Koch Juice: Charles Koch’s Own Words Reveals Agenda
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Here we see up close the ideology of Charles Koch – Libertarian, Tea Party backer, and committed John Bircher. Note the buzz word, ‘reform’. I pointed this out yesterday in another post. “Reform” is a Republican word equivalent to specific cuts in government programs (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the EPA). Even Obama used it yesterday in his speech. I took that to mean he was slinging an arrow to the heart of the Republican agenda – reform.
It should also be noted that people who are manipulators are very good with words. Koch states: “Government spending on business only aggravates the problem.” Now, think about the Republican and Tea Party mantra: There is not a revenue problem, but a spending problem. He is signaling the core message to his minions, the Republicans and Tea Partyists. Of course, corporations are sitting on close to $3 trillion in capital and if they would only invest in their businesses — meaning spend it — they would be hiring and this economy would start a real recovery. BUT THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN WHILE OBAMA IS PRESIDENT. Why? John Birchers are racists.
Koch ends with the quintessential Libertarian battle cry: Less government; and I as I have written, that mean concentrating government in the hands of the few – and the few are people like the Kochs.
Laying the groundwork for smaller, smarter government, especially at the federal level, is going to be tough. But it is essential for getting us back on the path to long-term prosperity.
You see, he is saying and signaling that a reduction in the size of government is prerequisite to getting back to long-term prosperity. That means no investment which means a long protracted recovery. So, what we have here is a very strong ideological fight on our hands. My own take is this: It will come down to a fight between the Progressives and the Libertarians. The Democrats and Republicans are too corrupt and in many ways weak. Koch even points out his disdain for both parties (” Both Democrats and Republicans have done a poor job of managing our finances”), even though he donates money to the GOP. Like Howard Hughes, he gave money to each party so he had access to the halls of government. Access equals influence. Influence is power. And that is what the Libertarians want. They want to be at the center of power in America.
Why Koch Industries Is Speaking Out by Charles G. Koch 3/1/2011
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