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Chapter 10: Plutocrats – and Others

[…]and influential – and perhaps even more evil than the Kochs.”   “Yes?” Jay asked.   “Wayne LaPierre, Grover Norquist, and Thomas Donohue. First – LaPierre and his National Rifle Association – the NRA.”     Wayne LaPierre is now about 65, has served as Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association since about 1991; he has been with the NRA since 1965 – his first 20 years as a lobbyist. He is the NRA’s major public face and voice. Sheryl Stolberg of the New York Times says, ‘He is the NRA – he’s built the NRA.’ She told Frontline             The membership wanted a tough guy … somebody that drew a red line, who didn’t compromise, who didn’t cave.   LaPierre grew up in a home without guns only to embrace the right to own many with near-religious fervor. He apparently has no kids and never served in the military. He is now married to Susan, who helps raise money for the association and is a co-chairwoman of its women’s leadership forum, which sponsors an annual luncheon that has featured prominent political spouses including Callista Gingrich and Ann Romney.   ‘He’s a student of it – lives, eats […]

Chapter 6: Patient Priorities

[…]Charles   Koch, David   Norquist, Grover – President, Americans for Tax Reform (ATF)   LaPierre, Wayne – Executive Director, National Rifle Association (NRA)   Donohue, Thomas – President, US Chamber of Commerce   Congress – fifteen   McConnell, Mitch – Senate Majority Leader. Ryan, Paul – Speaker of the House. McCarthy, Kevin – House Majority Leader.   Barrasso, John – Wyoming Senator. Capito, Shelley – West Virginia Senator. Chaffetz, Jason – Utah District 3. Ernst, Joni – Iowa Senator; Koch support. Gardner, Cory – Colorado Senator, Koch support Goudy, Trey – South Carolina District 4, Benghazi Committee. Inhofe, Jim – Oklahoma Senator. Issa, Darrell – California District 49. Labrador, Raul – Idaho District 1; Freedom Caucus co-founder. Lee, Mike – Utah Senator. Rodgers, Cathy – Washington District 5. Smith, Lamar – Texas District 21; Chair, House Committee on Science.   These 29 and the additional ‘convenience’ patients, effectively treated, may facilitate a tipping point and a major change in governance via the Federal Government.     “We could use Centennial Valley as a key delivery strategy,” Bill said. “We could arrange a gig at the U’s Taft Center with the Kochs and with others they endorse and support.”   […]

Chapter 11: Delivery and Treatment

[…]– Peter:            Rodgers Washington DC – Joe:              LaPierre, Norquist, Donahue; Justice Alito West Virginia    – Jay:              Capito Wisconsin        – Bill:               Ryan Wyoming          – Peter:            Barasso     California’s primary therapist is Bill, though I’ll get to Scalia in Santa Clara. Bill will get to Issa and perhaps again to McCarthy. Depending on timing and other variables, he might also access:   David Valadao,  District 21, elected 2012. Although the district is mainly North of Bakersfield, it includes SE Bakersfield, via a careful gerrymandering. District 21 nearly encircles the city, coming in from the south and east. He has an office in Bakersfield. He is slightly left of the GOP center with a below average leadership score.   Devin Nunes, District 22 includes Tulare, Clovis, and Visalia, and gets close to Fresno. He is slightly left of the GOP center ideologically and above average in leadership. His closest district office is in Visalia, about 80 miles north of Bakersfield. Nunes seems to be fairly reasonable, so he’s not a very high priority for harmless. He was first elected in 2002.   One trip to Fresno or Bakersfield will get us to McCarthy again, and to […]

Chapter 12: Outcomes and Tomorrow

[…]several questions. I gave her another card, referring her to the site. That was it.”   “Was LaPierre or Norquist at the party – or John Roberts?”   “I don’t think so. I should have asked Donohue’s receptionist that same question, but didn’t. I was looking for Susan LaPierre and Norquist’s Samah among all the men present, but didn’t see either of them.”   “And then?”   “From 1615 H St. to Norquist’s headquarters at 722 12th ST NW, Suite 400 – just a few blocks away. Again a receptionist to talk with, and me wearing my No New Taxes button. She smiled. I asked her if Norquist had been to the Chamber Party the other night. She didn’t think so, saying he and Samah don’t often go to DC parties – they’d rather spend the time with their kids.”   “That’s promising,” Jay said.   “I mentioned my visit to the Chamber and my interest in meeting Mr. Norquist, to thank him for his actions in behalf of small business and in minimizing corporate taxes. She couldn’t schedule a meeting, saying to call his appointments secretary later in the day. We talked chocolates briefly – she thought he was […]

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