Harry Reid and the Democrats need to lay off the Koch brothers

There is nothing "un-American" about what the billionaire industrialists are doing

Harry Reid
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Whenever a party can't answer for its own record, it looks for easy figures to demagogue as a distraction. Neither party's hands are clean in this regard, but the treatment of Charles and David Koch by the Democratic Party — and by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in particular — breaks new ground in the art of distraction and accountability avoidance.

The Koch brothers, as they are commonly known, run an enormous empire that operates primarily in the energy industry. While they inherited a family business, the two brothers have vastly expanded its reach over the last few decades through their own acumen, risk, and toil. They are billionaires who adhere to a libertarian, laissez-faire set of political beliefs, in both fiscal and social policy. They have no reservation about using their personal fortune in activism, focusing mainly on opposition to the growth of the regulatory state and on freeing capital for investment and economic expansion.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for HotAir.com. His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.