I’ll bet FOX News thinks these guys are patriots

From the LA Times yesterday:

Koch Brothers now at heart of GOP

The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch no longer sit outside Washington’s political establishment, isolated by their uncompromising conservatism. Instead, they are now at the center of Republican power, a change most evident in the new makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

(They pretty much own the committee and played a major role in electing and reelecting its members. Business, after all, is business. If the health of the US doesn’t align with the Koch goals for their energy companies, that’s just unfortunate.)

Nine of the 12 new Republicans on the panel signed a pledge distributed by a Koch-founded advocacy group — Americans for Prosperity — to oppose the Obama administration’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gases. . .

Koch Industries is the country’s second-largest privately run company, a conglomerate of refining, pipeline, chemical and paper businesses. . . .  Last year, Forbes magazine listed the brothers as the nation’s fifth-richest people, each worth $21.5 billion.

This is bad for America and bad for American.

People like the Kochs live behind walls with bodyguards; they don’t live in the same country as us.  The class divide in the US is now greater than that of Egypt. We should be paying closer attention to what’s happening in this increasingly corpratized country. (I’d say ‘our country’ but I’m not so sure of that anymore.)

I really like this part:

When the 85 freshman GOP lawmakers marched into the Capitol on Jan. 5 as part of the new Republican House majority, David Koch was there too.

The 70-year-old had an appointment with a staff member of the new speaker, Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). At the same time, the head of Americans for Prosperity, Tim Phillips, had an appointment with Upton [Chair: Energy Committee]. They used the opportunity to introduce themselves to some of the new legislators and invited them to a welcome party at the Capitol Hill Club, a favorite wine-and-cheese venue for Republican power players in Washington.

Wasting no time. Wish I could have been there. I have opinions too.

3 responses to “I’ll bet FOX News thinks these guys are patriots

  1. I agree with you that special interest groups have too much influence over our congress and we need to hold our representatives accountable for their access if they let those special interests sway them away from what we elected them to do.

    All though I have not seen that with the Koch brothers yet, I plan to keep an eye on these guys.

    I find it interesting though that I do not recall hearing you complain about George Soros, Warren Buffet, James Dimon or any of a number of other millionaires and billionaires that meet with the President on a regular bases. Is it only ok for a wealthy person to be involved in politics when they support your ideology?


    • Beneath The Tin Foil Hat

      It’s not ok for the wealthy to influence politics no matter which party it is. This would be one of the reasons why I constantly kvetch about Obama’s love affair with clean coal.

      Having said that, what the Koch brothers are allegedly up to is revolting. Furthermore, their hob knobbing with all the Republican power brokers only serves to increase their reputation as a bunch of elitist fat cats who are only interested in increasing the size of their wallets.


    • mccoville – I hate corporate lobbying and the money in politics and rant about it quite a lot. And yeah, they all lobby.

      I’m not aware of Buffet or his companies lobbying for policies that damage the interest or health of the American people. But his business interests tend to be in benign industries. Buffet has lobbied – publicly at least – for higher taxes for the rich.

      The Kochs are in the fossil fuel and extractive industry – destructive by their very nature. It would be responsible for such industries to cooperate with the wishes of the larger society to mitigate the effects of that destruction. But they’re not interested in that. In fact, they resent and resist that, which I take to mean they don’t give a damn about the rest of us and are somewhat indifferent to the harm they cause.

      Sure we need fuel and someone’s got to get it for us. But we need food too and people have to farm it for us. Both industries need oversight and controls and must agree not to poison us. I think that’s just fair.

      And we all have to pay taxes, just like Buffet said. Even the Kochs.


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