by Ted Rudow III,MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Saturday Aug 28th, 2010
Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, two of the richest men in America who have quietly given more than a hundred million dollars to right-wing causes. Forbes ranks it as the second-largest private company in the country, after Cargill, and its consistent profitability has made David and Charles Koch—who, years ago, bought out two other brothers—among the richest men in America.
Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
"Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus."
America is concerned for its own interests, and especially for the lifestyle of its people. Although the world envies that lifestyle, much of it is based on greed and selfishness, to the point that Americans feel they have a right to run the world and hog its resources. Yet, the more you get, the more you want -- more money, more power, more prestige, more honor in the sight of others, more fame, more everything. Yet the more you get, the emptier you feel!
Anonymous writer, about an American tourist's visit to the 19th-century Polish rabbi, Hofetz Chaim:Astonished to see that the rabbi's home was only a simple room filled with books, plus a table and a bench, the tourist asked, "Rabbi, where is your furniture?"
"Where is yours?" replied the rabbi.
"Mine?" Asked the puzzled American. "But I'm a visitor here. I'm only passing through."
"So am I," said Hofetz Chaim.
Ted Rudow III,MA