If anyone has helped build the image of the Koch brothers as boogeymen to the left, it’s Bernie Sanders. The presidential candidate routinely attacks the brothers in his demonization of “millionaires and billionaires,” and even starred in a documentary film called, “Koch Brothers Exposed.”In what amounts to a crack in his narrative, Bernie will be surprised to hear that one of the villainous brothers actually agrees with him on one thing — and it isn’t some minor issue.
As reported by Talking Points Memo:In an op-ed published in the
Koch said of Sanders: “The senator is upset with a political and economic system that is often rigged to help the privileged few at the expense of everyone else, particularly the least advantaged. He believes that we have a two-tiered society that increasingly dooms millions of our fellow citizens to lives of poverty and hopelessness. He thinks many corporations seek and benefit from corporate welfare while ordinary citizens are denied opportunities and a level playing field.
I agree with him.”Koch said in November he would likely not back any primary candidate. He again said in the Post he is still looking for a candidate to earn his “enthusiastic support.”
It isn’t the problem the Kochs have a disagreement with Sanders over — it’s the solution. Bernie bemoans the benefits that special interests are able to take from our system of government — and his solution is to make government even bigger. The Kochs realize that if you want to take power away from special interests, you need to shrink the government from which they’re deriving their power.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]