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Hosting for posterity... | 10/13/2017

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As a longtime Trek fan, I wanted to review my thoughts, and writing them out helps ... Read More

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Millionaires in politics

Koch -vs- Soros | 10/16/2014

I keep seeing outcry on the left over the Koch family giving money to the right… Let’s look at this with some balance.

Yeah, the Koch family has given lots of cash to the right.  To Republican and Libertarian candidates, as well as the Tea Party, Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, etc.  I don’t have numbers here to quote, but I’m sure it’s a lot.

Fred Koch was an American chemical engineer, started an oil refinery business, and did very well.  His family is still running that business, and is still doing very well.  They give back to the country that allowed them to succeed.  I know oil isn’t a popular product at the moment, but it’s hard to argue that it isn’t an important one.

The left’s equivalent, George Soros, was born in Hungary, educated in England, came to the US in his late 20’s.  He made his money on investment speculation, much of it by selling short the British pound.  He made billions, the British people lost billions.

Now, I don’t know if the money donated by Koch bros and Soros are anywhere near equivalent, honestly, I’d guess that Soros has given far more to the left than the Koch bros have given to the right, but the fact remains… screaming about the Koch family, while ignoring George Soros, seems a bit dishonest to me.

So, which of these two would you rather associate with politically, an American family who made their money in the oil business, making a product that, like it or not, everyone needs... or an investment speculator who immigrated to the UK, educated himself on the public dime, and then got rich by destroying their currency?