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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.Published in