Just read what Digby said:
...this, for some reason, made me see so red that I had to step away from the computer and take a little walk.
You've undoubtedly encountered the Brad Friedman scoop by this time featuring a clandestine recording of the Koch Brothers retreat in Colorado. Mother Jones published the first part yesterday. Part II is all about the lovely "everyman" Chris Christie. You know, the guy all the allegedly sensible conservatives are begging to run because he has so much working man appeal. Evidently, he was the keynote speaker at this little confab and he had a lot of really entertaining things to say (entertaining, that is, if you are the type of person who laughs at disabled people and starving animals.)
Here's good old Governor Chris getting down to business with his audience of filthy rich fascists:
During the Q&A, one of the questioners wondered what Christie had learned in New Jersey that might be applied to the nation. His answer was direct: "This is not hard. We spend too much. We borrow too much. We tax too much. It is time to turn those three things around."
"Now, pain will be inflicted when we change that," he went on. "People are going to do with less. People who are used to having entitlement at a certain level will not have them at that level anymore. That's the story." Christie cited Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's "courageous" and "thoughtful plan" to "fix those systems" by replacing Medicare with a voucher program.
You must starve so a billionaire may feast. You must go without so the super rich can have it all and then trickle down something something
The GOP is promising pain and a lower standard of living for everyone who is not very, very rich. Poverty for you, profits and tax breaks for the super rich. This is just as bad as Scott Walker's little pow-wow with who he thought was David Koch, because if the few billionaires can make life worse for everyone else in order to make it better for themselves by bribing over half of our politicians then it is NOT a democracy, it is a corporate fascism salad with raspberry vinaigrette democracy dressing.
Rob from the working class to give to the rich. Reverse Robin hood Republicans, owned by Koch industries.
So here we have another Republican promising painful cuts to the working class and the vast majority of Americans so that they can give huge tax breaks to the wealthiest people in America, the very people who need that help the least. More class war where the rich beats the shit out of everyone else and steals our lunch money, more income inequality, more of the same. The Koch Brothers and their fellow robber-barons are our corporate masters, they control our elected officials with bribes, they have a veto on our democracy, and most of us have no idea.
It's not a democracy if David Koch has a permanent veto in the Senate. It's not a democracy if David Koch owns ten governors like Scott Walker and Christ Christie. There is a word for that style of Government, and it ain't democracy.
And that lies at the heart of the matter, Republicans don't just hate Government, they hate Democracy (unless you are voting for Republicans). David Koch isn't paying for a Democratic system, Rupert Murdoch is not paying for an informed public, they are paying for what they want, and what they want is to rob and pillage as they see fit.
The sad truth is, the billionaire "job creators" hate you, they hate your rights and your unions and anything that doesn't pay or support them, and if they can label you as the "other" they will take away everything you have, as well as your right to vote, and all in the Orwellian name of "Freedom", which under their rule, is something like slavery to a corporate personhood owned by one of the billionaire class. Just as defected GOP staffer Mike Lofgren said recently . . .
This legislative assault is moving in a diametrically opposed direction to 200 years of American history, when the arrow of progress pointed toward more political participation by more citizens. Republicans are among the most shrill in self-righteously lecturing other countries about the wonders of democracy; exporting democracy (albeit at the barrel of a gun) to the Middle East was a signature policy of the Bush administration. But domestically, they don't want those people voting.
You can probably guess who those people are. Above all, anyone not likely to vote Republican. As Sarah Palin would imply, the people who are not Real Americans. Racial minorities. Immigrants. Muslims. Gays. Intellectuals. Basically, anyone who doesn't look, think, or talk like the GOP base. This must account, at least to some degree, for their extraordinarily vitriolic hatred of President Obama. I have joked in the past that the main administration policy that Republicans object to is Obama's policy of being black. Among the GOP base, there is constant harping about somebody else, some "other," who is deliberately, assiduously and with malice aforethought subverting the Good, the True and the Beautiful: Subversives. Commies. Socialists. Ragheads. Secular humanists. Blacks. Fags. Feminazis. The list may change with the political needs of the moment, but they always seem to need a scapegoat to hate and fear.
As Hannah Arendt observed, a disciplined minority of totalitarians can use the instruments of democratic government to undermine democracy itself.
That disciplined minority is of millionaires and the ignorant corporate propaganda consumers who vote for them.
You can see it in the state by state GOP plan to make it harder to vote
Jobs? Education? Unions? Nope. This is the GOP plan for the peasantry of America.
Oh, and the "job creators" hate you. It's hard to have compassion when your whole existence revolves around exploiting people.
Fuck these fascist billionaires and the teabaggers they rode in on.
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