Unity With the Kochs??


This sounds better than it is:

As top GOP presidential candidates arrived at a hotel here to court the influential donors of the Koch network, Charles Koch called on retreat attendees to unite with him in a campaign against “corporate welfare” and “irresponsible spending” by both political parties.

Speaking on the hotel’s grassy lawn with the Pacific Ocean shimmering behind him, Koch opened the gathering hosted by Freedom Partners by noting that the theme of the weekend would be “Unleashing Our Free Society.” Koch network donors and politicians alike must work toward “eliminating welfare for the wealthy,” he said.

“We’re headed toward a two-tiered society — a society that’s destroying opportunities for the disadvantaged and creating welfare for the rich,” Koch said. “Misguided policies are creating a permanent underclass, crippling our economy and corrupting the business community,” he said, “present company excepted of course.”

You could almost hear this type of talk coming from a Democrat. Almost. The key detail here is the “irresponsible spending” by both political parties part. Charles Koch is equating subsidies for big oil with food stamps for the poor. One is a massive expenditure that we don’t need, the other is a lifeline to the neediest amongst us. They are not the same.

Koch isn’t wrong to call for an end to corporate welfare. Tearing down the military industrial complex, ending subsidies to multi-national corporations and industries that aren’t necessary, and getting the government out of assuming most or all of the risk in the market is a good thing, and is exactly how you should seek to fix any fiscal woes we have. The devil is in the details here though. The Koch Brothers have expressed a desire to basically end government regulation of many businesses, and slash public social spending to aid the poor. That would not work. That would not be good. That is not necessary.

So while I agree with what he said in this speech, it’s what he didn’t say that should be noted here.


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