Incompetence or Sabotage?

How Kochs destroy US

Letter to the Marblehead Reporter by Jack Weltner

We hope that someone will save us from the Corona virus.   Maybe our government? There was an office overseeing the US response to possible  global pandemics, until last year when John Bolton fired the global health security team.  This is only one example of the hollowing out of our government by this administration. Is this incompetence?

In 1970,  David Koch ran as a Libertarian for Vice President on a promise to reduce our government to providing police and an army, and leaving everything else for each of us to take care of ourselves. 

A colleague of his declared that we should make the government so small that we could drown it in a bathtub.  When the Koch Libertarians got less than 1% of the vote, he developed the Koch network with some of the wealthiest 0.1%. 

They have  steadily and stealthily taken over the Republican party, many Democrats, and now control the Supreme Court, the Senate, Executive Branch and many state governments.  For example, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos opposes public education and Andrew Wheeler opposes environmental protection.

So when we notice that we are ill prepared to deal with this Corona virus crisis, is this incompetence?  Or is it sabotage? For more information, come hear author Nancy MacLean on March 5 at Salem State and go to our website.

                           Jack Weltner MD

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