Koch Brothers Open Thread

Why Would He Vote For You?


Artist – Tim Eagan

Get in the van, Charles Koch has candy.

A conservative mogul worth $43 billion says he knows the secret to helping poor people. According to Charles Koch, the U.S. needs to get rid of the minimum wage, which he counts as a major obstacle to economic growth.

On Wednesday, the Charles Koch Foundation launched a $200,000 media campaign in Wichita, Kansas, with a hint of expanding it elsewhere. [...]

In an interview with the Wichita Eagle published Tuesday, Koch said that the minimum wage is one policy he is working against.

The existence of minimum wage was clearly a massive impediment to the Koch Brother’s Success which they inherited.

  • Badgerite

    Getting rid of the mini-wage could not possibly have any kind of stimulus effect on the economy as it is so thoroughly minimum that only a teenager living at home could possibly live on it. Even the market, in terms of what even teenagers living at home are willing to work for has surpassed the mini-wage. The guy’s all heart.

    • I don’t know in today’s economy if even teenagers living at home could live off the supposed “min-wage”, if they have to pay gas and insurance for a car, put away money for college, etc like I had to back in the day.

  • Ipecac

    It’s pretty well understood that there are few places in the United States that one person can live on a minimum wage salary, much less a family. Of course, eliminating the minimum wage won’t RAISE one single person’s wages, but would immediately lower wages for millions of Americans.

    So just how does this help poor people? What does this asshat really expect to happen if the minimum wage is gone?

    (I know he’s just looking at his own bottom line and screw the poor, but does he even have some fantasy version of how this will help people?)

  • BlueTrooth

    Forever I have said, “The Crown Jewel” for the Republican Party, the mainstream AND the kooks, is the Minimum Wage. I was a Republican in a previous life and it has been a fundamental principle to all Republicans since the days of Nixon. There’s always been an opposition to the very idea of a Minimum Wage since it was made law, but in the Nixon era it became an obsession and the obsession is blossoming into political action. Not that Nixon didn’t try to bait a greater debate through wage “freezes”. After all, if a freeze couldn’t be implemented, how could a minimum be legal? This was the view from the kitchen table, the Republican kitchen table. But back then, there was also a sense of decency and character to balance the incredibly heightened sense of conservative entitlement. The districting scam was still restrained by undeveloped technology in those days, so Representatives had a more diversified District to represent. It was also a time when upward mobility held value in both major parties. More and more, the focus of the GOP is on inherited wealth and nepotism into over-compensated Executive positions that afford tax loopholes…you get the idea. In today’s environment, the minimum wage is of no value (outside of profit) to the Republican base, either in practice or in imagined “success” as defined by conservative network of propaganda outlets. They have no shame, to be succinct. In the past, it was unseemly to say out loud that a minimum wage was too high. Today, the unseemly is the most attractive. The unseemly holds the desired shock value to bait the opposition into a debate, a debate that affords the unseemly the credibility that allows them to sweep their shame aside and bear down on the “principle” while ignoring the real, the human costs. The Minimum Wage has been under attack for decades and the Conservatives have their argument well-defined and backed by numerous analyses that they are begging people to debunk. Because every time a “study” gets attention, even a debunking, the idea of repealing the minimum wage (ruling it unconstitutional) loses another layer of that unseemliness. It’s just the way Conservatives work and it can be effective, if we continue to take the bait instead of pushing for higher wages by any means.

  • blackdaug

    Snidly rubs his hands together….and twirls..twirls…

  • Joyce M

    A person’s wages also determine their retirement and disability benefits. What would someone with inherited wealth know about living on the minimum wage? Rich people want to take us back to 11th century. With cuts to unemployment, SNAP and other benefits, a living wage is essential for survival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzIbKQDPrcU