Ever since President Trump got elected, there has been a glut of “thought leaders” largely based out of the Acela corridor bemoaning the fact that Americans just don’t trust institutions – by which they mean a lot of traditional players in the “swamp” who are supposed to safeguard the government and ensure it runs well but do not.
From today’s hiring announcements in Washington, D.C., comes a good reminder of why so many Americans don’t, and shouldn’t, trust a lot of the “institutions” or “gatekeepers” in politics, policy and government. A lot of this really is about money, not principle, and we can see it some news from today.
As noted by Politico, “The U.S. Export-Import Bank has appointed Kevin Schweersas senior vice president for communications…”
Who is Kevin Schweers? Glad you asked.
As Politico also noted, Schweers “previously was vice president for communications at Stand Together, which is part of Charles Koch’s political network.”
And why does this matter?
Because as anyone well-versed in policy fights over obscure entities like the Export-Import Bank knows, the Koch Brothers have been leading critics of the Bank, advocating for it to be shut.
There was a ton of press coverage on this in 2015; here’s a good example from, you guessed it, Politico.
So, here we have a guy who ran communications for the Koch network which pushed to make elimination of the Export-Import Bank a litmus test for Republicans walking out of the Koch offices and literally right into the Bank’s headquarters to run their communications.
And people wonder why average Americans think D.C. is a noxious hotbed of self-serving, unprincipled swamp creatures.