Mr. Charles Koch - Fighting to restore a free society.
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How does one improve one's life? How does one go about achieving a better life -- a more meaningful, productive, full life. We all only get one. Can you achieve a productive, meaningful, full life with no moral code in it? You can't. No matter how hard you want to try, no matter what kind of utopia you imagine, you can't.
Hero to the alarmist left Al Gore inherited wealth from tobacco, (slavery?). His utility bill is 20 times national average household consumption. He invests in mining, and in schemes that have success from cronyism. He made big money from selling media to supporters of terrorists, illegal fundraising and from oil.
The oil came from Kitanemuk Indian land, an Armand Hammer venture.
The Indians asked for sideways drilling-
“We’ve never denied them taking the oil. We are not asking for land. We are not asking for royalties.
We are just asking them to leave something to show that we were here.”
In this case the EPA sided completely with the big oil proposal.
In the Francisco speech, Rand tells us that a measure of a man is not how much money he has but how he earned it. A measure of worth for a man who inherits wealth would be what he does with it.
If he owns and invests in companies that give employment to thousands and make products that people want and need and are willing to pay for, if the employees have won awards for excellence in many areas and are praised by the EPA (ok a double-edged sword here), if he opposes pseudo-environmental measures like ethanol for fuel that has caused starvation, and opposes cronyism and political favors, and if he builds wealth at the same time, then surely that is a good thing.
The above from the WSJ article.
Further - The Kochs gave $100m to a hospital, the left were outraged.
Great post Lucky 17...
Really? Then why do those on the extreme right insist that women follow their lead on contraception and abortion ( concerning their own bodies) and gay marriage (concerning nothing that impacts another directly)?
I refuse to be a slave or a slave driver. Welcome to the Gulch.
>>>If you want to go down the road that it is not a choice, they are born that way, that road goes in both directions.<<<
If it's in both directions I suggest that you go gay for a year to demonstrate that it's a "choice" and then choose back to straight.
Can't do it. It's the same for gay folks. They can't change either.
Or, when did you "choose" to be straight?
I am also sick of the energy industry being demonized. We have half-baked music performers and movie actors making huge dollars, but no liberal questions that. Politicians, including Obama, get big bucks (and I don't mean the salary Obama get!), but the media never brings that up. Why is it only those who run companies who get slammed.
I think in reference to the above, you have to form some type of internal moral compass based on your belief system and stay true to yourself. Everyone needs to kick the work "utopia" to the curb - does it not actually translate into "no place" anyway? It does and and will not ever exist. If you live by your values, do a good days work and don't lust after meaningless things, you will have a good life. To qualify - not everyone wants the same things. Don't try to have what the guy next door values, just because you don't have it. Cars matter to me, but not to everyone, for some reason. Land matters to me, but some like living crowded in cities. Live and let live, but don't compromise reason.
Actually they are all the time. Remember when Ert and Ogg sat around the campfire and listened to a Bard tell stories or update them about neighboring tribes for a crust of bread to get onto the next camp? Well extrapolate that to millions of folks, each willing to contribute a buck each, and suddenly entertainers get rich. As do sports figures. Folks voluntarily toss their money at them because they are entertaining. . A little each, but it adds up.
Who is right? A right winger like Clint Eastwood, or Barbara Streisand?
There is a link to amusing story.
See the mess around the Cato Institute re Koch for one example of why.
That said, this is one of the best articles I have read in a major US publication in quite some time. Well done!