The Koch brothers fund everything that\’s naughty, not nice, in American politics.
The investigation revealed Koch-supported policy fixes, and specific language repeated across each document, such as raising the retirement age….
Brad DeLong is now funded and directed by the Kochs? Wow, I never knew: although I did know that DeLong has been saying that the only real fix for Social Security is to raise the retirement age along with increasing lifespans.
The frequency and repetition of the arguments supplant more popular policy recommendations like scrapping the social security tax cap, which would free individuals earning more than $106,800 annually to pay taxes on all of their wages, like everyone else.
It\’s only a few years ago that Social Security contributions weren\’t taxes to hte progressives. They were contributions to an inter-generational compact. A social insurance scheme. One that, because benefits were capped, had a cap on contributions.
And what can you say about this phrase?
And they\’ve diversified their donations to a slew of Republican opinion leaders – and strategic Democrats who oppose revenue increases
Revenue increases? Why not spit it out and say tax increases?
Finally, yes, there has been a large rise in Koch lobbying expenditure. What do you expect?
They run a large business and the US now has a government interested in extending the regulatory state. Whether you think that\’s a good idea or a bad one, it\’s really terribly naive to think that those being regulated won\’t spend money to affect the regulations being imposed.
Unions do it, corporations do it, just as birds and bees do the other thing.