Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders evokes the Koch brothers as the enemies of everything he stands for. Charles Koch, chairman and chief executive of Koch Industries, has responded, spelling out where he agrees and disagrees with Sanders. The two clearly need to have a face-to-face conversation because I'm not sure they understand each other well.
Koch agrees with Sanders that the U.S. is a two-tiered society in which a privileged few reap a disproportionate share of the benefits. But Koch says he and Sanders part ways when it comes to a solution:
"I disagree with his desire to expand the federal government's control over people's lives. This is what built so many barriers to opportunity in the first place."
Rush Limbaugh likes to say that "under capitalism, the rich get powerful, and under socialism, the powerful get rich." I was born and raised in the Soviet Union, so I know where he's coming from. I'm not sure, however, that Limbaugh, Koch and Sanders are talking about the same kind of socialism.