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Koch Heads: Billionaire ‘Libertarians’ Lobbied Alaskan Government to Bailout Their Failing Oil Refinery

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Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch pleaded with government officials for a bailout of a failing North Pole oil refinery that they purchased in 2003.

“The Koch’s own a few refineries in the United States including the Flint Hills Refinery in Fairbanks. In 2003, they paid $265 million in purchasing the refinery from the Williams Companies,” wrote Alaskan journalist Andrew Halcro in 2009. “Less than three years later, Flint Hills began asking for relief from the Murkowski administration. In Februrary of 2006, Flint Hills sent a letter to the state asking for a change to their oil supply contract with the state so that payments owed wouldn’t be required.”

The Koch’s are notorious for their public opposition to “big government.”

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“These are bothers who have established themselves as staunch Libertarians,” wrote Halcro. “Defenders of the free market and generous benefactors to such notable free market advocacy groups as the Cato Institute, to whom together, the brothers have donated over $21 million.”

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But the Koch’s quietly worked behind the scenes for decades with establishment members of both political parties to enrich themselves at the expense of ordinary Americans. The Alaskan oil refinery is the perfect example.

Halcro wrote:

“Less than three years [after the purchase], Flint Hills began asking for relief from the Murkowski administration. In Februrary of 2006, Flint Hills sent a letter to the state asking for a change to their oil supply contract with the state so that payments owed wouldn’t be required.

In an immediate response, State’s Oil & Gas Director Bill Van Dyke responded by saying that all parties, including Flint Hills, knew the oil supply contract was negotiated in early 2004, that disputes before federal regulatory agencies over pipeline tariffs were likely and could affect the oil price retroactively.

One Fairbanks lawmaker even introduced legislation (SB314) in April of 2006 to prohibit such retroactive billing adjustments in order to help out the home team refinery. The bill died in committee.”

According to Halcro, the Koch’s worked with Gov. Sarah Palin to try to fix their mess, and in 2008 she announced a “Cooperative effort aimed at positioning the North Pole Refinery for success.

The state even considered taking over ownership of the refinery, and letting the Koch’s keep royalties from the profits.

In the end, the Koch’s never received the bailout they were looking for, and the Flint Hills refinery was closed in 2014.

Does this sound like the behavior of so-called libertarians? Of course not. The Koch’s have been part of the establishment uni-party that has crippled the American economy while enriching the elites for decades.

It was all a scam. And President Donald J. Trump knows it. In two consecutive Twitter posts from Tuesday, he said:

“The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade. I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas. They love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more. I made………them richer. Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn. They want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed, I’m for America First & the American Worker – a puppet for no one. Two nice guys with bad ideas. Make America Great Again!”

The of the Koch dynasty is near, ushering in a new era of wealth and prosperity for ordinary Americans.

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Lindsey Graham Leads Senate RINO Coalition Urging President Trump to Protect Foreign Worker Visas

Graham led the letter of RINOs urging Trump to protect foreign labor.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is leading a coalition of RINOs in the Senate urging President Donald Trump to keep visas for foreign workers to take U.S. jobs.

Graham is joined by fellow RINO Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Mike Crapo of Idaho, James Risch of Idaho, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Todd Young of Indiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, and James Lankford of Oklahoma in signing onto the letter that has the audacity to claim that these foreigners taking jobs from U.S.-born workers will help the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The coronavirus pandemic has brought devastating loss of life and livelihood across our country. As we begin to reopen, we know you have many difficult decisions to make to ensure the road to recovery balances economic wellbeing with the safety of every American,” the letter states.

“In part, that balance requires consideration of vulnerable American businesses across all industry sectors, including farming, forestry, packing, hospitality, healthcare, and communications and information technology, all which rely on non-immigrant guest workers to survive,” they added – showing that they care more about protecting corporate profits than protecting American workers.

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The letter urges for Trump to specifically protect the H-2A and H-2B programs to keep so-called temporary workers in the country to steal jobs from American workers who desperately need them.

“As you know, the H-2A and H-2B programs are temporary and seasonal guest worker visa programs that allow businesses to find the help they need when no American worker is available or qualified to fill in the gaps,” they wrote, adding that they hoped the Trump administration would “continue to protect American farmers and other small business owners who work hard to provide our country with fresh food and other vital services by not pausing issuance of H-2A visas in the future.”

The entirety of the letter can be seen here:

The letter comes in stark contrast to another letter issued by young “America First” conservatives urging President Trump to put U.S. workers first.

Big League Politics reported on how one right-wing student leader appeared last night on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tongiht” to discuss the necessity of protecting U.S. workers during the coronavirus pandemic:

San Diego State College Republicans President Oliver Krvaric called for President Donald Trump to end the H-1B and OPT foreign worker programs during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Tuesday, citing the danger the frequently abused cheap labor programs pose to the economic prospects of American college graduates.

“So essentially this giving a signal to this administration, letting them know that there is an appetite- especially among young likely voters to take care of the egregious H1B and OPT abuse that’s displacing American graduates and professionals across the board,” he said.

Krvaric had joined a coalition of College Republican groups across the country calling for an end to the visa worker programs in the midst of the recession. President Trump already enacted what has been called an immigration moratorium, but a lobbying effort by White House liberal Jared Kushner on behalf of globalist business groups limited Trump’s executive order to a few immigration restrictions.

The letter from the college Republican coalition staked out several policy proposals that would give American college graduates a real stake in mitigating the effects of the coronavirus recession.

President Trump should listen to his constituents who put him in the White House instead of the RINOs who he was elected to rebuke on immigration and other key issues.

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