Americans for Prosperity, the voice of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, is wasting no time to target vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next year with $3.5 million of attack ads over Obamacare.

The “Kochtopus,” as described in Jane Meyer’s classic 2010 New Yorker takedown, is always at the ready to pick up its anti-Obama campaign with aims of “drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry.” Translation: anything that that will sell more Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups and Stainmaster carpets at a higher profit without environment laws or bothersome trade-union interference.

Now the Brothers are expressing solicitude in TV ads aimed at women over how Obamacare will damage their family’s health as they struggle, in some cases successfully, to overcome the glitches and sign on.

In this week of JFK remembrance, Kennedy’s warning in 1961 “discordant voices of extremism” seems particularly apt:

“Men who are unwilling to face up to the danger from without are convinced that the real danger comes from within. They look suspiciously at their neighbors and their leaders. They call for a ‘man on horseback’ because they do not trust the people. They find treason in our finest churches, in our highest court, and even in the treatment of our water. They equate the Democratic Party with the welfare state, the welfare state with socialism, and socialism with communism…

“But you and I and most Americans take a different view of our peril. We know that it comes from without, not within. It must be met by quiet preparedness, not provocative speeches…

“So let us not heed these counsels of fear and suspicion. Let us concentrate more on keeping enemy bombers and missiles away from our shores, and concentrate less on keeping neighbors away from our shelters…”


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2 years 11 months ago

Thanks RS. Did not know the connection to the John Birch Society. That explains so much about this country in general. How people vote according to the way their family votes(d). Very few break away from that parental and community thinking…I think they become Independents in their confusion….LOL.

Kochs and the GOP could less about the people who actually need this insurance. ” If they are going to die, they had better do so and decrease the surface population.” Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol.

PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

Just a couple nitpicks..

It’s surplus not surface population

And I am tired of the whole lumping thing.

If I said “all Democrats” or “all liberals” I would be criticized but it seems ok to do it to the right..

We are all entitled to our views, but they are not infallible (and yes that applies to me too)

2 years 11 months ago

The sons hold pretty much the same views as the father. The difference is the old man was seen as a crackpot and the sons views are now mainstream. This is what is really troubling.