BREAKING: Koch organization has a point | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

BREAKING: Koch organization has a point

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 11:55 AM

click to enlarge OUR HEROES: The Koch political organization liked this Twitter tout of the Terrible Ten vowing to block the Medicaid appropriation if it includes Obamacare.
  • OUR HEROES: The Koch political organization liked this Twitter tout of the Terrible Ten vowing to block the Medicaid appropriation if it includes Obamacare.
The Koch heads over at the billionaires' political organization, the Arkansas branch of Americans for Prosperity, deserve an acknowledgment when they make a fair point.

The AFP branch in Arkansas is in near hysteria urging the bitter enders in the legislature to wreck state government rather than endorse Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in Arkansas. It's not the end of the world if that happens, they say. Other government spending can be cut. Surplus money can be used. (God forbid they suggest a rollback of recent income tax cuts.)

But also, the barrage of AFP talking points today include these:

* We have $87 million to give Lockheed Martin, but can't find money for foster care.

* Arkansas spent $750 million in 10 years on corporate welfare. Yet they're proposing cuts to foster care to get Medicaid expansion.

The AFP has been a reasonably reliable voice on the excesses of corporate welfare. There, for once, they depart from the Republican script that normally says taxpayer gifts to the wealthy — whether through subsidy of private business or special tax considerations — trickle down on the poor in economic prosperity.

(No, I don't expect AFP to be lobbying for an increased budget for the Department of Human Services despite their concern today for foster kids. The kids are just a handy tool today.)

Poor ol' Republican Sen. Jim Hendren has had to throw away the usual GOP script for this battle, too. He's working to pass the Medicaid expansion appropriation. He's making the perfectly valid point that the aginners' solution to the budget if Obamacare money is removed is a recipe for disaster — using one-time surplus money to pay for ongoing government operations.

The Republican script normally holds that Hendren's sensible point is wrong. Forced to evaluate government carefully with less money, the script holds, there, of course, is enough fraud, waste and abuse to run government for less.

NOTE: Gov. Asa Hutchinson punctured the Kochs later in the day. They are behind the group that got millions in state help to build a steel mill in Arkansas. They take welfare, but object to others getting it?

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • North Little Rock mayor shows downtown plaza plan

    North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith is presenting a plan to the City Council tonight for a downtown plaza meant to augment planned private developments and further enhanced downtown as a destination.
    • Sep 25, 2017
  • Attorney general asks for continued secrecy on execution drugs

    As expected, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has asked the Arknasas Supreme Court for an "emergency stay" of a lower court ruling that the Correction Department must produce labels from one of the drugs used in executions.
    • Sep 25, 2017
  • Groups seek end to commercial collection of wild turtles

    Several environmental organizations to end commercial turtle collection in Arkansas.The harvests (more than 126,000 turtles from 2014 to 2016) are not sustainable and that, in turn, is damaging to ecosystems, the groups said.
    • Sep 25, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Arkansan on Obama's latest commutation list

    President Obama today announced commutations of the sentences of 111 federal prisoners, including one from Arkansas.
    • Aug 30, 2016
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation