David Koch

Cato and the Future of Libertarianism

An earthquake rocked the libertarian world last week when news broke that a lawsuit had been filed over the ownership of shares in the Cato Institute, the libertarian think tank founded some 30 year ago in the wake of Ed Clark’s run as the 1980 Libertarian Party Presidential nominee. It started, apparently, last year with the death of William Niskanen, who along with Ed Crane, David Boaz, and countless others, had spent three decades shaping Cato into not just the leading libertarian public policy think tank, but also an organization that has become well-respected on both sides of the political aisle.

It’s difficult to list everything that Cato has done in the past thirty years, because they’ve done so much. They publish numerous publicy policy analyis reports on every subject that the nation’s leaders deal with. For many years they have published a guide book for each new Congress. Since the late 1980s they have run Cato University, an opportunity for young libertarians to learn from an interact with some truly great minds. Indeed, yours truly particlpated in one of those seminars at Dartmouth College in 1989 and I still remember it as one of the most intellectually engaging weeks of my life. That’s just a short list, I’m sure I’m missing something.

In any case, the dispute that is rocking Cato now is, as I said rooted in the death of William Niskanen last year, and a shareholder agreement with Charles and David Koch:

The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch filed a lawsuit Wednesday for control of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington.

Thought police: Global warming alarmist wants laws on the books to punish skeptics

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

Don’t you dare deny that climate change exists, says Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Forget about the First Amendment and free speech, the climate alarmist wants to use the power of the federal government to punish climate skeptics who voice their opinions:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., one of climate change’s loudest activists, said there should be a law that lets authorities punish skeptics and deniers - those who engage in “selling out the public trust,” he said, in an interview with Climate Depot during New York City’s recent People’s Climate March.

“I wish there were a law you could punish them with,” he said, in the videotaped interview. “I don’t think there is a law that you can punish these politicians under … [and skeptical politicians are] selling out the public trust.”

Kennedy also believes that CEOs of big corporations should be sent to the Hague like war criminals. He added that he believes that Charles and David Koch, the libertarian brothers who give to freedom-minded causes, should be tried for “reckless endangerment”.

Here’s the video:

Left-wing hypocrisy: They want money in politics as long as it comes from George Soros and Tom Steyer

George Soros

When conservative millionaires like the Koch brothers funnel money into right-wing causes, it’s evil; when liberal millionaires funnel money into left-wing causes, it’s noble. At least that’s what “right-wing hit-man” David Brock is telling wealthy liberals who are being called hypocrites for using their millions to swing elections.

In a piece titled “The existential crisis of the liberal millionaire,” POLITICO reveals the strategy Brock is employing to ease concerns of left-wing megadonors:

“You’re not in this room today trying to figure out how to rig the game so you can be free to make money poisoning little kids, and neither am I,” Brock told donors this month at a conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to someone who attended the conference, but who declined to be identified because it was closed to the press.

“Subscribing to a false moral equivalence is giving the Kochs exactly what they want: keeping us quiet about what they’re doing to destroy the very fabric of our nation,” added Brock, whose deep-pocketed nonprofit groups are leading the charge to make the conservative megadonors Charles and David Koch an issue in the 2014 midterms.

Harry Reid’s head explodes: Koch brothers donate $25 million to send black students to college

Harry Reid and the Kochs

Harry Reid’s obsession with the Koch Brothers is well-documented. In fact, Reid and the Democrats’ addiction is so bad that even Beltway media outlets like POLITICO have taken notice, and they’re not even buying what the Democrats are selling:

But if you pull back the curtain on the Democrats’ Koch brothers’ song and dance, you find that the premise of their campaign is not only flawed but actually underscores how hypocritical the party is when it comes to campaign finance. The reality is that it’s the Democrats who have a Koch problem.

And though Harry Reid and the Democrats would have you believe the Kochs are evil capitalists who exploit workers fore billions in profits, the numbers would suggest otherwise.

The Koch family has a massive charitable network that gives millions of dollars to the arts, humanities, education, and medical research, and David Koch is listed as the 24th most charitable American of 2013, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

And most recently, the Kochs donated $25 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). WaPo reports:

Tea Party Patriots hits Harry Reid with an ethics complaint for using Senate resources to fuel his Koch addiction

Tea Party Patriots has hit Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) with an ethics complaint over his ridiculous attacks on Charles and David Koch, libertarian billionaires who have contributed millions to both political and philanthropic causes:

Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, filed the complaint, charging Reid with “unlawfully and unethically targeting private citizens.”

The complaint further states that Reid “has misused Senate staff or resources to engage in partisan campaign activity in violation of federal laws and Senate rules.”
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“It’s been generations since a member of the Senate has abused the power of his office to attack private citizens the way Harry Reid has sought to vilify Charles and David Koch,” Martin said.

She said Reid’s tactics are “nothing more than a continuation of the thuggish intimidation campaign mounted by the Obama administration to target and silence people and organizations Democrats disagree with.”

Tea Party Patriots also filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for “improper conduct,” pointing to the pressure he put on the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department to prosecute Tea Party and conservative groups.

Harry Reid’s ridiculous Koch obsession is a sign that he needs psychological help

Harry Reid

It’s a strange and fascinating thing that Democrats on the Hill parade around as a moral obligation the cause of exposing the dastardly deeds of the Koch brothers and the vast wealth they spend on libertarian and conservative causes.

Dave Weigel of Slate brings us the tale of yet another effort, this time in the basement of the Capitol Visitors Center no less, in the form of a private screening of a documentary called “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition”:

The “movie premiere” wasn’t supposed to happen at all. Instead, it happened a little late. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi both endorsed a screening of Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition in one of the basement rooms of the Capitol Visitors Center. Republicans spied a possible ethics violation—how could this movie, an hour of agitprop from Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films, not be “political”?

The screening wasn’t canceled. Nobody had enough to gain from canceling it. Instead, on Tuesday night, Brave New Films set up chairs and a screen and waited for late votes to end in Congress so their special hosts could show up.

Surprise! Dems Like to do a Little Koch, Too

Remember when Harry Reid blasphemed the hallowed ground of the Senate floor by invoking the names of the evil Koch brothers over 130 times in separate trips to the podium? You see, Harry has kind of a thing for the Koch Brothers.

It borders on obsessive and has finally led many to wonder if the pugilistic majority leader might not be a little punch drunk. Even if he is against the ropes, however, there’s really no excuse for his bully pulpit tactic against private citizens who can do whatever they want with their money:

When Reid took to the floor of the Senate to lie about Mitt Romney, his target was at least a candidate for higher office. “The Koch brothers” — like Achilles and Odysseus, they have simply been turned into mythical figures.

As majority leader of the United States Senate, Reid holds one of the highest offices in the land. Using his high office to inveigh against the “Koch brothers,” Reid has shown an infinite capacity for disgrace, dishonesty and hypocrisy. He is the perfect face of the Democratic Party in the Age of Obama.

The disgrace, dishonesty, and hypocrisy become even more apparent when one considers that the hateful Kochs, blamed for sullying the pure driven snow that has always been the landscape of American politics, may have — surely accidentally — been handing over some of that blood money of theirs to (sit down if you need to) Democrats:

Senate Democrat blasts Reid’s anti-Koch brothers rhetoric

Joe Manchin

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) isn’t all that fond of Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) vicious attacks against Charles and David Koch, billionaire brothers who donate to conservative and libertarian causes.

“It’s us in the middle that have to start making something happen here in Washington to move this country forward. People want jobs. You don’t beat up people,” Manchin said this morning on Fox and Friends. “I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but you know, they’re Americans who are paying their taxes. They’re not breaking the law. They’re providing jobs.”

Manchin, who hails from a red state, has frequently bucked from Democratic leadership on big issues, including further energy regulation and certain aspects of Obamacare. Reid, however, has tried to demonize the Koch brothers from the Senate floor, using them as part of the Democratic Party’s election year strategy to change the subject to anything other than the unpopular healthcare law and the still struggling economy.

Harry Reid has completely lost his mind

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) may be losing his mind as he desperately clings to his party’s majority in the chamber. The usual partisan bickering is to be expected, but this isn’t the norm, even for an election year.

First, Reid took aim at Charles and David Koch on the Senate floor last month, part of a targeted strategy to take Americans attention off of the still-stale economy and Obamacare. He called them “evil” and “un-American,” claiming that “Republicans are addicted to Koch.”

Americans have responded with a yawn. A George Washington University Battleground Poll found that 52% of Americans have never heard of the Koch brothers, while just 25% have heard of them. Oh, and the details aren’t likely to bring a smile to Reid’s face.

“One in four respondents, 25%, had a strong or somewhat negative view of the brothers, while 13% had a strong or somewhat favorable view,” USA Today reported. “The GW poll also tested Reid’s favorability: 24% have a strong or somewhat favorable view; 35% have a strong or somewhat unfavorable view, and 25% say they have never heard of the Nevada Democrat.”

Senate Dems bash Koch brothers while cashing their checks

In a disgusting spectacle on the Senate floor last week, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) bashed Charles and David Koch — known to most as the Koch brothers — while also labeling those Americans who have told Obamacare horror stories as liars.

The Koch brothers are known for their political giving and providing seed money to start organizations like Americans for Prosperity, a group already running issue ads in competitive states, and conservative and libertarian-leaning think tanks.

The libertarian brothers are often cited in rallying cries in support of the pending, anti-speech IRS regulations that would codify the agency’s targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups. The New York Times, for instance, referenced the Koch brothers in its recent screed backing the rules. Vulnerable Senate Democrats aren’t just supporting the IRS regulations, they want to ensure that the agency implements them quickly enough to take effect for this year’s election.

Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) are ramping up the rhetoric machines against the Koch brothers, part of the Reid’s playbook to try to hold onto the Senate in 2014. But as Senate Democrats try to scapegoat the Koch brothers, it should be noted that they’ve had no problem cashing their checks.


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