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  •  you're so polite! (3+ / 0-)
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    cskendrick, AnnieR, Danise94

    I love your clever new word: kleptocracy.  It's much nicer than calling Kasich a thief.

    •  Not a new word. It's been around a while... (4+ / 0-)
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      Betty Pinson, AnnieR, pengiep, PeterHug

      ... to describe more than a few Third World despots.

      Doc and Baby Doc Duvalier come to mind right away.

      Charles Taylor of Liberia is another.

      That a four-top of U.S. governors fit the bill (there may be more of course) is not a good sign.

      •  FIVE: Rick Perry operates exactly like this (5+ / 0-)

        in Texas.  He has had two "job-creating" panels (directed by his own crony appointees), who give away money to "job creators", companies supposed to bring employment to the state.  They get state money and tax breaks, and don't deliver the jobs.  I suspect, just as with Perry's in-state cronyism with campaign contribution kickbacks, the companies, in turn, contribute to Rick's "favorite charity".

        Oh, and don't forget to cut medical coverage for children (CHIP), education, and a few other things to pay for these panels and their funding.  State of Texas debt: $27 f-in' Billion, second only to California (and we dont't even have the climate or topography California has).

        Perry is a snake, and needs to be stopped NOW!

        Ridicule him and underestimate him at our collective peril.

        Oh, and as head of the Republican Governors Association (also involved in campaign money-laundering from Bob "the Builder" Perry - no relation), I imagine Rick Perry has passed on a few of these tricks he's been pulling in Texas to Governors Kasich, Scott, Walker and Snyder.  Just a guess.  Birds of a feather.  Watch your own GOP Governor - - could be learning from the best of the best.

        Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

        by tom 47 on Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 12:14:20 PM PDT

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    •  clever new word? (2+ / 0-)
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      Betty Pinson, cskendrick

      Maybe you're being sardonic, but the word "kleptocracy" has been around for a long, long time. It's a perfectly applicable description of Kasich and the rest of the Republican Party. Does "thief" work just as well? In some instances it's better, in others it's not.

      What I'd like to know is whether the DNC can roust itself from its typical torpor to coordinate attacks on Kasich over this issue, or whether the Ohio Democratic Party will be totally on its own.

      •  At the national party, labor was booted years ago (1+ / 0-)
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        Betty Pinson

        As in decades ago.

        And a revived labor movement is just not part of the national party's vision for the 21st Century.

        So, I would not place any bets on national coming to Midwest labor's rescue in Ohio, any more than in Wisconsin or Michigan.

        Now, if businesses say ' hey, let's help the unions out!' then you might see some traction.

        (pauses for effect)

        Yeah... not holding my breath.

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