Skip to comments.Charles Koch Fights Back: Not with character assassination, but a formula for liberty
Posted on 04/05/2014 8:56:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Is it too farfetched to connect the dots between a brilliant Wall Street Journal op-ed by Charles Koch, the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, and the continued sluggish recovery in jobs, business investment, and the overall economy? I dont think so.
In his piece, Mr. Koch seems to make a plea for a big dose of free-market capitalism. He argues, The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.
Charles Koch and his brother David have been vilified by the left for fighting hard to get political candidates with free-market points of view elected. Protected by U.S. Senate rules against libel, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid has called the Kochs virtually every name in the book including un-American. But now the Kochs are fighting back. And I hope they do more of it.
Charles Kochs op-ed reveals a consistency of thought. He writes, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished.
Koch concludes that the current batch of administration policies destroys value, raises costs, hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness.
This is strong stuff. And spot on.
Think of Obamacare as the ultimate central-planning, collectivist, big-government approach. The government is mandating what health-care insurance to buy, and taxing you if you dont buy it. You may lose your favorite doctor or hospital or insurance plan, all while job hiring and work effort are undermined. These intellectual eggheads tell you what you can and cannot do, and where you can and cannot do it. And they prescribe a multi-trillion-dollar government expansion of spending and taxing while theyre at it.
The good news here is that Obamacare is incredibly unpopular. The bad news is that its going to be incredibly difficult to rewrite or replace this law.
But Mr. Kochs big fear is that collectivism cant and wont stop with Obamacare. He has a point. The Obama machine continues to roll out poverty-trap incentives, paying people not to work. Obamas EPA is aiming to obliterate the entire coal industry and all the blue-collar workers in it. The president cant even give the okay to the Keystone pipeline, which is favored by all but the far-Left environmental radicals. Obamas National Labor Relations Board now wants to unionize college football players. Our corporate tax rates are the highest in the world. And the entire IRS tax system is so corrupt and complex, it has become a major hindrance to growth. I could go on and on.
So why is it surprising that the economic recovery is happening at only half the rate of a normal expansion? Sure, there was some decent news in the March jobs report. But it took nearly five years for private jobs to regain the peak reached in January 2008. In fact, this jobs recovery is the slowest on record since the Labor Department started tracking the data in 1939. And we are at least 5 million jobs below potential.
I dont want to be too pessimistic. The March employment report of 192,000 new jobs is at least keeping pace with the monthly changes of recent years, sluggish as that may be. And there was good news with a lengthening private workweek and a big jump in the small-business household-employment report.
However, wages were flat in March, and only 2.1 percent higher than a year ago. And the so-called U-6 labor-impairment unemployment rate which includes people who have jobs they dont like is stuck at a high 12.7 percent. A full 10.5 million Americans are unemployed, and 7.4 million are working part time.
One huge reason for the tepid jobs recovery is that long-term business investment in new plants, equipment, warehouses, office buildings, and so forth remains very soft. Only recently, in last years fourth quarter, did so-called cap-ex get back to its prior peak of early 2008.
High taxes are causing firms to deploy profits overseas. The president keeps bashing business with the threat of even higher taxes and regulations. And no one knows what Obamacare regulatory costs are ultimately going to be.
So with the economy only crawling toward recovery, the solution is not character assassination or more government collectivism. Mr. Charles Koch has it exactly right: We need more liberty and freedom to restore American values and economic prosperity. Politicians and regulators cant do it. Only hard-working and innovative people can.
So lets let them do it.
A Republican presidential candidate whose platform states that he or she will spend the next four years proposing the repeal of unconstitutional laws that infringe on our freedom would be formidable.
“... a formula for liberty ...”
Sell it, Larry, sell it!
So true! Too bad the GOP will offer nothing of the kind.
A full-page free enterprise message back in the 1980's, sponsored by Stedman Corporation featured the following cartoon, along with a warning of the dangers of government spending and debt to America's freedom and prosperity.
Back then, a few businessmen across the nation were sounding alarms, but neither the public nor the politicians heeded the warnings.
In Texas, there was Eddie Chiles, of The Western Company and owner of the Texas Rangers. An advocate for less federal government intrusion, Chiles was also known for his 1970's radio commentaries. His trade-mark was, "I'm Eddie Chiles, and I'm mad as hell." In Illinois, there was James R. Evans, businessman and author of "America's Choice: Twilight's Last Gleaming or Dawn's Early Light?"
In North Carolina, there was W. David Stedman, also urging his fellow business leaders, employees and public against the growth of government spending and debt and pleading for a return to the ideas of the American Declaration and Constitution. The cartoon below contains the ideas of both, for, with permission, another famous Chiles remark was incorporated into the Stedman cartoon. The Stedman ad series culminated in a 1987 292-page book on America's founding principles ("Our Ageless Constitution") and is now available again here
But we must fear the Koch brothers, for they are not true conservatives but rather libertarians.
Isn’t that right our true blue conservative freepers?
Koch is great on financial issues, but he is also pro-sodomite “marriage”. :(
I wonder what he will do if he gets too much sway over the “conservative” movement when social issues are discussed.
You wouldn’t recognize a political ally if he or she bit you on the ass.
Yeah, I acknowledged his strength regarding fiscal issues.
I guess I can’t express concern over social issues because he or she is an ally on fiscal ones, eh?
That doesn’t quite work, does it?
Burn the heretics! (Hey, who’s got the marshmallows?)
I’d say he’s already burned.
The size and scope of the federal government exacerbates the immorality in society. Evil won’t go away with a smaller federal government. However it is simply foolish to believe that any conservative leader can change Washington. It must be dismantled and that’s what Koch puts his money behind.
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"I deem [this one of] the essential principles of our government and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration:... The honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith." --Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801. ME 3:322
"I sincerely believe... that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816. ME 15:23