Koch brother, David Koch, is definitely one of the conservatives that liberal progressives absolutely love to hate. In fact, just mentioning "Koch brothers" can lead to passionate statements damning the Koch brothers as the definition of all that's wrong with the United States and conservative minded people in general. So the statement David Koch made today in part of an interview with Barbara Walters, that he's a "social liberal," is making heads spin, and leading some to deny that it could possibly be true. David Koch is definitely not welcome to identify as a liberal.
But ABC News reports that David Koch does consider himself a social liberal, the reclusive billionaire and major supporter of conservative politics in America, saying he is fiscally conservative, but his views on social issues are decidedly liberal.
"I'm basically a libertarian, and I'm a conservative on economic matters, and I'm a social liberal."
While Koch openly said that the primary factor that decides which candidates he chooses to support are their fiscal policies, Koch also supports social issues considered to be liberal, such as abortion and gay rights. Whether or not the candidates he supports share his views on such social issues, however, is not among Koch's concerns, a balanced budget and a healthy economy trumps other issues.
"What I want these candidates to do is to support a balanced budget. I'm very worried that if the budget is not balanced that inflation could occur and the economy of our country could suffer terribly."
While MSNBC identifies a 2012 Politico article where David Koch said, "I believe in gay marriage," and that he openly supported legal abortion as a Libertarian party candidate in 1980, the liberally-minded news outlet thinks Koch's "money talks" and tells the true story of his social views.
For instance, MSNBC found a Huffington Post story which reports that the Koch brother organization, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, contributed almost $24 million to obvious social conservative groups since 2010. The group that received the biggest chunk of that cash, according to MSNBC, was CitizenLink, a group they say was started by the anti-gay and anti-abortion group, Focus on the Family.
MSNBC also says that the Koch brothers have supported anti-abortion and anti-feminist groups such as Concerned Women for America and the Susan B. Anthony List.
Despite alleged support of such groups, David Koch says he's a social liberal, and perhaps this will shine a light on how he does, or does not, support his social beliefs.
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