One has to wonder if the Koch brothers, generally viewed as savvy billionaires, are being duped.
Gentlemen, you’re not receiving much for the reported six figures paid by a Koch-funded PAC.
The cash went for the most recent ad attacking independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman as an Obama lackey. It’s just recycled political spin attempting to tape labels onto the Olathe businessman. It’s going take more than that to capsize the 61 percent chance Orman is being given of ousting longtime incumbent Pat Roberts.
A more telling examination of Orman would assess his accumulation of wealth, recently disclosed in a campaign financial report. But that would take more than a 30-second ad spliced to exclude the fact that Orman has donated to Republican and Democrat candidates in the past — as could be expected of an independent.
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Compared to the average voter, Orman is off-the-charts affluent. Disclosures are reported in ranges. His assets could be worth $21.5 million to $86 million.
Gauge if a person came to their bank holdings ethically, how they leverage it in society and how they view others who do not have it. Orman built his bank account from nil and was one of six siblings raised by a single mother. Not surprisingly, he places value on quality public education as a step for others to succeed.
Recall the entitled elitism shown by then presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he dismissively characterized the percentage of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes as lazy freeloaders, oblivious that many are poor elderly people. And the gaffe of Hillary Clinton, whining about her and Bill being “dead broke” after the White House years when book deals and speaking engagements worth more than most can hope to earn in a lifetime were on the horizon.
Orman’s career has been investments and connections forged after the sale of a company he formed as a young man. He tends to favor buying into companies either at startup or when they are in trouble. That’s a risk-taker. There is a heavy degree of assessing companies in microscopic detail. That’s with a detail-orientated mindset. And it’s one willing to see and then correct unintended consequences in business dealings and, if elected, within legislation. That’s a recipe for questioning sacred cows of the right and the left.
Don’t expect to see such nuance explained by Orman’s critics.