We want to do a better job of raising up the disadvantaged and the poorest in this country, rather than saying ‘Oh, we’re just fine now.’ We’re not saying that at all. What we’re saying is, we need to analyze all these additional policies, these subsidies, this cronyism, this avalanche of regulations, all these things that are creating a culture of dependency. And like permitting, to start a business, in many cities, to drive a taxicab, to become a hairdresser. Anything that people with limited capital can do to raise themselves up, they keep throwing obstacles in their way. And so we’ve got to clear those out. Or the minimum wage. Or anything that reduces the mobility of labor. -Charles Koch
via Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor | ThinkProgress.
The size of the asshole these guys represent is really beyond measure.
His brother gives a good run-down of the work ethic of the Koch Brothers, and how to replicate their success.
[David Koch] said, “You might ask: How does David Koch happen to have the wealth to be so generous? Well, let me tell you a story. It all started when I was a little boy. One day, my father gave me an apple. I soon sold it for five dollars and bought two apples and sold them for ten. Then I bought four apples and sold them for twenty. Well, this went on day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, until my father died and left me three hundred million dollars!”
These are the asshats currently funding a large section of the GOP and the entirety of the Tea Party. The key to middle-class prosperity, they claim, is ending unions and regulations, after which time they will “trickle down” their inherited money on the masses….I guess…
In actual reality there’s not actually a market function that replicates the means of their own success. “We’ve got ours, screw you,” is pretty much how it always works out.