Charles Koch and Bernie Sanders Agree on Something

Charles Koch agrees with Bernie Sanders on the issue that inequality is on the rise in the United States currently. In Washington Post op-ed, he states that he believes that the current society has numerous citizens who are living in hopelessness and poverty where the system seems to be propagating the situation. Charles Koch is of the opinion that most corporations are benefiting from corporate welfare whereas the common or ordinary citizens don’t have the same level playing ground. Such citizens have been denied different opportunities to operate on a level playing ground.

The current system, he argues, helps to propagate a cycle of dependency and control. The government, however, may not necessarily be the only one to blame because even the business sector has encouraged and is seemingly in support of this. Both Koch and Sanders agree and are against bad inequality as expressed above. There may be a slight disagreement between them on the bits of which aspects of the inequalities are indeed bad. The criminal justice system is also one of the areas in which the two agree on. The two agree that the system is in dire need of reform.

Charles thereby favors the ordinary citizen and seeks to ensure that the current policies are changed in order to provide a level playing ground for everyone. The current system seems to favor the affluent and oppress the poor and disadvantaged. Charles Koch has been on the forefront to always defend the welfare of the ordinary citizen. He does this even if the policy that has been put in place is one that would benefit him as one of the affluent in the society. Charles is one the brothers who own Koch Industries. Koch Industries is the second largest American corporation in the United States. Charles’ brother, David went ahead of him and ran for presidency in 1980. He did it on the Libertarian ticket. The two have bankrolled a few libertarian think tanks like Cato Institute and American Enterprise Institute and have funded a number of groups who coalesced in 2009 into the Tea Party.

In his opinions and policies, Charles has been quite vocal in voicing the fact that the government should look at the impact of policies and not so much the intention. It is pointless if the intentions are to ensure that the poor benefit but the impact once the policy is put in place differs with that. He argues like Sanders does that the most legible principle is one that allows for a free society. This should be regardless of which party one is in.

This article recapped https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-koch-this-is-the-one-issue-where-bernie-sanders-is-right/2016/02/18/cdd2c228-d5c1-11e5-be55-2cc3c1e4b76b_story.html