They want lower taxes but love free museums!
Guest post by Sunny Hundal
(Cross-posted from Liberal Conspiracy)
The TaxPayers Alliance are hosting the annual ‘European Resource Bank’ conference today – essentially a gathering of radical right-wing lobby groups and think-tanks from the UK and USA.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance has the privilege of hosting the seventh annual European Resource Bank meeting from 8-10th September. The name comes from the notion of building a ‘bank’ of human capital by creating and renewing the ties between academics, free marketeers, think tanks, campaign groups and taxpayer groups from across Europe, the United States and the rest of the world.
We kick off the conference on Wednesday evening with a champagne reception at a fantastic penthouse apartment overlooking central London.
A champagne reception at a penthouse suite? Clearly the cuts aren’t affecting the groups claiming to represent… er, ordinary taxpayers.
The event is also reported in the Guardian today:
The event, the largest of its kind in Europe, is heavily sponsored by US lobby groups that have backed the Tea Party grouping as its challenges moderate Republican party candidates in congressional elections.
Critics of the event said it established a clear link between British rightwing groups and aggressive American lobbyists who pursued low taxes, loose regulation and widespread privatisation of public services.
The event is being sponsored by the Cato Institute and Americans for Prosperity Foundation, amongst others.
As the New Yorker detailed a few weeks ago, both organisations have been funded heavily by the billionaire Koch brothers.
Nice money if you can get it. The same Koch brothers also, from 2005 to 2008, “vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups.”
You’d think these people would be very much against government subsidies then.
But what’s this on their ‘local info’ page?
Many museums in the UK are free to visit – these are marked where applicable.
No mention of why these museums are free to visit then? Thought these bunch of radical libertarians would be eschewing such blatant government subsidies…