The Koch brothers don't just have a gazillion luxury homes and boats. They've been using their wealth to shut out the voices of the 99% -- pledging to spend at least $100 million on the 2012 elections. The pro-corporate policies they favor are, of course, antithetical to the public interest. But the TV ads they're airing so far in this election make it seem like they're on the side of regular Americans. "Maybe your family is like most, struggling to make it by...The private sector is not doing fine," says Americans for Prosperity, an organization the Kochs founded and fund. Watch the video:
Let's forget for a moment that the expression is "get by" or "make ends meet," not "make it by." What the Kochs want is to use their vast fortune to influence the political beliefs of people with a millionth their net worth, getting the middle class to buy into the notion that what's good for the rich is good for everyone. But if the financial crisis and recession have taught us anything, it's that the interests of the extremely-well-to-do are not the same as those of the general public. Feeding the top doesn't translate into food for the middle and bottom.
Do we really think the Kochs are chiefly concerned about working families making five figures rather than expanding their own wealth? To ask the question is to answer it.