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Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Wichita Eagle gushes lavish praise on Charles Koch

Once again The Wichita Eagle newspaper has given lavish praise to the conservative marauders and barons who believe they can buy our political system to further their own agenda. They also believe being the richest men in the world leaves them the best judges of economics and politics.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Charles Koch, who runs Koch Industries, “will launch a new campaign… to laud economic freedom and warn the public about government overreach.”
But what does he mean by that? What is economic Freedom? This summer I’ve looked for jobs in Wichita Kansas, the Koch’s home town, and found that not only do I get turned down, but there are about 10 applicants for each job I apply for. I’m pretty old so it is hard for me to compete with younger people who are much further from retirement age. I’ve been job searching for three months now. So where is my economic freedom? Those I owe money to are free to send my bills to collection agencies that harass me around the clock, with phone calls. It would be a lot easier to pay these people if I were employed. So I really want to know from Charles Koch—where is my economic freedom? Is it the freedom to be unemployed part of my economic freedom? This guy has a lot of political pull in the State of Kansas and elsewhere. Maybe he thinks the debt collectors are the ones getting some kind of freedom, but if I can’t or don’t pay them—what kind of freedom is that?
Then there is “his topic” of “government overreach.” Does that mean he wants to let us smoke pot? Does he want to stop the government from spying on us, as has been revealed by Edward Snowden? Does he want us to be free of government restrictions on how we live our lives—the right to abortion—the right to gay marriage? Even though I’m not gay myself many of my friends are.
I’m going to guess that the answer to all of these questions is “NO.”
What freedom from government overreach—“HIS”—meaning “HE “ wants the right to pollute our water, our atmosphere and he has the right to hire workers without cumbersome unions- minimum wages or any kind of worker protections—anything that makes his mastery over his minions of workers restricted by government regulations.
So all of his politics is really about HIS freedom and NO freedom for the rest of us. He may believe that what is best for him is best for all of us—but most of us know better. And as was pointed out at the protest of his fake PAC Americans for Prosperity, a few days ago, many of us realize that any economic freedom and freedom from government overreach will only come to us by defeating these people and completely discrediting them in every way possible.,
Probably the biggest joke in The Wichita Eagle article is this quote:
“We want to do a better job of raising up the disadvantaged and the poorest in this country, rather than saying ‘Oh, we’re just fine now.’ We’re not saying that at all. What we’re saying is, we need to analyze all these additional policies, these subsidies, this cronyism, this avalanche of regulations, all these things that are creating a culture of dependency. And like permitting, to start a business, in many cities, to drive a taxicab, to become a hairdresser. Anything that people with limited capital can do to raise themselves up, they keep throwing obstacles in their way. And so we’ve got to clear those out. Or the minimum wage. Or anything that reduces the mobility of labor.”
This is a man who spent most of his life keeping people who work for him and other people poor. So now he wants to help the poor—that’s a laugh and it isn’t all that funny. That’s like the Ku Klux Klan coming up with a program to help out the black population.
If the Koch Brothers ever get their way, I would expect to see shanties or Hoovervilles, something we haven’t seen since the 1930s,This is the economic freedom that Charles Koch is proposing whether he realizes it or not.

-សតិវ អតុ

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