Obama Declares War On The Kochs; Charles Fires Back But Shoots Blanks (VIDEO)

Obama Declares War On The Kochs; Charles Fires Back But Shoots Blanks (VIDEO)

This week marks another chapter in the ongoing feud between President Barack Obama and Charles Koch. It all started on Monday, when Obama denounced him and his brother David at the Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.

While explaining why the U.S. lags so far behind other countries when it comes to clean energy and fighting climate change, the president laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of David and Charles Koch:

“[Y]ou start seeing massive lobbying efforts backed by fossil fuel interests, or conservative think tanks, or the Koch brothers pushing for new laws to roll back renewable energy standards or prevent new clean energy businesses from succeeding — that’s a problem.”

Obama then declared the tactics employed by the right-wing Koch brothers and their ilk as downright un-American.

“That’s not the American way.  That’s not progress.  That’s not innovation.  That’s rent seeking and trying to protect old ways of doing business and standing in the way of the future.”

Wow. And all this time I had thought the Obama we’d voted for back in 2008 had been stolen by aliens and replaced with a look-alike from Planet Wall Street. But here he is, calling right-wing “free” marketeers — like Charles Koch — on their bullshit.

“I mean, think about this.  Ordinarily, these are groups that tout themselves as champions of the free market.  If you start talking to them about providing health care for folks who don’t have health insurance, they’re going crazy — “this is socialism, this is going to destroy America.”  But in this situation, they’re trying to undermine competition in the marketplace, and choke off consumer choice, and threaten an industry that’s churning out new jobs at a fast pace.”


Charles Koch can’t stand the truth.

All Obama did was speak the truth. Yet the toxic tycoon told reporter the speech was undignified.

“It’s beneath the president, the dignity of the president, to be doing that. […] was absolutely flabbergasted that he could say so many things about us that were the opposite of the truth,” Koch said. “I was really dumbfounded.”

Which basically sums up everything that’s wrong with this country. It’s “beneath the president” to stand up for what’s right and to defend the American people’s interests, but it’s some how not beneath a business and thought leader like Charles Koch to finance the take-over of our nation’s schools, media, legislatures and courts to destroy our planet, our economy and our people just so he can make more money?

Charles Koch goes on the claim that Koch Industries isn’t picking on clean energy subsidies, they’re against all subsidies.

“[Koch Industries is] opposed to renewable energy subsidies of all kinds — as we are all subsidies, whether they benefit or help us.”

But that’s a load of crap. If Charles Koch truly objected to his company’s share of the $700 billion in subsidies fossil fuel companies get each year from U.S. taxpayers, he could write a check to the U.S. government. That would go a long way towards paying off the deficit he and his fellow right-wingers claim to hate so much.

And, really, Charles Koch has nothing against developing clean, renewable sources of energy that he can’t charge us for. It’s just that green energy is so impractical. And climate change? What climate change? Let’s let the “free market” — which is not “free” because rich white people like him control it — decide.

“But it’s not going to help the country to be subsidizing uneconomical forms of energy — whether you call them ‘green,’ ‘renewable’ or whatever. […] I recognize there is a big debate about that. But whatever it is, the cure is to do things in the marketplace, and to let individuals and companies innovate, to come up with alternatives that will deal with whatever the problem may be in an economical way so we don’t squander resources on uneconomic approaches.”

If you missed Barack Obama’s epic attack on the Koch brothers, you need to watch this now.

Featured Image/Composite: cc 1970 John L. Alexandrowicz/EPA (coal barge); Green Peace (Charles Koch); cc 2010 Kevin S. O’Brien/U.S. Navy.

Elisabeth Parker is a writer, web designer, mom, political junkie, and dilettante.

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