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  •  Of course they had a choice (5+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, splashoil, cpresley, YucatanMan, cdreid

    and yes, I recall the 51 votes.  The state give-away system wasn't required to get it passed.

    The giveaway to states didn't pick up any votes for them, they managed to get it passed in spite of them.

    It was a story of failed political bribery, pure and simple.   They ladled out tens of billions to states for governors to give away to their friends and donors (who they appointed to all the special commissions, boards, etc.) when they could have used that money to keep programs like the high risk insurance pool afloat.

    In GOP states, the Republicans simply laundered the federal money into their own campaign coffers and used it to gerrymander the vote and run against Dems.

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:00:30 AM PST

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