The Koch Brothers “Thank and Spank” Joe Manchin as He Does Their Bidding
We will begin with an explanation of what might be motivating Senator Joe Manchin to scuttle the two big initiatives Biden and the Democrats are pushing, the For the People Act and the infrastructure package, and speak with Lisa Graves, the Executive Director of the new corporate watchdog group True North Research. She has served as a senior advisor in all three branches of the federal government–as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department, as Chief Counsel for Nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a Deputy Chief of the Article 3 judges division for the U.S. Courts and joins us to discuss how Manchin is carrying out the agenda of the Koch brothers who don’t want the For The People Act passed because it strips out dark money which they and other plutocrats use to shape our politics and buy our politicians. With the Koch brothers front group Americans For Prosperity active in West Virginia using the “thank and spank” strategy of praising Manchin for standing up to the Democrats on the filibuster while pressuring him to oppose bills like the PRO act that they don’t like as they have him compromise on a minimum wage increase and infrastructure, lofty talk of bipartisanship and upholding tradition ring hollow.
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