Koch Finds Common Ground With Sanders
Charles Koch, American Businessman, billionaire, and famous Conservative Republican recently surprised his followers with an announcement that he found some common ground and agreed with Bernie Sanders. Sanders is a current Democratic candidate and a famous pusher of Socialism, something most Republicans strongly disagree with.
Koch is the owner of Koch Industries
, a company that he inherited and grew into a conglomerate that works in the oil industry as well as commodity trading, forest products, ranching products and well known brands like Lycra, quilted Northern, Dixie Cup, and Stainmanster.
Being a billionaire is what makes his agreement with Sanders the most interesting, socialism doesn’t benefit someone like Charles Koch
, but he has managed to find common ground on the point that the current political and economic system is rigged to favor the privileged few. Sanders has spent a lot of campaign time pointing fingers at both Charles and his brother David
for the current mess that is American politics and economics. While the two may not agree on how to fix the problem, at present, it is quite clear that something isn’t working economically, politically, or with the flawed justice system.
Koch has stated that he applauds Sanders for bringing to light the struggle of many Americans who can’t seem to get ahead, but that is where the agreement starts. While Sanders believes the government needs to have more control in peoples and make decisions for them, Koch completely disagrees. In fact, Koch has funded numerous programs
and groups that spread the message and educate on how shrinking the governments control will actually benefit the people and the economy more. While Sanders believes those who have earned the most are the reason others struggle to make ends meet and offsets the balance because those top few combine their money with political power and tilt the playing field in their favor. In fact, the Koch brothers along with their network of billionaire friends will likely spend a collective sum of around $900 million to influence the 2016 political race.
One point Sanders and Koch do agree on is the need to cut corporate welfare, even the ones that benefit his current company. The two also agree that the current justice system is a mess. Those who commit crimes and are wealthy often are treated differently and play by different rules than those who have no financial backing. Both men see these flaws and agree this needs to change.
At the end of the day, Koch may agree with Sanders on a few big talking points, but it’s not a shift for him politically. Koch is a strong conservative
and won’t be voting for Sanders. He stands by the past and it’s proof that Sander’s plan for a more controlling government will not improve the lives of those at a disadvantage.