The Koch brothers (and others of their ilk) are, in my humble opinion, one of the biggest sources of the problems in this country. These twisted men, who have more money than God and Oprah combined, act as if they somehow just deserve to have every possible advantage that the world has to offer while they do all they can to deny those same opportunities to others and work hard to ensure that they will not ever have to pay back the country from which they have taken SO damn much! These two men, and so many others like them (like Romney, for example) were just born on third base, then were able to exploit that position to simply steal home, yet they still strut around as if they actually knocked a homer out of the park themselves.
They consistently fight to prevent themselves (or others of their monied class) from being appropriately taxed, yet they are now spending massive amounts (likely more than the actual tax increase would have been) of their VAST resources to try to buy their little pet governor, Scott Walker, out of the trouble he is (rightfully) in for doing their evil anti-worker bidding here in Wisconsin.
In addition to massively financing Republican campaigns (as the warped "Citizens United" ruling allows them to), today I learned that they are also working to artificially drive up gas prices in order to attempt to hurt the re-election campaign of President Obama.
Although the right-wingers try to pretend that President Obama is "anti-energy", the fact of the matter is that U.S. domestic oil production in this country has increased by 11% since President Obama took office. Additionally, U.S. demand for oil and refined products, including gasoline, is down sharply from last year...down SO much, in fact, that the United States has become a net exporter of gasoline, as we are unable to consume all that we produce.
Yet even with that simple reality, the price of gas is spiraling up out of control. Why? Because really rich people are using using "oil speculation" to make themselves even richer, to the detriment of everyone else in the country.