The Left has demonized the Koch brothers as the evil corporate bank-rollers for Republicans for years (conveniently ignoring the fact that their notorious sugar daddy, George Soros, is vastly wealthier and practically runs the Democrat party through his “shadow party” network).
David and Charles Koch are not political candidates or opponents. They are private businessmen. Yet Obama is taking the unprecedented step of launching a smear campaign – as president – against private citizens as part of his strategy to deflect blame for his policies and raise funds for his campaign.
This is dictator behavior: scapegoating and declaring war on private citizens who dare to use their wealth to support conservative causes and groups opposed to his unconstitutional agenda.
The Koch family invented the refining process forgasoline…without their innovation, we wouldn’t have readily available fuel and cheaper product distributed over greater distances that are affordable for working families. They have EARNED their wealth and have a RIGHT to support any cause they believe in – just like any other citizen – without fear of harassment from a sitting president!
This is outrageous. Not only is the Obama campaign – yes, the re-election campaign of a sitting president – attacking the Koch brothers by name, the campaign is also accusing them of responsibility for high gas prices.
That’s scandalous. The Obama campaign is going for a two-fer: misdirecting on gas prices, and using radical left-wing conspiracy theories about the Koch brothers to fundraise for the guy who isactually responsible for the rise in gas prices.
It’s actually a three-fer. Obama wants revenge, since back in 2011, Americans for Prosperity held a series of rallies bashing Obama on gas prices. Maybe it’s even a four-fer, since the letter swipes at the Tea Party, which is misleadingly characterized as extreme. We’ve heard no such language from the White House or the Obama campaign with regard to Occupy Wall Street, which has been busily threatening to violently attack government sites–when it’s not too busy violating the law, attacking police officers, defecating in public, raping people, and causing millions in damage.
Again, this sort of rhetorical assault is unprecedented. President Bush never mentioned George Soros, even though Soros spent $27 million trying to defeat Bush in 2004, and was famous for manipulating global money markets. For Obama to level his guns at the Koch brothers is a declaration of war not just on private industry but on private citizens engaging in politics as a whole.
This is insanely cynical politics, demonstrating in full color just why Barack Obama does not deserve a second term. His job is to govern, not to target private citizens for engaging in legal business activity, or First Amendment-protected political behavior.
Koch Industries responded to the Obama campaign with a statement which says, in part:
..it is false that our “business model is to make millions by jacking up prices at the pump.” Our business vision begins and ends with value creation — real, long-term value for customers and for society. We own no gasoline stations and the part of our business you allude to, oil and gas refining, actually lowers the price of gasoline by increasing supply. Either you simply misunderstand the way commodities markets work or you are misleading your supporters and the rest of the American people.
Contrary to your assertion that we have “committed $200 million to try to destroy President Obama,” we have stated publicly and repeatedly since last November that we have never made any such claim or pledge. It is hard to imagine that the campaign is unaware of our publicly stated position on that point. Similarly, Americans for Prosperity is not simply “funded by the Koch brothers,” as you state — rather it has tens of thousands of members and contributors from across the country and from all walks of life. Further, our opposition to this President’s policies is not based on partisan politics but on principles. Charles Koch and David Koch have been outspoken advocates of the free-market for over 50 years and they have consistently opposed policies that frustrate or subvert free markets, regardless of whether a Democrat or a Republican was President.
If the President’s campaign has some principled disagreement with the arguments we are making publicly about the staggering debt the President and previous administrations have imposed on the country, the regulations that are stifling business growth and innovation, the increasing intrusion of government into nearly every aspect of American life, we would be eager to hear them. But it is an abuse of the President’s position and does a disservice to our nation for the President and his campaign to criticize private citizens simply for the act of engaging in their constitutional right of free speech about important matters of public policy. The implication in that sort of attack is obvious: dare to criticize the President’s policies and you will be singled out and personally maligned by the President and his campaign in an effort to chill free speech and squelch dissent.
H/T Hot Air