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  •  Yeah, I know, but at one time Mr Rockefeller (0+ / 0-)

    had a monopoly and the world didn't end when that was broken up.  In fact, he profited more handsomely in the break up than he would have had the monopoly been allowed to stand.  So, those prison shouldn't be a concern - they'll be fine ;)

    •  I don't agree. It has been shown in some states (3+ / 0-)
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      that these private prisons have a way too cozy relationship with legislators. That lends the air of impropriety in my book, which is just as bad, as it being symbolic of corruption.

      Our justice system is already unfair, skewed in favor of certain races, and certain economic levels of society, then throw in a big iron triangle in an increasingly fascist police state, with paranoid drivers that thrive on fear and penal colony mentalities.

      No thanks, I will keep worrying.

      Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

      by GreenMother on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 03:56:11 PM PDT

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      •  I was being somewhat glib. (0+ / 0-)

        Really, I was saying, don't be your own worst enemy and bring up the reason that any politician might think twice about trying to pursue a fair and just option rather than falling into the trap of being beholden to interest groups whatever they are.  If you do want to remind them of why it makes sense for them to cozy up to corporate interests, maybe also take the time to at least touch on the reasons why they really, really should NOT.

        As far as I'm concerned, I'm not worried about the fate of the corporate prison industry, at all and I'm not going to spend any time or energy giving politicians any reason to even factor them in - especially in a context as important to this democracy as this one is.

        Liberals always shoot themselves in the foot focusing so much of their time on the message of the opposition that they OFTEN forget to explain exactly why the opposition is totally fucked up.  Smart assed sarcasm when delivered without any reference to why the sarcasm is totally in order, only puts the focus on the opposition's messaging.  

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