‘Kochtopia:’ Reid on Ryan’s Budget

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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), right, speaks next to (L-3rd L) Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) during a news conference March 26, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has accused Republicans of being “addicted to Koch.”

Money from the billionaire Koch brothers, that is.

Today on the Senate floor, Reid continued his crusade to cast Republicans as puppets of the brothers via another pithy accusation, this one related to Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s fiscal 2015 blueprint for federal spending.

The Nevada Democrat called Ryan’s proposal “a blueprint for a modern Koch — How would we say this ? Kochtopia. Yes, that’s it.”

Then Reid spelled out his newly made-up insult, in case anyone was confused “K-O-C-H-T-O-P-I-A.”

“We might as well call it the Koch budget because that’s what they’re doing, protecting the Koch brothers,” said Reid, calling the Ryan plan a path to prosperity for “the really rich” only and the Koch brothers “power-hungry tycoons.”

Charles and David Koch,  the fifth- and sixth-richest men in the world, have a combined net worth of $100.6 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. And they back a political organization, Americans for Prosperity, investing millions in defeating Democratic candidates — its TV ads dominating the market early in the 2014 election season.

Most Americans, however, have never heard of them.

The Ryan budget got a generally critical Democratic reception.

Read Ryan’s own take on his 2015 spending plan:

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