In an interview with The Wichita Eagle on Tuesday, Charles Koch said that doing away with the federal minimum wage requirement in the United States would actually benefit the poor.
According to Mr. Koch, who is the CEO of Koch Industries, a multi-billion dollar mega-corporation who has its fat-cat paws in just about everything, including politicians’ pocketbooks:
We want to do a better job of raising up the disadvantaged and the poorest in this country, rather than saying ‘Oh, we’re just fine now.’ We’re not saying that at all. What we’re saying is, we need to analyze all these additional policies, these subsidies, this cronyism, this avalanche of regulations, all these things that are creating a culture of dependency. And like permitting, to start a business, in many cities, to drive a taxicab, to become a hairdresser. Anything that people with limited capital can do to raise themselves up, they keep throwing obstacles in their way. And so we’ve got to clear those out. Or the minimum wage. Or anything that reduces the mobility of labor.
Or, maybe it would just supply him with even more slave labor for his evil, polluting, politician-buying, insatiable greed-driven empire.
To his critics, Koch had this to say:
The people who are more interested in power and their own interest rather than the general interest are threatened by these ideas. And this is an old dialectical trick that [philosopher Arthur] Schopenhauer articulated, that if you can’t answer somebody’s ideas, you attack them personally. Or you say they’ve got a special interest.
Yeah, that must be it because vehemently opposing your family’s destruction of the planet for profit, blatant abuse of power and obvious agenda meant to do one thing, and one thing only–make you richer–isn’t enough for us to dislike you. We’re secretly just jealous of your amazing ideas.
It must be nice to live in such a well-crafted fantasy land, but I guess he certainly can afford it.
Watch a video about the Koch’s economic vision here.