Quotes from Richard Fink

Richard Fink, executive vice president and board member of Koch Industries; chairman of Koch Companies Public Sector, which provides legal, government and public affairs services.

10/13/2012 6:00 PM

08/05/2014 9:23 PM

Prosperity

So what we are trying to focus on is: how do you increase prosperity?

And that is not just because of a couple of billionaires who want to put more money in their pocket. I mean they have more money than they know what to do with. OK, it’s the fact that every aspect that we can measure, the world is better off in economically free societies.

No retreat

Charles and David have been unwilling to back down like most people, most businesses do. Most business people say, ‘Listen this is, uh, crazy to go up against these forces. We will just lay low, you know, try to survive, and feed off government spending like most corporations do.’ Instead, they said, ‘No we are going to devote the time and energy to try to make it right at great personal risk and sacrifice.’

Lightning rods

With Charles and David I’ve seen no inclination of them to do anything but to double down to commit to this, regardless of the consequences. I actually think it’ll be ugly either way for us. We’re just too much of a lightning rod. We’re too significant. We do too many things. So if Obama doesn’t get elected, the other side will say, ‘We got to take the Kochs out in order to be successful in the future.’ If Obama gets elected, they’re going to say ‘Those Kochs, the dirty bastards, we need to neutralize them for the future.’ So I think it’s going to be a tough time for us. I don’t really see an easy scenario for the future.

Freedom

We think freedom and prosperity is unusual throughout history. And that this is a very, very scary time. So we are serious about it. Someone asked me over the weekend, this business group: ‘Are you guys as powerful and crazy as the media makes you out to be?’ And I said, ‘No, we are not nearly as powerful. I wish we were, quite franklyCrazy, I don’t know, that is a very open question.’

President Obama

The level of government spending and regulatory expansion within the Obama administration, if extrapolated out over a relative short period of time, is economically devastating.

Campaign to change America

If we’re wrong, we’d obviously be doing damage, but we’re absolutely convinced we’re doing the right thing, based on the knowledge that we have. We realize we may be wrong. But you have to maximize the use of resources you have to achieve those results you want. That’s what we’re trying to do.

War on poverty

The view of government now is one of wealth redistribution, and solving all these problems, which we think government is ill-equipped to do. And we think that if you look at government attempts to do that in the past, the evidence is pretty clear, I mean the war on poverty generated more poverty, despite trillions of dollars.

Ending subsidies

It is time for businesses community to get up and fight for the economy and fight for America. So we are using everything we possibly can do to try to convince people that this is the right thing to do. We will not connect, the large corporations will not get behind this, but we think the mid- or small-midsize businesses will.

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