Koch brothers: enemies of statists

Who poses the biggest threat to Democrat activists and their political machine: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Boehner or Mitch McConnell? None of these people threaten them as much as the vilified “Koch brothers.” The frequent negative rants from leftist writers about these men; the sneers and snarky comments from Democrats when the names are mentioned indicate that statists are terrified of them. So, who are these guys that strike fear into the hearts of political leftists?

Actually, there are four Koch brothers. Two of them are not politically noticed, but Charles and David support American business tradition—and they are rich conservatives, reason enough for socialists’ hatred toward them.

The bothers rank 5th on the Forbes 400 richest people in America—envy and resentment motivate progressive anger and hatred. Charles and David not only each have $41 billion in wealth, but they earned it by building oil-based businesses—providing a double whammy assault by the left against them.

Contrary to leftist propaganda, however, at least four of the top ten wealthiest men contribute to liberal causes: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Bloomberg—combined wealth $217 billion. Buffett and Gates support more gun-restrictions, Planned Parenthood, the Clinton Foundation, the Obama campaign, and, ironically, Buffett admires soak-the-rich Socialist Bernie Sanders. Zuckerberg donates to illegal alien causes and Bloomberg spends millions on radical progressive projects, such as gun restrictions on all citizens.

In the top 20 wealthiest people Hungarian George Soros—the richest hedge fund manager in the world—supports leftist politicians and progressive projects in America. He is “one of the pillars of the Democratic Party” and he hates America.

Reading Charles Koch’s political views one would think progressive leftists would embrace him as one of their own. Forbes reporter Daniel Fisher interviewed Mr. Koch in a special edition issue October 19, 2015 (www.forbesmagazine.com).

Mr. Koch says, “I am not a Republican.” He believes that both the Democrat and Republican parties are responsible for “out-of-control” spending leading government and our country toward bankruptcy—but Democrats speed toward the fiscal cliff faster.

“We’re destroying opportunities for the disadvantaged and creating welfare for the rich,” said Koch. His priorities: reform the criminal justice system and eliminate “barriers to low-income people starting a business or even getting a job.” Liberalism rings out in these statements.

Mr. Koch (as with many of us) was disappointed in Bush 43’s big government policies: more spending, regulations and wars than the Clinton administration—“my God, what (were) we doing?”

Charles Koch wants to “change the hearts and minds of people to understand what really makes society fairer and what’s going to improve their lives.” He thinks philosophically about traditional American values and business—Market Based Management—“We try to run a meritocracy” (leftists hate working under the merit system, it’s too…unequal); his brother David is “more interested in the political side.”

Koch gives money (undisclosed) to his foundation and the Charles Koch Institute (http://www.charleskochinstitute.org/). His public contributions go to the Koch Political Action Committee and to the Freedom Partners PAC (https://fpaction.org/about/). He urged 400 rich conservatives attending Freedom Partners semiannual conference last January to spend $900 million during the 2016 presidential election cycle. One third of the money “will go to politics”; the remainder will be used to influence conservative policies—a frightening threat to leftist agenda.

There are other reasons the statists hate the Kochs: On climate change politics- “Anybody who says something this complex is settled is not using good science”; on energy policy- “ The enormous cost and unreliability of wind and solar (is) increasing the cost of energy, corrupting the business community (and) increasing corporate welfare”; on policy initiatives- simplifying taxes and opposing Obamacare.

Here in North Carolina left-wing activist groups such as American Bridge attack Americans for Prosperity (AFP) (http://americansforprosperity.org/north-carolina/about-afp-north-carolina/), “Koch brother’s head political group,” (https://americanbridgepac.org/state/north-carolina/) for supporting Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

While those of us who try to think and act conservatively in the political arena believe that the Koch brothers are American patriots the vile leftists personally threaten them. Charles had 153 death threats last year and is on the al Qaeda hit list.

Mr. Koch is a target because of his idea that “people are going to be better off when they control their own lives”—rather than having government telling them how they should live. Simply put, the Koch’s work “threatens people in power”—the statists.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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