If you read the Lawrence Journal World this morning (Nov. 30, 2009), you may have noticed on page 3A that some outfit called the Reason Foundation is pushing Kansas state legislators to “privatize” more public services and, consequently, to privatize more public jobs. What the article by Scott Rothschild (“Push to privatize is on the table“) failed to mention is that the Koch family billionaires of Wichita (and Park Avenue in New York City) are putting up the money for this nasty little piece of anti-human libertarianism.
The “Kochtopus” (a term I borrowed from Thomas Frank’s What’s the Matter with Kansas) wants to wrap its blood-sucking, dollar-soaked tentacles even more tightly than they are already wrapped around the Kansas legislature, and, in essence, kill government. What the Kochs are really all about is enriching themselves at everyone else’s expense. For instance, the Kochtopus–through its front group, Americans for Prosperity–was a financial force behind the tea bagger movement to kill health care reform. Americans for Prosperity is one of many Koch front groups put in motion to transform the United States into a two-tier society…with the Kochs and a few of the other super rich on top, and the rest of us on the bottom, serving them.
A primary objective of this blog is to watch the Kochtopus and to reveal its stealthy goings-on. If you think that the Koch blob has not been effective, you would be wrong. One Republican, State Representative Kasha Kelley, was quoted as saying to the Koch apparatchik, “You had me at hello.” That would probably be correct for practically all of the Republicans in the Kansas State Legislature.