With last Fall’s election revealing that the “Kochtopus” had tentacles right here in SE Thurston County with ALEC funding, the article below is important in showing how they influence us locally with their ALEC sociopolitical candidates; now-former Rep. and interim County Auditor Gary Alexander and WA State Senator Randi Becker.
This is an astute story written by Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Beyond Outrage’; served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter; Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997 –
“The New Billionaire Political Bosses”
“Charles and David Koch should not be blamed for having more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans put together. Nor should they be condemned for their petrochemical empire. As far as I know, they’ve played by the rules and obeyed the laws.
They’re also entitled to their own right-wing political views. It’s a free country.
But in using their vast wealth to change those rules and laws in order to fit their political views, the Koch brothers are undermining our democracy. That’s a betrayal of the most precious thing Americans share.
The Kochs exemplify a new reality that strikes at the heart of America. The vast wealth that has accumulated at the top of the American economy is not itself the problem. The problem is that political power tends to rise to where the money is. And this combination of great wealth with political power leads to greater and greater accumulations and concentrations of both — tilting the playing field in favor of the Kochs and their ilk, and against the rest of us.
America is not yet an oligarchy, but that’s where the Koch’s and a few other billionaires are taking us.”