Koch Bros. now messing with judicial system
The latest Koch Bros. crusade is the get rid of a “…longstanding Senate tradition that allows Democratic senators to block judicial nominees from their states. Called the “blue-slip” process, it would allow a GOP Congress to proceed stacking the federal and lesser courts across the country with conservative Republicans. Like Justice Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. If we thought we had the leading despot in the Oval Office, think again. These power grabbers aren’t satisfied with their $80 billion dollar second largest private company in the U.S. that has a trail of congressional investigations, Department of Justice consent decrees, civil lawsuits and felony convictions.
Koch Industries pipeline kills two teenagers
They are determined to take over the U.S. government and run it to suit their conservative causes. Charles Koch had a major role in starting both The Tea Party and the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), both finely tuned to legislative agendas that favor only the radical right. As an example of the lack of concern for even human life, here is a stark example…
- “On August 24, 1996, teenagers Danielle Smalley and Jason Stone were burned alive by a butane leak from a Koch Industries pipeline. The teens smelled the deadly butane vapor that was spreading through their community. Because their house had no working phone, they took off in a pick-up truck to dial 911 from a neighbor’s. En route, the truck stalled in a fog of the vapor.Seconds later, when Danielle restarted the truck, the gas ignited in a ‘huge explosion and horrendous fireball, a witness said. The 570-mile-long pipeline transporting liquid butane from Oklahoma to Texas had corroded so badly that pipeline safety expert Edward Ziegler likened it to swiss cheese.
- “An investigation conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board found that Koch Industries never provided any of the 40-45 families living near the explosion site—including those of the killed teenagers—any safety protocols for an emergency. The Board concluded that Koch could have protected the pipeline from corrosion if it was properly managed and the necessary inspections were conducted. The state jury found that Koch Industries acted with malice, at it had been aware of the extreme risks of using the faulty pipeline.”
I use this long and detailed explanation, above, of this incident from the KOCH CA$H site to illustrate what lowlifes these two men and their company are. To most civilized individuals, the above would be unthinkable, but to Charles and David Koch, apparently it is business as usual.
The following Koch Bros, video is long but worth the watch:
California Senator Dianne Feinstein against Koch proposal
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, top Senate Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said “ending the blue-slip practice would allow “nominees to be hand-picked by right-wing groups.” Chuck Grassley, a Republican Senator from Iowa, “…expects to abide by the blue-slip tradition.” But with a wingnut like Mitch McConnell controlling the Senate, anything can happen. And more bad news…
- “Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of conservative Federalist Society who has advised the White House on judicial picks, told USA TODAY that Trump already has signed off behind the scenes on a “few dozen” more still-to-be-announced nominees to the federal bench.”
The Kochs aren’t the only scuzzbags participating in this race to lock down the U.S…
- “On Friday, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, which spent $7 million promoting Justice Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, began a $140,000 ad campaign in Michigan to push another Trump pick. Its 30-second commercial calls on the state’s Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, who could use their blue slips to veto Michigan picks, to back Joan Larsen, a Michigan Supreme Court Justice nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.”
Founding Fathers gift of liberty
And the beat goes on and will continue to rattle the cages of the high-ticket, conservative GOP donors until this perilous movement has usurped the government given to us by our Founding Fathers and turned it around to feed their radical causes. The voting public has put us in this appalling position. Now we must dig ourselves out.
There’s more Monday on the Koch Bros. with Rolling Stone’s look “Inside the Koch Brothers’ Toxic Empire.”