My view is: perhaps they did. The argument is that the Koch Brothers and others of their ilk now think that they bought and paid for the Republican Party--and in the primaries they are largely right. But money is much less influential in presidential elections, and so the minus effect on candidate quality in the primaries outweighs the positive effects of more money in the general election.
It looks like the gas tax increase will come to a vote today, reports the Des Moines Register:
Rep. Josh Byrnes, R-Osage, who chairs the Iowa House Transportation Committee, said Monday he expects a tight vote. He added that talks were continuing among House Republicans.
“I don’t think we’d bring it up for debate if we didn’t think we had the votes,” Byrnes said.
Many people have serious misconceptions about who Ron Paul is and what he stands for. In a riveting video on the Jay Leno show, to a wildly enthusiastic audience, Ron Paul explains his position on numerous subjects.
Yves here. This post continues Kenneth Thomas’s discussion of an important but oft-neglected topic: that of the stealth subsidies to the rich and connected that take place via economic development projects.
Truly we live in the age of wonders. A new set of economic development tax credits made it to the floor of the Iowa House on a Friday — and failed. It’s a wonder that they actually showed up on a Friday — and to reject corporate welfare, to boot.