Charles Koch Admits He Needs More Power To Control The Government

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Oligarchy is any control structure in which power effectively rests with a very small number of people typically distinguished by incalculable wealth that allows them to exert tyrannical or religious control over a population. Aristotle pioneered the term oligarchy as a synonym for “rule by the rich” for which a more modern common term is plutocracy like America.  Although America was founded as a representative democracy, there have always been a cabal of wealthy industrialists who exerted inordinate power over government, but that power was briefly curtailed with Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal 80 years ago. It is why Republicans and their Koch masters have been on a heightened crusade to abolish New Deal provisions with religious fervor over the past six years.

Most Americans are unaware, tragically, that America is dangerously close to becoming a fully-fledged plutocracy and although corporations, religion, and the financial sector exert a fair amount of influence over government, the true oligarchs running two-thirds of government are the Koch brothers. Now, one thought they would never hear it directly from one of the brothers, but last weekend Charles Koch claimed that he did not yet have enough, or completely, control over the government because, “if I had all this power, why aren’t the many things I want changed getting changed?” In fact, Koch said it was “ludicrous” that he had too much power because there is no such thing in his mind, and to achieve his goal the Kochs are willing to spend nearly a billion dollars to achieve the level of power he demands.

Koch’s remark is as clear an indication as possible that he still does not possess, and is ardently seeking, the ultimate power of an oligarchical tyrant. He actually had the temerity to say in public that, “wow, believe me if I had too much power a lot of things would change.” If any American is unsure of what will  change when the Kochs eventually control the entire government, they should stop and consider that all the government agencies and programs Republicans are attempting to slash funding for at the state and federal level are a drop in the bucket compared to what the Kochs want; complete elimination of the entire government.

For a refresher on exactly what the Kochs want changed when they do have “all this power,” they devised a list (partial here) about the time Republican demigod Ronald Reagan came into power that leaves no part of government in existence. For example, the Kochs consider the Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid programs “fraudulent and oppressive” and they want them abolished in their entirety; not privatized, abolished in their entirety. To prevent “we the people” from having a voice in keeping their Social Security pensions and Medicare in place, the Kochs demand the repeal of all campaign finance laws and “immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission;” no campaign finance or election laws is crucial to hasten their takeover of government and abolish democracy.

Every one of the regulatory agencies will cease to exist in the United States of Koch, and it contradicts Charles Koch’s contention that he is an advocate and champion for the American people; particularly the poor. A partial list of the government agencies, departments, and programs the Kochs want abolished include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Consumer Product Safety Commission and the repeal of any law requiring individuals to use “so-called” self-protection equipment such as seat belts, air bags, crash helmets or “civil liability” property insurance.

On social safety nets and aid to the disabled, the poor, and families and children the Kochs demand an immediate end to child-bearing health programs (Title X), welfare plans and supported services for children, emergency relief programs like food stamps, housing assistance, and every other ‘aid to the poor’ programs because they claim they demean Americans living in poverty due to low wage jobs, old age, disability, or infancy. According to the Koch’s libertarian ideology, any and all government programs to aid the poor, disabled, and elderly are privacy-invading, paternalistic, and fraudulent; they claim the proper source of paternalistic, privacy-invading, and fraudulent assistance is the purview of churches.

There is no aspect of government the Kochs do not want privatized including all American waterways. That includes awarding corporations authority “to control the water-treatment and distribution systems that bring water to industry, agriculture and households.” The Kochs also want all federal land, including national parks, monuments, buildings, the entire American highway system, the Postal Service, bridges, and rail lines handed over to corporations for privatization.

Of course the Kochs want the Department of Education abolished and all education privatized for those who can afford to pay for it. To accomplish that feat they demand the immediate abolition of compulsory education and the sale to corporations of all state, county, and local school properties. The Kochs, like their religious conservative cohorts in the evangelical right, claim that the only reason government is involved in or funds education is “to indoctrinate children and to interfere with choices of the individual.” Although Republicans in states have made headway achieving the Koch’s education reform demands, it is taking too long and the billionaire brothers want to buy the government to “immediately terminate any government ownership, operation, regulation and standards in all schools and colleges.

If any American seriously believes that the Kochs do not want, or are unwilling to spend nearly a billion dollars in one election, to rule America, they should consider that Charles Koch’s own words were, “believe me if I had too much power a lot of things would change.” Now remember what then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to Charles and David Koch at a billionaire’s fund-raising conference prior to the 2014 midterm elections. McConnell made a telling promise to the Kochs that he thanked profusely and pledged, “I assure you, we’re going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board. All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it.”

Republicans have, thus far, followed through on their part of the bargain and duly went after healthcare, Medicare, financial services, the E.P.A., worker protections, women’s reproductive rights, childbearing health programs like Title X and the federal judiciary to name but a few. It was not that long ago that Republicans supported most of those programs, but that was before Charles Koch determined that he did not “have all this power” and discovered that the best way to “get the many things I want changed changed,” was to spend what will eventually be a billion dollars for one election.

Charles or David Koch are not spending more in 2016 than the RNC (about $404 million) and DNC (about $319 million) combined in the 2014 midterms out of altruism or brotherly love of McConnell, Boehner, or any Republican; they want total control of the government to dismantle it. It is a sad commentary, but instead of paying heed to what the Kochs are accomplishing in every state in America to prepare for their eventual takeover, Americans are mesmerized by a ridiculously long Republican presidential primary; all part of the Koch-Republican strategy.

23 Replies to “Charles Koch Admits He Needs More Power To Control The Government”

  1. Right now I don’t know who is more dangerous to our nation the Kochs and their kochsuckers or AIPAC?

  2. Lump them all inclusive, their goal is the same, to control us; they are all sociopaths. They are the real enemy of this country.

  3. What Koch really means is that they have not totally destroyed America yet. They need more power to bring the country totally to its grave.

  4. These guys are the face of evil that Christ warns us of. Rise up against them, its two against millions.

  5. They really need the next President of the United States in their hip pocket. Then they control all 3 branches. I think they are putting all their cards down because they are old fcks with not too many years left.

    This is insidious. They control many red states, judges all over the country, university programs, media, press.

  6. I think the Koch-inspired “plutocracy” would be more like a Koch-inspired “fascist” state. These two are evil, pure and simple, and out to destroy our country. Any candidate who accepts money from them and does their dirty work while in office needs to be exposed. I’ll nominate as example no. 1 our Michigan 1st Dist. representative, Dr. Dan Benishek who has accepted money from the Kochs and their subordinate fake organizations since he ran for his seat the first time in 2010. He continues to vote their way and to be on their payroll. That makes him a real subversive in my book.

  7. They have far more than enough, but they will not be satisfied until the rest of Americans have nothing.

  8. I’d love to see Koch’s get audited by the IRS. These shell organizations I am sure are all tax free, like churches.

    They are rich beyond what they need or could ever spend, yet…they have to torment and take away from the little working person who is just getting by, or not even getting by.

    That is a definite sickness they Koch’s have.

  9. I keep hearing Repiglicans say “Our Country is in Trouble” . Well they are right. It is in DEEP TROUBLE because of THEM. If we don’t win the Presidency in 2016, Its Game Over my friends. I am REALLY worried about it. As each and every American should be.

  10. Pay attention America. Kochs plus Mitch plus GOP will have you working for peanuts all your lives.
    Their offspring and them have teams of lawyers and strategists working solely for their total power. VOTE DEM ONLY

  11. The kochs are addicted to greed. They will never be satisfied. Add to that their sociopathic personalities and you have the true “axis of evil.” Just look at some of the “teabaggers” they paid to run for office. They absolutely hate having any controls, i.e., regulations over their criminal activities. Thus, their need to abolish the government. They only need the military to continue their warmongering. My best guess is that with fox noise doing their bidding and trying their best to incite a race war, once they get their “man” in the White House the following will happen: The violence will lead the puppet president to declare martial law, appoint himself “dictator” for life, all elections will be abolished completely or only rich, white males will be able to vote and the only Americans left alive will be virtual wage slaves for life. The christofacists will no longer be needed so they will be thrown under the bus along with the rest of the “rabble.” Pretty picture…

  12. John, agreed. I hope many, many Americans realize what you said and take it seriously. I worry to. 2016 is make or break our lives as we know it.

  13. Ahem, spelling America with a ‘K’, is not cool. Like those who call people: ‘sheeple’. We are all Americans. SCOTUS ruled we are ALL Corporations. Let’s merge 50-100 million of us & kick the crap out of the bastardized Greedy Opposition Party.

    There are 2 kinds of Dutch, my kind, & the other kind. The Kochs, 3rd generation assholes that they are, can bite me.

  14. Certain rightwinger Dutch stirred up trouble in Europe for a few hundred years, at least, & sided with the Nazis…

    Now a few of them, or in Michigan, MORE than a few of them want to stir up trouble HERE.

    They can drop dead. 3rd generation newcomers…

  15. The Koch’s don’t have all the power because there are so many pesky “little” people spending all their time and energy fighting them. But it is possible that this could be shut down.

    That will be the end. The end of democracy. The end of inalienable rights for everyone.

    Libertarianism is the “communism” of our day. In other words, it is an ideology that might sound good on paper — but in reality threatens the fabric of our way of life. Despite the grandiose claims, it has never worked (and proponents will say it has never been practiced in a way that is “pure” enough to be successful).

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