Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vote at the Supermarket

Until recently, most of us never heard of Charles and David Koch (pronounced like coke), the billionaire businessmen who founded "Americans for Prosperity."  However, these two men have quietly been funding a variety of efforts that make most Americans (including mainstream Republicans) cringe.

Those efforts include:
  • Spending 45 million dollars on political campaigns for extreme, right-wing and Tea Party candidates.
  • Promoting legislation that:
    • Helps companies avoid pollution-related fines.
    • Makes it difficult for minority citizens to vote.
  • Lobbying against universal health care and climate change legislation.
If you don't support these efforts (and most Americans do not), there are many ways to help, and various web sites have been set up to elicit your support.  However, the most basic, and easiest thing you can do involves something you already do on a regular basis--go to the supermarket.

The Koch family owns Koch Industries, and while most of their subsidiaries sell products to other businesses, one of those subsidiaries is Georgia Pacific, which makes consumer-oriented paper products.  So, all you have to do to hurt the Koch Brothers and their efforts to subvert the American political process is to stop buying products made by Georgia Pacific.  Those products include:
  • Brawny paper towels
  • Angel Soft toilet paper
  • Mardi Gras napkins and towels
  • Quilted Northern toilet paper and paper towels
  • Dixie paper plates, bowls, napkins and cups
  • Sparkle paper towels
  • Vanity Fair paper napkins, bowls, plates and tablecloths
This is not a major sacrifice, in that you can easily buy similar products made by Scott, Kimberly Clark (Kleenex), or a number of smaller companies.  Doing so is one way of helping America and yourself.

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