Do you know what I am tired of? I am tired of listening too, or reading the dunderheads of the far left fringe using the words “Koch Brothers” in a sentence. Sometimes thats all they are able to spit out in a way that is disturbingly reminiscent of the same tired and incoherent way they would hiss the word “Halliburton” at us…you know, like it had some deep and mystical meaning it doesn’t have. I am not surprised that the left wing loons don’t like the Koch’s ….they are the only two conservative R-Types in the Forbes Top 20 wealthiest americans. Give the mouth breathing left someone to hate …tell them they are evil … and they will target whoever they are told like mindless zombies. Not being the type of person who trusts or believes what I hear or read easily, (or without doing my own independant research), I decided to spend some time to take a closer look at these two conservative standard bearers whose politics I like and respect.
Here is what I discovered without too much effort: The Koch brothers don’t just give generously to conservative political candidates and causes, in fact their political contributions are small compared to some of their other philanthropic endeavors. In that regard they have numerous Foundations which are collectively referred to as “The Koch Family Foundations” which consist of:
Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation (1953)
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation (1980)
David H. Koch Foundation
Koch Cultural Trust (founded 1986 as Kansas Cultural Trust, renamed in 2008)
Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation
The Koch Family Foundations began in 1953 with the establishment of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. In 1980 Charles G. Koch established the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, and in 1981 he inherited control of the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation when he was left in charge of Claude Lambe’s estate.David H. Koch established the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation.
The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation was established with the stated purpose of advancing social progress and well-being through the development, application and dissemination of “the Science of Liberty”. Charles’ and David’s foundations have together provided millions of dollars to a variety of organizations, usually libertarian or conservative think tanks, such as Americans for Prosperity Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Mercatus Center, the Institute for Humane Studies, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Institute for Justice, the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, the Institute for Energy Research, the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the George C. Marshall Institute, the Reason Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. The foundation also funds study groups called Koch Scholars who gather and read “an assortment of select books, movies, and podcasts surrounding the principles of a free society.”
Koch family foundations and philanthropy are grounded in the belief that free societies are the best generators of social progress, sustainable prosperity and well-being for all. This is possible in a system that allows people the freedom to pursue their own interests within beneficial rules of just conduct, while demonstrating personal responsibility.
Each Koch family foundation is managed independently, accepting applications and awarding grants separately. Areas of interest vary and include:
Arts and culture
Research & education
In addition to the nearly 100 million the Koch’s have given away to the conservative issues they liked… most of the name calling left would be shocked to discover that they have also given away or pledged over 1.6 billion dollars to the arts, education, and medical research (mostly cancer causes) Here is just a sampling of some of those organizations:
New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell: $15 million
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: $25 million
The Hospital for Special Surgery: $26 million
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: $30 million
Prostate Cancer Foundation: $41 million
Deerfield Academy: $68 million
Lincoln Center’s NY State Theater: $100 million
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: $139 million
There is another organization who’s very name causes conservatives to search for a bathroom to vomit in …the Koch’s each gave 10 million dollars each to the ACLU to support it in it’s fight to get the Patriot Act unwound. That’s right! The next time a progressive liberal name caller spits out the name “Koch Brothers” at you ask him if he knew about the 20 million bucks to the ACLU and see what he says …if nothing else it will shut him up! Just looking foolish won’t cure them or they would have been cured years and years ago.
I couldn’t finish talking about the left wings obsession with the Koch bros. without taking a second or two to point out that this is another classic example of left wing hypocrisy in action. How is it that a convicted felon like George Soros using his ill gotten fortune to destroy this country be OK but the Koch Bros. (actual Americans) spending the money they earned by creating products and jobs is not? Has anyone ever heard the Koch brothers ever advocate the destruction of this country or it’s economy? No one? Well there are actual video clips of George Soros saying:
“America, as the centre of the globalised financial markets, was sucking up the savings of the world.
“Destroying America will be the culmination of my life’s work.”
Soros also told “The Australian” that the world financial crisis was “stimulating” and “in a way, the culmination of my life’s work.”
Stimulating. Have you found the job losses, house foreclosures, and incredible national debt—stimulating? Me neither.