Bill Quick

To Strike at Kochs, Democrats Revive Tactic That Hurt Romney –

WASHINGTON — After months of wincing in the face of negative ads funded by the industrialists David and Charles Koch, Democrats believe they have finally found a way to fight back: attacking the brothers’ sprawling business conglomerate as callous and indifferent to the lives of ordinary people while pursuing profit and power.

By drawing public attention to layoffs by subsidiaries of Koch Industries across the country — a chemical plant in North Carolina, an oil refinery in Alaska, a lumber operation in Arkansas — Democrats are seeking to make villains of the reclusive billionaires, whose political organizations have spent more than $30 million on ads so far to help Republicans win control of the Senate.

Minor problem with this “strategy.”  The Kochs aren’t running for anything.  They’re just using their hugely deep pockets to help candidates running against the Democrats.  Most voters will neither know or care where that money came from.  All they’ll notice is how effective and ubiquitous those ads seem to be.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Lame — 2 Comments

  1. Exactly right. The Kochs don’t necessarily need to defend themselves. Mitt Romney, running for office, certainly did need to defend himself. He did not effectively do that and Romneycare itself is a tell. It appears that many of the self made rich of today are either a) crony capitalists or b) legitimate businessman who are guilty about it because if social shame for having made money.

    The Kochs make money by running successful businesses employing hundreds of thousands and making proper asset allocation decisions. Are they altruists? Saints? No, of course not. Adam Smith’s invisible hand didn’t work on altruism. It worked on basic human greed. Someone who wanted to make more money had to offer a better product at the same price or the same product at a lower price. Or better. In his mind in a free market there are always people looking to do exactly that and get rich in the bargain.