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  •  You like pork barrel spending? (6+ / 0-)

    One of the most hopeful things that has happened recently IMHO is a growing anger on the right against corporate cronyism. Subsidized flood insurance? It mostly helps developers who want to build in fragile coastal area. Federal agricultural spending? It mostly goes to corporate farmers. Military spending? Rich defense contractors.

    Now granted. I don't agree with this new populist anger on the right when it comes to slashing education spending, for example, but their new willingness to take on the Republican's notorious generosity toward the rich and well-connected creates targets of opportunity.

    In my state of South Carolina, activists on the right came out against several "bridges to nowhere" that would have ruined environmentally pristine areas of the state. I was glad to have their help, even if I don't agree with them on many other issues.

    •  Exactly- I admire them. (0+ / 0-)

      There's a lot wrong with their beliefs, to put it mildly, but they take those beliefs more seriously than Cochrane, who claims to share them, ever did.

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      by Rich in PA on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 03:29:45 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, in many instances I do Like pork barrel (0+ / 0-)

      spending.  Not all, of course, since it will depend upon what the spending is directed for.  There's plenty of pork barrel spending that is socially progressive or economically Keynesian (which is one of the things government should do, spend money to help the economy).

      There was an entire series of diaries about the value of pork barrel spending back in the 2008 election when John McCain was going on about it.

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      by a gilas girl on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 03:30:46 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the welcome (0+ / 0-)

        Long-time listener, first-time caller.

        I probably read the John McCain threads in 2008. I don't remember many people on the right calling out Republicans for corporate cronyism back then. If they did, John McCain would have been one of their targets.

        I agree that most government spending is useful and even necessary, but you have to admit that "corporate cronyism" is a nice thing to hear from the other side of the political spectrum. In my experience, there are some opportunities to collaborate with populist conservatives that did not exist before. In my experience, you don't necessarily have to buy into their whole world view to do so. Some of them will even listen to your perspective on other issues.

        •  "Cronyism" does not necessarily = (1+ / 0-)
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          pork barrel spending, which is as old as the Republic. Getting $ for locales has always been the main bargaining chip leadership could use to whip votes. Without that chip's existence (or its "proper" use), we end up with ideologues unwilling to compromise on or pass anything. Sound familiar?

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          by bryduck on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 04:53:17 PM PDT

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          •  The problem is that cronyism is no longer local (1+ / 0-)
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            It has gone national or international wealth stripping entire states.

            •  I wish cronyism was the only problem! n/t (0+ / 0-)

              "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

              by bryduck on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 10:51:08 AM PDT

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