American Eulogy

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Something changed. What changed? Where did America steer off the cliff into the abyss? On the Left it is fully the fault of Reagan and the Corporations. On the Right, the demons are the unions and welfare recipients. You could drive a whole nation through that gap. Neither of them fully answers the question.

I was recollecting the other day on my first job. 1978, a week before my 16th birthday I was hired to bag groceries at a Jewel Food Store in Romeoville, Illinois. Romeoville was hardly 15,000 people at the time, surrounded on three sides by farm fields. 3 years before my parents purchased a modest 3 bedroom, one incredibly small and overworked bathroom, single story ranch with their three sons for $36 thousand at 8% interest. My father, working regular by exhausting 12 hour shifts at a Union aluminum plant, as well as a part time job as a volunteer firefighter brought home all total around $20,000. With a certain latent anxiousness, my mother relates that without that overtime and the part time job as firefighter the family would not have been able to remain in that house.

It was a very different country in 1978. As part of my orientation at my new job, a Union position, by the way, paying a grand total of $3.35 an hour, I was introduced to the various department managers. The produce manager, a tall, studious gentleman, with military-trimmed blond hair and dark framed glasses was able to support his family on what he made at Jewel. Was he well off? No, but like my father, he made enough to sustain the family. I buddied up to a sweet woman named Sylvia who was the most senior checker. A widow, she could afford to support herself and two kids on a single salary. Those positions are, for the most part, gone now. They certainly do not pay a wage that could adequately support a family. Recently, we had someone on the show working a full time job who found it necessary in order to survive to also require food stamps.

Where did that country go? What happened? Someone got rich. It wasn’t the produce manager, or Sylvia. The wages for their positions have stagnated or grown at rates which have not kept pace at all with the economy. Gas stations, which once employed one or more attendants who would pump gas, clean windows and mirrors, check tire pressure and oil are now replaced by a single minimum wage worker behind a counter, while you do all the work.

Poverty rates in America. The Welfare system began in the 1930s, the war on poverty in the mid Sixties had a positive effect.

Poverty rates in America. The Welfare system began in the 1930s, the war on poverty in the mid Sixties had a positive effect.

The numbers are telling and heartbreaking. More than that, they reveal the misconceptions too eagerly fostered and promoted by a media increasingly used as a public relations tool for government, industry and the opulently wealthy. It isn’t all their fault, like some sort of alien invasion or takeover. The average American shares some guilt, but more on who and how much each of us is to blame in a moment.

Interesting, that when I began researching this piece I got many of the same responses over and over again. Wages were predominant. They have not kept pace against inflation or against CEO pay. Since 1950 CEO pay is up 1000 against employee pay. When I started that first job in 1978 the ratio was 42 to 1. Today it is more than 150 to 1. By contrast, minimum wages in this country have actually reversed when adjusted for inflation. If they had kept pace with inflation those wages would be around $17 an hour.

Apartment prices have more than doubled in that period, while wages have not. The median price for an apartment in Edgewater, not far from where I live, is over $1000, while a full time minimum wage job, the largest growing number of available jobs nets, before taxes, about 1400 per month. Through in a couple tins of tuna and a loaf of white bread for the month, the bill for that one light bulb you can afford to burn to open the tuna, and a bus pass to get to a job that doesn’t support you, and you are already well past your actual take home pay. Want to live in a safer neighborhood in the city? Mama better be sending you a check every month.

It isn’t the welfare state. As the picture shows, the war on poverty has actually had a substantial effect. Until the crisis of 2008, a massive scheme to loot the treasury (No ski masks and not a shot fired) for which no one was even given a stern talking to, the number of people living in poverty had continued to decline. It’s higher and growing now, because those with less assets bore the brunt of the crime. Nor is it the fault of unions. As the market increased and the economy shifted from manufacturing to service union membership fell to a negligible rate from its high of a still underwhelming 33% in the 1950s, or as many call it: The good ole days. Declining over the next 2 decades, membership increased slightly to about 29% at the end of the Carter administration. From there the attack on unions by Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama, as well as rhetoric rising in direct relation to the consolidation of media by corporate interests directly aligned with government drove union membership to the current 7 or 8%.

Union wages have not kept pace either. Union members, the very few that remain had instead taken more and more concessions, including reductions in pay. Loss of 401ks, reductions in benefits and even elimination of retirements, as in the case of the United Airlines Bankruptcy in 2001. What unions have done is set standards of wages and benefits defining America’s middle class. At less than 10% of the workforce, there isn’t much more they could do. It certainly doesn’t put that great a pressure on the real economy to make a difference. Union wages only account for less than 1/7 of the total income for American workers.union

Tax rates certainly are not the whole story. The Left is wrong to believe taxing the wealthy is the only answer. It is part of the answer. Manufacturing and innovation, both of which have been virtually eradicated in America and shipped overseas is a larger piece of the puzzle. Trade reform helps to stop the bleeding. Corporate taxes, as seen here in comparison to individual taxes are certainly in need of reform. The government continues paying massive amounts of money, far eclipsing so-called welfare and food stamps, to already profitable companies, like Exelon and the oil industry.u-s-federal-government-revenue-source

State, local and federal subsidies, tax breaks and tax forgiveness to companies in the US nears $1 trillion annually, and you are asked to tighten your belt! The largest growing demographic in Washington DC are lobbyists. Under Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who promise reform and called previous governors corrupt, has seen an explosion in the number of corporate lobbyists. The biggest lobbying concern is led by an organization led by his wife, Diana.

So the question remains; what happened to America? If the good old days were the 1950s, as we are told constantly, how come unions were bigger then and the economy greater. There were far more people living in poverty in America. Somebody got paid, and it wasn’t the poor and working class. They got cut. Question is, who did the cutting and what was the result? A better America, or a weaker America. Something was stolen. Somebody isn’t telling us the truth.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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No show by Part-time Governor Rauner after Disaster

Governor Rauner was absent and unresponsive to the destruction to homes and businesses in North central Illinois after Tornadoes struck overnight. Dozens of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and at least one person was killed. But in his first test as Governor, Bruce Rauner was absent and silent over the disaster. His primary concern with this part-time Governor seems to be his assignment to attack unions and cut help to the poor.

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Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Escape to the Future

Let’s face it, the present sucks, so I am escaping to the future. Not far in the future, but far enough that the present past doesn’t piss me off. That way I can look back on the present in the future and remember the present later with a certain whimsical melancholia. It’s okay, I get to look back on Governor Rauner in Illinois before he went to jail. For all of you in the present0-past, keep watching in the next 6 months, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Wink-Wink. I’ll recall with a mischievous smirk a time before Sarah Palin looked, after massive tucks and plastic surgery, like the love child of a post mortem Nancy Reagan and Chucky from that Child’s Play horror movie.

I shouldn’t give away too much. I went back to the present recently and let slip a billion dollar mega-ball jackpot to a couple of friends. Well, they played those numbers and started a dictatorship by forcing everyone to dress in Star Trek outfits. then they started a religion around William Shatner and marched across new England until all Dr. Who fans were in brutally horrid concentration camps guarded by thickly brogue-ished guards all cruelly named Scottie. So I returned and emailed the numbers to a half billion people. Future saved.

A few of the other surprises:

1.Afghanistan is now the new silicon valley of southern Asia, with real estate prices Jim Buffet could barely afford.
2. Jimmy Buffet is still alive many years into the future, finding a secret elixir.
3. Henry Kissinger also is apparently immortal, although, it seems, after a barter deal with Satan.
4. Rush Limbaugh’s passing…well, it saved him the indignity of a trial.
5. ISIS, after a long a terrible war now controls a greater share of the online shopping market than Amazon.
The Olsen Twins became California’s first twin governor.
6. The nation of Comcast won a blood 14 year war against Google, but was destroyed in a suicide attack by the sovereign republic of Netflix

Hardly anyone expected that once robots became self-aware, long about 2023, they just couldn’t stand us and left for the stars, leaving humanity with all the retarded robots as torture, such as those annoying robot dogs and dinosaurs. as for the 2016 presidential race: You knew. We all sort of knew. Didn’t we? 2024, however; holy crap, could anyone have predicted that outcome? I do miss winters, but I have a better tan in the future-all year round! I’m writing this in January, and the wife and I are on the patio. It’s 84 degrees, which isn’t bad for Chicago in January these days. It’s 4:30am, the coolest part of the day, and I haven’t put out the ice baths for the cats yet.

There’s more. I’ll tell you all about it later. For now the wife and I are off to North Korea for vacation. Oh, it’s a hedonists paradise now, not like the People’s Republic of Canada. Until them my present-past friends, from the future, well…later.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Illinois Policy Institute Folds

This week Illinois Koch brother puppet in chief, Bruce Rauner declared war on working families by attacking unions within days of taking office. Clearly bereft of concrete ideas on closing the budget gap, such as ending more than $3.5 billion in annual subsidies and tax forgiveness to corporations, like Republican plutocrats Scott Walker, Rick Schneider and others Rauner will drop that heavy burden on the backs of working families. Unions are rendered in Rauner’s fantasy as the proverbial boogieman as a means of concealing the true culprit; company bought politicians that allow their corporate owners to bilk states and communities of billions in tax breaks, giveaways and tax delinquency.

Today I spoke with representatives from the Illinois Policy Institute, with a cordial invitation to defend what can only be described as blatant anti-working family propaganda. they appear regularly on rightwing talk shows, but after hearing the strength of our position, and being assured that they would have to indeed defend their positions and screes in the face of absolute facts, they bowed out of debating us.

This on the eve of what is shaping up to be an epic battle between corporation-owned politicians and struggling Illinois workers and their families. The line in the sand is being drawn. Already unions have been assailed with corporate sponsored and written legislation stealing pensions, freezing or reversing pay increases that often do not keep pace with inflation and then eliminating or cutting the social safety net protecting workers and their families from losing everything. The right’s propaganda wings in the media and the Illinois Policy Institute openly lie or twist facts to make their anti-family case.

So, the media organization funded in part by the Koch brothers, according to a report below is the greedy gloved hand manipulating Gov. Bruce Rauner. They are safe among their co-conspirators in attacking your children, your family and threatening your future in a bid to deliver Illinois to the republicans in 2016 and to enriched themselves. They refuse to engage us in actual debate, so we’ll shine the light of day on them. There ultra-elitist refusal to engage this issue only shows their disdain for Illinois families

Call them and say shame at 1312-607-4977


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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We’re in big trouble… The People’s Lobby. Join the Resistance!

We’ve got a venture capitalist as governor - a man who values profit above all else and believes that the market is the best way to solve all of society’s needs. This philosophy has been crushing the middle class and the poor for 30 years

We can blame Quinn for running a centrist campaign – like many other Democrats – that offered no bold vision about government’s role in solving our deepest social problems and restoring economic health to our state. We can fret about the course of the Democratic Party as a somewhat kinder, gentler form of corporate rule. Even worse, we can blame our neighbors who share our values but don’t vote.

All these things are true, but none of these attitudes will get us out of this mess. It’s up to us to set a new course for the Democratic Party. Until we offer a compelling narrative, credible candidates and a positive vision, we’re going to continue to suffer.

It’s time to reclaim the Democratic Party from corporate interests and the elites – starting locally and starting TODAY!

And so The People’s Lobby is building a movement of people and candidates to fight for common good solutions to the economic pain we’re suffering. And we’re starting at the local level – by reclaiming Chicago’s City Council from big-money influence and corporate interests.

It’s time to Reclaim Chicago! Will you join us?

Rahm has lots of money at his disposal, but there is wide spread anger in every part of the city about his choice – time and time again – to put moneyed interests before the needs of residents.

It’s time for Chicago City Council to stand up to Rahm’s agenda and to put OUR needs before corporate profits and mayoral pet projects. No more budget cuts and privatization. No more nickel and diming Chicagoans with fines, fees, and red light tickets. No more NATO summits and basketball stadiums, while closing schools, mental health clinics and libraries.

It’s also time for the rich and large corporations pay their fair share, so city council can invest in the things that matter to us – schools, roads, public transit, public health and so much more.

Reclaim Chicago has big plans to reclaim Chicago City Council from the grip corporate interests and to elect council members who represent us, but we can’t do it without you.

Will you join us for the launch of Reclaim Chicago? Click here to RSVP “YES”.http://www.reclaimchicago.org/launch-event/

9:30 to 11 am

Saturday, November 15

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3850 S. Wabash, Chicago

Stick around afterwards to talk with voters in our door-to-door canvass.

Please click here RSVP “YES” for this event.http://www.reclaimchicago.org/launch-event/

In solidarity,
David Hatch, Executive Director

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CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Corporations Win!

In a stunning win for corporations and the Koch Brothers the constitution, environment, your drinking water, the middle class and the poor were soundly trounced by voter apathy and threats of Ebola-ridden Mexican children who love ISIS. As expected younger voters stayed home in record numbers, with an estimated 25% turnout, although turn out for this demographic was nearly 100% as they responded to funny memes on Twitter and to a great sale on sweaters at the gap-also and then there was that killer DJ at that club. Thankfully turn out by their grandparents and middle class voters passionately voting against their interests realized that 1 person with Ebola and immigrant kids on the border 2000 miles away were the leading issues. The environment, now bracing for an assault by the XL Keystone pipeline and fracking wells on every block could not be reached for comment. The constitution is said to have fled to Europe, remarking at the border that, corporations are people? “And you just voted for people to give them a huge tax break on top of the subsidies and tax loopholes they also get? No, you abandoned me.” R.I.P. middleclass, your fear vote is the same as suicide..

For more information on where the election takes us, read: The Last Man, a warning about the future.http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-last-man-wc-turck-and-the-99/1108897866?ean=9781469771939
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CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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