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    erratic, poco

    The defense budget allows Republicans to be socialists (spend government money on jobs programs) without admitting it.

    Every program I've ever worked on had a map showing where the subcontractors were. On a big one, there's 30+ states where someone is getting a taste.

    The assumption, though, that oil doesn't also have jobs everywhere seems wrong.

    I'm on a mission! http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1233352/51142428#c520 Testing the new site rules.

    by blue aardvark on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 08:17:10 AM PDT

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    •  Sure, oil and oil related products are sold (1+ / 0-)
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      everywheres, but that's not exactly what I was getting at . .. . .

      If that * were * the criterion involved, entities like McDonalds, Starbucks, and purveyors of religious inanities would be unstoppable!

      •  And the minimum wage (1+ / 0-)
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        blue aardvark

        is what, nowdays?

        Influence is felt in ways that affect the donor.

        I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

        by trumpeter on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 08:34:51 AM PDT

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      •  You mean... they're stoppable now? (0+ / 0-)

        Okay, maybe Starbucks... because all their customers are allowed to carry.  And the FFW strikes might land a body blow on Mickey D.  But the ship for purveyors of religious inanities sailed centuries ago.  Talk about influence!

        I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

        by mojo11 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 09:41:51 AM PDT

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    •  And that map (1+ / 0-)
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      is the influence you were looking for.  30+ states adds up to a lot of Congressional districts and 60+ Senate seats.  And, despite what a lot of presidents and people might think (perhaps rightly, given the evidence of the last 15 years), the power to declare war rests with Congress.  Under the War Powers Act, the president can blow stuff up for only a limited time unless he gets Congress to sign on.

      Jobs and money are good for Congresscritters.  They make people want to vote for them.  Even more powerful than campaign ads do.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 10:13:36 AM PDT

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