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Republicans Against Teachers’ Unions? Quite Hypocritical.

Recently, I had a conversation with a self-proclaimed conservative Republican about teachers’ unions and his stance against them. His overarching idea against these unions was he didn’t want his money (tax dollars) funding organizations that countered his political beliefs. His argument wasn’t completely against unions as a concept, just in cases of the publicly funded ones, e.g. teachers’ unions. He also made cases about how individuals should “stand on their own merit” when it came to wages and promotions; about how workplace safety was now protected under OSHA and therefore unions were now obsolete.

This is all, of course, complete balderdash filled with hypocrisy and conservative rhetoric.  Let me explain how deep this rabbit-hole fallacy goes.

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The Koch Brothers Run GOP

Oil tycoon brothers Charles and David Koch are two gigantic genius hypocrites. Aside from that, they are also unfortunately dangerous. Why? Well because David and Charles Koch are billionaires (each personally worth about $21.5 billion) with selfish ideas. They preach libertinism, small government and conservative ideas. This is fine and dandy, except they accept corporate welfare, bailouts for a failing Alaskan oil refinery, and use government subsidies to maximize their own profits. Examples? They lease federal land for their agribusiness for free. Koch logs public forests for private gain- the tax payers cover operating costs. They have won massive government contracts using their close relationship with the Bush administration.(about $85 million in federal government contracts-mostly from the Department of Defense) This sounds more socialistic than libertarian doesn’t it?

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