Last night, Chris Christie claimed that America's senior citizens are not selfish. This morning, I wandered into a suburban Tampa coffee shop between appointments to sit at my computer for a moment. It looked empty and quiet. Mistake! In fact, owner, waitstaff and the sole customer -- a man of about 75 -- were all engaged in a loud, friendly conversation that went something like this:
SOLE CUSTOMER: This is the greatest nation on earth, but we don't even take care of our own senior citizens.
OWNER: No, we don't.
SOLE CUSTOMER: We take care of everybody else on earth, but we don't take care of our own.
SOLE CUSTOMER: Look at Haiti. We're sending millions there. Total waste. They're just going to stay poor.
OWNER AND STAFF: (Enthusiastic agreement)
SOLE CUSTOMER: That money should go to our people. They should take that money they're sending to Haiti and keep it right here!
OWNER: Just send each of us a check for it.
CUSTOMER AND STAFF: (Enthusiastic agreement.)
Gov. Christie might want to return to the fact-checkers on that theory of his.