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  •  What I think happened is that Congress, (5+ / 0-)

    which transitioned from doling out various kinds of material rights

    water
    land
    mineral
    logging
    grazing
     etc.

    over the centuries, in order to justify their hold on public office, transitioned this practice into doling out dollars as contracts when the natural resources started to run out and the currency itself was liberated from its ties to precious metals.
    Then the Taxed Enough Already people came along and made a big stink about the most obvious dole via the earmarks and bought into the suggested alternative of delivering dollars in bulk as "block grants." And, as often happens when one force is removed, the extortion traditionally practiced by Congressional incumbents was replaced by extortion on the state level. The southern states know it well. It's how the Republican machine has stayed in control. It's how people who lust for power rule. They take from peter to give to paul. They do not serve. Because to serve is to help and what the power-crazed are into is hurt.

    So, Christie put the hurt on the people of New Jersey.  Why? Because they voted for Obama and then they voted for Booker, even though he denied Booker his coat-tails.

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 04:32:40 AM PST

    •  If You Aren't Supporting Him 100% (5+ / 0-)
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      You are an enemy.   Laws mean nothing.  They are only the tools to get what you need.

      Thinking of Christie and Giuliani, the last thing the people need are former prosecutors given vast powers.   Paranoid, vindictive, megalomaniacal.  Nixon comes to mind.

      All of Us are Smarter Than Any of Us

      by organize on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 05:07:20 AM PST

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    •  When you say, "Taxed enough already" (6+ / 0-)

      are  you talking about the Koch's? Who bought the tea party franchise and expanded it?
      Or are you talking about the religious right, hardcore diehard Bushie deadenders who were looking around for a rebrand after they metaphorically committed regicide against Bush after his total bungling of everything he touched and "lo, he wasn't really conservative after all", and latched onto the "tea party" as a means of rebranding and btw opposing everything Obama did.

      The big stink about "earmarks" was really made up of two parts:
      1. The goppers who didn't get canned at the end of Bush, Boehner, Cantor, etc. , who said, "We were led down the rosy path by Bush and the Democrats and we mean it this time, we're serious...no more gov. spending..."

      2 The absolute and unyielding opposition to Obama and "the Democrat Party" by the religious right, i.e. the gop base.
      I think there's something to your point about the broader nature of the gop extortion, but I do think in the final analysis that it started before he became US Attorney, his performance on that job was part of that strategy, and it involved the massive, juicy fat pig of development in NJ and on the Hudson, esp. the Port Authority, and when Sandy came along it was basically a feeding frenzy for the developers and everyone was intoxicated on the juicy aromas of money wafting up from that fat pig which was now roasted to perfection.

      Dem. corruption and the massive amounts of money involved on the Hudson made this possible, and Christie took big bites out of that corrupt machine as US attorney, and then he and Samson set out to milk the survivors to set up his power base.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 05:39:41 AM PST

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      •  The Kochs arrogated the TEA party as they (2+ / 0-)
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        do everything else. They acquire.  They do not innovate. They're collectors. That's why they are filthy rich.
        The antagonism towards federal spending resonates with them because they want the money. Somehow, that the federal Treasury is the source of all money and that dollars are just worthless, albeit certified, IOUs simply doesn't register. I expect it would make as much sense trying to convince a philatelist of the uselessness of his enterprise.
        Collectors collect.
        The problem with people collecting dollars is that, in consequence of them having a stash, the Congress decides to ration the stuff (sort of like Oklahoma deciding to restrict the recording of marriages to heterosexuals or not at all) to enhance their own importance.

        But, that will soon be solved. Congress has just about privatized itself out of importance.

        http://hannah.smith-family.com

        by hannah on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 06:02:32 AM PST

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    •  didn't he think (0+ / 0-)

      that the turn out for booker would bring out more Buono? so he denied her his coattails?

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