Tagged David Koch

So, Are the Koch Brothers Still Monumentally Evil?

Those who are on the port side of the partisan and ideological divide in America like to portray the Koch brothers as the source of everything bad that has ever happened to the planet, not to mention everything bad that is about to happen on the planet. This particular piece of overwrought nonsense should have been laughed out of polite company long ago, but in the event that anyone still needs evidence for the proposition that the Koch brothers are more complicated than their detractors like to claim they are, they need only read this piece:

Those Horrible, Horrible Koch Brothers

Now, they want to reform America’s broken criminal justice system: Charles Koch, the billionaire chairman and CEO of Koch Industries and leading conservative mega-donor, has set his sights on a new goal: reforming America’s criminal justice system. In an interview with The Wichita Eagle published Saturday, Koch said his own experiences in courts — including the time a federal grand jury indicted Koch Industries on 97 counts of environmental crimes in 2000 — prompted him to study the justice system at both the state and federal level. In that particular case, centered on a Koch Petroleum Group refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, prosecutors eventually dropped…

Do You Hate the Koch Brothers?

Do you abhor and despise the control they allegedly exercise over the nature of political debate here in the United States? Are you afraid and worried that other similarly wealthy and powerful people/institutions could hijack political debate in a similar fashion? Well then, you should be absolutely outraged by this: Did You Hear the Koch Brothers Just Gave a Million Bucks to NPR to Cover Healthcare? No, you didn’t hear about that Koch gift to NPR, because it never happened. But now that I have your attention, let me ask you whether you heard that a different funder, who also has…

Those Nasty Koch Brothers

Look what they’re up to now: Liberals and conservatives don’t often see eye to eye on matters of constitutional rights, particularly when it comes to the First and Second Amendments. The Sixth Amendment, and its guarantee of defense counsel, may be at least one patch of common ground. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers announced this week that it’s getting a “major grant” from Koch Industries Inc. to support the group’s indigent defense training programs and to study how states can do a better job of delivering legal services to the poor. “We are supportive of the NACDL’s efforts to make the…

The Koch Brothers Have a Lot to Learn if They Want to Be Genuine Villains

Maybe Tom Steyer can teach them a thing or two: The psychiatric world defines “projection” as the act of denying unpleasant qualities in yourself, while attributing them to others. Consider liberal billionaire Tom Steyer’s riff this week about the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers. Mr. Steyer took exception in a C-SPAN interview to comparisons between his big-dollar funding of Democrats with the Koch brothers’ big-dollar funding of Republicans. The Kochs’ priorities “line up perfectly with their pocketbooks—and that’s not true for us,” said Mr. Steyer, who is fighting against the Keystone XL pipeline. Moreover, he insisted, his politicking is “completely open,” whereas…

Koch Derangement Syndrome

The allegedly evil and malignant Koch brothers have recently made a $100 million donation to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The reaction: Protests. To the last, the port-siders will grapple with the Kochs. From Hell’s heart, they stab at the Kochs. For hate’s sake, they spit their last breaths upon the Kochs. And they will chase the Kochs round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition’s flames before the port-siders give the Kochs up. Speaking of the Ahabesque, the New York Times editorial page proves anew that it is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the…