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    within the halls of Congress, something even the Koch brothers never tried.

    And make no mistake about the role of Third Way.Third Way runs the policy apparatus of the Democratic Party. In Congress, staffers attend regular Third Way policy briefings, where the group hands out pre-packaged legislative amendments in legal form, generic press releases, polling around those policy ideas, and talking points.It’s a soup-to-nuts policy apparatus.
    . . .

    The group has enormous juice. On the Congressional side, it has six honorary Senate co-Chairs, and seven House-side co-Chairs. Jim Clyburn, a co-Chair, is in the House Democratic leadership. Two current cabinet members are former co-Chairs. Steny Hoyer, the House minority whip, held regular briefings for the freshmen member staff in the last Congress.

    . . .

    Finally, most of the Board members are from the FIRE Sector (Wall Street and real estate), including the head of equity trading for Goldman Sachs and one of the heads of investment banking for Morgan Stanley.

    What the Naked Capitalism article does not mention is that theThird Way" Foundation is a front for the Democratic Leadership Counciland that its purpose is to capture corporate and Forbes 400 donations in exchange for neoliberal domestic policy and neoconservative foreign policy.

    If you don't own a private jet, the DLC is not your friend. But it may be even more instrumental in the end of the American Dream than the Koch brothers ever dreamed of being.

    Peak Oil is NOW! Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

    by alizard on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 03:45:28 PM PDT

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