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  •  I mean, it would have been unforgivably (7+ / 0-)

    irresponsible for Obama to box himself into a financial arrangement that would inhibit him from competing effectively. I just cannot fathom how anybody --anybody on this site-- expected him to spend $85 million on the general election when he will/can almost certainly raise more than that. It's senseless.

    Now, I accept the general argument that people want to get big money and the influence of special interests and lobbyists out of government, but as I said already, that proposition is vague and practically irrelevant at this point in time. The people whining about Obama's decision are divided into two: Ideological purist liberals on one hand, and Republicans and their apologists on the other. Seeking to satisfy either of these groups at this point in time is not a good strategy for winning a general election.

    A Tiger does not always show his Tigritude -- African Proverb

    by The British Observer on Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 05:10:37 AM PDT

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    •  And then there's the question whence (6+ / 0-)

      the impetus for this corrupt relationship arises.  If corporations were confident that their interests were being fairly considered, would they waste time and money lobbying?

      Whence did the push for privatizing functions that had no prospect of profit arise?

      I would argue that the initiative was on the side of public officials who found it attractive to suborn corporations and individuals, rather than carrying out their duties.  Certainly that was the case with public hospitals being shunted to the private sector by public officials who didn't want to deal with dissatisfied citizens.  As long as the citizenry was kept in the dark, there was no reluctance to conduct all kinds of enterprise "in the public interest" (hospitals, power plants, country clubs, airports, docking facilities, etc.)  It was the advent of citizen participation that soured our public officials on such enterprise.

      How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

      by hannah on Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 05:38:30 AM PDT

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      •  Ah, you raise an issue that I'd (3+ / 0-)
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        describe as a sinful, unholy mechanism of governmental clusterfuckery. And it's empirically traceable to the fact that most of the people who occupy government positions are nothing but corrupt, ineffective idiots. It's the same thing from Mexico to Mogadishu. The onus falls on people like you to continue to advocate against the stupidity in high places.

        A Tiger does not always show his Tigritude -- African Proverb

        by The British Observer on Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 05:46:02 AM PDT

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        •  The aristocracy never was very bright (3+ / 0-)
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          and had to rely on the force of arms to stay on top.  That's not changed.

          The saying that "those who can, do; those who can't, teach" is not only unfair but misleading.  It should be "those who can't, pretend and blather."

          History is replete with doltish rulers.  What's less often recorded is that they serve as convenient fronts for the powers behind the throne. That's whom we need to expose.  And it's not, for the most part, the people who put their names on the PNAC.

          How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

          by hannah on Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 06:10:36 AM PDT

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    •  Please see this, re: your argument. (2+ / 0-)
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      It's short, to the point and, I think, dovetails and supports what you're driving at.  And, if I may say so, the writing is sublime. ;-).

      bg
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      by BenGoshi on Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 05:49:09 AM PDT

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