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  •  One Point of Disagreement . . . (37+ / 0-)

    . . . with this excellent diary, and that is the suggestion that these GOP govs are being used by their backers and do not realize that they don't have a political future.  I think they all (or almost all) do realize that this is it for their political future -- they just don't care.

    While liberals have spent the  past decade bemoaning the fact Conservatives stole a march on us by creating, funding and supporting a system of right-wing think tanks intended to continuously come up w/rationales and policies for pushing right-wing interests, we have failed to understand that these think tanks also provide risk coverage for politicians who might go too far in angering the voters.

    Nothing would please me more than to see Scott Walker recalled next year.  But the damage will have been done, and Scott Walker will never have to want.  His financial backers will get him a board job on one of these think tanks, a sinecure at a friendly university, and set him up with a lucrative lobbying firm somewhere.  Scott Walker will be just fine.

    Post-politics cushions for rabid right-wingers have become SOP now, further weakening our representative democracy.  Why fear the will of the voters if - once you are out of office - you can cash in?  Keeping voters from kicking them out of office was once the only to ensure elected officials didn't go to far in service of their paymasters, but Right-Wing Welfare has largely undermined that protection.

    I think Walker and the rest (like the odious Rick Scott, who isn't even waiting to leave before cashing in) know this, I think it is at least an implicit part of the deal they made w/the Koch brothers, et al.:  destroy the unions, destroy the social safety net, destroy the regulations that vex us, and we will make sure that you are set for life.

    I think they know exactly what they are doing and what they can look forward to.  They embrace it.

    •  Well said. Corporate board jobs for doing nothing (10+ / 0-)

      but approving whatever management wants await them. These politicians have proven that they will do anything for the Kochs. They will be well paid for their services.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

      by FishOutofWater on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 05:54:08 AM PDT

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    •  Totally agree with... (5+ / 0-)

      ... these observations.

      In the case of Rick Snyder, for example who was put up for office by the Business Leaders for Michigan for the most part, a second term is clearly not in the plan, unless enough cover (and with media all but reduced to the bare minimum in Michigan) to allow for continued apathy in the voter ranks.

      Snyder's agenda is backseat, to a radical NATIONAL agenda and plan being executed in the State Legislatures (using ALEC and the think tank INDUSTRY), and his rubber-stamping of these plans and dozens of bills written outside the State, make him just as guilty a party as any of the other GOP governors that have completely, if not leading that agenda/plan.

      This is a 'grab all you can for the mega-wealthy as you can' cycle, and it's clear thoughts of the average citizen, or those less fortunate, are far from their collective conscious.

      It's cruel, and they don't care who they hurt.

    •  Yes - this is why so many of them say (2+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, 3goldens

      "just get a job" - because there will always be some right-wing, billionaire-financed "think" tank who will hire them as a "scholar".  It's EASY for them to get well-paying jobs.

    •  Your point is well made (0+ / 0-)

      I struggled with this same point when George W. Bush was President. Is he really that big of an ignoramus or is he maniacal? I think in the end it boils down to different ratios of both in varying degrees for each of these Koch funded politicians. In general though, it really does seem that the ego on these guys may actually be convincing them that they can do no wrong and "the people" have no idea what they are talking about. On the other hand, one would think that they would have to be aware of the consequences of their actions. I know this is snarky, but I just have the hardest time looking at Scott Walker and thinking there is anything going on in that head besides bad hair plugs muddling with a very simple mind. I guess they're not hair plugs, but seriously... The truth is, they are acting not acting in the best interest of the middle/working class, and they are at the very least aware of that.

      Thank you again for the shout out and the support!

      (comment cross-posted on CasaCognito's blog)

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