The Koch Brothers’ Americans For Prosperity group is sending a strong message to the GOP members of Congress and elsewhere as reported by National Public Radio.
It reported: “Tim Phillips, president of AFP, said at a Washington press conference that congressional Republicans “failed miserably” a decade ago, especially on cutting the federal budget. “They’ve been given a second chance by the American people,” he said, “and we’re going to hold them accountable. We’re determined about that.”
The agenda covers three areas: taxes, including repeal of the estate or death tax; energy, headlined by a call to build the Keystone XL pipeline; and health care, which includes repealing the Affordable Care Act. Phillips noted that Washington has debated all of the issues for years.
AFP is best known for its TV advertising and its financing by billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch and other, undisclosed, wealthy donors. AFP is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, not a political committee, and thus isn’t required to disclosure its contributors.”
The social welfare agency wants to maintain that welfare for its private donors and sponsors, which more than likely are those north of the 1% dollar mark. Rich people need all the welfare they can obtain through tax breaks and subsidies for their businesses (like oil subsidies, unlike ethanol subsidies) so they can maintain that 1%.
NPR’s reports continued saying that ”until now, AFP has almost completely avoided the Republican Party’s internal battles — a stance that seems ready to change with the emphasis on “accountability.” Phillips said AFP will use grass roots and a variety of other avenues to pressure Republicans on Capitol Hill.
“Hopefully it will be encouraging,” he said. “But in cases where we need to hold them accountable, we’ll look at everything. But for today, let’s just say we’re going to hold them accountable.”
Well, it appears that these Republicans who probably abhor shadow governments are planning on using their own form of shadow government to achieve the ends to policy matters they find greatly important for retaining their status quo, but not helpful to the majority of the citizens of the United States.