Koch Industries

Powerline on Bloomberg, Koch Industries

The recent piece by Bloomberg Markets on the purported faults of Koch Industries is being revealed as another example of the politically-motivated slash-and-burn pieces that have become common at media outlets with a liberal political agenda. Koch Industries itself has debunked the reporting in the piece on its KochFacts.com site. Others have too. John Hinderaker of Powerline Blog has a series of pieces that detail problems with the Bloomberg article. It's a lot to read, as the Bloomberg article itself is lengthy. Here's an excerpt from the first of three parts that reveals the political nature and motivation of Bloomberg:…
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Greenpeace and allies again attack Koch Industries

Last week saw the release of two reports criticizing Koch Industries for its opposition to heavy-handed regulation of the chemical industry. Greenpeace released a report with highly charged words in its title: "Toxic Koch: Keeping Americans at Risk of a Poison Gas Disaster." Other articles commenting on this were highly sensational, such as this example: "Do the Koch Brothers Want a Toxic Disaster?" Koch Industries has responded to these articles in a response on KochFacts.com website. Among many facts, we can see that Koch companies have received 386 safety awards and 28 environmental awards just since President Obama took office.…
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Contrary to Buffet, government spending is not good

Recently wealthy investor Warren Buffet has been in the news for his advocacy of higher taxes. But is government -- politics, in other words -- the best way to allocate resources? In a statement on the KochFacts website, Charles Koch disagrees with Buffet: As part of the public discourse on government overspending and fiscal irresponsibility, Charles Koch offered the following public response to media queries on the topic: “Much of what the government spends money on does more harm than good; this is particularly true over the past several years with the massive uncontrolled increase in government spending. I believe my…
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Pickens: It’s all about me, and MSNBC doesn’t notice

Appearing on the MSNBC morning program Morning Joe, energy investor T. Boone Pickens let us know that despite his no-nonsense business-like approach to supporting what he believes to be in America's best interests, it's really all about him and what profits him. But program hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski didn't catch that. Pickens appeared on the program to gain support for legislation he is seeking to pass through Congress. His bill is H.R. 1380: New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011, commonly referred to as the NAT GAS act. The bill would provide payments in the…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday July 1, 2011

This Week in Kansas. On this week's edition of the KAKE Television public affairs program This Week in Kansas, Ken Ciboski (Associate Professor of Political Science at Wichita State University), John D'Angelo (Arts & Cultural Services Manager for the City of Wichita), and myself join host Tim Brown for a discussion of arts and government funding in Kansas. This Week in Kansas airs in Wichita and western Kansas at 9:00 am Sundays on KAKE channel 10. Kansas taxes. A short report produced by Americans for Prosperity, Kansas shows some of the reasons why economic growth in Kansas has been sluggish:…
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Greenwald and Sanders try to defend Social Security, slam Charles and David Koch

Are the free market critics of Social Security a shadowy "echo chamber" seeking to end the system for the benefit of the rich, or sounding a fact-based alarm that government and its supporters dispute and don't want you to hear? According to a short video by Robert Greenwald, it's the first choice. But examination of the claims made will lead us to the opposite conclusion, and you'll wonder why Greenwald has any credibility. The video features U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist. He describes Social Security as a federal program that has been…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Wednesday May 25, 2011

The failure of American schools. The Atlantic: "Who better to lead an educational revolution than Joel Klein, the prosecutor who took on the software giant Microsoft? But in his eight years as chancellor of New York City’s school system, the nation’s largest, Klein learned a few painful lessons of his own -- about feckless politicians, recalcitrant unions, mediocre teachers, and other enduring obstacles to school reform." Key takeway idea: "As a result, even when making a lifetime tenure commitment, under New York law you could not consider a teacher’s impact on student learning. That Kafkaesque outcome demonstrates precisely the way…
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Pickens criticism illustrates divide between free markets and intervention

Last week's criticism by energy investor T. Boone Pickens of U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo, a Wichita Republican serving his first term, continues to illustrate the difference between those who believe in economic freedom and free markets, and those -- like Pickens -- who invest in politicians, bureaucrats, and the hope of a government subsidy. Pickens is pushing H.R. 1380: New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011, or NAT GAS act. The bill provides a variety of subsidies, implemented through tax credits, to producers and users of natural gas. The goal is to promote the use of natural…
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Charles Koch: Advancing economic freedom

In recent years Charles Koch and his brother David Koch have emerged as prominent defenders of economic freedom and the freedom and prosperity it promises. In today's Wichita Eagle, Charles Koch explains the importance of economic freedom and warns of the threats to freedom and prosperity that our country faces. A key component of economic freedom is property rights. In his 2007 book The Science of Success: How Market-Based Management Built the World's Largest Private Company, Mr. Koch explained the importance of property rights: "Countries that clearly define and protect individual private property rights stimulate investment and grow. Those that…
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Study looks at spending, strategy in cap and trade debate

While those who advocate cap and trade legislation charge that conservatives, particularly Charles and David Koch, have outspent them, a study finds the opposite. According to American University Professor Matthew Nisbet, in 2009 environmental groups spent $394 million on climate change and energy policy efforts such as promoting cap and trade. Opposition groups spent $259 million. Information like this helps place the reports of conservative spending, including that of Charles and David Koch, in perspective. Without this, we're left with the one-sided reports from Greenpeace and the New Yorker magazine, in which numbers are mentioned without -- or with little…
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