David Koch responds to Warren Buffett’s call for higher taxes:
“Much of what the government spends money on does more harm than good; this is particularly true over the past several years with the massive uncontrolled increase in government spending. I believe my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington.”
— Charles G. Koch, Chairman and CEO, Koch Industries, Inc.
It’s pretty clear that Koch’s distaste for paying higher taxes is grounded in pretty general considerations and not in the specific patterns of government spending. But it is worth pointing out that the Obama-era surge in government spending is largely a figment of the conservative imagination.