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Shutdown: America Dancing to the Koch Bros.' Tune

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  • Shutdown: America Dancing to the Koch Bros.' Tune

    This shutdown has been in planning for a long time. It really points out that if you have the money, you can impose your ideology on the U.S. And people wonder why we need campaign finance reform? Ted Cruz is a Koch Bros. puppet. No wonder why a freshman Senator can make so much noise. Billionaires are putting money in his pockets and words in his mouth. In Texas, they call his Senate win a "Victory of the grass roots movement!"

    Shortly after President Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan.

    Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups.

    It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.

    Basically, Ted Cruz is the Koch Bros. gambit to buy the keys to the WH. It worked for the guys who owned Bush. Why not Cruz?