FOX News host Tucker Carlson is under fire for praising the proposals of ‘Economic Patriotism’ made by presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on his show last night.
“She says the US government should buy American products when it can. And of course it should,” Carlson said. “She says we need more workplace apprenticeship programs because four-year college degrees aren’t right for everyone. Well, that’s true. She says that taxpayers ought to benefit from the research and development that they pay for.”
“She sounds like Donald Trump at his best,” Carlson said of her economic plan while noting that she is still a “race hustling, gun grabbing, abortion extremist.”
Carlson called out the consensus of “libertarian ideologues” who have dominated Republican economic orthodoxy for decades.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 6, 2019
The libertarian rag Reason Magazine, funded by Koch Brothers money, took special offense to Carlson’s assertion that the American people should be prioritized over the profit margins of multinational corporations.
“Like many Republicans in the Trump era, Carlson has been trending away from limited-government rhetoric for a while,” Reason associate editor Elizabeth Nolan Brown wrote, “using his show to “yammer on” about why tariffs are good while still fearmongering about liberals and “socialists” (a category very broadly defined in the Fox world). But drape that “socialism” in a flag, and you just might win him over.”
However, this is a misrepresentation of the points Carlson actually made. He pointed out that market forces do not drive this economy, but rather the economy is driven public policy crafted by corporate oligarchs like the Koch Bros to favor their own interests. The facts bear his statement out.
Right now, the Koch Bros and their lobbying groups are subverting President Trump’s trade agenda and pushing to put the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) back on the table. The TPP is a trade agreement drafted by lawyers with thousands of pages of regulations affecting commerce at home and abroad. It’s not exactly free trade, despite the rhetoric of corporate propagandists.
The Koch Bros’ front groups are also pushing back against restrictions on immigration, calling for open borders and amnesty for illegals, when even the late free market economist Milton Friedman once admitted that “it’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.”
Koch-funded entities are even making sure that nothing is done to reign in Big Tech corporations, who have used government privileges for years to gain monopoly power in the marketplace which they now use to snuff out dissident free speech and enact the Orwellian nightmare.
These are the libertarian ideologues who Carlson is specifically referencing in his dialogue, and they are arguably a more malign force working against Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda than anyone from the opposition party.
“There isn’t a caucus that represents where most Americans actually are: nationalist on economics, fairly traditional on the social issues,” Carlson argued.
The reason why this caucus is nonexistent is not due to lack of demand, but because powerful billionaires like the Koch Bros do everything in their power to make sure that multinational corporations always get their way even if the American worker suffers as a result.
In Republican-Controlled Wyoming, A Gun Rights Group is Now being Forced to Reveal its Donors
Violation of privacy.
The Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office is cracking down on a pro-Second Amendment organization by forcing it to reveal its donors. This move was spurred by a campaign that Wyoming Gun Owners launched last summer in which it attacked a number of incumbent elected officials in races across the state.
In a letter that the office published on October 14, 2020 Wyoming Gun Owners allegedly did follow the state’s campaign finance law.
The organization pulled off a number victories by unseating incumbent lawmakers last summer and has released advertisement targeting various candidates in the elections on November 3, which includes Riverton Republican Ember Oakley and Democrat Britney Wallesch.
The pro-Second Amendment organization has been around Wyoming politics for some time and publicly disclosed that it is paying for advertisements. However, its lack of registry with the state as either a lobbying organization or a political action committee runs afoul of state guidelines.
“The Secretary of State’s Office has reviewed the advertisements paid for by WYGO and determined that they are clearly electioneering communications,” the letter stated. “As such, WYGO failed to comply with the requirements set forth in Wyo. Stat. § 22-25-106(h).”
It wasn’t until a few months ago that the group’s activities have not been reported within the state government. The Wyoming government cannot initiate the investigation on electioneering activity allegations unless someone files a formal complaint.
An initial complaint was first reported by the Riverton Ranger newspaper earlier this month. It did not gather any further steam because it was lacking in evidence to support the allegations. Subsequently, a second complaint with proper documentation was filed with the state not too long after, which prompted the Secretary of State to take action.
Wyoming Gun Owners now has until November 4 to disclose the names of its donors or be slapped with a $500 fine.
If the group refuses to follow the state’s order, the case will then be kicked to the Wyoming Attorney General, according to secretary of state spokesperson Monique Meese.
“Then we take their advice about what to do going forward,” she stated.
State Senator Anthony Bouchard founded Wyoming Gun Owners almost a decade ago. Nowadays, it is run by various members of the Dorr Family, who operate a network of pro-gun organizations pushing for pro-Second Amendment policies.
Aaron Dorr, Wyoming Gun Owners’ executive director, has had public disputes with elected officials such as Senate Vice President Ogden Driskill, who has repeatedly criticized the organization’s tactics during the 2020 election cycle.
The pro-gun organization bolstered its reputation by killing a firearm reporting bill in 2019 sponsored by former Campbell County Sheriff and current State Representative Bill Pownall. Wyoming Gun Owners ran ads supporting Bill Fortner, Pownall’s opponent. Throughout these ad blasts, Pownall was depicted as anti-gun. Fortner ended up winning in a landslide.
Such a case shows how even Republican governments will go out of their way to prop up incumbents and infringe on the privacy rights of organizations that wish to restore freedoms such as the Second Amendment. Just because politicians have an “R”s beside their name does not guarantee that they will protect individuals’ rights.
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