Associate Politics Editor, The Huffington Post
Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars building a conservative network to oppose Democrats, have actually done very well for themselves since President Barack Obama took office.
The Koch brothers, who believe strongly in a market-based libertarian philosophy, each had a net worth of $19 billion in 2008, the year Obama was elected to office, according to Forbes. The fortune dipped slightly in 2009 to $16 billion amid a financial crisis that was caused, in part, by the kind of limited government oversight they believe in.
But the Kochs have rebounded nicely. According to Forbes, the brothers are now worth $41 billion each, meaning their fortune has more than doubled under Obama.
For a little contrast on this story I'll add this as well.
BY Laura Santhanam and Megan Hickey July 21, 2015 at
One out of five American children live in poverty, and we have the Great Recession to blame.
Thats according to a new report out today from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that tracks the overall well-being of children in the United States.
Today, 22 percent of children live in poverty, up from 18 percent in 2008.
Despite policies and programs designed to help families recover, the economic slowdown left many families behind, said Laura Speer. She is the foundations associate director for policy reform and advocacy and oversees the national KIDS COUNT project.
This is what "Status Quo" does for our children. It's immoral and obscene that our children go hungry while the 1% get the protection of our politicians. We can change this but there's only ONE way.
Think about it? If Bernie was really behind, and had no chance like many claim, why is everyone freaking.
People don't freak out over nothing.
People don't freak out over a cloudy sky.
People don't freak out over small waves at the beach.
People don't freak out over a light rain shower.
People don't freak out over a crisp wind blowing.
Nope. People freak out over a Cat 5 Hurricane about to hit land and blast everything into pieces. They know what's coming just like we do.
That's why the Clinton's and her surrogates are freaking out. And they goddamn well should be.
While reading WillyT's thread I ran across something in the link that should pump you up.
Voters are drawn to Senator Sanders by our passion. That's right, we are bringing voters into Bernie's camp by being enthusiastic, fiery, and very passionate about our vision.
Having a vision and the desire to do it is a great thing. And in this case it's helping win an election.
Pat yourself on the back because you deserve it.
Now get back to work because Bernie needs our passion and voters need a reason. Thanks and keep up the great work. draa
Clinton's campaign operatives were more blatant than the ex-President, shooting out emails comparing Obama and Jackson, noting that in 1988, Jackson won the South Carolina primary with 54% of the vote (to 19% for Al Gore and only 18% for Michael Dukakis, the eventual Democratic nominee).
The Clinton campaign message was transparent: although Obama can win enough black votes to win a few primaries, but he can't prevail in states where whites comprise a huge majority of voters, and certainly isn't as "electable" as Hillary in the November election.
As you can see the "electable" argument is something Clinton has used before. The Democratic Primary in 2008 clearly showed who the "unelectable" candidate was. And, much like this year, it was Hillary Clinton.
Here's a handy resource or fun quick read for the football fans on DU. Hope you enjoy.
Only one candidate has won every election they've entered for 25 years.
Since 1990 Bernie Sanders has won every election he's entered (10). That's an impressive streak no matter the politician. His opponent? Not so much.