The signs are now clear and unmistakable:
On July 25th, CNN headlined “Mike Pence to skip Koch brothers event” and reported that, “GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence will not attend the summer donor summit organized by Charles and David Koch, now unable to commit to an event after he was added to the ticket with Donald Trump. Pence, a Koch favorite, had originally committed to attending this weekend’s event.” In other words: Now that Pence represented Trump, the Kochs dumped Pence.
It’s not the first time the Kochs have indicated they won’t tolerate any politician who backs Trump against Hillary Clinton.
As I headlined on July 22nd, “Koch Brothers Now Supporting Hillary Clinton”, where I reported that yet another Koch favorite, Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, had just been dumped by the Kochs on July 20th, for having delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention encouraging everyone to support Trump against Clinton.
As I noted then, “Hillary as the State Department chief, was, behind-the-scenes, ferociously assisting the Koch brothers, regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline project and other government-policy matters.” My linked-to article there, which linked to the evidence on that, also noted:
On 23 April 2016, Politico headlined “Charles Koch: ‘It’s possible’ Clinton is preferable to a Republican for president”, but this isn’t the only indication that Hillary is merely pretending to be their enemy. On 24 February 2016, I headlined “Hillary Clinton’s Global-Burning Record” and summarized and linked to news reports such as the opening there: “On 17 July 2015, Paul Blumenthal and Kate Sheppard at Huffington Post bannered, ‘Hillary Clinton’s Biggest Campaign Bundlers Are Fossil Fuel Lobbyists’ and the sub-head was ‘Clinton’s top campaign financiers are linked to Big Oil, natural gas and the Keystone pipeline.’”
In other words, as the article that was being quoted there was headlined: “Here’s Why Hillary Won’t Allow Her Corporate Speeches to be Published”: the reason is that Hillary’s 91 private speeches to various mega-corporations and to their lobbying organizations, were promising increases in government subsidies to their industries. Her $21 million in paid speeches to them were actually part of her fundraising for her upcoming Presidential campaign. Not only did she get that $21 million in her pocket from it, but she was basically campaigning there for them to donate to her political war-chest, by telling them, in these secret speeches, exactly what they and their top stockholders were wanting to hear. That’s why those speeches (except the one that I reported on there, which had leaked out) remain secret to this day.
Intelligent voters thus can reliably interpret Donald Trump, up to the present point in his campaign, to be (as I explained on July 22nd) so opposed to Clinton’s alliance with billionaires — the mega-corporations — as for Trump now to be suffering huge and mounting disadvantages to his campaign war-chest as compared to hers, and this money is going instead to assist the Clinton campaign. And, “Even as early as October 2015, it was clear that the Republican Party’s mega-donors were already contributing more money to Hillary Clinton’s campaign than to Donald Trump’s. They also were contributing more than they were to Clinton’s campaign, to each of the Republican Presidential campaigns of: John Kasich, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and (the most of all, to) Jeb Bush.” Those six, and Clinton, were their favorites — not Trump, never Trump.
So, clearly, if you want even more economic inequality in this country, vote for Hillary Clinton — don’t trust a word that either of the Presidential nominees say. What Hillary Clinton’s lengthy record in public office shows is that she has no problem with ever-widening economic inequality; she is its champion, she has proven it by her actions in public office, but she’s not so stupid as to say this also with her mouth, only with her actual actions as a public official. Trump has no record at all as a public official, so there’s no way of knowing what types of policies he would pursue. No way except his (equally) lying words — and, of course, by whom his enemies are.
If anything, these actions by the Kochs provide a more reliable indication of what Trump’s policies would be as President than is provided by anything that Trump says in public. What the Kochs are saying, to Trump, by their money, and not by any words at all, is: “Go to hell, Donald!”
Thus, the intelligent voter who wants to reverse America’s slide into aristocracy (‘oligarchy’, to use the term that people who admire aristocrats use, as if it meant anything different than an aristocracy) — any voter who wants to see a return to democracy in America — will vote for Trump on the Presidential line of the ballot, and vote for Democrats on every other line of the ballot. And, then, if Trump as President actually does try to push forward any of the conservative things he’s been mouthing, the Democrats in Congress will almost certainly be able to block it from becoming law. And whatever he pushes that’s of a progressive nature, will win virtually all of the votes of Democrats in Congress, plus many votes even from congressional Republicans — it will become law. He could end up being a far more progressive President than any in recent times. Alternatively, he could try to ram through some extremely conservative policies and just turn out to be an extremely ineffective President (if Democrats control Congress such that they can block his bills from becoming laws). An extremely ineffective President would be vastly less horrible than a President Hillary Clinton would be. But, if we end up with a Republican Trump and a Republican Congress, that would probably be just about as bad as having a President Hillary Clinton.
Deception is now rampant in American politics. Intelligent voting therefore now means trusting only deeds as a public official (and identifying whom the given politician’s real enemies are), not words at all. Now that the Kochs have ‘spoken’ clearly with their money, we have meaningful evidence not only about Hillary Clinton (who already was clear by her deeds as a public official), but also about Donald Trump (who is otherwise still largely a mystery).
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.