From the New York Post on October 8:
President Obama blasted Republicans as the party of “billionaires” on Tuesday while mingling with high-rollers at the $26 million estate of Rich Richman — yes, that’s his real name — in Greenwich, Conn.Wait a minute, is that the same George Soros who's spent millions in dark money funding progressive organizations and who testified to Congress in support of Dodd-Frank touting the importance of "transparency" in the financial sector and then when the bill (for more on that travesty see Surely You Must Be Joking) was enacted promptly took his hedge fund private where it would not be subject to the Dodd-Frank disclosure requirements?
Richman, who built his $10 billion company developing rental housing, lives in the Conyers Farm area, where the minimum lot size is 10 acres. Twenty-five donors paid $32,400 each to get their photo taken with the president. Others paid $10,000 for dinner.
“If Republicans win, we know who they’ll be fighting for,” Obama said. “Once again, the interests of billionaires will come before the needs of the middle class.”
Obama arrived from New York City — where he had attended a fundraiser with hedge-fund billionaires George Soros and Paul Tudor Jones — in a convoy of four helicopters that landed at the Greenwich Polo Club.
Is my memory failing me or wasn't it billionaire Tom Steyer who was able to rent the United States Senate for a $100 million contribution to the Democratic Party in return for which Harry Reid conducted a special session on global warming?
And wasn't that dinner taking place in the Congressional District of Jim Himes (D-Goldman Sachs) who after making his big stash at Goldman decided to become a Congressman as a tax shelter move and so he could spend other people's money while protecting his own?
And all of this from a President who had the support of most of Goldman's political contributions in 2008 (as well as that of its former co-chairman Jon Corzine, who more recently managed to misplace $1.4 billion of his investors money - if you don't remember the details read Did You See The NY TImes Frontpage Story On Jon Corzine) along with that of Dick Fuld, the CEO of Lehman Brothers the collapse of which triggered the financial panic and of Citigroup which routinely funnels millions to Democratic hacks replenishing their bank accounts in between "public service" stints (see, for instance, Jack Lew, current Treasury Secretary and Peter Orszag, former Director of OMB).
So we're supposed to believe that the Koch Brothers, those terrible, horrible no-good fascist right-wing extremist supporters of abortion rights, same-sex marriage, drug decriminalization and reduced defense budgets are the new Public Enemy Number One?
Since 2008 we've gone from The Audacity Of Hope to The Audacity of B.S.
In retrospect the much-maligned 1988 presidential candidate Michael Dukakis may have had a good point when he observed "the fish rots from the head".