Another day, another secret recording from the Koch brothers’ annual conclave with politicians. This time it’s Koch Industries Executive Vice-President Richard Fink (how’s that for an appropriate name?) telling the attendees that raising the minimum wage will lead to the Fourth Reich, like it did in Germany. Oh, and poor people are lazy, unlike him. Arguing that raising the minimum wage would lead to 500,000 lost jobs, he said:
FINK: We’re taking these 500,000 people that would’ve had a job and putting them unemployed, making dependence part of government programs, and destroying their opportunity for earned success. And so we see this as a very big part of recruitment in Germany in the twenties. When the Germans were crushed by World War I, the allies put a very strong settlement on that. They lost their meaning in life. And if you look at the rise and fall of the Third Reich … what happens is a fascist comes in and offers them an opportunity.
I grew up with pretty much very little, okay. And I worked my butt off to get what I have. So I see someone on the street, I said, listen, get off your ass and work hard like we did. We did it, you can do it.
Is that what you say, Mr. Fink (I think I’ll just call him Dick)? Do you say that to the roughly 200,000 homeless veterans, most of whom are on the streets due to PTSD and other problems developed during war? Do you really tell them that?