It has become increasingly clear that Koch Industries is the money source behind the 2010 GOP landslide as well as behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, their favored Tea Party candidate.Koch Industries wants to end the strong and decades old public employees’ unions.For 30 years the GOP has mounted a concerted effort (and with extraordinary success) to get rid of unions around the country.  Their target is now public employees’ unions, as we see in Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and other states.Think Progress reported a few days ago that:Koch Industries is a major player in Wisconsin: Koch owns a coal company subsidiary with facilities in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan; six timber plants throughout the state; and a large network of pipelines in Wisconsin. While Koch controls much of the infrastructure in the state, they have laid off workers to boost profits. At a time when Koch Industries owners David and Charles Koch awarded themselves an extra $11 billion of income from the company, Koch slashed jobs at their Green Bay plant:Officials at Georgia-Pacific said the company is laying off 158 workers at its Day Street plant because out-of-date equipment at the facility is being replaced with newer, more-efficient equipment. The company said much of the new, papermaking equipment will be automated. […] Malach tells FOX 11 that the layoffs are not because of a drop in demand. In fact, Malach said demand is high for the bath tissue and napkins manufactured at the plant.Koch Industries was one of the biggest contributors to Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, funneling $43,000 over the course of last year. In return, Koch front groups are closely guiding the Walker agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council, another Koch-funded group, advised Walker and the GOP legislature on its anti-labor legislation and its first corporate tax cuts.It’s time to send a message to the Koch Brothers and Koch Industries that they cannot treat American citizens this way and still expect us to support their products:Koch Industry Gasoline:ChevronUnionUnion 76ConocoKoch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products:Angel Soft toilet paperBrawny paper towelsDixie plates, bowls, napkins and cupsMardi Gras napkins and towelsQuilted Northern toilet paperSoft ‘n Gentle toilet paperSparkle napkinsVanity fair napkinsZee napkinsKoch Industry/Invista Products:COMFOREL® fiberfillCOOLMAX® fabricCORDURA® fabricDACRON® fiberPOLYSHIELD® resinSOLARMAX® fabricSOMERELLE® bedding productsSTAINMASTER® carpetSUPPLEX® fabricTACTEL® fiberTACTESSE® carpet fiberTERATE® polyolsTERATHANE® polyether glycolTHERMOLITE® fabricPHENREZ® resinPOLARGUARD® fiber andLYCRA® fiberGeorgia Pacific Building productsDense Armor Drywall and DeckingToughArmor Gypsum boardGeorgia pacific Plytanium PlywoodFlexrockDensglass sheathingG/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)-Agricultural PlasterArts

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Williams and Kilfoyle: Reformers, We Will Not Let You Steal Our Children, Our Schools, Our Democracy.

Emanuel needs to remove the word “Democrat” from his name. The party itself needs to rename itself or get back to its roots–the party of the people.

Fred Klonsky

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Chicago slush.

– David Sirota

Chicago is the iconic example of all of these trends. A new report being released this morning shows that the supposedly budget-strapped Windy City – which for years has not made its full pension payments – actually has mountains of cash sitting in a slush fund controlled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Indeed, as the report documents, the slush fund now receives more money each year than it would cost to adequately finance Chicago’s pension funds. Yet, Emanuel is refusing to use the cash from that slush fund to shore up the pensions. Instead, his new pension “reform” proposal cuts pension benefits, requires higher contributions from public employees and raises property taxes in the name of fiscal responsibility. Yet, the same “reform” proposal will actually quietly increase his already bloated slush fund.

But it gets worse: an investigation by Pando has discovered that Emanuel has been…

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Anthony Cody comments on a startling conversation between two teachers and Secretary of Education Duncan.

The conversation appears on a video.

One of the teachers asks him about the role of philanthropists such as Eli Broad and Bill Gates in setting education policy.

Consider this astonishing exchange:

“Lisa Clarke:

“One of the particular questions we’ve heard teachers ask is if corporate-based philanthropists are playing too heavy a role in public education, and if there’s a corporate agenda at the Department.

“Arne Duncan:

“I think that’s a very important question of what role does philanthropy or the corporate side have, and anyone who thinks that those who are major donors to education, or those giving a lot, have a seat at the table in terms of policymaking, nothing could be further from the truth.”

Read that line again.

“Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Then read Anthony Cody’s description of…

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