Soros Continues His Progressive Role in American Politics

The George Soros self-made billionaire currency trader, will continue to be a figure in the American political landscape. Soros attended a post-election conference of the Democratic Alliance (DA), held at the Mandarin Hotel in Washington DC, on November 14. George Soros is one of the founding members of the DA. The DA’s stated aims are “a fair democracy, an inclusive economy, and an environmentally sustainable future.” The group includes wealthy and influential members, from an array of industries. Members are required to donate funds to progressive causes, such as the protection of human rights and the preservation of the environment. The organization on Biography strongly supported Hilary Clinton this past election, and met in response to Trump’s surprising victory.

Soros was a featured speaker at the DA meeting. His speech was described as invoking “… personal experience living through the Holocaust and Soviet Communism in the context of preparing for a Trump presidency.” The agenda also noted that Soros, who grew up in Hungary “… has devoted his foundations to protecting the kinds of open societies around the world that are now threatened in the United States itself.” George Soros had spoken out previously against Trump’s strident anti Muslim rhetoric, saying Trump was “doing the work of Isis.” DA president, Gara LaMarche, who moderated Soros’ talk, said, “I don’t think there is anyone who has looked at Trump, including many respected conservatives, who doesn’t think the experience of authoritarian states would not be important to learn from here. And to the extent that Soros and his foundations have experience with xenophobia in Europe, Brexit, etc., we want to learn from that as well.”

The DA, is also now focusing on strategies for the next elections. LaMarche told members at https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros gathered at a welcome dinner, that reassessment was necessary. “You don’t lose an election you were supposed to win, with so much at stake without making some big mistakes, in assumptions, strategy and tactics.” He also emphasized that any reassessment should not randomly assign blame and “must take place without recrimination and finger pointing, whatever frustration and anger some of us feel about our own allies in these efforts.”

Although the DA admits mistakes were made, one DA pointed out Clinton’s significant lead in the popular vote as a sign the the efforts of the Democratic party had not completely failed. The fact that Clinton won the popular vote by a resounding margin, is no doubt some solace to Soros and other DA members as they focus on the 2017 and 2018 statewide election on theatlantic.com. Issues such as increasing voter turnout, wooing blue collar voters, and protecting voting rights, will be a part of the DA’s efforts.

Facts about the myths surrounding Koch network

Koch family are business people, industrialists and philanthropists most recognized for their political engagement and control of Koch Industries. Koch Industries is the second-largest privately owned company in the United States which was revealed to be worth $115 billion in 2013. The family business was started by their father, Fred C. Koch, who made a fortune after he developed a cracking method for refining crude oil into gasoline. David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch are commonly known as Koch brothers.

Their engagement in politics includes both ideological, regulations and financial. This involvement is seen by many both directly and indirectly through the policies. Through their political activities, they have contributed towards libertarian and conservative campaigns. For instance, they supported organizations which support the Republicans and lobbied against the efforts of the Obama administration to implement the Affordable Healthcare Plan and combat global warming. By 2010, Charles Koch had donated to Republicans amounts equivalent to $100 million especially in supporting advocacy and free-market initiatives.
The problem is that there are many misconceptions about Koch brothers and their influence on political ambitions. For instance, journalists and reporters have contributed to reports suggesting that Koch brothers were opposing the initiatives of Barrack Obama both in health and trade. According to media reports, Charles Koch and his associates have been meeting about twice in a year to heighten efforts against the liberalism.
Some reports may be authentic, but there is a lot of myths about the Koch Network that persists. However, it is important to discuss these myths and establish the truth about them the following are myths about Koch Network. The first myth is about Koch network being a reaction to Obama’s presidency. The fact is that Koch Network started way before President Obama got into power and was most ambitious during President Bush administration.
The second myth says that Koch Network is just about the brothers themselves. Although it is fact Charles and David Koch are extraordinarily wealthy compared to the wealth of most Americans; Koch Network also includes other rich Americans. In fact, Koch brothers have succeeded in rallying together other Americans to join the network. The third myth concerns believe that Koch network is just a corporate front. Many people have argued that the network has vested interest in delaying climate action, increasing their fortunes and elements of corporate self-interest. However, Koch network has been among others working with the liberals on policies such as investments in education, and infrastructure.

Charles Koch Shares Some Beliefs With Bernie Sanders

Charles Koch and Bernie Sanders do not exactly see eye to eye on a lot of things. Sanders is a democratic socialist, and Koch is a right-leaning libertarian. Interestingly, the two do share a number of similar goals. Per Koch, the way they choose to achieve their goals and solve problems are far from similar.

The Washington Post recently published an article that highlighted the curious ideological relationship between Sanders and Koch.

Koch does want to see people live a better and more comfortable existence. Koch feels income inequality is a legitimately serious problem people face in the United States and around the world. What separate Koch from Sanders is Koch does not follow a redistribution model when it comes to helping others. Instead, Koch is fond of using the free markets to lift people up.

Charles Koch’s philosophies derive from his many years running Koch Industries, a multi-national corporation that remains a powerhouse of capitalism. His work and his efforts are not entirely directed towards running his business. Koch invests a significant amount of time and money funding educational and charitable endeavors designed to support the free market.

There is another area in which Koch and Sanders share agreement. Both want to see the criminal justice system reformed. In particular, the two wish to reduce many of the criminal penalties for non-violent offenders. This movement seems to be gaining traction, and is one of the few bipartisan measures that comes with a great deal of enthusiasm by politicians and constituents.

Charles Koch normally shuns the media spotlight, but he has softened his stance on speaking to the press. Koch has used the press he has recently garnered to raise awareness towards libertarian causes. He has also provided quite a bit of insight into management and entrepreneurial strategies. Recently, Koch published a book on management principles designed to help those interested in a career in business.

Charles Koch Considers Challenging Donald Trump In Presidency Race

The well known businessperson and philanthropist Charles Koch has revealed the difficulties he sees with the 2016 Presidential election for both the Democrat’s and Republican’s. The ease with which billionaires are said to be able to buy elections in the U.S. through Super PAC’s does not reveal just how difficult it is to find a candidate to support who shares the views of their billionaire backers. Charles Koch and his brother David have been providing funding for the Republican party for a number of years, including around $400 million in support of Mitt Romney during the 2012 election cycle, but have struggled to find a candidate to support for 2016.

As the 2016 election race drew closer the Koch brothers and a number of other billionaire supporters of the Republican party pledged to raise more than $900 million in a bid to elect a conservative leaning President. The issue facing Charles Koch and his fellow supporters is the rise of Donald Trump as a popular candidate, which those at the top of the party fear could derail their run for the White House.

As one of the owners of Koch Industries the career of Charles Koch has led him to push the oil refining company into a number of different business areas. Koch has also looked to make sure the wealth he achieves is used to assist others in improving both the U.S. and the world as a whole. Charles Koch has recently been active in providing financial support to many educational institutions around the U.S. who share his right wing leaning beliefs.

The Koch brothers were shocked by the support shown to Donald Trump, but have held firm in their belief that an experienced politician should lead the Republican’s in the 2016 Presidential election. After rebuffing the attempts by Donald Trump to gain support the Koch brothers are considering using some of the funds set aside for the election to derail the campaign of the real estate mogul. Charles Koch has revealed he is unable to support either Hilary Clinton or Bernie Sanders on the Democrat side of the election, and may be forced to remove all monetary support should Donald Trump win the republican nomination for the Presidential race.

Bill That Would Limit Our First Amendment Rights to Film Law Enforcement Has Been Abandoned

Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), put together legislation that would restrict the filming of police by the very citizens who pay their salaries. Recording police activity within 25 feet of any incident would become illegal under this bill, and anyone carrying a handgun could not film within a 100 foot range. The news media would have been exempt from the restrictions in this bill.

But after weeks of scrutiny and vital talks with law enforcement organizations, Villalba realized that his bill was deeply opposed by the public and was going to go nowhere within the legislative vote. The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), was one of the groups that were influential in bringing Villalba to his decision to drop the bill. Executive director of CLEAT, Charley Wilkinson, said Villalba had good intentions with his bill and that he was “a friend of law enforcement.”

The Dallas Police Association and the Texas Municipal Police Association were instrumental in recommending the bill along with Villalba. Saying that the bill was intended to keep police officers safe, but was also meant to protect citizens from potentially dangerous situations, Villalba said his bill was shot down by “far-left civil libertarians to our far-right people who believe that we were somehow limiting First Amendment right.” Well duh! This seems to be something Ricardo Tosto sees often.

Once you stop allowing the public to record the misdeeds of law enforcement so that they can be finally held accountable for their actions, officers will only further be encouraged to continue to use excessive force. Studies have shown, that law enforcement agencies who now require body cameras on all their officers have seen a sharp decline in the use of force and in the number of complaints filed against their officers.