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Thune Talks Taxes at Free Koch Bros Lunch Tuesday in Sioux Falls

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In case you don’t anticipate getting enough turkey this week, Senator John Thune will talk about the Republican tax reform plan at a free lunch Tuesday hosted by the Koch Brothers.

Americans for Prosperity SD is hosting Senator Thune’s speech Tuesday, November 21, at the downtown Hilton Garden Inn, 201 East 8th Street, Sioux Falls. Guests can start gobbling at 11:30; Senator Thune starts gobbledygooking at noon. Neither the luncheon Facebook page nor the RSVP page indicate whether our senior Senator will take questions.

So they know how much free food to make, the Koch Brothers ask that guests RSVP online here. But don’t worry: if the crowd is bigger than expected, Americans for Prosperity will demonstrate the GOP tax plan by taking a forkful of meat from each plate in the cheap seats, drop a few shreds of meat on the floor on the way to the front, and then dump most of the meat on the plates of AFP chair Don Haggar and the five richest people sitting next to Senator Thune.


  1. Donald Pay 2017-11-19 15:29

    Cory, that’s a perfect discription of what this meeting is. It’s the anti-Thanksgiving and anti-Christmas (“The War on Christmas”) tax plan Holiday special (because Jesus wouldn’t want his name on this turkey), starring John Thune as Scrooge and Donald Trump as Bad Santa.

  2. mike from iowa 2017-11-19 15:36

    Marlboro Barbie needs to work on his smiley faces. He looks almost as stoopid as Drumpf does.

  3. Loren 2017-11-19 16:09

    Will Mitch McConnell be there to stand in FRONT of Thune for the photo ops?

  4. grudznick 2017-11-19 17:16

    There is no mention of what is being served for lunch. I expect it will be a sub-par lunch and you will have to pay for it with the contact information that the Prosperity Goofballs require to get in. And then they will never leave you alone and might even come to your home with hat in hand.

  5. jimmy james 2017-11-20 07:20

    Perhaps Sen. Thune will be asked one simple question at this forum.

    How many thousand-dollar tax cuts for the middle class does it take to equal just the estate tax cuts that will benefit ONE FAMILY… AFP’s David and Charles Koch? The very same two guys promoting the lunch Thune will be speaking at?

    Many of you know the answer to that. So does the Senator.

  6. jimmy james 2017-11-20 08:18

    The Senator is no doubt very good at math but we can make it simple anyway. Multiple choice.

    A.30 B.30,000 C.30,000,000 D.Even more

  7. mike from iowa 2017-11-20 10:51

    If koch bros hire you and you have to move, your expenses are not tax deductible under new bill. If Chuck and Dave move korporation overseas their expenses are generously deductible.

    One could argue deductions are moot because new hiree doesn’t have to accept job/moving expenses and koch inductries may never move off shore.So don’t let it worry you..

  8. Vance Feyereisen 2017-11-20 13:17

    Sheldon Adelson, one of the owners of the Republican Party has invested 80 million in the GOP.

    Adelson is worth 33 billion and getting rid of estate tax would save over 15 billion.

    In actual practice, Thune represents Adelson much more than the people of SD.

  9. Rorschach 2017-11-20 16:22

    The RSVP page for this lunch says “sold out.” Yes indeed. Finally some truth in advertising.

  10. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-11-21 13:40

    Boy, the Kochs run out of free stuff fast, don’t they? Don’t tell me they can’t find a bigger hall for their event. If I were a Senator, and if more people than expected wanted to come hear me make a speech about something as boring as tax policy, I’d pay for a bigger hall to accommodate all comers. Heck, I’d schedule a second event at the Pavilion, or the Arena.

  11. jimmy james 2017-11-21 15:54

    I wonder how John Thune will react if Moore is now elected to the Senate. I see that the President decided to go all in with support for their wretched candidate today. The Republican Party has sunk this low in just one year. They will accept absolutely any candidate as long as he has a chance to win. Does anyone really believe that twenty Republican senators would vote to expel him, as would be required?

    “Character matters; leadership descends from character”. Rush Limbaugh

  12. jimmy james 2017-11-21 16:04

    Donald Trump and Roy Moore. My head is spinning. I could not, in my wildest of imaginative moments, have predicted that Republicans would be the ones to abolish even basic moral qualifications for candidates. These very same folks who stood for “family values”?

    They don’t want felons to vote… well… unless they are in the US Senate.

  13. o 2017-11-21 17:10

    Correct me if my partisan scheming is flawed: doesn’t the GOP HAVE to get Moore elected to hold that seat for the party? Then after elected, they can oust him (theoretically) and replace him with another pro-“tax reform vote” from within the party. Acting before the election only serves to hand the seat to the Democrats.

    I had assumed that this was less turning a blind eye to sexual assault, and more pure partisan survival. (Although there has been plenty of the former from the GOP).

  14. mike from iowa 2017-11-21 18:20

    Whorrin Hatch got mad a few days ago that people question whether the main benefits of the tax cut giveaway goes to the wealthy.

    I honestly don’t see how anyone could respect this cretin. No one who knows anything about taxes and finances disputes the bulk of the benefits go to the top. Yet wingnuts have clearly taken leave of whatever senses they may have had and sold themselves and their morals cheap.

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