If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Talking Points Memo)   Senator defends the Koch brothers: "They're not breaking the law." Did I mention he's also a Democrat?   (talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 176
    More: Fail, Democrats, Koch Brothers, Joe Manchin, Brian Kilmeade  
•       •       •

940 clicks; posted to Politics » on 11 Apr 2014 at 11:58 AM (18 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



176 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | » | Last | Show all
 
2014-04-11 09:32:56 AM
I love how "providing jobs" is now just carte blanche for doing damn near anything. "They run a successful business! So it's OK that they're doing everything within their power to corrupt the American political system and make sure their opinion matters more in the national discussion than the average citizens!"
 
2014-04-11 09:38:59 AM
New rule: No "oh wait, did I say Republican?"-style headlines if the Senator in question is named Manchin, Landreau, McCaskill, Warner, or Pryor.
 
2014-04-11 09:40:14 AM
That was a pretty tepid "defense."
 
2014-04-11 09:41:23 AM

kronicfeld: That was a pretty tepid "defense."


It's the only one possible.
 
2014-04-11 09:53:57 AM
DINO?
 
2014-04-11 09:56:36 AM
So he's extending the democrat double standard across the aisle?
 
2014-04-11 10:00:46 AM
I love it when honest and successful business man needs to be "defended" because he dares have a political opinion. 'mercia!

Award winning safety? Employer of union labor?! Tried to end a government subsidy they benefited from?! (can't link to WSJ you'll have to look it up)

And lets not talk about all the universities they support!! Those vile bastards!!
 
2014-04-11 10:01:50 AM
In America, you are free to bribe both political parties equally.  And sucking a billionaire's genitals is just par for the course.
 
2014-04-11 10:02:55 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I love it when honest and successful business man needs to be "defended" because he dares have a political opinion. 'mercia!

Award winning safety? Employer of union labor?! Tried to end a government subsidy they benefited from?! (can't link to WSJ you'll have to look it up)

And lets not talk about all the universities they support!! Those vile bastards!!


That makes their heinous actions acceptable for me.

Anyone else want to suck billionaire genitals?
 
2014-04-11 10:06:54 AM

Marcus Aurelius: The Stealth Hippopotamus: I love it when honest and successful business man needs to be "defended" because he dares have a political opinion. 'mercia!

Award winning safety? Employer of union labor?! Tried to end a government subsidy they benefited from?! (can't link to WSJ you'll have to look it up)

And lets not talk about all the universities they support!! Those vile bastards!!

That makes their heinous actions acceptable for me.

Anyone else want to suck billionaire genitals?


Looks like there's already a line
 
2014-04-11 10:14:08 AM
It isn't his fault.  The Kochs gave an order to their employees to publicly come to their defense recently.  He is just doing what his bosses told him to do.
 
2014-04-11 10:21:39 AM
wow, so joe manchin - a rightwing democrat from a red state - gave a timid defense of the kochs by saying, "they're not breaking the law?"

wow, that's some heavy-duty vindication you have there, submitter!
 
2014-04-11 10:36:44 AM
They're criticized for using their massive (inherited) wealth to unfairly and unethically influence elections.  Many people are upset BECAUSE it's perfectly legal to do so.

But hey, you gave that strawman what for.
 
2014-04-11 10:47:26 AM

FlashHarry: wow, so joe manchin - a rightwing democrat from a red state - gave a timid defense of the kochs by saying, "they're not breaking the law?"

wow, that's some heavy-duty vindication you have there, submitter!



I think submitter proved the most important thing... Both sides are bad.

So now we must all vote Republican. Got it?
 
2014-04-11 11:07:26 AM

Marcus Aurelius: That makes their heinous actions acceptable for me.


What heinous actions?
 
2014-04-11 11:23:05 AM
when has anyone accused them of breaking the law
 
2014-04-11 11:26:13 AM

Jackson Herring: when has anyone accused them of breaking the law


Pretty much never

/that's what makes this a "defense" apparently
 
2014-04-11 11:28:22 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Jackson Herring: when has anyone accused them of breaking the law

Pretty much never

/that's what makes this a "defense" apparently


the important thing is that you farking communist reds shouldn't make so many personal attacks against the koch brothers
 
2014-04-11 11:36:39 AM

Jackson Herring: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Jackson Herring: when has anyone accused them of breaking the law

Pretty much never

/that's what makes this a "defense" apparently

the important thing is that you farking communist reds shouldn't make so many personal attacks against the koch brothers


Damn right
 
2014-04-11 11:55:48 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Marcus Aurelius: That makes their heinous actions acceptable for me.

What heinous actions?


Let's see, there's their efforts to prevent us from having single payer health care, their funding of climate change denialists, opposing the Affordable Care Act, giving money to the Tea Party, and opposing American workers right to organize.

That's the short list.
 
2014-04-11 11:59:43 AM

jayhawk88: I love how "providing jobs" is now just carte blanche for doing damn near anything. "They run a successful business! So it's OK that they're doing everything within their power to corrupt the American political system and make sure their opinion matters more in the national discussion than the average citizens!"


That _is_ what most politicians believe.
 
2014-04-11 12:00:40 PM
of course they're not breaking the law. they have them custom made for them.
 
2014-04-11 12:05:49 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I love it when honest and successful business man needs to be "defended" because he dares have a political opinion. 'mercia!

Award winning safety? Employer of union labor?! Tried to end a government subsidy they benefited from?! (can't link to WSJ you'll have to look it up)

And lets not talk about all the universities they support!! Those vile bastards!!


they're trying hard to get that "employer of union labor" title changed though.
 
2014-04-11 12:06:01 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I love it when honest and successful business man needs to be "defended" because he dares have a political opinion. 'mercia!

Award winning safety? Employer of union labor?! Tried to end a government subsidy they benefited from?! (can't link to WSJ you'll have to look it up)

And lets not talk about all the universities they support!! Those vile bastards!!


You really don't get it, do you?
 
2014-04-11 12:09:44 PM

Hobodeluxe: of course they're not breaking the law. they have them custom made for them.


That right thar is the issue. It's easy to follow the rules when you're the one writing them.
 
2014-04-11 12:10:04 PM
Well of course, this guy doesn't want to disrupt his own gravy train. What's so shocking?
 
2014-04-11 12:10:12 PM
did anyone read the poor person's rebuttal that was also published in a major newspaper?
 
2014-04-11 12:11:25 PM
We know that.  It's the fact that bribing politicians is legal is what's got us pissed off.
 
2014-04-11 12:12:32 PM
It's not illegal to like Nickelback. It doesn't make it right.
 
2014-04-11 12:14:44 PM
Doesn't matter what side theyre on.
All politicians are equally corrupt.
 
2014-04-11 12:16:48 PM

Best Princess Celestia: Doesn't matter what side theyre on.
All politicians are equally corrupt.


Must be nice to have such a simple worldview.
 
2014-04-11 12:18:53 PM
They aren't breaking the law.  They're buying the right to write it.

/I'm sure they're breaking it too.
 
2014-04-11 12:19:41 PM
Prejudice, by Joe Minchin
 
2014-04-11 12:20:52 PM

LordJiro: Best Princess Celestia: Doesn't matter what side theyre on.
All politicians are equally corrupt.

Must be nice to have such a simple worldview.


No, see, he's expressing extreme cynicism.  You can't be hopelessly naive when you're being cynical, it's a rule or something.

No, but really, everyone who thinks that hating politics makes them immune from having wrong opinions about politics should be silenced forever.
 
2014-04-11 12:23:16 PM
A spokesman for Koch Industries, Steve Lombardo, told Politico that it was "about time" someone stood up for Charles and David Koch.


The poor, poor, oppressed Koch brothers.
 
2014-04-11 12:26:55 PM
If you're trying to rally the base, the bases have already been rallied. The right and left bases have been rallied," Manchin said. "It's us in the middle that have to start making something happen here in Washington to move this country forward."

You dont assume that the base is rilled up and is guaranteed to stay riled up.  Expect Kochs, abortion, war on women, gay marriage to ebb and flow upwards until Nov and then maybe some peace an quite for 6 months until the next election cycle starts.
 
2014-04-11 12:27:59 PM

LordJiro: Best Princess Celestia: Doesn't matter what side theyre on.
All politicians are equally corrupt.

Must be nice to have such a simple worldview.


Never disappointed, never proven wrong about someone. Yeah, it works
 
2014-04-11 12:30:34 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I love it when honest and successful business man needs to be "defended" because he dares have a political opinion. 'mercia!

Employer of union labor?


Uh. That's a virtue on the level with "doesn't crap in swimming pools.".  Employees have a right to form a union.

And they don't just "have a political opinion". They also have the money necessary to get it put in place.
 
2014-04-11 12:32:28 PM
Wait, what?

What's he supposed to do - ignore objective reality and claim that they are breaking the law?
 
2014-04-11 12:33:08 PM
You know WHO ELSE didn't break any laws?
 
2014-04-11 12:33:10 PM

Sgt Otter: They're criticized for using their massive (inherited) wealth to unfairly and unethically influence elections.  Many people are upset BECAUSE it's perfectly legal to do so.

But hey, you gave that strawman what for.


I wish there was a way to create the perfect Randian world to send them to but they'd go with nothing.  I wonder if they really think they'd be where they are without that inheritance.  I'd love to test it.
 
2014-04-11 12:33:17 PM
Of course they're not breaking the law, they wrote it! (See: ALEC)
 
2014-04-11 12:33:22 PM
They're not breaking the law.  They're buying the law.
 
2014-04-11 12:37:58 PM

Kornchex: They aren't breaking the law.  They're buying the right to write it.

/I'm sure they're breaking it too.


at a minimum they are exploiting the holes they lobby for/write into the laws
 
2014-04-11 12:39:17 PM

techgeek07: They're not breaking the law.  They're buying the law.


they are writing the law.
 
2014-04-11 12:40:01 PM
Only 8 TPM articles linked to the echo chamber today?

/it's like one marathon circle jerk
 
2014-04-11 12:42:09 PM

Best Princess Celestia: LordJiro: Best Princess Celestia: Doesn't matter what side theyre on.
All politicians are equally corrupt.

Must be nice to have such a simple worldview.

Never disappointed, never proven wrong about someone. Yeah, it works


Please provide citations proving corruption for Representative Rush Holt(D-NJ).

I'll wait.
 
2014-04-11 12:42:35 PM
The problem is not that they're doing anything illegal, it's that court decisions and laws are being written to allow ever more influence from billionaires like Koch's and their companies.
 
2014-04-11 12:44:42 PM
Oh, did you say West Virginia, that corrupt state of pollution? Interesting. Good thing we only analyze people by D and R for their opinions.
 
2014-04-11 12:45:21 PM
Someone nobody gives a f*ck about said essentially nothing. Did I mention he's a Democrat?

/ wtf does that even mean
 
Displayed 50 of 176 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report