tried to defend the Wis. Governor last Friday on CNN. Rollins sux!
I can't believe he thought this was "business as usual".
What a lying sack of pooh!
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 09:14 AM
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39. Walker is not compromising
He's said as much, and so has the GOP Senate leader in the state.
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 11:06 AM
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40. The Koch brothers need to be dealt with
With extreme prejudice :grr:

interpret that any way you like
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h8okra Donating Member (57 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 11:12 AM
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41. k&r
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 11:39 AM
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42. This needs to be
yelled from the rooftops!!!!!!!!!!
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 01:07 PM
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43. We need you kpete: take a decaf break, or ?, and get over being
depressed, please.

(Eat some of those gazillion candy hearts you've earned...)

thanks.

Better?
Good.
Now, back to work!
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 05:21 PM
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46. No matter what, the rich always win.
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 07:14 PM
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47. the top 1% richest hold 42% of Americas Financial wealth 6 X more than the bottom 80% with only 7%
http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth....
the top 20% holds 93% of Americas wealth.. and they are using it to speculate and hedge up the price necessities if the under class cost of food, fuel, medical care, education..etc
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read these books...he lived with them.. this is the best investigative reporting of the Century.
http://www.amazon.com/Family-Secret-Fundamentalism-Hear...

http://www.amazon.com/Street-Fundamentalist-Threat-Amer...

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the Dominionists have taken over both parties of the Government.. even Hillery has been
Doug Coe's Deciple since 1993.

the Dominionists believe that wealth and power are proof of god's favor of a man/corporation so it is a sin to tax them, the poor are being punished by god so it is a sin to help them.. that explains the GOP's platform.

http://blog.buzzflash.com/hartmann/10016
"Strauss's students and their students have occupied important positions in the Reagan and Bush administrations and continue to play a significant role within the Republican party. Prominent figures on the American political scene include Reagan's ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Wolfowitz; Caspar Weinberger's former speechwriter, Seth Cropsey; National Endowment for the Humanities Deputy Chairman, John T. Agresto; National Security Council advisor Carnes Lord; Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Alan Keyes; legal scholar and judge Robert Bork...; Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court; former Secretary of Education William Bennett; former Education Department Chief of Staff, William Kristol (later former vice-president Dan Quayle's chief of staff and then the chief pundit and policy maker of the Republican party). Journalists have been fully cognizant of this influx of Straussians into Washington and of the power they have within the Republican party. So much so that the New York Times has dubbed Leo Strauss the godfather of the Republican party's 1994 Contract With America."


http://doggo.tripod.com/doggchrisdomin.html
"snip...
How comforting the Calvinistic idea of a justified sinner is when one is utilizing Machiavellian techniques to gain political control of a state. Its more than comforting; it is a required doctrine for Christians who believe they must use evil to bring about good. It justifies lying, murder, fraud and all other criminal acts without the fuss of having to deal with guilt feelings or to feel remorse for the lives lost through executions, military actions, or assassinations.

Leo Strauss was born in 1899 and died in 1973. ... He is most famous for resuscitating Machiavelli and introducing his principles as the guiding philosophy of the neo-conservative movement. ... More than any other man, Strauss breathed upon conservatism, inspiring it to rise from its atrophied condition and its natural dislike of change and to embrace an unbounded new political ideology that rides on the back of a revolutionary steed, hailing even radical change; hence the name Neo-Conservatives.

Significantly, Dominionism is a form of Social Darwinism.<48> It inherently includes the religious belief that wealth-power is a sign of Gods election. That is, out of the masses of people and the multitude of nations, wealth, in and of itself, is thought to indicate Gods approval on men and nations whereas poverty and sickness reflect Gods disapproval.

(It was not until I read this article that I realized that this is a fundamental tenet of Dominionists.

Worldly wealth and power are signs of God's favor -- to attempt to limit or decrease one's wealth and power is to disrespect God.

On the contrary, God's elect on Earth are called upon to increase their wealth and power.

It is not sufficient for a man to be a millionaire, or for a country to have sovereignty within its borders -- a man must strive to increase his wealth as much as possible, and a Dominionist government's behavior toward its neighbors must be "invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity".

Furthermore, any attempt to decrease a person's or a country's wealth and power -- to take from the rich to give to the poor, to reduce military spending and power -- is a direct attack on God.)

If Secular Humanists are the greatest threat to Christianity the world has ever known, as theologian Francis Schaeffer claimed, then who are the Humanists? According to Dominionists, humanists are the folks who allow or encourage licentious behavior in America. They are the undisciplined revelers.

Put all the enemies of the Dominionists together, boil them down to liquid and bake them into the one single most highly derided and contaminated individual known to man, and you will have before you an image of the quintessential liberal -- one of those folks who wants to give liberally to the poor and needy -- who desires the welfare and happiness of all Americans -- who insists on safety regulations for your protection and who desires the preservation of your values -- those damnable people are the folks that must be reduced to powerlessness -- or worse: extinction.

What would a reconstructed America look like under the Dominionists? K.L. Gentry, a Dominionist himself, suggests the following elements of a theonomic approach to civic order, which I strongly suggest should be compared to the Texas GOP platform of 2002, which reveals that we are not just talking about imaginary ideas but some things are already proposed on Republican agendas.<60> Dominionisms concept of government according to Gentry is as follows:

1. It obligates government to maintain just monetary policies ... fiat money, fractional reserve banking, and deficit spending.

2. It provides a moral basis for elective government officials. ...

3. It forbids undue, abusive taxation of the rich. ...

4. It calls for the abolishing of the prison system and establishing a system of just restitution. *...

5. A theonomic approach also forbids the release, pardoning, and paroling of murderers by requiring their execution. ...

6. It forbids industrial pollution that destroys the value of property. ...

7. It punishes malicious, frivolous malpractice suits. ...

8. It forbids abortion rights. ... Abortion is not only a sin, but a crime, and, indeed, a capital crime.<61>

* Gary North describes the just restitution system of the bible, which happens to reinstitute slavery,
like this:

At the other end of the curve, the poor man who steals is eventually caught and sold into bondage under a successful person. His victim receives payment; he receives training; his buyer receives a stream of labor services. If the servant is successful and buys his way out of bondage, he re-enters society as a disciplined man, and presumably a self-disciplined man. He begins to accumulate wealth. ...snip"

http://www.truthwinsout.org/pressreleases/2009/10/4397 /
"...Sadly, this witch-hunt has the blood stained fingerprints of leading American evangelicals. The Fellowship, (aka The Family) one of America most powerful and secretive fundamentalist organization, converted Uganda President Yoweri Museveni (pictured top) to its anti-gay brand of Christianity, which is the intellectual impetus behind the anti-gay crackdown. The clandestine organization leader, Doug Coe, calls Museveni The Fellowship key man in Africa. Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family, writes of the African strongman conversion:..snip"



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mrarundale Donating Member (281 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-11 01:21 AM
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48. Geez...
and I thought they were just greedy and ignorant...

the Dominionists believe that wealth and power are proof of god's favor of a man/corporation so it is a sin to tax them, the poor are being punished by god so it is a sin to help them.. that explains the GOP's platform.


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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-11 06:38 AM
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49. that really explains the GOP doesnt it..??!!!
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MaeScott Donating Member (295 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-11 06:48 AM
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50. Kicked, can't rec. Too late to rec. nt
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