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Wed Mar 13, 2013, 04:49 PM

 

Charles Koch Reflects on Last Election, Promises to Do More to 'Persuade Politicians'

http://www.thenation.com/blog/173315/charles-koch-reflects-last-election-promises-do-more-persuade-politicians#

Charles Koch, the chief executive of Koch Industries who is worth an estimated $34 billion to $44.6 billion, has a new letter to his employees. Koch and his brother spent more than ever in the last election, financing anti-Obama attack ads, phone banks voter contact efforts and more—but came up short. In his letter, sent to tens of thousands of employees through the Koch Industries’ “Discovery” newsletter, Koch warns that “November’s election results … are part of a trend that, if not reversed, will destroy the American dream.”

The letter hits familiar themes, claiming regulation and taxation will ruin the economy and posits Koch’s political intervention as our only savior. Koch also implies more big-money spending on campaigns and political groups, writing, “As a company, we are committed to doing what is right in every aspect of our business. That is why we will continue doing everything we can to persuade politicians to put what is good for the country first, before it is too late.”

In a quasi-letter to the editor section of Discovery, there’s an array of letters all competing to heap the most praise on the Koch brothers and their patriotism. It really should be viewed in its entirety, just as a specimen of the bubble that some of the ultra-rich live under, but here’s a representative sample:

Dear Mr. Koch, Thank you, thank you, thank you – to your brother David and you – for being such fine and patriotic Americans. The courageous and principled stands that you take to help us retain and restore our liberty are truly inspiring. You are doing so much good for so many.—Larry Saunders Registered commodities rep. Franklin, Tenn.

(More at the link. Cross-posted from Occupy Underground.)

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Fire Walk With Me Mar 2013 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2013 #1
meow2u3 Mar 2013 #4
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Initech Mar 2013 #5
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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 04:50 PM

1. By "persuade" he means "buy."

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 04:54 PM

4. Persuade, in Koch-speak

Either you take our bribes or we'll kill you and your family.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 04:51 PM

2. Charles Koch: I have a solution for all your money.

 

Give it all away. Every single dime.

Live like a bum. Learn how hard it is to get a job.

Then get yourself arrested, and then sentenced to a long stretch.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 04:54 PM

3. "What's good for the country" = "We will win the wealth marathon come hell or high water".

"What's good for the country" = "Plutonomy".

"What's good for the country" = "Austerity for THEE, not for MEE".

Fuck these two codger Scrooge McDicks.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 05:12 PM

5. These assholes won't be satisfied until they're made Supreme Overlords of the Universe.

Why havent we arrested these wannabe dictators and tried them for treason yet?? Fuck them.

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Wed Mar 13, 2013, 05:36 PM

7. Dear Koch bros: Bite me.

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