The “Evil” Koch Brothers

 

The New York Times:

More than a thousand miles from the labor tumult in Wisconsin — where his name shows up on the signs of protesters and a liberal blogger impersonating him got through to the governor on the phone and said “gotta crush that union!” — the real David H. Koch was greeted rather more warmly here Friday when he officially opened a new cancer research institute bearing his name.

Mr. Koch and his brother Charles, both No. 5 in Forbes’s list of the richest Americans, are targets of liberal activists. David H. Koch became passionate about cancer research after he learned in 1992 that he had prostate cancer.

Mr. Koch, a billionaire who is perhaps best known for his family’s contributions to conservative causes, got a standing ovation from scientists, Nobel laureates and politicians of various political stripes as he opened the new David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he gave $100 million to help build. And in a brief, and rare, interview, Mr. Koch, 70, spoke of his hopes for the new center, his prostate cancer and the prank call heard around the world.

Throughout this election cycle the liberal throwbacks have dug into their usual bag of used up and tired old tricks such as the “War on Women” and “Racism” to propel their candidates across the finish line. One such tired topic is the “Koch brothers.” From one ad to the next the Democrats have slammed candidate after candidate, across the country, for associating themselves with the evil Koch Brothers.

If I was a politician running for office, I would turn this in my favor instead of trying to dismiss the spin that the Koch Brothers are evil corporate fat cats trying to sell the country into eternal slavery. How would I do this? Tell the truth. Run an ad over and over again on what the Koch brothers do. Highlight all the industries they help create jobs in and how many people they put to work everyday.

I would highlight their generous donations to one organization after another, and then I would ask my rival communist competitor if he or she is opposed to all the good things that the Koch brothers actually do. I would ask if they are opposed to creating jobs. I would ask them if they are against cancer research. Ask them if they are opposed to higher education or scientific research. Ask them if they are against children having food on the table that the Koch brothers ship all over the country. How about the funding of their retirement accounts through the corporate process that the Koch brothers help to stabilize through massive contributions into funds all across the country. Then I’d ask them if they stood for themselves, or were they bought and paid for by the same idiots who told them to attack the Koch brothers.

There are 17 comments.

  1. Randy Weivoda Moderator

    $100,000,000 just to one charity. Big stinkin’ deal. The real test of charity is not taking money out of your own wallet to contribute to noble causes. The true philanthropist has the government take other peoples’ money by force, and then spends it on charitable works.

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    • October 1, 2014, at 7:42 PM PDT
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  2. EThompson Inactive

    I also appreciate their support for the Cato Institute.

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    • October 1, 2014, at 8:14 PM PDT
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  3. MJBubba Inactive

    Koch Industries appears as # 59 on the Open Secrets list of big donors.

    You should take a look at the names for 1 – 59:

    http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php

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    • October 1, 2014, at 8:52 PM PDT
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  4. Pony Convertible Member

    Power Line Blog has covered the Koch smearing extensively. The Kochs are often accused of pushing the Keystone Pipeline, when if fact they have never done so, and would stand to lose considerable money if it is built. Their employees have excellent health benefits, and are paid high wages. The donate to good causes. The Kochs truly are an example of what is good in America, which I guess is why the left hates him so bad. They only want to focus on the negative.

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    • October 2, 2014, at 4:34 AM PDT
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  5. Mike H Coolidge

    The problem is he used dirty capitalist money. He’s obviously responsible for way more deaths than that Cancer hospital will save!

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    • October 2, 2014, at 6:10 AM PDT
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  6. Vance Richards Member

    Their goal is to find a cure that will eliminate cancer in wealthy white men only.

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    • October 2, 2014, at 6:15 AM PDT
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  7. Valiuth Member

    Vance Richards:Their goal is to find a cure that will eliminate cancer in wealthy white men only.

    Hopefully by transferring it to a poor black lesbian.

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    • October 2, 2014, at 6:39 AM PDT
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  8. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    As a tactical political matter the D assault on the Kochs is not about influencing the general voter and polls confirm it has little impact. It is being done for two other reasons. One is to stir up the base and generate campaign contributions. The second is by the nature of the vicious personal assault on the brothers to intimidate other potential wealthy donors from contributing to R and conservative causes. The Ds seem to be succeeding on both fronts.

    What is astounding is that the D’s have made the Kochs, who support drug legalization, SSM, abortion rights and cutting the defense budget, the face of conservatism.

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    • October 2, 2014, at 8:16 AM PDT
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  9. 1967mustangman Inactive

    Those greedy so-and-so’s I mean they have given what $1 billion? $2 billion? I mean those guys are worth what $85 Bilion? Those jerks the government should take all that money and give it to Acorn.

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    • October 2, 2014, at 9:01 AM PDT
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  10. Metalheaddoc Member

    Cancer research, eh? Does that mean stopping it? Or creating new types to inflict on women and minorities and children and puppies? Curing cancer is a ruse in order to find out how to make it deadlier. Don’t you see? It’s pure evil genius! They are exporting the research to the secret volcano lair of Bush + Cheney to be spread under the all-seeing eye of Halliburton! Creating hordes of right wing zombies to invade the gun-free zones and end the Progressive Menace ™ once and for all!!

    but Shhhhh…don’t tell anyone I said anything. Just keep it between you and me….and Putin.

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    • October 2, 2014, at 6:02 PM PDT
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  11. Bkelley14 Inactive

    Larry Kudlow’s outstanding piece on the Koch Brothers’ generosity vs the unhinged lunatic Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

    http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-viewpoint/100114-719822-koch-brothers-show-class-by-creating-wealth-and-generously-giving-it-away.htm

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    • October 3, 2014, at 5:36 PM PDT
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  12. James Of England Moderator

    EThompson:I also appreciate their support for the

    I agree, and believe Cato’s biting of the hand that birthed and fed them was both deeply regrettable and not at all unlinked to the decline of the institution.

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    • October 4, 2014, at 10:46 AM PDT
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  13. The Question Inactive

    It astounding that people can’t see how ridiculous Democratic rhetoric on Republicans is. According to the Democrats, Republican economic policy is totally about cutting taxes for one purpose, to please the the super-rich who love tax cuts above everything else and who then shower riches on the Republicans for serving their interests. How’s that master plan working out? The super-rich are split roughly 50/50 between Democrats/Republicans. As MJBubba pointed out, people with deep pockets are not especially likely to favor Republicans over Democrats.

    The Democrats are great at creating these fictional realities that people start to think are real.

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    • October 4, 2014, at 7:19 PM PDT
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  14. The Question Inactive

    Liberals and progressives look down at personal charity. Charity implies that people can freely give to others. But to progressives, wealth shouldn’t be given freely, but should rather be demanded as an entitlement.

    I also think the Democrats are wary of competitors. Being compassionate is their racket. If private entities horn in on that racket, it’s bad for the Democrats’ business. My city of Houston, led by Democrats, has made sharing food with the homeless a crime, putting some churches in danger of prosecution. I’m guessing the justification is public safety or public health or something, but I tend to think that they would just prefer that compassion be a government monopoly.

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    • October 4, 2014, at 7:28 PM PDT
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  15. Calvin Coolidg Inactive
    Calvin Coolidg Post author

    Michael Sanregret:It astounding that people can’t see how ridiculous Democratic rhetoric on Republicans is. According to the Democrats, Republican economic policy is totally about cutting taxes for one purpose, to please the the super-rich who love tax cuts above everything else and who then shower riches on the Republicans for serving their interests. How’s that master plan working out? The super-rich are split roughly 50/50 between Democrats/Republicans. As MJBubba pointed out, people with deep pockets are not especially likely to favor Republicans over Democrats.

    The Democrats are great at creating these fictional realities that people start to think are real.

    You’re right Mike. One doesn’t have to look any further than Wall Street. Those guys could give a “you know what” about party affiliation. The only thing they care about is the Fed pumping money into an over inflated bond market to prop up their bubble busting activities. I would love to see a republican, or a democrat, tackle that big fat lie in a campaign ad.

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    • October 4, 2014, at 8:08 PM PDT
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  16. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Calvin Coolidg:

    Michael Sanregret:It astounding that people can’t see how ridiculous Democratic rhetoric on Republicans is.

    The Democrats are great at creating these fictional realities that people start to think are real.

    You’re right Mike. One doesn’t have to look any further than Wall Street. Those guys could give a “you know what” about party affiliation. The only thing they care about is the Fed pumping money into an over inflated bond market to prop up their bubble busting activities. I would love to see a republican, or a democrat, tackle that big fat lie in a campaign ad.

    I am appalled at how unable or unwilling R officeholders and candidates are to deal with this thus leaving the Ds to be funded by the very wealthy while at the same time telling the world that the wealthy support the Rs. I think some is the view of Mitch McConnell and his ilk that all these folks are really on “our” side and the view of others that tackling this would amount to blaming the rich.

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    • October 5, 2014, at 11:18 AM PDT
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  17. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    The bottom line is that the very wealthy non-Progressives are morally superior to the very wealth Progressives.

    The very wealthy non-Progressive says “I’ve got mine, I don’t care what you do with yours, now leave me alone so I can play some golf and have some drinks afterwards.”

    The very wealthy Progressive says “I’ve got mine, I know better than you what to do with yours, so I need some of your money to spend in order to make me feel better about myself”.

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    • October 5, 2014, at 11:22 AM PDT
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