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The Federal Funding Crisis Can be Fixed In A New York Minute: It's Time to Call the Koch Brothers' Bluff
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Many House Republicans blame their intransigence in the current federal funding crisis on fears that they will be subjected to primary challenges in the next election.

On the principle that turkeys don’t vote for Christmas, there is something in this. Certainly the Tea Party has an impressive record of derailing any Republican deemed not sufficiently attentive to its agenda.

Luckily there is an obvious solution. Charles and David Koch, of Koch Industries, are the elephants in the room. It is time to call their bluff. As by far the largest funders of the Tea Party, they enjoy ultimate leadership in the current crisis. Frankly their power to pull America back from the brink is far greater than that of either Barack Obama or John Boehner, let alone Harry Reid or Mitch McConnell.

Put another way, if the current crisis sets the world economy on course towards a historic 1930s-style disaster, future generations will know who to blame. If the Koches are not careful, their name will rank with the Titanic and the Hindenburg as an ultimate symbol of misplaced hubris.

The Koch brothers have already surfaced in this crisis. A week ago they wrote a letter to various senators disclaiming any intention to shut down the federal government. While many might disagree with that, let’s not quibble. That letter was a force for good. But it doesn’t go far enough. What is needed now is a press release stating explicitly that the Koches will not fund primary challenges against Republicans who cooperate in resolving the current crisis. And if the Koches really aspire to be remembered well by history, perhaps they could state they will throw their financial weight behind Republicans subjected to such challenges.

Let’s be fair: the Koches’ hostility to federal deficits is hardly unreasonable. A nation should pay its way in the world. In that sense we are all Koch brothers. The issue is tactics. No man is an island and in the current crisis it is time everyone of goodwill pulled together.

Over to you, Charles and David.

(Republished from Forbes by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Economics • Tags: Tea Party 
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