Sunday on ABC’s The Ten Most Fascinating People of 2014, Barbara Walters interviewed billionaire David Koch one of the infamous Koch brothers who are trying to buy the U.S. government and bend it to their will. Koch told Walters that he is not an “evil billionaire” and that he is really a misunderstood good guy trying to save the nation from itself.
“I’m basically a libertarian and I’m a conservative on economic matters, and I’m a social liberal,” Koch said, trying to deny that he is a radical right-winger.
He claimed that he doesn’t support the far right social agenda but that these are the only people who share his fiscally conservative views.
“What I want these candidates to do is to support a balanced budget. I’m very worried that if the budget is not balanced that inflation could occur and the economy of our country could suffer terribly,” he told her.
Of course with a net worth of $43 billion, Koch would never suffer from the effects of inflation and even with a complete collapse of the economy he would probably remain comfortable if not quite so rich as he is today.
While denying that he is a far right conservative he admitted that he learned his political beliefs at the knee of his father, Fred Koch who, with Robert Welch, founded the radical right John Birch Society.
“I have a value system that my father instilled in me and I’ve been following his beliefs and his values system all my life,” he said.
Illustrating the scope of his sense of self-importance, Koch ended the interview responding when Walters asked what he would like the epitaph on his tombstone to say:
“Well, I’d like it to say that David Koch did his best to make the world a better place and that he hopes his wealth will help people long after he has passed away.”
Watch the interview below from ABC.
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