During the upcoming days LP will try to examine the unique strengths of the Republican governor, anti-labor, class of the 2010s. We’ll call this segment “everyone’s favorite government employee who hates other government employees.” Each of these “public servants” has their own strong personality traits and, if there’s anyone we miss, please feel free to contact us so that we can add them to our honor role.
This class assumed control of their state’s government by using America’s outrage over “Obamacare” - a term either thought up by a think tank or the propaganda ministry (Fox), an agency which never should have been allowed to guard the hen house. “Obamacare” soon came to be equated with Stealth Socialism though, at worst, it proved to be just one more giveaway to the drug companies and insurance industry so they’d cover more of America’s sickly peasants. After the elections these governors soon began to push through a bunch of unpalatable “reforms” that they hadn’t bothered to tell the electorate about beforehand. They had apparently been bankrolled by some people with deep pockets whose interests weren’t always the same as those who live from paycheck to paycheck working more than forty hours a week. Somehow they have been able to equate a marginal tax increase on Bill Gates’ vast fortune with a tax increase on someone living one tax increase away from ruin. Though - with no new stream of revenue, the continued purchase of military hardware and the endless military adventures around the world - bankruptcy seems almost ascertain. Once the serfs found out that they were the problem they began to revolt and suddenly a four year term wasn’t soon enough to throw the bums out. They needed to be thrown out quicker. These politicians reacted in a way you’d expect: by attempting to change the way people vote and redistricting their voters: so that they could choose the voters rather than the voters choosing them.
The first of these acknowledged heavy weights is none other than New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He is considered by many an outside contender for the white house and everyone knows how much his party loves well connected to beltway politicians and/or Wall Street “outsiders.” Only weeks after using a state helicopter, to avoid New Jersey traffic, to attend his son’s baseball game Governor Christie signed a bill that cut deeply into the benefits of teachers, firemen, and policeman (another words everyday citizens of New Jersey). I guess when you’re spending so much money on helicopter fuel other big ticket items have to suffer. This of course is the same governor who renounced federal funds to build a tunnel between his state and New York City but why worry when you can just fly over traffic. Your very own state helicopter is the closest that these government employees will get to feeling like the corporate titans they actually work for.
In the outside world someone who hates his own kind might be labeled a sociopath but within the elite media world it is the surest way to be labeled a bold reformer. Mr. Christie seems to enjoy functions where he can have an exchange of idea with people who disagree with him. Sometimes it takes the shape of a public dressing down before his supporters. He’ll be raised on a platform, holding a microphone, as his supporters shout them down. He hates the teacher union. His style is always to profess how much he loves teachers particularly if they act like non-unionized teachers and agree to everything he wants without back talk. The beauty of this is that his crowds of supporters often cheer his every word as he tells them indirectly how he’ll destroy their kids’ education. Only recently the New Jersey hedge fund industry paid for an ad embracing Governor Christie’s ed reforms at the expense of his much loved teachers. Another words people who nearly destroyed the economy last year showed that they were solidly behind Governor Christie. Word is that many people in this leadership group have helicopters too.