Prepare to cry some crocodile tears for poor, downtrodden Charles Koch. The man who is spending a staggering $900 million to influence the 2016 election is actually whining that he doesn’t have nearly enough political influence because he is forced to give his nearly limitless money to candidates that don’t agree with on every single political issue.
Do you feel the American political system doesn’t do a good job representing your views? Well, you’re not alone. Billionaire Charles Koch — the sixth-richest person in the world, who’s helped steer hundreds of millions of dollars from his political network to conservative causes — recently complained that he doesn’t have enough influence on the political process.
Koch made the comments during a lunch with the Financial Times’s Stephen Foley, and explained that despite his best efforts to get the Republican candidates to support his policies, he’s ended up “disappointed,” because he’ll have to support a candidate he doesn’t agree with on every issue.Despite his best efforts to lay out a very specific agenda that he wanted all the candidates to embrace, Koch continued, they stubbornly refused to follow his lead. His efforts didn’t “seem to faze them much,” Koch told Foley. “You’d think we could have more influence.”
This is a pretty common complaint among the superrich. When billionaire financier Ken Griffin was asked in 2012 whether the “ultrawealthy” had “an inordinate or inappropriate amount of influence on the political process,” Griffin responded by saying, “I think they actually have an insufficient influence.”
The mind absolutely boggles, doesn’t it? They not only think they should have all the money and wealth in the world, they think they should all the power too. Because lord knows that the rich just can’t seem to have their voice represented in our government. Now if you’ll pardon me, my eyes seem to have rolled out of the country.