Charles Koch all of a sudden has a problem with corporate influence in politics

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Yes, you read that right. Charles Koch, in an op-ed in The Washington Post, complains that there’s too much corporate influence in policy-making. Charles Koch, the guy who with his brother has bought the whole Republican House conference and about a third of the Senate’s, says this:

When large companies can pressure politicians to force everyday Americans to fork over unearned millions, we should all question the fairness of the system. […]

To include millions more of our people in true economic progress, our lawmakers must act on behalf of all Americans—not just the privileged few.

For reals. What brought this sudden realization upon him? He doesn’t like Trump’s tariffs, which show, he says, that “Our entire economy is rife with cronyism.”

Uh-huh. He really, really wrote that, after the Kochs spent more than $20 million on the Republican tax scam that will net them more than $1 billion in tax cuts. They gave a fund-raising committee that supports Paul Ryan, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and a pro-Ryan PAC $500,000 to get that tax law, a law that’s going to cause plenty of everyday Americans to “fork over unearned millions when the few provisions benefiting them expire in a few years.

And he has the gall to say “We only support policies that are based on equality under the law and that help people improve their lives.” His evidence of that? The Kochs lobbied for the end of ethanol subsidies. Because that really helps the great unwashed in their everyday lives.

The incredible thing is, he really believes he’s been treated unfairly here.

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George Pennebaker
George Pennebaker

Unintended consequences. I truly want to get rid of Trump. What do we do about the “unintended consequences” -Pence, Ryan …

John Sheehan
John Sheehan

To understand the ‘Kock’ brothers, you really need to understand that blood money (from the slave labor Stalin gave papa to develop the Russian oil industry) was the basis for their fortune. They are pathologically greedy men and monumentally stupid as a result. Neither man understands that their corruption of government and obstructionist games vis-a-vis climate change have prepared the way for the catastrophic collapse of the USA they claim to love…