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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Koch Brothers

They head the largest private oil company in the United States, rake in billions of dollars in profit, and pour millions into political campaigns and lobbying efforts.

They are the Koch brothers, Charles and David, and they absolutely hate “crony capitalism” – except, of course, when it benefits them.

For years, the brothers, who run Koch Industries, have poured their monetary support behind conservative politicians – nearly all of whom have taken firm stances against welfare or safety-net programs. According to David Koch, their political involvement aims only to “minimize the role of government, to maximize the role of private economy and to maximize personal freedoms,” which would explain their supposed backing of libertarian candidates and causes.

Libertarian, however, is just the term used by the billionaire brothers to disguise their corporatist and Tea Party views. As ultra-conservatives, the Kochs have focused their efforts on advancing the careers of far-right lawmakers who vigorously oppose government programs they deem intrusive and socialist.

Ironically, though, Charles and David Koch’s ongoing crusade against government policies that often benefit the nation’s middle and lower classes has not stopped them from discreetly taking advantage of big-government programs and taxpayer money themselves.

Read on to learn how Koch Industries has spent years benefiting from government programs and taxpayer money.

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29 responses to “4 Things The Koch Brothers Love About Big Government”

  1. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh says:

    And unlike the 19th Century Robber Barons, the Koch brothers do not even attempt to buy respectability through public works (libraries, museums, etc.) endowments to make everyone else think they give a tinker’s damn about the rest of us.

    • Lola Johnson says:

      Actually, I believe they have funded a building for Harvard, a hall for the Lincoln Center, and several other worthy projects, every one of which, of course, bears their name. Their real damage is never done in their own name.

      • Independent1 says:

        Funding what appear to be good projects is nothing more than the Koch’s way of providing cover, for as you point out, the real damage they’re constantly doing to the American way of life with everything else they provide funding for.

    • exdemo55 says:

      A long-time philanthropist, Mr. Koch has given generously to a variety of organizations and programs. In his lifetime, he and the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation have pledged or contributed more than $1 billion to cancer research, medical centers, educational institutions, arts and cultural institutions, and to assist public policy organizations.

      Medical & Cancer Research

      A prostate cancer survivor, Mr. Koch has donated $100 million as prime contributor for the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. Other support for medical and cancer research includes:

      $100 million to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to help build the David H.
      Koch Center, a new ambulatory care center

      $20 million to Johns Hopkins
      University for the David H. Koch Cancer Research Center

      $30 million to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City

      $25 million to the M.D.
      Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for the David H. Koch Center for Applied Research of Genitourinary Cancers

      $15 million to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center

      $25 million to The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City

      $10 million to Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center
      to create the David H. and Julia Koch Research Program in Food Allergy Therapeutics

      In 2011, Mr. Koch received the Humanitarian of the Year award from the American Apparel and Footwear Association for his
      long-standing support of organizations working to find a cure for prostate cancer. The awards gala raised more than $1.1 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. In 2007, he was honored with the Double Helix Medal for Corporate Leadership from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for supporting research that, “improves the health of people everywhere.”

      Mr. Koch was honored by the Smithsonian Institution in
      2012 for his generous support, and presented with a piece of
      Smithsonite by G. Wayne Clough (left), secretary of the
      Smithsonian Institution.

      Education & Science

      Mr. Koch supports science-related projects including funding the long-running PBS documentary series, “Nova,” and a science and technology center at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.

      A $35 million pledge to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will renovate the dinosaur hall, which will be named after him. Once renovated, the hall will showcase the museum’s unrivaled collection of 46 million fossils and present the most up-to-date scientific research. His $15 million gift to the museum created
      the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins that opened in 2010. The 15,000-square-foot exhibit helps answer the question, “What does it mean to be human?“

      Other education and science-related support includes:

      The Koch Biology Building and the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice at MIT

      A $20 million gift to the American Museum of Natural History, establishing the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing

      The Bill of Rights
      Institute, which educates students and teachers about our nation’s Founding principles, including national sponsor of the 2009-2010 high school essay contest, “Being an American“

      Arts & Culture

      In 2013, the Metropolitan Museum of Art formally broke ground for the new David H. Koch Plaza. His $65 million gift will give the 140-year-old museum a beautiful outdoor setting with new fountains, landscaping and improved access, all designed with sustainability in mind.

      Gifts from the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation have benefited the American Ballet
      Theater. In 2008, his foundation gave $100 million for the preservation and
      renovation of the State Theater of New York at Lincoln Center. Now known
      as the David H. Koch Theater, it is
      home to the New York City
      Ballet and New York City
      Opera.

      Public Policy

      A passionate believer in free societies, Mr. Koch has funded research and
      education programs that analyze how freedom creates prosperity and advances
      social progress. He serves on the boards of the Cato Institute, Reason Foundation and Americans for Prosperity
      Foundation.

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      • Sand_Cat says:

        Yes, let’s nominate them for sainthood, since you’ve already beatified them.
        It certainly is true that they fund some good things; it’s also true that their plan for America is pretty much pure hypocrisy and evil.
        Does building a hospital compensate for the destruction of “government of the people, bu the people, and for the people”? You conservatives are always blathering about the cost of letting government assist the poor, but support having us all use those nice hospitals – assuming we have very good health insurance, which you also want to kill – and watch the PBS shows until the Kochs or their surrogates have PBS eliminated or politicized beyond recognition, all the while losing what little control over our government we still retain because you – and the Kochs – of course know what’s best for us all, anyway. You made some pathetic jab in another post about how I had no idea what it took or takes to secure “liberty”; I know one extremely important thing necessary to preserve just and representative government: preventing anyone from buying our government and corrupting our elections. Of course, the kind of “liberty” you favor is that of the Kochs and their delusional wannabes to do anything they want to the rest of us with impunity.

        • exdemo55 says:

          Sen. Joe Manchin on Thursday strongly defended the Koch brothers from attacks by fellow Democrats, saying the wealthy and politically active businessmen are taxpaying Americans who are creating jobs.

          “People want jobs. You don’t beat up people. I mean, I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they’re doing— paying their taxes,” Manchin said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”

          “They’re not breaking the law. They’re providing jobs,” he added.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            Yes. People want jobs. And the Kochs and the party they support have done everything they can to assure there are few, in order to damage the guy with the wrong party affiliation and skin color in the White House. I’m sure they’ll all have great jobs right up until the next crash or the ecological collapse.
            But more to the point, yes I’m sure that “Fox and Friends” and Fox “News” have already canonized the Kochs long since, and the last refuge of the political scumbag is “I broke no laws.” I’m sure you’re not sufficiently stupid to believe it’s impossible to do great evil without breaking any laws, especially when you’ve bought off those who make the laws. And you neatly sidestepped my points by repeatedly talking about irrelevancies such as “they pay taxes” even if only very grudgingly and as little as they can. But no doubt you feel the same about my responses to you. If you want a cheering section for the Kochs, this isn’t the place to find it, especially after the right has characterized George Soros as the devil incarnate for years.

          • exdemo55 says:

            Opps.Your words: Of course, the kind of “liberty” you favor is that of the Kochs and their delusional wannabes to do anything they want to the rest of us with impunity.
            Such untruth and hate. You should be more like Sen. Manchin and see the good they do even if you don’t agree with their politics. And if you want oncorrupted elections you should support Pictured voter ID requirements. Most Demos don’t want them so they can cheat.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            You can’t even read, idiot. I said their good acts are far outweighed by the bad, but of course such subtleties are lost on you, or is this just part of your effort to say we’re as bad as you?

            As I said elsewhere, you members of the party of hate and lies are desperate for any excuse to claim we’re at least as bad as you, no matter how far you have to stretch the truth, one of the reasons that any slight mistake by any Dem president is suddenly a historic scandal.

            And of course the party of cheap and tawdry campaign lies is desperate to “prove” we’re as dishonest and “cheat” as you do whenever you get the chance, so you clothe a naked attempt to prevent legitimate registered voters from voting as a campaign to combat non-existent “fraud,” because everyone knows that such a wonderful candidate as Mitt Romney, who wasn’t as clever about hiding his disdain for the “rabble” as are the Kochs, was really elected by a landslide, but robbed but those [mostly black and poor] cheaters voted 10-20 times each.
            Of course, anger and disgust at your lies is “hate” and “intolerance,” just like lynching African Americans and homosexuals and trying to curtail their rights to vote or even live in peace, or so you would like us all to believe.
            Do people you meet in the street recoil from the stench? You’re so full of it, I should think they would.
            Go ahead and continue with the lies; I’ll move on to something more productive than arguing with a lying, neo-Nazi troll.

          • exdemo55 says:

            So, you’ve resorted to name calling. As you have admitted they broke no laws, so the evil they’ve done is only because it opposes your flawed views. What a hypocrite. The one who is acting like a fascist dictator is Obama and the IRS is his Gestapo’

            Here is proof of voter fraud:

            The spin doctors who deny the existence of voter fraud have no boundaries.

            “Plans to fight voter fraud are based on nightmares, tall tales, and paranoid fears,” says Scott Keyes of the liberal Center for American Progress. Voter fraud is so rare “you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than find a case of prosecutorial voter fraud,” asserts Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the liberal Advancement Project.

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            Kim Strach, the new director of North Carolina’s Board of Elections, disagrees. She just searched a database that comprises about half the registered voters in the U.S. and found 35,750 voters in her state whose first and last names and full date of birth match with someone in another state who also voted in the 2012 election. A smaller number (765) had exact matches on Social Security numbers, but that total is artificially low because only some states provide that number for any or all of their voters.

            Remember: In 2008, Barack Obama only carried North Carolina by 14,177 votes out of 2.3 million cast.

            Strach is turning over her findings to the state legislature along with recommendations on what laws would help clean up the rolls.

            Nor is North Carolina the only state with voter fraud in the news. Cobby Williams, a former 2012 independent congressional candidate in Mississippi, was sentenced to five years in prison this week for knowingly registering a convicted felon.

            Last month, police in Pontiac, Mich., found the mummified body of Pia Farrenkopf in the garage of her foreclosed home. She had apparently been dead since 2008, but was listed as having voted in the 2010 election for governor.

            Texas Democratic state representative Lon Burnam filed suit in March claiming he was defeated by 111 votes in his Democratic primary because of an illegal vote-by-mail operation, which might have been orchestrated by his opponent.

            Even when fraud is obvious and proven, some liberals will dismiss or even defend it. In 2012, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, former staff director of the Senate Finance Committee, insisted it was “perfectly reasonable” for voter fraud to occur occasionally. When challenged, he repeated himself.

            Also recently, former Cincinnati election official Melowese Richardson, who was released early from prison after being convicted of voting six times for Barack Obama in 2012, was called up on stage at a rally for Al Sharpton’s National Action Network for what Cincinnati National Action Network president Bobby Hilton called a ““welcome home.”“ She was also hugged by the Reverend Al Sharpton.

            All that was too much for local Democratic-party chairman Tim Burke, who was at the rally.

            “What she did was criminal conduct and was particularly problematic because of her role as a poll worker,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

          • Allan Richardson says:

            Like the NFL with all the rules, referees, scoring, and foul enforcement controlled by last year’s Super Bowl winner, to make sure no other team can ever win.

          • exdemo55 says:

            Pictured ID to prove citizenship does that? I don’t think so. Are you scared you want be allowed to cheat?

          • exdemo55 says:

            Your words: Of course, the kind of “liberty” you favor is that of the Kochs and their delusional wannabes to do anything they want to the rest of us with impunity.
            Such untruth and hate. You should be more like Sen. Manchin and see the good they do even if you don’t agree with their politics. And if you want oncorrupted elections you should support Pictured voter ID requirements. Most Demos don’t want them so they can cheat.

      • Allan Richardson says:

        What good is cancer research to people with cancer who have no insurance or any other way to pay for the treatments they have discovered? Their philosophy is Let Poor Folks Die.

        • exdemo55 says:

          No, it’s Obama and the Demos who what old people to just “take a pain pill” and die instead of getting an expensive pacemaker. You guys are the ones who will advocate “death panels”

          • Allan Richardson says:

            I know from personal experience that I had to deplete my retirement savings after a layoff in my late 50s in order to pay COBRA premiums, not only to insure me in the meantime, but to insure my ABILITY to have my chronic illnesses covered by my or my wife’s NEXT job-offered insurance. People who NEVER had coverage from a job, or lost it and had no savings from which to pay COBRA, would be quoted totally unaffordable premiums AND totally unaffordable out of pocket costs. By contrast, there is NO provision in the ACA to deny coverage except for the Medicaid expansion, put in to try (in vain) to get Republican and conservative Democratic votes. And the Medicaid expansion was INTENDED to catch the bottom of the income spectrum, but half the states rejected that, and as a result, there are ALREADY people DYING in Florida and Georgia who should have gotten Medicaid; their actual NAMES AND STORIES have been in the news recently.

            The truth is, conservatives and pre-ACA insurance companies have, for MANY years, required pre-existing conditions not be covered; that annual coverage be capped, leaving their policyholders with potentially infinite out of pocket costs; that LIFETIME coverage be capped, which meant that some premature babies would have their insurance run out BEFORE THEY WENT HOME with their parents, and if they were lucky enough to live to adulthood, they would NEVER be able to get their own insurance EVEN as a job benefit (possibly not even GETTING the job because of their non-insurability); and policies being RETROACTIVELY cancelled as treatment for a new condition started, by aggressively looking for tiny mistakes in their applications. How can a reasonable person refer to such actions as anything ELSE but a “death panel?”

            You have been LIED TO by insurance companies and billionaires who do not care if anyone poorer than themselves lives or dies. You have chosen to believe their lies rather than look up any facts.

            I am proud of being a volunteer to help route people to the navigators who helped them to get coverage for the FIRST TIME in their lives. I am also grieved when I find out that they have been turned down because of a decision that OUR GOVERNOR NATHAN “RAW” DEAL AND THE TEA PARTY have made here in Georgia.

            Read Matthew chapter 25 if you were thinking of justifying these old selfish policies by using Christian teachings. And remember, YOU TOO are only one layoff away from NEEDING to get Obamacare, and YOU may not be able to get it if your state is also one of these “red” states.

            And finally, the quote you took out of context is the President saying what the ANTI Obamacare people would have us return to, NOT what his and the Democrats’ policies advocate or have enacted.

          • Independent1 says:

            Allan , I think you and Sandy are having a dialogue with a paid troll for the RNC who is going to rebutt virtually every sensible thing you say with more of his or her fantasies and total drivel. I’ve decided the best way to deal with an itiot like exdemo55 is to totally ignore it!!

          • exdemo55 says:

            I have never posted any lies

          • exdemo55 says:

            Obama’s quote was not taken out of context. Look it up on U-tube, you can hear it in full context for your self. Asking foe coverage for pre-existing condition is like asking for fire insurance while your house is already on fire. Conservatives and insurance companies don’t want anyone to die more than you do. They have families too

          • exdemo55 says:

            I have read Matthrew 25 many times. Conservatives including the Kochs give millions of dollars to the poor of their own free will. Your flawed view is forcing people at the point of a gun to give up their hard earned money because to satisfy governmrnt taxes. This is legalized stealing. the government can’t run a lemonade stand. they waste it. Better to allow the private sector to take care of the poor.

        • exdemo55 says:

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  2. charleo1 says:

    According to his son, Charles, “Many of the Soviet engineers he worked with were longtime Bolsheviks who had helped bring on the revolution.” It deeply bothered Fred Koch that so many of those so committed to the Communist cause were later purged. He was one of the founding members of the John Birch Society. He claimed that the Democratic and Republican Parties were infiltrated by the Communist Party, and he supported Mussolini’s suppression of communists. He wrote that “The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America,” and that public welfare was a secret plot to attract rural blacks and Puerto Ricans to Eastern cities to vote for Communist causes and “getting a vicious race war started.

    Proving the dumb assed Apples didn’t fall far from the Dumb Ass, tree.
    Look, if it walks like a Fascist, talks like a Fascist, and the smell of Fascism
    permeates the air at your local T-Party rally. That’s because it’s supposed to.

    • Independent1 says:

      Charle, not sure if you get the DailyKos each week. This week they have a list of issues on David Koch’s 1980 campaign platform when he tried running for VP. You really need to see this list.

      Here’s just a few excerpts:

      “We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”

      “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”

      We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”

      “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that
      repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”

      “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”

      “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”

      “We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”

      “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”

      “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”

      “We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”

      “We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”

      “We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.”

      “We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”

      The link to the entire article:

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/10/1291095/-Astounding-Charles-Koch-s-1980-VP-Run-Kill-Medicare-Soc-Sec-Min-Wage-Public-Ed?detail=email

      • charleo1 says:

        Got it, read it, and if I weren’t already aware of what giant
        public menaces the Koch Bros. are, I would be appalled.
        It’s curious isn’t it, how many of these agenda items the
        GOP are today, tirelessly working to make happen? The Post Office, an entity mentioned specifically in the Constitution, was a surprise, in reading this 1980 manifesto, to essentially end America as we know it. What struck me, and continues to amaze me, is the size of their egos. Their sense of their own importance. That the entirity of the last century of American culture, and social progress, should be wiped away, in favor of this self serving kleptocracy, ruled over by the likes of themselves. The old axiom of buying someone for what they were worth, then selling them back for what they considered themselves worth. The Koch family, with a price tag of a whopping 100 billion, would still be the most profitable deal in world history.

  3. Grannysmovin says:

    Unless “We the People” fight back at the polls and elect people who believe in fighting for the people not corporations or billionaires, we will have a Government of the Koch Brothers, by the Koch Brothers, for the Koch Brothers. (Insert any billionaires name here),

  4. johninPCFL says:

    Just because they’re libertarians doesn’t mean they’re not hypocrites.

  5. Canistercook says:

    Guess you will also ‘demonize’ Soros and those Union PACS won’t you!
    Our real problem is money from many sources – left and right – are being used to brain wash many of the STUPID voters. Things like ‘war on women’ etc won’t rescue the economy of our nation.

    • Independent1 says:

      List for me all those terrible things Soros is donating to!! Can you really identify where he’s funded thousands of media ads spouting lies and distortions in an effort to destroy the credibility of right-wing candidates like the Kochs do as normal practice all the time???

      And you may enjoy seeing some of what the Koch’s really stand for in this brief excerpt of David Koch’s campaign platform for VP back in 1980:

      “We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”

      “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”

      We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”

      “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that
      repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”

      “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”

      “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”

      “We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for
      the immediate repeal of such laws.”

      “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property
      of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”

      “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”

      “We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”

      “We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”

      “We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.”

      “We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”

      That’s just a sample – here’s a link to a bigger list:

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/10/1291095/-Astounding-Charles-Koch-s-1980-VP-Run-Kill-Medicare-Soc-Sec-Min-Wage-Public-Ed?detail=email

    • Sand_Cat says:

      You’re right: so why don’t you go on the conservative blogs and suggest they STOP the war on women.
      But seriously, you are right that money should be kept out of the picture as much as possible, but never will be, because those who have it already own our government and like it that way.

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