The Pardu

The Pardu
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Have A Koch!

I am a bit of a cynic and I do not believe that uber wealthy people on the Left nor the Right will work for the common good of the people. They are generally industrialist or entertainment magnates, and simply via their elitist existence, I feel they permanently separate from what we once called the "masses."  

Gov. Walker, Koch Stooge!
While I am not one for wealth envy, star worship nor celebrity curiosity, I will admit to deep concern when elitist focus their vast financial wherewithal on shaping our society not in their likeness, but shaping society such that we exist as mere pawns for their manipulation and servitude. 

Now for a bit of specificity. The Koch brothers since 1980 have embarked on shaping America in the shadows of Libertarian ideology. When I speak of libertarianism, I do not speak of classic libertarian ideology and doctrine, I think in terms of very far Right conservatives and social conservatives who identify with the word "libertarian." It seems they reach for the "libertarian" moniker to avoid the more descriptive moniker of 'conservative.'

Independent Senator from Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders's webpage has a partial listing of 1980 campaign platform items for the Ed Clark and David Koch ticket. The list appears as classic libertarian, with a conservative twist typical of a conservative industrialist. I have previously, read Clark was recruited to head the ticket for purpose of identity and familiarity. Take a  40 year journey into our past.
Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on 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 oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.”
  • “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 propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence.  Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.”
  • “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”
  • “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”
  • “As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”
  • “We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”
  • “We advocate the complete separation of education and State.  Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”
  • “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 support abolition of the Department of Energy.”
  • “We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”
  • “We demand the return of America's railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”
  • “We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called "self-protection" equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.”
  • “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.”
  • “We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”
  • “We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”
  • “We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
  • “We support the repeal of all state usury laws.”
As you surprised the platform items, didn't appear to provide any discomfort for the nation's wealthy? How about allowing me to convince you the items literally clear a path for unfettered industrialization replete with abolishing monitoring and regulatory agencies? Of course, you notice repeal of minimum wage laws.  

The campaign platform was from 1980. Yet, even today we hear and see GOP politicians who will appear before cameras speaking boldly about their disdain for the minimum wage with accompanying words supporting elimination of the law.   

A much more recent listing of Libertarian Party platform is linked, here (to be fair).

While the horrid thought is not posted in the platform items (above) nor in the Libertarian Party platform (linked), we must never forget one noted libertarian openly espouses legalizing heroin!  Ron Paul espouses such during items when heroin use among young white suburbanites is at an all-time high. Ron Paul is pathetic and a mere digression. Excuse the digress!

As the Koch brothers tighten their grip on conservative America and pull marionette strings of GOP members of state and federal legislatures, they warrant close scrutiny. Personally, I retain one guiding thought regarding the brothers. Their father was an early member of the John Birch Society. A society that span well beyond its anti-communist charter into a much more sophisticated likeness of the Ku Klux Klan (of course without harassment, oppression and killings).

In 2012, David Koch declared an end to his Libertarianism while simultaneously staking a claim to the GOP.  David Koch is neo-Libertarian "to the Max."

Koch also said he now considers himself a Republican first and foremost — rather than a Libertarian or a nonpartisan supporter of free enterprise — despite a background in Libertarian politics and some views that are out of step with the GOP orthodoxy. 

“The Libertarian Party is a great concept. I love the ideals, but it got too far off the deep end, and so I dropped out,” Koch said. “I think the Republican Party has a great chance of being successful and that’s why I support it,” he said, adding “but I believe in the libertarian principles.”
I simply cannot imagine how David Koch could be of a mindset to see success in the GOP. The party has no claims to success as far back as Richard Nixon.

Of course, David Koch sees the GOP as a conduit to the the Koch goodies. Goodies delineated in 1980. It is also important to add major Koch support for re-segregating school systems. 

Over the past week a couple of notable and "point on" MSNBC segments are cogent and relevant.

Additional reading and a gift of the Real Koch Facts web page. 

Economic Policy Journal: Hot David Koch I Am  No Longer

Real Koch Facts  

New York Times 

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