One of the good things to have come out of the rallies in Madison is the growing awareness of the role of the billionaire Koch brothers in Wisconsin poltics and in promoting the far-right agenda nationally.
Mother Jones puts it this way and backs it up with figures:
Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker, whose bill to kill collective bargaining rights for public-sector unions has caused an uproar among state employees, might not be where he is today without the Koch brothers. Charles and David Koch are conservative titans of industry who have infamously used their vast wealth to undermine President Obama and fight legislation they detest, such as the cap-and-trade climate bill, the health care reform act, and the economic stimulus package.The growing awareness of how the Koch brothers' and their money are trashing traditional American political values is encouraging. So is Russ Feingold's new PAC, Progressives United. It's designed to fight back against the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, which greenlighted unlimited and unaccountable political contributions by corporations. Corporations are trying to buy our government on a scale that has not happened in America since the late 19th Century. But that Gilded Age came to an end with the Progressive reforms of the early 20th Century. It would be great if history repeats itself, but it won't happen on its own, without a lot of effort. Such as we're seeing right now.
We know who they are and we know what they're trying to do, and that's a start.