The Billionaire's Pick: How Marco Rubio Became The Preferred Puppet Of GOP Oligarchs

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

As much as I dislike all the leading candidates for President of these United States, there’s no one on the Republican side who disgusts me more than Marco Rubio.

As concerning and hateful as so much of Trump’s commentary is, we can at least be sure he speaks from his own twisted mind. This is precisely why he appeals to so many people in this day and age of completely captured politicians. People like the fact that every word out of his mouth hasn’t been carefully placed there by some billionaire patron.

On the exact opposite end of that spectrum we find Marco Rubio. A man so incapable of free-thought, he becomes the ideal target for billionaires looking to craft the perfect puppet. Forget Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio is now the establishment GOP’s pick, and they will do everything in their power to get him the nomination.

There are three billionaire oligarchs in particular who seem to really love Rubio. They are Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer and Ken Griffin. Let’s look at the evidence so far.

Although Adelson hasn’t officially endorsed Rubio, it’s likely just a matter of time. See the following excerpt from yesterday’s Miami Herald:

As GOP presidential candidates take the debate stage Tuesday at an extravagant Las Vegas hotel, they will once again compete for voters in an increasingly unpredictable race. But they are also vying for the attention of the man who owns the building — and no candidate has worked harder than Florida’s Marco Rubio.

 

The U.S. senator has avidly courted casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, sitting down with him privately numerous times, including a dinner in Washington weeks before launching his campaign in April, and checking in regularly by phone to talk about Israel and the campaign.

 

All told, Adelson and his Israeli-born wife spent $93 million that cycle [2008], the No. 1 individual donors, by far.

 

This time, Adelson, whose worth is valued at somewhere between $20 billion and $30 billion, reportedly wants to throw his weight behind a more electable candidate and he’s prepared to spend even more. “I don’t cry when I lose,” he told the Wall Street Journal in 2012. “There’s always a new hand coming up.”

 

Rubio has benefited from an outside group that has run TV ads featuring his hawkish foreign policy views, including a vow to tear up the Iran nuclear deal, which Adelson loathes. Rubio is also backing legislation Adelson is pushing to crush an expansion of online gambling, which threatens his global casino empire.

 

Much of Rubio’s supposed favor has been conveyed by people who are close to Adelson, not Adelson himself, who rarely talks to the media.

 

Adelson is a critic of unions but moderate on social issues and supports stem-cell research and immigration reform.

 

Adelson does have business interests, and earlier this year Rubio attracted attention when he signed onto a bill that Adelson is trying to get through Congress that aims to curtail online gambling in states, a threat to his casino empire.

 

Though Rubio has talked about states’ rights and avoiding picking “winners and losers,” he has attributed his support for the bill to a feeling that the Internet has fewer safeguards to protect people from fraud and addiction.

 

“Rubio calls and says, ‘Hey, did you see this speech? Did you see my floor statement on Iran? What do you think I should do about this issue?’ ” a September New York magazine story quoted an unnamed Adelson friend as saying. “It’s impressive. Rubio is persistent.”

For more on Adelson, see:

Sheldon Adelson – The Dangerous American Oligarch Behind Benjamin Netanyahu

Inside the Mind of an Oligarch – Sheldon Adelson Proclaims “I Don’t Like Journalism”

Moving along, Rubio already has the official support of hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer. CNBC reports:

Marco Rubio got some great news on with backing from influential hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, who was heavily courted by multiple GOP presidential candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

 

But Singer’s backing — while a huge positive for Rubio in the money race — does not come without some risks for the Florida senator. Singer is distrusted in the conservative base of the GOP both for his support of same-sex marriage and his support of Rubio’s immigration reform efforts in the Senate. According to a person close to Singer, the hedge fund billionaire gave $100,000 to support immigration reform, which the right widely regards as “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants.

 

Singer’s backing encapsulates a major potential problem for the Rubio candidacy. The senator wants and needs the vast piles of money the GOP’s Wall Street establishment is capable of pushing his way. Nobody organizes and directs that money better than Singer.

But there’s far more to Singer’s support than ideology. From the Huffington Post:

All that is music to Singer’s ears, but Rubio’s “work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee” is about something else altogether: his political support for Singer’s efforts to drain more than $1.5 billion dollars from Argentina in payments on old bonds that lost most of their value after the country defaulted in 2001.

 

Singer’s Elliott Management bought that debt several years ago for less than $50 million, and then successfully sued in U.S. court to demand full recovery of the face amount — in the face of opposition from the Obama administration, most other bondholders, and, above all, Argentina’s government, led by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

 

Last year, another member of Congress got in on the act: Senator Marco Rubio. While grilling President Obama’s nominee as U.S. ambassador to Argentina, Rubio complained that Buenos Aires “doesn’t pay bondholders, doesn’t work with our security operations… These aren’t the actions of an ally.”

 

This May, Rubio introduced a resolution in the Senate suggesting that Kirchner conspiried to “cover up Iranian involvement in the 1994 terrorist bombing.” Rubio declared that the issues in the case “extend well beyond Argentina and involve the international community, and more importantly, U.S. national security.”

 

As Eli Clifton noted, “It turns out that Singer’s hedge fund, Elliott Management, was Rubio’s second largest source of campaign contributions between 2009 and 2014, providing the presidential hopeful with $122,620, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.”

Next up, we have the billionaire CEO of hedge fund Citadel, Ken Griffin, also thought to be the richest man in Illinois. He recently endorsed Rubio. From CNBC:

Ken Griffin, the billionaire hedge-fund manager who has become a major Republican Party donor in recent years, is throwing his support behind Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president.

 

“I’m really excited to be supporting Marco Rubio,” Griffin, who is the founder and chief executive of the Chicago firm Citadel, said in an exclusive interview with CNBC. “He will be the next president of the United States.”

 

With a net worth estimated by Forbes to be $7 billion, Griffin is thought to be the richest person in Illinois, so depending on the level of financial support he provides, he could be crucial to a Rubio candidacy. In 2014, for instance, Griffin helped secure a gubernatorial victory for private-equity executive Bruce Rauner in Illinois by contributing $5.5 million and reportedly offering the use of his private plane.

 

In the telephone interview Thursday, Griffin said he would play an active role in raising money for Rubio from his own network of associates. He also said he would contribute “several million dollars” to Rubio’s PAC starting “imminently.”

Which brings us to Rubio’s latest squirmy tactic, in which he sacrifices individual choice in favor of protecting mega corporations. From the Intercept:

Rubio, who is raising campaign cash from the telecom industry for his presidential campaign, fired off a letter to the Federal Communications Commission asking the agency to allow states to block municipal broadband services.

 

The letter was the latest salvo in a long-running effort by the major telecom companies to outlaw municipal broadband programs that have taken off in cities such as Lafayette, Louisiana, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, because they pose a threat to a business model that calls for slow, expensive internet access without competition.

 

In Chattanooga, for instance, city officials set up a service known as “The Gig,” a municipal broadband network that provides data transfers at one gigabit per second for less than $70 a month — a rate that is 50 times faster than the average speed American customers have available through private broadband networks.

 

AT&T, Cox Communications, Comcast, and other broadband providers, fearing competition, have used their influence in state government to make an end-run around local municipalities. Through surrogates like the American Legislative Exchange Council, the industry gets states to pass laws that ban municipal broadband networks, despite the obvious benefits to both the municipalities and their residents.

 

That’s why the FCC has become involved. The agency stepped in to prevent states from crushing municipal broadband and released a rule this year that allows local cities to make the decision on their own.

 

As a result, telecom companies are furiously lobbying the FCC, litigating the rule in court, and leaning on GOP lawmakers to pressure the agency to back down.

Naturally, Marco Rubio is leading the charge.

Personally, I don’t think Rubio is even capable of all that much independent thought in the first place, but even if he was, the guy will do anything for campaign money. If you tried to create the perfect puppet in a test-tube, what would likely emerge is something very close to Marco Rubio. A man who consistently talks about small government and free markets, but who will fight to protect cronyism and oligarchy whenever somebody hangs a fresh dollar bill in front of his face. And all the smartest GOP billionaires know it.

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ACP's picture

Trump's twisted mind? Um, no. Fuck "love", 50 years of progressive "love" has twisted this country into a disgusting, diseased, mentally deranged, multicultural, multigender, multi-every-bullshit-you-can-imagine mess.

How about some anger and hatred? That's what created this country and that's what it will take to save it.

atomicwasted's picture

At least you admit that you as a Trump supporter are full of anger and hatred.

They have classes for that, or books in case you'd rather not sit in a room with other angry people.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"“It’s impressive. Rubio is persistent.”"~

No, what's impressive is how owned the little Cuban man-child is, as are most of the GOPe candidates.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Yes, Krieger has it backwards. Trump has it right on several issues, including immigration. The real twisted freaks are people like Adelson and Rubio, among others, who still push the failing and fraud ridden status quo.

Demdere's picture

Cattle given choices of 2 gates.

Why are we thinking there are only two gates to variations on the same war-ridden future? Why are you assuming what they frame the story with?  Wow, look at it work!

A guy could get discouraged convincing people to think past 2.

knukles's picture

I'll write in Ron Paul again or vote for Hillary, but certainly vote.  Because the GOP need to be taught a lesson that the Establishment Republicans carrying the Democratic water (aka, the One Big Uni-Party who simply do Red and Blue Jerseys for the Public Scrums) is no longer acceptable.  That manifests itself in a lower percentage Republican Establishment votes cast as a Percentage of total votes.   Not voting will Not Send the Same Message.
TIME TO PROTEST NON VOTE BY VOTING!
Games Theory Incarnate!!!!

Demdere's picture

Yes, dynamic game theory, play after play, generation after generation.

You have to have that perspective, or they trap you with mindgames.  Lots of conspiracies, lots of mindgames, and we fall into 2 choices, every time.

Everyone plays their role, the biggest players are the ones with the most money, and they collude, and trade, and are so rarely sentimental in any way.  Colde-blooeded "How to get MY way?" thinking. Seeing which way the wind blows, the various dependencies follow along in the general direction, most of the time.

"We ain't in it".

This whole thing has to be building up to war, beause what else can the Israeli-Neocons threaten us with?  The next False Flag has to be big and bad to justify what they wnat, a state authoritarian enough to keep our current propaganda ministers in control, lest we decide to hang them.  But our current propaganda outlets are failing, have you noticed? And the country is near maximum power, because it won't be able to borrow money and nobody will loan a broke country anything, as the USSR of late fame last discovered about the world of finance.

So they are losing control of the agenda and losing here in realty, poor people rarely view their rulers with much favor, the economy is failing.  Maximum danger, they can't lose, they hang.

What do you predict happens next?

Israeli-Neocons are the existential danger to America.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"Israeli-Neocons are the existential danger to America."~ 

I beg to differ, but only ever so slightly.

Neocons are the existential danger to America.  

There is a world full of hunts we have no business having dogs in.


Larry Dallas's picture

Rubio is broke.

Will be pro-Israel on anything to get Sheldon's money. Can you imagine the optics for Jews of Rubio going to a Las Vegas Casino to ask for money?

Never trust anyone who is broke. They can never be trusted to do what they say they are going to do.

Exhibit 1: Hillary.

Booked's picture

Is "anger" and "righteous indignation" the same thing?

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

No. One is a stage of dissatisfaction the other is a sense of justified outrage nominally at a wrong evinced against oneself.

DanDaley's picture

Rubio? A friend of mine is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat...he's met, talked to, and supported both Obama and Hillary...and he likes Rubio! Bad sign, very bad sign.

oldmanofthesee's picture

I will never vote for Rubio, on the immigration issue alone. Nor Jeb! Not crazy about Trump, but how else do we stop the monolith two party's. Ryan and Pelosi made a deal today, to fund the Syrian refuge invasion. Were we lied to, when the govmint told us that ISIS was printing US passports in Syria? It doesn't matter, to these cocksuckers, if the USA goes down the sewer, as long as THEIR status remains quo!

Booked's picture

John Galt, you have literally hit the nail on the head as far as Rubio's popularity with oligarchs is concerned.  And he's pretty, to boot!

 

Demdere's picture

Such confidence when I find it so easy to think of wildly different futures.

Suppose, for instance, that one of the Presidential candidates, otherwise failing, decded that 9/11 Truth was his issue? Would that make a different future?  Or, perhaps, one of the contenders started campaigning by internet?  How about if they combined?

I can imagine all knds of things tht might make futures. How about if some International organization said "I will shut down airline traffice until we have peace?"  Think our Israeli-Neocons would last a day?  I bet many combinations of things can make such differences in the lengths of their lives.

There must be many more imaginative people than me.  Wonder what they are thinking? You know, this internet gives us a way of sharing thinking, and converts the 'game' into evolving many vs centralized few. They can't even think of winning that one.

Way past time to get excited.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Funny to see this article, when I just posted a comment re Rubio and his billionaire benefactor, Norman Braman.  Maybe I should open one of them psychic hotlines.  ;-)

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-15/stunning-explanation-how-infamous-ford-f250-truck-ended-isis-hands?page=1

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 16:52 | 6927613Kirk2NCC1701             

It couldn't be Marco Rubio's billionaire backer, Norman Braman, cause his car dealerships focus on Florida, right?

yogibear's picture

Perfect pretty boy for the Elite. Like Zuckerberg is for Wall Street.

The Spanish Ambassador's picture

yeah but zuck ain't pretty. what an ugly fuk. lol

Demdere's picture

I do not quite understand what you contributed to a serious conversation.  Not very village-elder-like, you know?

Try to understand this is the future of the human race, we are determining here in this village square. Emote all over little boy, but do it elsewhere, elders will let you listen if you are nice.

Hasbara or hasbar-equivalent, learn to play on the internet among adults before you speak.

So tiring calling you out all the time.

dark pools of soros's picture

fuck you if you can't deal with free thoughts you cuck

 

The Fonz...before shark jump's picture

Rubio can stand on pallets full of stacked billions and he would still be a small man!

pipes's picture

Rubio is not eligible.

Cruz is not eligible.

Then again, Obama is not eligible.

 

So, yeah...whatever.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Wait, I wasn't expecting the Spanish inquis...

Redneck Hippy's picture

Try reading that Constitution again.  It doesn't mean what you think it means.

Seasmoke's picture

Anyone need a glass of water when they see this clown. 

Usurious's picture
Usurious (not verified) Seasmoke Dec 15, 2015 8:43 PM

 

 

he was prolly washing down bill kristol's semen.........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv2lPVtG02E

Redneck Hippy's picture

Bill Kristol is a most amazing beast.  He has managed to make a living for decades as a supposed pundit without ever having been right about anything ever.

Demdere's picture

You waste people's time, we care not whether on purpose or not.

I am in a bad mood, sorry to be offensive, don't have what it takes to be clever.  God, trying to stop the rot in civilization is tiring on a dreary day.

Squid Viscous's picture

Traitorous filth like Adelson should be hung, sooner the better

Loucleve's picture

DISAPPOINT THESE FUCKERS.

Fed_is_Love's picture

The Oligarchs love fuck boys.

hotrod's picture

IF THE USA WANTS UNLIMITED AMNESTY AND OPEN BORDERS FOR ALL, VOTE RUBIO.  PRESIDENT RUBIO OF CUBA.  WHAT AN AWFUL THOUGHT.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Can somebody please explain to me why Jews stick together and will "kill" each other only in corporate boardrooms, but Christians and Muslims are so damn willing to rob and kill their own kind?

I cannot find anything in their article of faith, so I'm guessing it must be a cultural thing.  If Christians, for example, were to stick together the way Jews do, then we'd probably have a very different world, rather than having the 2% climb up and rule over the rest.  Something to think about.

Miss Expectations's picture

WWI/Russian Revolution destroyed the Russian Empire.  WW2 destroyed the British Empire.  Here's a sad list of the lost English country houses/lost heritage:

http://www.lostheritage.org.uk/lh_complete_list.html

Squid Viscous's picture

who are ....the rothschild's?

 

what did i win?

Demdere's picture

Guys, please stop the anti-Jewish shit, OK?

You see, if you are serious, this kind of stuff turns off the arguments you make among rational and intelligent people, almost all of whom have Jewish friends who are not the evil people you think you know?

And of course, the other motivation for you doing that would be to tar your arguments with that bad one?  so discrediting both argument and you, depending on whether people were already fans or foes? There cna't be any win in that for a real position, associating it with racism, and most people are fully-able to tell it apart.

False flags happen in the world of ideas, noticed?

 

So rational minds, given certain fantasy-ideologies would better leave them unsaid other than to communicate past the next-possible tier of minds. Going past that generates opposition, and successful perversions of governments take many years, if your name might be dung to very many rational people at all, keeping quite is the best thing to do. No seriously-deviant population ahs ever achieved power by being loudmouths, as I recall.

So, you see, either you are dumb as dug or you are hasbara of some variety.

But my argument gets better with repetition, while you don't appear to grow smarter at all.  must be a handicap, having to conform to even so hazy a reality as drive-by snide of endless variety.

The rest of you consider what kind of person votes this down?  hasbara-intent if not hasbara.  Who cares?

dark pools of soros's picture

no it doesn't.  Zionist/NeoCon is the rancid powermongering that attacks anything that doesn't bow before it.  And why don't you go ask Israel about its racism before ever typing that word here again

 

why should Americans give a hoot about Israel? Don't they have decades of free toys of destruction to play with? Are they such pussies they lose to kids with rocks while they are in tanks?   We all know they make up their fears and cry to the world to get as many backers to destroy the few countries that try to control their own money and resources.

 

seriously go suck on a pipebomb

 

 

 

 

L Bean's picture

There's gotta be a joke about the Jewish mafia inserting themselves into fascist Cuba... in here somewhere

Squid Viscous's picture

no shekels, no joke

try again

L Bean's picture

"I downloaded Megaphone and all I got were these shitty downvotes" ?

essence's picture

Enough already.

For years there has been this trend to post sexy women as Avatars.

As a male, I get it, entirely.   Only, sure enough, people milk it for all it's worth & more until it becomes this hoary old cliche.

Got something pertinent to say, then let your words alone stand out.

Post an avatar of big jugs, a pretty young face, then right off the bat I've pegged you as suspect. In that case your argument better be especially good, to counter your blatant sexual ploy. Grow up dudes.  The more you use sexual images to augment your persona, the more you out yourself as shallow & insecure.

And yeah, this goes for the tylers too. Hiding behind a 30 year old pic of brad pitt.

Either stand out on your own offerings (words, arguments in the case here with ZeroHedge), or be exposed for the hollow shell that you are.

 

 

 

essence's picture

And that of course, is a recent pic of you.

Who knew, super models posting on ZeroHedge.

wait, give me a few minutes, I'll scrounge up a pic of me in my prime. Hercules/Apollo ....the same.

 

Ok, L Bean hermit. Let's see more of your pithy arguments
Perhaps I'll fall in love with your words.