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Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

It takes a lot of nerve for Pres­i­dent Trump, the na­tional Repub­li­can Party, and the na­tional con­ser­va­tive news me­dia to con­stantly ac­cuse Democrats of hav­ing con­spir­a­cies against Trump when the ac­tual truth of the mat­ter is that there is a real se­cret con­spir­acy of very wealthy in­di­vid­u­als (led by the Kochs), a large part of the na­tional Repub­li­can Party, a big part of the na­tional con­ser­va­tive news me­dia, and many con­ser­va­tive think­tanks (which are re­ally right-wing pro­pa­ganda mills/fac­to­ries), and many other or­ga­ni­za­tions to one day abol­ish all of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment so­cial pro­grams that help the lower and mid­dle classes and to es­tab­lish a “Sur­vival- of- the- Fittest” So­cial Dar­win­ism in the USA.

Their ul­ti­mate goal and dream is to abol­ish pro­grams such as Medi­care, Med­i­caid, food stamps, col­lege stu­dent loans and un­em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance ben­e­fits. But the pro­gram which these ex­treme con­ser­va­tives hate the most and most want to abol­ish is So­cial Se­cu­rity.

The well-ac­claimed book which does an ex­cel­lent job of de­tail­ing all of the parts of this se­cret right-wing con­spir­acy was writ­ten by Jane Mayer. Its ti­tle is “Dark Money: The Hid­den His­tory of the Bil­lion­aires Be­hind the Rise of the Rad­i­cal Right.” This book was se­lected by The New York Times as one of the 10 best books of 2016.

It won the na­tional He­len Bern­stein Book Award for Ex­cel­lence in Jour­nal­ism in 2017. Jane Mayer has also either won or been a fi­nal­ist for at least 12 awards and prizes in Jour­nal­ism. To my knowl­edge, no one has ever been able to suc­cess­fully re­fute any­thing that is in her book.

Ev­ery Amer­i­can should read it and then come to their own con­clu­sions.

Ste­wart B. Ep­stein

Rochester, New York

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