Conservatives soiling their own nests [Guest Editorial]

Freedom-loving, rich conservatives love to regulate their playgrounds

In its lead editorial today the Seattle Times askes: "Why do conservatives from elsewhere hang out in places that tax and regulate and do all kinds of other mean things to rich people like themselves? The reason, writes Froma Harrop, is that these are nice places, and they are that way precisely because they tax and regulate."

Here is their answer from Providence Journal columnist Froma Harrop:

The weekend's memorable photo is of Mitt Romney driving his massive powerboat past a privately built castle, not unlike his own, on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. On Sunday, he moseyed across the Long Island Sound to the beachy pleasure dome of billionaire conservative David Koch, in Southampton, N.Y. — for a $75,000-a-couple dinner to raise money from like-minded Republicans. Not far away, Koch's brother Bill, a fellow funder of conservative causes, holds court in the exclusive waterfront enclave of Osterville, on Cape Cod.

The brothers' family business, based far away in Wichita, Kan., is a notoriously careless emitter of toxic wastes. The Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts ranks Koch Industries as America's 10th worst air polluter. Thus, not a few eyes roll as Bill continues to lead the long fight against a planned wind farm off Osterville's shore. You understand, it would mar the alleged environmental perfection of the waters in which he sails...

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