Are you better off now than you were four years ago? If you’re an American corporation, of course you are! While the Great Recession has made life tough for the vast majority of Americans, the bigs have been booking record profits the whole time. That includes Koch Industries, whose president is now warning employees that they may be laid off if Obama wins a second term.
It’s that serious, folks. Apparently plutocrats like the Koch brothers have been keeping thousands of people on the payroll simply out of the kindness of their hearts. Yes, they were shocked and saddened when a majority of the fools voted for Obama the first time. And yes, the Great Socialist’s first term hasn’t been all that bad, profitwise. But if the little people insist on re-electing him, then no more Mr. Nice Guy.
The president of Koch Industries, Dave Robertson, raises the specter of crushing new taxes and regulation and new subsidies for Obama’s “cronies.” He doesn’t need to point out that the self-made Mitt Romney has no cronies. Romney, as we know, has firmly rejected all contributions from political groups funded by corporations — and that’s been tough, because corporate contributors are now running out of offshore storage space for all the cash earned during the last four years.
Seriously, it’s a problem. If you can’t buy elections, what else are you supposed to do with record profits? Hire people?
But it’s really not about the money. Koch Industries has done fine the past four years and would continue to do fine even with Hugo Chavez in the White House. It’s not about taxes and regulation; it’s about big people being able to tell little people what’s good for them. I think Dave Robertson and his employers have earned that right, don’t you?
By the way, for a loving portrait of the Koch brothers and their quest to
dominate save America, see this story in the Wichita Eagle.