Charles Koch Speaks Out

I guess the Koch Brothers must be getting sick of the entirely unfounded accusations and attacks against them, their business and their character. Charles Koch is speaking out, and calling out politicians from both parties for years of reckless spending and crony capitalism. He penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, saying he will continue to stand up for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and other politicians who are willing to do what is necessary to get our fiscal house in order.

Our elected officials would do well to remember that the most prosperous countries are those that allow consumers—not governments—to direct the use of resources. Allowing the government to pick winners and losers hurts almost everyone, especially our poorest citizens.

Recent studies show that the poorest 10% of the population living in countries with the greatest economic freedom have 10 times the per capita income of the poorest citizens in countries with the least economic freedom. In other words, society as a whole benefits from greater economic freedom.

Even though it affects our business, as a matter of principle our company has been outspoken in defense of economic freedom. This country would be much better off if every company would do the same. Instead, we see far too many businesses that paint their tails white and run with the antelope.

Read the whole thing.

Koch also wrote about the bloated, wasteful federal government. Here’s a small sampling of just how oversized our government has become.

The U.S. government has 15 different agencies overseeing food-safety laws, 20 separate programs to help the homeless and 80 programs for economic development.

These are a few of the findings in a massive study of overlapping and duplicative programs that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year, according to a new Government Accountability Office report to be released Tuesday.

The report from the nonpartisan GAO compiles a list of redundant and potentially ineffective federal programs, and it could serve as a template for lawmakers in both parties as they move to cut federal spending and consolidate programs to reduce the deficit.

Maybe Michelle Obama should focus her efforts on putting government on a diet.

In related news, Americans for Prosperity had their website attacked by an anonymous leftist who used the Koch brothers as their excuse. How much do you want to bet “anonymous” was funded by George Soros or one of his splinter groups?

Update: Memeorandum now has a thread and has kindly linked. Red State has more on the left’s attacks on free speech.