Friday, August 04, 2017

Anticipation


Great song by Carly Simon and no doubt currently the feeling tingling Mike Pence's bones as he looks forward to the removal of Cheeto Mussolini from the Oval Office so he can ascend, be annointed and rule the godless Americans benevolently forever after, Amen. Part of that preparation includes working with the Evil Koch Brothers and their minions to make sure he is in step with their script.
In a sign of an expanding alliance between the Trump administration and one of the most well-financed forces in conservative politics, Vice President Mike Pence has agreed to speak to a gathering of the billionaire Koch brothers’ advocacy network this month.

Mr. Pence will deliver the keynote address on Aug. 19 in Richmond, Va., to the annual meeting of activists and donors organized by Americans for Prosperity, the group announced on Friday. The nonprofit advocacy group is financed by the industrialist brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch, and their allies.

The Koch brothers steer a network of groups that spent between $720 million and $750 million to bolster conservative policy positions and politicians in the run-up to the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the spending. Yet the groups withheld support from President Trump’s campaign out of distaste for his populist and protectionist rhetoric, which clashed sharply with the Kochs’ support for free-market policies.

But in recent weeks, the Kochs’ groups — as well as other deep-pocketed conservative outfits — have expressed increasing support for Mr. Trump’s plans to overhaul the tax code.

While there isn’t any specific tax-reform legislation yet, the Koch network was pleased with a broad blueprint released by the Trump administration. It would slash corporate tax rates but, notably, did not include an import tax that the Kochs opposed.

This week, Americans for Prosperity hosted an event in Washington with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the White House legislative affairs director Marc Short, who once worked for the Koch network, to present a united front on tax reform.

Americans for Prosperity, or A.F.P., and the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce are the two lead groups in the brothers’ network. They have begun what they describe as a “multimillion-dollar” campaign to build public support for tax reform.
Repealing Obamacare was simply ideology, but "tax reform" involves real money and when you are a Conservative bloodsucker, you can never get enough money. And Mike Pence will be leading the charge to insure the Evil Koch Brothers get as much as they can.

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