Evidence continues to mount that the political Left — most recently in the form of New Yorker magazine’s Jane Mayer and her criticism of Charles and David Koch — simply doesn’t understand liberty-based thinking and political positions. Following, Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner explains.
Some of Carney’s most important points:
- Regulation is often used to increase barriers to entry to an industry, thereby increasing the value of existing companies. But the Kochs oppose heavy-handed regulation.
- Many energy companies view greenhouse gas regulations as a way to increase profits. Not so for Koch Industries.
- Economic freedom, which Charles and David Koch have advocated for many years, is good not only for business, but for everyone.
Left’s double standard on Kochs and Soros
By Timothy P. Carney
I was the main speaker of the night at a fancy dinner. The crowd included millionaire business owners and corporate executives. And the man who introduced me, and who had invited me to speak, was billionaire industrialist Charles Koch.
My topic was what it always is: the evils of corporate welfare and bailouts, and the destructive influence of the Big Business lobby in Washington. In my talk, I blasted “regulatory robber barons” and “subsidy sucklers.”
But if you follow the Left’s talking points, my talk was part of Koch’s “pro-corporate movement.”