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  •  Yes--the brazen corruption is just astonishing. (11+ / 0-)

    I only hope the Republicans have overreached enough this time that the public turns against them--that is the only way we can pull the US back from the edge of the cliff.

    •  Hey Scott, how much are they paying you? (7+ / 0-)

      I hope he lands in prison.  In the 1970's, we had a governor here in Maryland that went to the slammer for a lot less.  My fear however is that the right will gain such power in this country that impartial justice will be a thing of the past.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 11:55:07 AM PST

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      •  Gov. Marvin Mandel (7+ / 0-)

        was sentenced to jail after being convicted on 15 federal counts of mail fraud and one count of racketeering. Sentenced in 1977.

        He was Pardoned by Ronald Reagan (patron saint of those who want to use public office for private gain).

        A personal note: My father partly owned a time sharing computer company who bid on processing the lottery for state of Maryland. My father withdrew his bid after Mandel demanded a kickback.

        fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

        by mollyd on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 12:18:02 PM PST

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        •  I watched his testimony during his trial (5+ / 0-)
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          His trial was delayed several times for health issues, although he is still alive today in his 90's.  I watched him bound up and down the hallway during recess (he even stopped to talk to my mother, give her a kiss and shake my hand), fit as a fiddle, but when the jury walked in he suddenly started to limp and audibly grimace to show pain.  I thought, what a phoney!

          "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

          by Navy Vet Terp on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 12:25:16 PM PST

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    •  Any time the state sells assets (17+ / 0-)

      to a private company, the taxpayers lose.  The private company will only purchase the assets if they can make a profit from them.  That means customers will pay what they paid before, plus enough to provide for profit and executive bonuses for the private company.

      "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

      by ahumbleopinion on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 11:58:46 AM PST

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      •  exactly. they wouldnt enter the market if (0+ / 0-)

        they couldnt make a profit.

        The Republican arguement is always that free market and privitization will allow competition which will force prices down.

        But as you have said, why would anyone enetr the market at all unless there was a profit to be made?

        and where do they get that profit?  They get it from the people who were formally paying less for energy.

        privitization, deregulation and smart meters... You too can be paying more for energy in no time.  Yeah!

        its just like healthcare.  Why anyone thinks that paying a private insurance company to pay the bills is somehow going to make things cheaper is beyond me.  You pay the bill plus their profit and overhead.

        eliminate middlemen.  save money.

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