Koch Brothers' Latest "Cause"

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Gilbert B Norman
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Koch Brothers' Latest "Cause"

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:49 am

While most of this New York Times article is focused on the Koch Brothers efforts to defeat the Nashville mass transit initiative, there are other regions in which they are funding "grass roots" initiatives are at work.

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…Supporters of transit investments point to research that shows that they reduce traffic, spur economic development and fight global warming by reducing emissions. Americans for Prosperity counters that public transit plans waste taxpayer money on unpopular, outdated technology like trains and buses just as the world is moving toward cleaner, driverless vehicles.

Most American cities do not have the population density to support mass transit, the group says. It also asserts that transit brings unwanted gentrification to some areas, while failing to reach others altogether.

Public transit, Americans for Prosperity says, goes against the liberties that Americans hold dear. “If someone has the freedom to go where they want, do what they want,” Ms. Venable said, “they’re not going to choose public transit.”

The Kochs’ opposition to transit spending stems from their longstanding free-market, libertarian philosophy. It also dovetails with their financial interests, which benefit from automobiles and highways.

One of the mainstay companies of Koch Industries, the Kochs’ conglomerate, is a major producer of gasoline and asphalt, and also makes seatbelts, tires and other automotive parts. Even as Americans for Prosperity opposes public investment in transit, it supports spending tax money on highways and roads.

“Stopping higher taxes is their rallying cry,” said Ashley Robbins, a researcher at Virginia Tech who follows transportation funding. “But at the end of the day, fuel consumption helps them.”

David Dziok, a Koch Industries spokesman, said the company did not control the activities of Americans for Prosperity in specific states and denied that the group’s anti-transit effort was linked to the company’s interests. That notion “runs counter to everything we stand for as a company,” he said.
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eolesen
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Re: Koch Brothers' Latest "Cause"

Post by eolesen » Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:26 pm

I've read quite a bit from the AFP guys, and they're really all about responsible taxation.

I remember groups like AFP opposing the "modern streetcar" being funded for Tucson, and it's now proven to be an albatross for the taxpayers there.

Nashville is another example of this.

eustis22
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Re: Koch Brothers' Latest "Cause"

Post by eustis22 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:13 pm

"I've read quite a bit from the AFP guys, and they're really all about responsible taxation."

hee hee hee

CHTT1
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Re: Koch Brothers' Latest "Cause"

Post by CHTT1 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:29 pm

We all know the Koch brothers are evil. This just proves it.

Triaxle
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Re: Koch Brothers' Latest "Cause"

Post by Triaxle » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:29 am

CHTT1 wrote:We all know the Koch brothers are evil. This just proves it.
They advocate for a position you disagree with. The word "evil" has a meaning, and it does not mean what you imply it means.

eustis22
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Re: Koch Brothers' Latest "Cause"

Post by eustis22 » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:09 am

Regrettably, because money is "speech", they have the loudest voice of all.

Prolly not what the founders intended but here we are.

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