Chris Christie and the Koch brothers
THE KOCH MACHINE’S CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT — At least twice NJ Gov. Chris Christie has secretly attended and addressed private, closed seminars by two of the world’s richest men: Charles and David Koch. Christie’s most recent pilgrimage to Money Mecca was in June, when David Koch introduced Gov. Christie as “my kind of guy.” Gov. Christie regaled the billionaires attending by bringing down the house when he declared his answer to curing the nation’s ills: “We know the answers. They’re painful answers. We’re going to have to reduce Medicare benefits. We’re going to have to reduce Medicaid benefits. We’re going to have to raise the Social Security age.” He drew laughter and applause when he called New Jersey Democratic legislators “stupid” for pushing for a tax on the wealthy, concluding, “their ideas are wrong and our ideas are right.” He totally brown nosed the richest 1/10 of 1% when he declared, “You, the people in this room, are the modern day patriots who will save this country.” The crowd also cheered when Christie reminded them he had unilaterally withdrawn from the region’s cap-and-trade market to curb industrial greenhouse emissions. Christie threw out more red meat that Barnum & Bailey feeds their Big Cats before a show. In case they had forgotten, Christie reiterated, “Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are bankrupting America.” Remember, Christie endorsed vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan’s tax plan to “fix those systems” by replacing them with vouchers. In his closing remarks, Christie implored the billionaires, all of whom want him to be president, “Please, if you leave with just one message from me, if only one message sticks: All of you are the people who are going to lead us back to American greatness. If you care enough to do it.” My facebook friends, if this doesn’t give you reason to Fight Like Hell to prevent Christie from getting the GOP nomination for president, nothing will. See my first comment for a link to this story that appeared in Mother Earth Jones magazine, along with audio tapes of everything you’ve just read here.