10 Tough Truths From Harry Reid About The Kochs’ Lies, Propaganda and Radical Un-American Agenda
US Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, on March 5, 2014
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a former boxer, has taken off the gloves to fight back against the Republican Party’s richest patrons: the libertarian billionaire oil barons, David and Charles Koch. Speaking from the U.S. Senate floor and in press conferences, Reid has forcefully started to do what much of the Democratic Party hasn’t so far—hit back at multi-million dollar political campaigns filled with lies about Obamacare, propaganda that climate change is a myth, and efforts by lobbyists and elected Republicans to gut public health laws and other safety nets.
What follows are 10 excerpts from Reid’s speeches in the past two weeks that begin to rebut the Koch’s political falsehoods and expose their real agenda.
1. Kochs’ Anti-Obamacare Ads Filled With Lies
“I’m confident that most of you, if not all of you have seen this little piece in the Detroit News [noting that a women featured in an anti-Obamacare TV ad will save $1,000 in out-of-pocket healthcare expenses in 2014], where the secretive Koch brothers are spending untold millions to rig the system to benefit the top one percent at the expense of the middle class. So this is further evidence of the shadowy campaign of distortion and deception. You know, I have no problem with the people appearing in these ads. Even though it’s interesting, it’s been proven that the—one of the ads they ran in Alaska was an actor and the same actor is appearing in the same ad basically around the country. People have a right to be actors and appear in ads if they are real people, but they don’t have the right to lie… that’s what they’ve been doing.” (Press Conference, 3/11/14)
2. Koch Ads Filled With False GOP Fantasies
“Despite all that good news, there are plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they are being told all over America. The leukemia patient whose insurance policy was canceled and would die without her medication—Mr. [Senate] President, that is an ad being paid for by two billionaire brothers that is absolutely false; or the woman whose insurance policy went up $700 a month—ads paid for around America by the multibillionaire Koch brothers, and the ad is false. We heard about the evils of ObamaCare, about the lives it is ruining in the Republican stump speeches and in ads paid for by oil magnets, the Koch brothers. But those tales turned out to be just that—tales, stories made up from whole cloth, lies, distorted by the Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements.” (Floor Remarks, 2/26/14)
3. What Is Their Self-Described “Radical Agenda?”
“Remember, “radical agenda” is what they called themselves. They said their agenda was radical, and it is. Eliminating Social Security, going against the minimum wage increase and being against it, just – these two brothers don’t like government. What they would do if they had their way is get rid of the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency], and we know that; they tried to get formaldehyde not to be restricted. And we all know about formaldehyde or if we don’t, we should. It causes cancer. What they want is lower taxes for themselves, while the middle class is left on their own. And it means what is happening in our country, led by the Koch brothers: the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the poor middle class is being squeezed out of existence.” (Press Conference, 3/11/14)
4. Kochs Make Billions From Dirty Industries
“These are the same brothers whose Koch Industries ranks near the top of the list of America’s worst toxic air polluters. Those are the same brothers whose company, according to a Bloomberg investigation, paid bribes and kickbacks to win contracts in Africa, India, and the Middle East. These are the same brothers who, according to the same report, used foreign subsidiaries to sell millions of dollars of equipment to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism. Let’s make sure we understand that. I may not have said it quite right. These are the same brothers who, according to the same report, used foreign subsidiaries to sell millions of dollars of equipment to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism. We all know that. (Floor Remarks, 3/4/14)