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Noo Yawkahs vilify Koch brother for giving to hospital

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Saturday, this actually happened: Big Apple lefties (but I repeat myself) turned out to demonstrate against an expansion of New York-Presbyterian Hospital – the addition of what sounds like one heck of an ambulatory care center – for one reason and one reason only:

The add-on will bear the name of Billionaire Koch Brother® David H. Koch. As it should. He gave the hospital $100 million to get the project going.

Ah, but for certain liberals, no amount of philanthropy is sufficient to temper, let alone overcome, their revulsion at the Kochs’ libertarian philosophy and support for conservative causes and candidates. And so, reminding us no good deed goes unpunished, we get this (which you will want to see for yourself, because it includes cool pictures and tweets), as reported by Andrew Stiles, editor of the lively Washington Free Beacon:

“The Koch brothers are at it again. Their right-wing political Panzer Division descended on a New York City hospital over the weekend to protest (!) the addition of a new ambulatory care center. What the hell, Koch bros? Why not pro-America?

“Sorry. That’s not quite right. In fact, it was the New York State Nurses’ Association, the NAACP New York State Conference, and SEIU Local 1199, among others, who marched on the soon-to-be-built David H. Koch Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which was funded in part by a $100 million donation from the man one prominent liberal recently predicted would go down in history as a ‘famously evil person.’

“The donation was the largest in the hospital’s history, and will presumably create a fair number of new nursing jobs. So why are the usual suspects up in arms? Well, the agitators were apparently agitated because this particular hospital didn’t need all the money. Oh yeah, and because it was International Women’s Day, and the Kochs are the primary funders of the ‘war on women’s reproductive rights … and many other issues of concern to American women.’ They’re also behind ‘the effort to defeat and repeal healthcare to all Americans,’ whatever that means.”

As someone famous once said, you just can’t make this stuff up.

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