Buzzflash: Koch Brothers Increased Wealth by $9 Billion Last Year As They Fund Laws to Make Working Class Poorer

March 11, 2011- Based on a recent Forbes survey, Rachel Maddow revealed that while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is stripping away the financial security of workers, the Koch brothers increased their wealth by $9 billion last year. Together, Maddow notes, they would rank as the fourth-wealthiest person ($44 billion) in the world.

Meanwhile, the Koch brothers and Karl Rove, among others, are using front organizations to pit working people, who are being exploited, against unions. It's the ultimate in class warfare: make the working class fight each other over an increasingly smaller piece of the financial pie, as the super wealthy run off with the bakery.

That's why ads in Wisconsin – and stories on Fox – are trying to get Wal-Mart low-wage workers to resent that union members receive better benefits, which of course – on a logical level – reinforces to many of us exactly why unions are needed: to prevent the impoverishment of people who labor for a living.

What's not mentioned in these ads, or the right-wing media echo chamber, is why the government is subsidizing the wealthy who don't pay their fair share.

Scapegoating union members while the outlandishly rich just get richer is a gross injustice. There is a price to be paid for democracy, and the Koch brothers – and all the corporations that pay little or no taxes, as well as individuals – should ante up for what this nation has offered them.

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