Skip to main content

I ran into this article by Julie Bykowicz of Bloomberg News on Rand Paul's money man, Nate Morris.  I recommend reading it for several reasons.  For starters, it seems from the article that Paul is starting to plug into those Wall Street and corporate donors that he needs for his presidential run.  I have heard and seen from TV that Paul is supposedly not favored by the Republican Party money men, but I'm not sure that is entirely true.  It looks like some of those guys are opening their wallets, or it could be they are simply hedging their bets.

Next, the political arc that Morris and his family have taken is typical for some who have benefited from Democratic policies but forgotten where they came from.  For example,

As a boy, Morris was witness to the union politics of his grandfather, who ran the United Auto Workers shop of Louisville. His relatives are registered Democrats who voted for Ronald Reagan and then the Bushes.
So his grandfather was a union member with a good job.  However, by 1980 they were voting against against union interests, and they continued to do so by voting for the Bushes.  Furthermore,
He gravitated to what he saw as the core Republican philosophy of empowering people to make their own decisions and chart their own course. By the time Morris met President Bill Clinton during an American Legion Boys Nation conference before his senior year of high school, he admired the Democrat's political skills — while finding his policies wanting.
Never mind that business activity is better under Democrats than Republicans, Clinton still sucked.  Obviously, his family had enough money to send him to George Washington University where he got to know several important Republican officials.
As a political science student at George Washington University in Washington, Morris mixed classwork with jobs on Capitol Hill. By graduation day, he'd worked for then-Kentucky Rep. Anne Northup, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who is McConnell's wife, and the newly formed Department of Homeland Security. He used an internship to help elect Ernie Fletcher, Kentucky's only Republican governor in the past four decades.

In his final semester at George Washington, Morris talked his way into a graduate-level course taught by Jack Oliver, the George W. Bush finance chairman who had become a legend among Morris and his political junkie college buddies.

Long story short, Morris worked as a money man for Bush in 2004.  The political connections he made allowed him to gain investments into his company.  I have no doubts the worked hard to get his company off and running, but Morris is typical of the Robber Barons of the Gilded Age.  He came from a middle class background, and he got to where he was because of who he knew.  However, he preaches that everyone can do what he did, which is the same shit that the Robber Barons promulgated to justify their wealth.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site