In an interview in the Oct. 19 Forbes magazine in anticipation of his new book, “Good Profit,” Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch declined to discuss GOP front-runner Donald Trump and said his “ideal candidates” would be Calvin Coolidge or late 19th-century British Prime Minister William Gladstone, the latter known for targeting budget deficits and tariffs. “My view of the political realm, not just now but for many decades,” Koch said, “is that the Democrats are taking us down the road to serfdom over the cliff at 100 miles an hour and the Republicans are going around 70 miles an hour. What I want is to reverse the trajectory of this country.” When asked how to fix poverty, the Wichita billionaire said: “Our priorities are criminal-justice reform and eliminating the barriers to low-income people starting a business or even getting a job. The biggest is occupational licensure.” He also said: “I had 153 death threats last year. Now al-Qaida has me on their hit list.” – Rhonda Holman
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