On Friday, vice president Mike Pence traveled to Colorado Springs to meet with Charles Koch.
The Hill reports:
Pence, in town to headline a banquet celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Christian conservative group Focus on the Family, sat down with the chairman and chief executive of Koch Industries, along with key members of the Koch team.
The Hill describes the Koch brothers as libertarian, and yet they didn’t support the 2016 Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson.
Recall Charles Koch saying he would support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Does this sound even vaguely libertarian?
During the election, Koch threw his weight behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida.
All are establishment Republicans. None, with the exception of Rand Paul, even approach libertarianism.
Donors to the Koch network and summit attendees represent a virtual who’s who of the establishment and corporate interests.
The short list:
• Marco Rubio
• Rich DeVos (Amway)
• Charles Schwab
• Steve and Betty Bechtel (the Bechtel Group)
• Ed Meese (Heritage Foundation)
• Glenn Beck
• Charles Krauthammer
• Rick Perry
Representatives from banking, investment, think tanks (including the American Enterprise Institute), big oil, health insurance, and other corporate interests also attend Koch donor summits. Big media—Associated Press, Bloomberg News, The Washington Post, CNN, Politico, and others—attend Koch meetings as well.
This is a cross section of the establishment, not a group of libertarians.
Recall how the Koch brothers infiltrated the original tea party movement and turned it into a cheering section for the Republican party. Libertarian tea party activists were summarily ejected. Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks took over.
There are not any libertarians in the Trump administration. He does have plenty of Goldman Sachs bankers and Council on Foreign Relations operatives, though.
“In addition to the establishment heavyweights Trump has already met with—including the former US Secretary of State and member of the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Henry Kissinger, and the former Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and current head of the CFR, Richard Hass—Trump’s official advisory teams on both foreign and economic policy reveal some troublesome connections to the neocons, Wall Street, Soros and the CFR,” Steve MacMillan wrote last August.
Mike Pence is a consummate insider, so it should come as no surprise he sat down with Koch.
Draining the swamp is little more than a cruel joke. In fact, it was nothing more than an election gimmick. The ruling elite—now popularly called the Deep State—may have disliked Trump when he was on the campaign trail, but undoubtedly they have few issues with him now.