Im to blame for everything, he said. So I might as well take credit for some of the good things.
Reactions to strategy Some who have followed the Koch brothers rise to political power were intrigued when told about the campaign. Larry Jacobs, a professor of politics at the University of Minnesota, said this may signal that one of Americas more powerful and influential men has conceived of a new way to get his ideas across.
I actually find that what hes done in stepping outside his cocoon, taking the risk of talking to you ... to be personally poignant, Jacobs said. You almost get the feeling that he feels a frustration that hes being misunderstood as a kind of a threat to America, a greedy threat, and that he feels like hes unfairly demagogued. He wants his message to resonate, so hes now offering a positive agenda that applies to all of America.
Many of Kochs ideas about government regulations are contentious and probably wont go anywhere, Jacobs said, because many people believe that some regulations give the poor and disenfranchised a minimum floor of protection.
But I do understand his frustration, Jacobs said. Its really quite striking, you get a sense of a guy who feels mystified as to why hes become demonized to some extent, as someone selfish, out for himself. There is a kind of caricature of the Koch brothers obviously the Democrats and liberals do a lot of fundraising based on demonizing him.
Another political observer who believes this signals a new strategy by Koch is Chapman Rackaway, former GOP political consultant and a professor of political science at Fort Hays State University.
For a long time now, the Koch brothers preferred to act very quietly, and you had to be really in the game to know who they were funding, who they were allied with what their motivations were, Rackaway said. They have seemed to be incredibly private people. But the thing about politics is, it forces people into the public eye. In their case, they were turned into a kind of shadowy bogeyman. So it looks like that may be some of the motivation here, that were getting dragged in, so we might as well use the public exposure as leverage for our ideas.
Campaigns points Koch doesnt directly criticize Obama in this campaign and wants instead to make several points: 1. Countries with the most economic freedom are the countries with by far the most wealth and 2. One follows the other. Even the poor in the free countries fare better than others, Koch said.
The video, available on YouTube, starts by saying that if you earn more than $34,000, you are one of the wealthiest 1 percent in the world. Koch, one of the richest men in the world, acknowledged that assertion might be pounced upon.
U.S. economic freedom is declining, he said.
The campaign Koch is starting makes no mention of the Affordable Care Act. Missy Cohlmia, a spokeswoman for Koch Industries, said there is no link between this campaign and a separate campaign by another group buying television ads in Ohio and Virginia. The New York Times on Sunday published a story saying that Americans for Prosperity, which is funded in part by Charles and David Koch, had launched the ad campaign to criticize the health care act.