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Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity Spending Millions to Fight Trump

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Billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch are using their money and influence to sway public opinion against President Donald J. Trump’s tariffs on certain foreign goods.

According to BBCKoch-backed Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), and the LIBRE Initiative are all lobbying for the President to end steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as tariffs on other goods from China.

“There are better ways to negotiate trade deals than by punishing American consumers and businesses with higher costs,” said AFP President Tim Phillips.

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But AFP and the Koch brothers have little-to-no interest in the well-being of the American consumer. They have supported globalist “free trade” deals like NAFTA, which have crippled the American manufacturing industry, costing hundreds of thousands of American jobs while widening the Koch’s profit margins with cheap foreign labor.

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“Hopefully [with] the president, the rhetorical side of it is winning out over the policy side,” Mr. Phillips said on MSNBC in April. “We hope that is the case because NAFTA has been good for this country.”

For the same reason, the Koch-backed groups have publicly supported amnesty for so-called “Dreamers” under the guise of promoting border security.

“The importance of reaching an agreement on a permanent solution for Dreamers cannot be overstated,” said Freedom Partners Executive Vice President James Davis in April. “Pointing fingers, shifting blame and, ultimately, abandoning efforts to reach a consensus would be irresponsible and represent a grave injustice to those who know no other home than the United States. A deal is within reach – permanency for Dreamers and $25 billion to enhance border security – it is time to seize it.”

The Reagan amnesty deal in 1980’s provided the same promise of compromise. The result was increased illegal immigration, and more cheap labor for the Koch’s and their big business buddies. There is no reason to think that another amnesty deal will provide an actual solution to the problem of illegal border crossing from the South.

The American worker has been left behind by special interests who lobby on behalf of the Koch’s for decades. If groups like AFP and Freedom Partners actually cared about American jobs, they would have been fighting compulsory private unionization in states like Wisconsin, which have long been responsible for killing American jobs.

The feigned outrage over recently-imposed tariffs is nothing more than a strategic business move by the Koch’s, who would prefer to continue to grow their immense wealth at the expense of the average American.

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SHAME: Democrats Are Blocking Stimulus Legislation That Includes Second $1,200 TrumpBux Check

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Democrats in Congress are blocking a bipartisan $1.5 trillion stimulus package that includes a second round of $1,200 TrumpBux payments to Americans.

Leading House Democrats are saying the bill isn’t big enough of a giveaway, but they favor stimulus measures that would divert funds away from the pockets of everyday Americans to institutions. They want to bail out Democrat state and local governments, and are willing to block TrumpBux payments to Americans if they aren’t allowed to.

The House passed a $3.4 trillion stimulus package in May that was shot down by Senate Republicans. The latest $1.4 stimulus legislation has been presented as a compromise, after House Democrats in turn rejected a thin $500 billion stimulus package proposed by Republicans last week. That package did not include a second round of $1,200 payments, and Republicans are now willing to sign off on another TrumpBux payment in order to pass another round of stimulus.

The $1.5 trillion stimulus legislation emerged from the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats who emphasize bipartisanship and common ground. Aside from TrumpBux 2, it features $500 billion for cities and states, unemployment insurance of $600 a week, increased SNAP benefits and rental assistance.

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Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi are claiming the legislation doesn’t go far enough and that it “leaves too many needs unmet.”

Pelosi and House Democrats are insisting that Congress will remain in session until a second stimulus agreement is met, but in rejecting the Problem Solvers Caucus legislation they’re already shown they’re not open to a generous compromise.

Try asking everyday working Americans of all stripes and walks of life if they’re willing to wait or even go without a second $1,200 stimulus payment in order to provide a bigger bailout to states and cities that already engage in questionable budgetary practices to begin with. The Democrats are resolutely determined to avoid making people the priority in  a stimulus package, and will block stimulus legislation to do so.

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