Concerned Democrats and mystified Republicans wondering why Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been hammering the billionaire Koch brothers incessantly need only to read “A most revealing week for Republicans” by Michael Tomasky of the Daily Beast to understand why. The sub-headline for his piece sums up his argument perfectly: “The McCutcheon decision, Paul Ryan’s budget, and Obamacare deniers all say what the GOP can’t: We protect the well-off from redistribution of their wealth to those who don’t deserve it.” And no one better exemplifies this for Reid than Charles and David Koch.
Back in January, Reid said, “Because of a United States Supreme Court decisions called Citizens United, there’s been some really untoward stuff going on in the political world. We have two brothers who are actually trying to buy the country.” He has a Web page of “The facts about the Koch brothers” that catalogs their extensive comments and writings on a host of issues. He even has said that the GOP is “addicted to Koch.”
The attacks were so unrelenting that Charles Koch took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal this week to complain about how “collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents” and “engage in character assassination.” It all started to sound like Reid was obsessed at best and unhinged at worst. Until this week.
“Savagely fighting the delivery of health care to financially struggling people; slashing the federal programs that help these people get by; rigging elections so that rich conservatives (who outnumber rich liberals substantially) have more control over who wins them,” Tomasky wrote. “These may seem disparate battles, especially the third one, but the motivation in each case is the same: Protect the well-off from redistribution of their wealth to those who don’t deserve it.”
Thanks to Reid’s obsession, folks have faces to put on the problems Tomasky deftly highlighted. Now, what are you going to do about it?
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