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Fri Jul 31, 2015, 09:12 AM

New York Times: "We Are Koch"

Each of the Koch brothers saw his investments grow by a staggering $6 billion last year, which, if you do the math, means that they each made about $3 million per hour last year, based on a 40-hour workweek.

In other words, as millions of Americans struggle to survive each and every day, the wealthiest Americans, the oligarchs, are accumulating vast sums of wealth, without anyone saying a word, or raising a finger.

yet [bTthe NYT is gushingly trying to rehabilitate these oligarchs:
even a sweet picture:


After two elections in which Democrats and liberals sought to cast them as the secretive, benighted face of the Republican Party, the Kochs are seeking to remake public perceptions of their family, their business and their politics, unsettling a corporate culture deeply allergic to the spotlight. Even as their donor network prepares to spend extravagantly to defeat Democrats during the 2016 campaign, the Kochs have made cause with prominent liberals to change federal sentencing rules, which disproportionately affect African-Americans, while a Koch-backed nonprofit, the Libre Initiative, offers driving lessons and tax preparation services to Latinos.


Critics see an effort to soften the image of a political and philanthropic empire that has budgeted $889 million for the 2016 election cycle, including tens of millions to build a grass-roots activist network, and of a family business that is a major lobbying force in Washington and has faced numerous threats of a consumer boycott.

suck on a duck NYT:

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Fri Jul 31, 2015, 09:33 AM

1. Precisely what's the problem? This piece...

described the Kochs as trying to change their image. They are trying to change their image. Should the Times have made a value judgement about their conservatism?

The Kochs are conservative, and they are very good at being conservative. A lot better, smarter anyway, than we are at being progressive. And there's little underhanded or criminal about what they are doing. It's just not what we do, and we think it's wrong.

We can complain all we want about the Kochs, but we have to have some better responses than whining about them on message boards.

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