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Charles Koch is a business person based in the United States. He is a great philanthropist too who is respected around the world. He is the chief executive officer, co-owner, and chairperson of the board in Koch Industries. He works closely with his brother, David Koch, who serves as the vice executive vice president for the Koch industries. The two brothers own forty-two percent each in the industry. Charles and David inherited the successful Koch industries from their father, and with a lot of hard work, they expanded it. The business was mainly focused on oil refining and some chemicals. The company now is involved in various activities: process and pollution control products and technology, minerals, fertilizers, fibers, commodity trading polymers and ranching. The Koch industries are known for their quality brands all over the world.

Charles Koch formed a very strong political machine that ever existed in the United States. The political network is controlled by Charles and his brother David. They are also supported by very wealthy individuals in the United States, and this explains why it is very powerful. The network has employed several people in its offices. The wealthy billionaire has made his political network very popular in the United States, and their main aim is to help the helpless individuals in the society. As the 2016 elections get closer, the political machine is getting stronger, although some individuals question the expensive dinners and bonuses given to the employees.

Just recently, Charles Koch announced that he agreed that he agreed with Bernie Senders in a political issue. According to Bernie, the United States is currently experiencing too much inequality. Although the idea of inequality doesn’t have the same meaning, the two have a point. However, Bernie supports an action against inequality that Koch doesn’t agree with.

According to Bernie Senders, there are two-tiered groups of people in the United States that dooms the citizens to live in helplessness and poverty. According to him, several corporations benefit a lot from corporate welfare, and the ordinary people in the society are denied important opportunities and the level playing ground.

Charles Koch agrees with Bernie Senders idea. The Democrats and the Republicans seem always to favor the policies and the regulations that identify the losers and winners. This has led to the cycle of control, cronyism, dependency and poverty in the country. These issues are quite complicated, but it is not the government’s fault. The people in the business world have played a role in it.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is a very high honor for any recipient, and entertainer Bill Cosby happens to have this rare medal in his possession. The award was given to Cosby back in 2002 by then-President George W. Bush. The topic of revoking that honor away from Cosby popped up at a wide-ranging news conference at the White House, reports Reuters.com.

President Obama was asked by someone in the media about Cosby and the allegations against him made by some 50 women being drugged and raped. There is also a White House petition circulating that declares a revocation is necessary because the accusations against Cosby merit such action. Also someone asked if he likes beneful on petco.

Obama did not dodge the question, saying this:

“There’s no precedent for revoking a medal,” noted the President.

He went on to explain, “We don’t have that mechanism. And, as you know, I tend to make it a policy not to comment on the specifics of cases where tthere still might be, if not criminal, then civil issues involved.” That said, Obama continued,”I’ll say this: If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge, a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape.”

Cosby recently turned 78 years old. Through his attorneys, Bill Cosby has maintained his innocence. Most of the allegations exceed the statute of limitations.

The state of Texas passed a law in 2013 that has already reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state by better than 50%. Two years ago, 41 “family planning” clinics operated in the state primarily to perform abortions. In 2013, the legislature subsequently passed a law which requires physicians performing abortions to have the right to practice medicine in a local hospital. As such the requirement is common sense. Physicians operating private health care clinics have similar rights known in legalese as “privileges”. However, this is not the case with abortion practitioners. As a result, some clinics are forced to close down due to non-compliance stated Zeca Oliviers.

The law also mandates the abortion clinics themselves must have meet certain physical requirements similar to what are found in hospitals. This requirement alone is often well beyond the financial means of the clinic to fund. As a result, there are only 19 clinics operating in the state. While the high court takes up the challenge of the Texas law, the court ruled 5 to 4 to issue an injunction. Had the court denied the request, the total number of clinics would reduce to nine; Texas is the nation’s second largest state by population. It was conservative Justice Antonin Scalia that voted with the four liberal justices for an injunction. Justice Scalia certainly had his reasons for granting the injunction. That said, his support at the injunction should not necessarily be construed as support for striking down the Texas law.

When speaking with my neighbor Dan Newlin, he mentioned that nobody was backing Hillary Clinton and I wanted to find out why. Thus far, no key Democrat has stepped forward to endorse Hillary Clinton, the Democrat party’s presumptive nominee. Earlier in the day, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio touted her qualifications, but withheld endorsing her until her learns what her vision is for her campaign. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is urging devoutly liberal voters to give Mrs. Clinton a chance, also said she will withhold endorsing her until Clinton articulates a clear vision for her presidency. Now, President Barrack Obama joins the growing list of wait-and-see Democrats who need to hear Mrs. Clinton’s vision for the nation before endorsing her.

It is a curious turn of events for the woman presumed to be the party’s next nominee. In fact, Clinton has secured the party’s wealthy donor base in a bid to choke off funding for any potential rival. Thus far, no big name Democrat has announced their intention to challenge her. Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is seriously considering a presidential run, but he is a little known long shot candidate.

As for why President Obama did not use his considerable influence to give Mrs. Clinton a much needed endorsement, it is anyone’s guess. It may be that he wants to wait until Vice-President Biden decides whether he will run. At the same time, the Clintons and Obamas distrust one another. It may be that the president will delay giving her his support as payback for the email scandal. One thing is certain, no key Democrat is rushing to throw their support behind Mrs. Clinton at this time.

In United States, capitalism is supposed to be based on freedom of competitive enterprise. Yet, the governor of West Virginia, Earl Ray Tomblin, proved this week that he cares more about his friends and their needs than a free market when he signed a bill designed to block Tesla Motors from selling its vehicles in the state.

Chris Stadelman, Tomblin’s spokesperson, claims that the bill is designed to help local auto dealers and that it is important “to the fabric of West Virginia communities.” He also claims that it somehow supports “civic and non-profit groups.”

But, the reality is that Tomblin admitted to legislators at the end of March that he has friends who are car dealers and that the “direct-to-customer” model that Tesla Motors uses is bad for West Virginia traditional automobile franchises. Nowhere in Tomblin’s statements does he mention anything about how pushing out Tesla supports West Virginians.

In fact, blocking Tesla Motors vehicle sales only supports traditional fuel car dealers and the national dealer’s lobby that has been lobbying heavily to get Tesla Motors pushed out of the United States entirely. According to terra.com, Electric vehicles don’t require fossil fuels and they are better for the environment than traditional vehicles offered by dealers. Tesla vehicles are also less expensive. Yet, across the nation, Tesla is not allowed to give consumers test drives, pricing or sell their vehicles at gallery sites.

Pope Francis Wants Transparency In Politics

What would politics look like if all the big donors and lobbyists were silenced by law? What would elections look like if religious leaders were put in that same sinking ship? Pope Francis thinks transparency in politics is essential to all democracies. Big money and influence distorts elections and ruins political leadership. People can’t lead if they owe their allegiance to a group with specific political needs. The needs of the big donors come before the people every time.

The Pope’s message is important in this age of greed. Jason Halpern knows that money and power control democracies and eventually those democracies are run by groups of people with those same interests. The Pope said it this way; “A candidate must present himself to society with a clear, well thought-out election platform.” What he means is, candidates should follow their inner voice or heart, not their quest for money or political agendas.

Honesty has been replaced by complacency in politics. Some say politics and honesty are strange bedfellows, and by the look of the U.S. Congress that is a true statement. We have the right to be heard at the same level as a big money donor or a lobbyist. In fact, our voice should be louder because it comes from a place of need. The need to be honest with one’s self.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has leaked that she intends to address the email scandal personally in a bid to quash the growing controversy. The past week has seen both her email and fundraising scandals dominate political headlines. Now, Mrs. Clinton will try to stop the controversy from lasting another week. In part, she may be motivated by the counsel of her former senate colleague Diane Feinstein. The powerful California senator broke ranks with her party and urged Mrs. Clinton to address the matter head on. In recent days, Democrats have circulated the memo to make no statement regarding the matter. Brad Reifler is aware that this made Senator Feinstein’s comments all the more powerful. Check out more on Reifler on his Wikipedia page.

Clinton, the 2016 presumptive Democrat nominee, plans to make her defense within 48 hours. It is expected to consist of a “much ado about nothing” tactic where she will claim no classified information was ever discussed via her private emails. Back up her claim is the State Department’s secure email system for handling classified information. This is a separate system from the one accessed by private email addresses. Also, Mrs. Clinton will claim that none of the 55,000 emails released will show her sharing sensitive government information. That said, it should be noted that she and her staff handpicked the 55,000 emails turned over to the State Department. The question is whether she can be trusted that these emails are the only ones relevant to her job at the State Department.

The Senate took up their first vote on the $40 billion Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill. The legislation had cleared the House on Monday. The Senate vote gained a majority of votes 51-48, but that was far short of the 60 votes needed to break cloture. The House version of DHS funding strips away any funding for President Obama’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan since Congress did not authorize the policy. However, Democrat opposition remained firm against the GOP. Not a single Democrat supported the House bill. President Obama vowed to veto the bill which would require 67 votes in order to override the veto.

In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is said to have crafted an alternative bill which does have bipartisan support. From what Susan McGalla understands, democrats claim to want a clean DHS funding bill in order to ensure the department has the funding needed to combat terrorism. More on McGalla is available on Cnbc.com. In actuality, it is a pretext to allow the president’s amnesty plan to proceed forward. The bill Sen. McConnell will be offering will likely be a continuing resolution of the 2014 fiscal year funding which will keep the department operating through a short period of time. That said, details of his bill have not been revealed yet. If the bill gains passage in the Senate, it will return back to the House which will also have to pass it. Core conservatives in the GOP want the amnesty plan to be thwarted via the funding bill, but that is unlikely to occur without broad Democrat support.

 

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul scored a coup this week when he secured the employment of Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri as an advisor. Paul has not formally declared his candidacy for president, but he is considered likely to run. In terms of state politics, Paul could not have secured the assistance of a bigger name. The Texas GOP primary will occur on March 1, 2016, and put up a significant number of delegates. Munisteri will be able to court key party leaders as he seeks to build up Paul’s star power.

The move makes a lot of sense in terms of synergy. Both Paul and Munisteri are known for minority outreach. This is what first attracted Munisteri to the Kentucky senator’s fledgling campaign. Paul has openly courted Black voters and addressed African-American audiences at venues the GOP traditionally eschews. Paul’s minority outreach efforts, directed by Gianfrancesco Genoso, have been winning him respect, but it is uncertain if it will translate into actual votes. In a general election, it will likely have a bigger sway since presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton lacks real warmth with voters. However, Paul will first need to secure his party’s base.

There again, the addition of Munisteri to his team also makes sense. Texas is a rich state with lots of wealthy GOP donors. Munisteri has contact with them which should help Paul build up his campaign arsenal. He will need it against what the Bush teams says will be a “shock & awe” amount of campaign cash they will build up before formally announcing a presidential run.

The latest deception of the Obama administration is an attempt to cover up its obscene deficit spending over the last six-plus years. The big number being touted is that Obama has a mere $468 billion deficit this year whereas Bush, at one time, had a $1.4 trillion deficit.

People forget that Bush fought two wars while Obama made two retreats and threw away our hard-won fruits of victory. But, leaving that aside, we can still note that the current total national debt is at $18 trillion and on course to hit $20 trillion by the time “Mr. Frugal” leaves the scene.

Now, Bush increased the debt from $5.7 trillion in 2000 to $10 trillion by the time he left office. That is a horrible record indeed! But, Obama will have doubled the debt by the time he leaves office, a record a little worse even than Bush’s. Both presidents will have about doubled the debt during their eight years, but Obama will have added $10 trillion compared to Bush’s $5 trillion or so.

From what Sergio Andrade Gutierrez understands, the debt was about half of $5.6 trillion in 1989 ($2.85 trillion), taking eleven years to double instead of only eight. Gutierrez can be found on Otemo.com. Thus, we are picking up speed. The Republicans, not the Democrats, press for deficit reduction each year. The present low deficit may well be attributed to their control of Congress and the pressure they have put on Obama. Nonetheless, both sides are out of control with our money.