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  •  Which is why (19+ / 0-)

    Christie is what passes for "moderation" in today's GOP.  He's a union-busting thug who killed a planned Hudson River tunnel project, but he doesn't want to roll the domestic side of the federal gov't back to 1932 (or is it 1832).  That distinguishes him from Romney, Ryan, Boehner, Cantor, and most of the rest of his party.

    Bipartisanship gave us sequestration, retroactive FISA immunity, the IWR, the Patriot Act, an out of control NSA, financial deregulation, welfare "reform," NAFTA, and a whole host of other evils.  It should never have been practiced w/ such fervor, and it shouldn't be practiced now.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 06:53:21 AM PST

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    •  Headline should be "why bipartisanship is a (12+ / 0-)

      chimera."  Let's recall exactly what Christie did in 2010:

      If you find yourself in a stopped train in a Hudson River tunnel, or in a vehicle on a choked highway, in coming years, at least you will know why. In his drive to become the darling of the cut-costs-at-all-costs Republican crowd, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey ignored real economic analysis and relied on exaggerated worst-case scenarios to kill the largest public transit project in the nation in 2010.

      The project, two new rail passages under the Hudson River, would have vastly improved the region’s economy, the environment and the lives of millions of commuters. The federal government and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were providing most of the $10 billion needed to build the tunnels. But Mr. Christie said they were going to cost a lot more than that and that New Jersey would be on “a never-ending hook.”

      Now, a report from the Government Accountability Office makes it clear that the cost-cutting talk was political bluster. Mr. Christie estimated that the project could cost more than $14 billion, of which New Jersey would have had to pay 70 percent if you counted federal stimulus dollars and Port Authority money. The report said later federal estimates ranged from $9.8 billion to $12.4 billion and that the state’s real share was 14.4 percent. The benefits would have been huge. Today, traffic moves under the Hudson River through two 100-year-old tunnels that are nearly at capacity at peak travel times. With projections that transit demands in this area will increase 38 percent by 2030, the new tunnels would have allowed twice as many trains during rush hour, 48 per hour instead of 23.

      As noxious as the lane closing vendetta was, it was not nearly as harmful as this conscious policy decision he made 3 years earlier.   The only reason why Christie is remotely "moderate" is b/c he's not a total nihilist like the rest of his party.  In the land of the blind, the man w/ a seeing-eye dog is king.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 07:26:35 AM PST

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    •  Your examples are "bipartisanship is just another (5+ / 0-)

      name for corruption."

      All that bipartisanship being practiced back in the Clinton and Bush eras was simply passing the laws the plutocrats wanted passed under the guise of bipartisanship. Any haggling over details had to do with just how much the plutocrats were going to be allowed to steal.

      Thus, when both sides are merely acting to keep their plutocratic handlers happy, there are no partisans for the poor or working class.

      Most of our politicians these days are corrupt to some degree in that they always weigh just how much they have to pay or 'kick back' to their big donors when legislating. Unfortunately, that's just the nature of the beast these days orchestrated initially by the plutocrats, and as we can all see, it's working out great for them.

      The republicans are just proud to be completely and absolutely corrupt as they see themselves as part of that plutocracy.


      "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis Brandies

      by Pescadero Bill on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:02:27 AM PST

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      •  GOP has lost popular vote in 5 of last 6 national (6+ / 0-)

        elections.  Their popular vote totals since 1988 have ranged from a low of 38% to a high of 51%, and their average has probably been a little >45%.

        Their ideas are antithetical to everything our party is supposed to stand for.  Their "leaders" are an extremely sorry lot.  Their candidates cannot come close to cobbling together a majority national coalition.

        There is no reason to show them respect, much less deference.

        Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

        by RFK Lives on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 08:20:49 AM PST

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        •  Kerry showed too much respect. (3+ / 0-)
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          He failed to attack Bush43 for doing nothing to prevent 9/11, then doing the wrong thing by attacking the wrong country, Iraq.

          Otherwise it would be 6 of 6.

          And Barbara Buono was far too nice campaigning against the charming sociopath, Christie.

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            He failed to attack Bush43 for doing nothing to prevent 9/11, then doing the wrong thing by attacking the wrong country, Iraq.
            Yeah well Kerry voted for the Iraq war, so his critique of the President in this regard would have been laughable.

            (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
            Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

            by Sparhawk on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:35:10 AM PST

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            •  But a strategy of attacking Bush43 for doing (1+ / 0-)
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              nothing to prevent 9/11 would have been oh so fun (in a turn your gut sour sort of way) to see play out.


              "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis Brandies

              by Pescadero Bill on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:42:36 AM PST

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        •  Agreed. But they manage to game the system just (2+ / 0-)
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          the same. From effective propaganda via media complicity to gerrymandering. So the popular vote, to date, has been ineffective at stopping their looting. Quite probably because of lack of democratic resistance, be in on purpose or otherwise.

          That being said, the issue of overall political corruption is to greater and lesser, but to an almost absolute extent, system-wide.

          I think you and I are in agreement, my point was to merely suggest the 'successful' bipartisanship we've seen to date has been on purpose and to the benefit of both parties in that it has rewarded them even more campaign contributions, and thus exacerbating the problem of corruption, from more and more corporate and big-money donors.

          I agree that bipartisanship should not be practiced and especially with fervor, but it is and will be so long as it is instigated by the corrupt political campaign contribution process.

          DC is in a corruption feed-back loop the winds of which we the common working and poor folk can't penetrate. And I'm not exactly sure how we can break that cyclone-vacuum effect sucking all the money up and out of our government.


          "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis Brandies

          by Pescadero Bill on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:59:08 AM PST

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    •  And hatred of the poor is bipartisan (4+ / 0-)

      Increasingly so. It's fueled by corporate funders who determine US public policy and legislative agendas today (ALEC).

      The GOP has always harbored this cruel streak, but neoliberals have been jumping on the bandwagon since the early 90s.

      Voters have to realize we can't keep electing these people to office. Public shaming doesn't seem to change their false sense of entitlement and faux moral superiority, but forcing these elected officials to show their true beliefs to the voting public can help.

      Rules and procedural changes in the House and Senate have made it much more difficult to hold these members publicly accountable, but itcan still be done through public vote whipping and social media.

      If cutting Social Security & Medicare benefits for low income seniors is what Democrats do after they win a budget standoff, I'd hate to see what they do after they lose one.

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 09:36:36 AM PST

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