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Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Turns out those nasty conservative (but libertarian-leaning) Koch brothers, the regular object of “progressive” ire for their political speech (i.e., donating money to political causes), barely cracked the top 60 between 1989 and 2014. They were 59th with $18 million in donations, reports The Examiner of Washington. But six of the top 10 donors were — drum roll, please — organized labor. “In other words, the six biggest union donors in American politics gave 15 times more to mostly Democrats than the Evil Koch Bros.,” writes Mark Tapscott. We just thought you'd like to know. ... Democrat Pennsylvania gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf is out with a new TV ad pushing for an “extraction tax” on oil and natural gas. Reasonable people can debate the proposal. But, unfortunately, Mr. Wolf exploits a group of kids in a classroom in an attempt to make his case. On cue, the just-indoctrinated innocents applaud the proposal to kill the geese that lay the golden eggs. Tacky, tacky, tacky. ... Republique, the tony Los Angeles restaurant, is tacking on a 3 percent surcharge to every bill to pay for employee health care. It's the latest example of how “progressives” save us money.

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