Charles Koch Responds To The Character Assassins

Harry Reid really has a bug up his bum about the Koch brothers. You’d think they were running for political office. He has openly called them “un-American” on the Senate floor and he even has a web page smearing them on his Senate website, which is a violation of Senate rules. But followers of Saul Alinsky’s rules believe that other rules are there to be broken.

Charles Koch has had enough, and took to the pages of The Wall Street Journal to defend himself and take a stand against the big-government character assassins. In his piece he lays out his vision of a free society, and notes the ways the collectivists go about trying to destroy their opponents. Then he provides a few facts that the left doesn’t want you to know about the Koch brothers and their business.

Koch companies employ 60,000 Americans, who make many thousands of products that Americans want and need. According to government figures, our employees and the 143,000 additional American jobs they support generate nearly $11.7 billion in compensation and benefits. About one-third of our U.S.-based employees are union members.

Koch employees have earned well over 700 awards for environmental, health and safety excellence since 2009, many of them from the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. EPA officials have commended us for our “commitment to a cleaner environment” and called us “a model for other companies.”

Our refineries have consistently ranked among the best in the nation for low per-barrel emissions. In 2012, our Total Case Incident Rate (an important safety measure) was 67% better than a Bureau of Labor Statistics average for peer industries. Even so, we have never rested on our laurels. We believe there is always room for innovation and improvement.

Far from trying to rig the system, 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.

Did you know that even though Koch Industries is a “major producer in the ethanol industry” but they still have been fighting against ethanol tax credits? If not, don’t feel bad, it’s not something the media will spend much time talking about. They also don’t talk much about the concept of personal responsibility or how big government erodes our freedom and destroys lives.

Instead of fostering a system that enables people to help themselves, America is now saddled with a system that destroys value, raises costs, hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness. This is what happens when elected officials believe that people’s lives are better run by politicians and regulators than by the people themselves. Those in power fail to see that more government means less liberty, and liberty is the essence of what it means to be American. Love of liberty is the American ideal. (Read More)

Jay Caruso also made a point that worth noting – Harry Reid is the one with the political power, not Charles or David Koch.

What separates Reid from Charles and David Koch is that despite the amount of money they have, Senator Reid is the one with real power. How many bills passed by the House has Harry Reid simply “tabled” the moment it reached his desk in the Senate? He has that power. Charles Koch does not. (Read More)

Reid has made it crystal clear that there is no low he won’t stoop to in order to hang on to that power.