Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Today's must read: how the Koch brothers profit from corporate welfare

The Koch brothers are the hyper-conservative bag men behind the right wing's current attempt to extinguish unions in Wisconsin. The brothers claim that unions must be restrained in order fix Wisconsin's budget, but it's really corporations like Koch Industries and its subsidiaries that are bleeding this country dry.
In his piece, Charles [Koch] portrays himself as simply an ideological advocate, and says his money to political groups is only meant to “enhance true economic freedom.” He chides special interests that have “successfully lobbied for special favors,” claiming “crony capitalism is much easier than competing in an open market.” But in reality, the focus of the Koch political machine is geared towards “crony capitalism” — corrupting government to make Charles and his brother David Koch richer. Koch’s Tea Party libertarianism is actually a thin veneer for the company’s long running history of winning special deals from the government and manipulating the market to pad Koch profits:
Click here to go to Think Progress and see the many ways the Koch brothers squeeze money out of the government they profess to hate.

End corporate welfare first, then, if there is still a budget problem in this country we can talk about cutting programs that help the poor.

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