Thursday, April 3, 2014

Democratic campaign against Koch Brothers Flushes out Charles to write pity party editorial.

Poor Charles Koch, can't take a little criticism? He can dish it out though. That's what you get from an inheritance brat who thinks he's entitled to the kind of country HE wants. 

Let's take a look at parts of his Wall Street Journal editorial. You first have to accept a long list of false premises. Line by line I've responded to Charles Koch's false premises:

(A) "A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value." (Respect?-see picture)

(B) "In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so." (So bad businesses will fail, like the Wall Street Banks did?)

(C) "The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens." (If our government disrespects its citizens, we have elections right?)

(D) "The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you." (This has always been the dumbest argument, ever!!! Stop it please. )
This respectful flyer compliments of Americans for Prosperity

(E) "This is the essence of big government and collectivism." ("Collectivism" is bad for government, but really good for corporate monopolies or big box stores buying in bulk)

(F) "The more government tries to control, the greater the disaster, as shown by the current health-care debacle." (ObamaCare is succeeding, where the old system wasn't. It killed people.)

(G) "Collectivists (those who stand for government control of the means of production and how people live their lives) promise heaven but deliver hell. For them, the promised end justifies the means." (When did government promise us heaven?)

(H) "Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.)" (See Americans for Prosperity poster again)

(I) "Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society—and a telltale sign that the collectivists do not have good answers. (He said it, not me-again-see pic again!)

(J) "Instead of fostering a system that enables people to help themselves, America is now saddled with a system that destroys value, raises costs, hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness." (The assumption that people will stop innovating is ridiculous. I grew up hearing there was always someone behind me ready to take my place. That was true, despite regulation and safety net programs)

(K) "This is what happens when elected officials believe that people's lives are better run by politicians and regulators than by the people themselves." (, can you say Republican social engineers?)

(L) "If more businesses (and elected officials) were to embrace a vision of creating real value for people in a principled way, our nation would be far better off—not just today, but for generations to come. I'm dedicated to fighting for that vision." (Nice goal, but impossible. Not all businesses will act in a principled way, that's life. Alan Greenspan admitted his surprise at the unprincipled way Wall St. banks screwed over their customers. He said free market principles failed.)

1 comment:

MadCityVoter said...

I liked the way he bragged about the over 700 environmental and work place safety awards won by his employees for the greater glory of the collectiv... uhm... I mean, corporation...

And I have to add that for a guy who claims that he spends all his time thinking about this stuff his essay read like a real copy-and-paste job: this from Atlas Shrugged, this from the right-wing talk radio's latest anti-Obama pounding point, this from the Koch Industries annual report... It doesn't give me a sense of confidence that David Koch has the slightest clue about how my life needs improving, or intention to do anything to help me with that if he did.