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Ah, yes, let's hear it for dedication to high principles. That's the image that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has cultivated with actions such as refusing to give into the teachers unions, rejecting higher taxes for millionaires and polishing his frugality cred by refusing to go ahead with the under-the-Hudson rail project.

No vacuuming up government subsidies and money from other tax-payer programs while railing about welfare the way Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller does. No bad-mouthing the stimulus and then gobbling up the dollars and taking credit for its benefits to their states the way Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, soon-to-be former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and soon-to-be former Texas Gov. Rick Perry have all done. The way Alabama Missouri Sen. Kit Bond, Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander have done. The way South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson, Ohio Reps. Pat Tiberi and Jean Schmidt, Delaware Rep. Mike Castle, Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk, Georgia Reps. Jack Kingston and Phil Gingrey, Washington Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dave Reichert, Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, California Reps. Elton Gallegly and Dan Lungren, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, Louisiana Rep. Joseph Cao and Florida Rep. Bill Young have all done.

That, by the way, isn't the whole list.

But not Gov. Christie. He's so far avoided being caught behaving like one of those spit on the cake and eat it too kind of Republicans.

Until now. It turns out that Christie is as pampered a passenger on the stimulus hypocrisy train as all the rest of these Republicans.  Christie has vigorously opposed the Obama administration's stimulus package, but, like fellow Republican naysayers across the country, he's taking the money anyway.

New Jersey is set to issue $1.4 billion in Transportation Trust Fund Authority bonds Oct. 13 and 14, about a week after James Simpson, the state’s transport commissioner, said the infrastructure account is “broke” and suspended 100 projects because of a lack of cash. The sale, a combination of tax-free refinancing securities and federally taxable Build America Bonds scheduled to mature in December 2027, will raise about $900 million for the trust fund.

So what's the big deal? The Build America Bonds program is part of the stimulus package. The Feds, that is, we taxpayers, cover 35 percent of the interest on the bonds. It's a good deal, and the program has been one of the stimulus package's brightest spots.

As Pat Garafolo at the Wonk Room points out, this isn't the first time that Christie has used the bond program. It's the smart thing to do, the right thing to do, good for New Jersey and its citizens. But when you're a Republican, taking advantage of the program doesn't mean changing your tune on in public speeches to the faithful. And Christie, apparently tuning up for the 2012 presidential race, certainly doesn't want to do anything to alienate the tea partiers who now put him above Sarah Palin as their darling for that contest.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:00 PM PDT.

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  •  Cutting spending = cutting jobs (2+ / 0-)
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    Cutting jobs means more govt money spent on unemployment and social safety nets.

    If you think about it these idiots that want to cut spending will actually make the government bigger, not smaller.

    ~a little change goes a long way~

    by missliberties on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:02:58 PM PDT

  •  I hope there is some way (1+ / 0-)
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    Secretary LaHood can work out a compromise on the ARC tunnel.  Not only would it ease overcrowding on trains, take an estimated 25,000 cars off the roads, improve air quality and the general welfare, my home might be worth a bit more.  

    But, the whole thing must be evil as none of

    Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, Content, and sufficient champagne. --Dorothy Parker

    by M Sullivan on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:07:19 PM PDT

  •  how about this for 2011 session...... (5+ / 0-)

    anyone who votes against the bill is not allowed within 100 feet of the project.

    Republicans===the party of the 1% rich people in America. Or in other words..The Party of NO!

    by jalapeno on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:07:56 PM PDT

  •  VA Tops $1B Mark in Recovery Act Distributions (5+ / 0-)
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    All of this, much needed in many area's, Stimulus monies spent by the VA have created jobs on the front end, long term employment in a number of area's where spent and needed, boosted the local economies short and long term and thus helped small businesses in the local communities and beyond! And this is just one agency, though always under funded, and one recipient of some of the Stimulus monies!

    Upgrades Include Energy Projects, Medical Facility Upgrades, Cemetery Improvements

    WASHINGTON – October 15, 2010 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has distributed more than $1 billion in funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, agency officials have announced.  Recovery Act funding is being used to modernize and replace existing VA medical facilities, make improvements at national cemeteries and award grants to states for Veterans homes.

    "America’s Veterans are getting more modern, efficient and greener facilities that are better suited to provide them the comprehensive care and service they have earned," VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said.  "These upgrades are possible through Recovery Act funds that are not only revitalizing VA’s extensive infrastructure, but also moving needed money into the economy," he said.

    The funding is part of President Obama’s economic recovery plan to improve services to America’s Veterans.  VA committed its total Recovery Act funds of $1.8 billion by July.  

    To help Veterans access their care, Recovery Act projects at VA medical facilities are adding or improving more than 26,000 parking spaces. VA is also upgrading nearly 14,000 inpatient bed spaces and 16 pharmacy renovation projects will help Veterans get medicines quicker and more efficiently.  More than 14,400 clinical improvement projects, some with multiple exam rooms, are being undertaken.

    Physical improvements to VA medical facilities include investments in energy efficiency projects; almost $400 million overall is targeted for energy projects and some $90 million for renewable energy studies and projects.

    VA is installing solar photovoltaic systems at facilities in Albuquerque, N.M.; Tucson, Ariz.; Dublin, Ga.; Calverton, N.Y.; and San Joaquin and Riverside, Calif.

    The department is erecting a wind turbine in Bourne, Mass., and constructing a geothermal system at its medical center in St. Cloud, Minn. Additionally, VA is building renewably fueled co-generation systems at five medical facilities:  Togus, Maine; White River Junction, Vt.; Chillicothe, Ohio; Loma Linda, Calif.; and Canandaigua, N.Y.  It is also installing metering systems at all VA-owned facilities to monitor energy utilities, including electricity, water, chilled water, steam and natural gas consumption.

    VA is investing $197 million in energy and water infrastructure improvements.  Its facilities across the country are upgrading properties and structures to reduce energy consumption and water usage and better manage related costs.

    Throughout VA’s system of 131 national cemeteries, 392 improvement projects are underway using $50 million in Recovery Act funding.   VA is restoring and preserving 47 historic monuments and memorials, becoming more energy efficient by investing in renewable energy sources (solar and wind), implementing nine energy conservation projects, and improving access and visitor safety with 44 road, paving and grounds improvement projects.  

    Funds are also being used to raise, realign and clean approximately 200,000 headstones and markers, repair sunken graves, and renovate turf at 24 VA national cemeteries.

    VA Recovery Act grants totaling $150 million are also assisting states to construct, improve, or acquire nursing home, domiciliary or adult day health care facilities.  

    #  #  #

    By the way, all this Will Save Money, and if done over these years the VA budget wouldn't be picked at by repubs and the Veterans would be getting what's owed!!

    "What is the difference between an al Qaida terrorist and a misguided American terrorist?" "The planes they fly!"

    by jimstaro on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:14:32 PM PDT

    •  Why does the government have to (3+ / 0-)
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      pour money into the economy?  Because our private corporations are hoarding 3 trillion dollars in cash which they are refusing to spend on new plant, new enterprise or new jobs.  When they use some of that cash to buy each other out, the money doesn't get into the economy.  It's like playing keep away to run out the clock.

      The official "explanation" for this refusal to invest is a feeling of uncertainty.  Imagine that!  Our free enterprise economy is scared to act because the future is unknown.  
      What's really on the agenda is "starve the beast," the beast being the American worker who still needs to be taught who's the boss.

      The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

      by hannah on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:43:20 PM PDT

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  •  Politicians aren't the only... (5+ / 0-)

    ...Stimulus hypocrites.

    Glenn Beck Pimps Chamber Of Commerce – Screws Tea Party

    TARP and the Stimulus Bill have been castigated by Beck as socialism and Nazism and harbingers of a future of government domination and slavery. They have been the backbone of his delusional tirades against an administration that he is convinced is purposefully trying to bring the nation to ruin. They have been roundly rejected by the Tea Party crowd as evidence of government and business corruption. Yet Beck is now shelling out $10K (a pittance for him) to one of the biggest backers of these policies, and urging his congregants to cough up their hard-earned money as well.

    These Tea Baggers are pretty stupid, aren't they? They harangue anyone who will listen about how TARP and Stimulus will lead to Armageddon. But now they rush to obey Beck's directive to support the Chamber of Commerce who was one of the biggest backers of those programs.


      • Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly FREAK SHOW Stickers •••

    by KingOneEye on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:15:06 PM PDT

  •  You can vote now in New Jersey. (7+ / 0-)

    Simply visit your county website (master list below) print out a one-page request for your ballot to be mailed to you.  Send it back.  Easy.

    For those who previously requested that the ballots be mailed out, they received them the end of September.

    In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by mail in any election. You do not need a reason to Vote by Mail. Don't feel like going to the polls? Simply vote by mail. Now there is "no excuse" not to vote!

    http://www.state.nj.us/...

    Enough already. Stand up and fight. If you lose, you lose, but at least you tried. That's all I ask.

    by gooderservice on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:16:03 PM PDT

  •  Little know fact about being a Republican: (4+ / 0-)
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    You actually have to pass a Hypocrisy Test before you are allowed to run for public office under their label.

    It doesn't really require a natural talent for it, as they have tutors who will help you list your actual practices in life, and then how to get over the discomfort of saying you favor the exact opposite of what you've done.

    Working yourself up into hysteria is one of the indispensable tricks in this. A high-potential Republican can learn how to murder their Conscience in just minutes.

    Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

    by Jim P on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:16:53 PM PDT

  •  Gov WreckingBall Christie (6+ / 0-)

    partaking of the stimulus?  Well that needs to get more coverage.  Let's see if he argues with me on Twitter about this one (as he has, or as his $70,000 Twitterman has a number of times. At least some of the time I believe it was Christie because he tweets just like he talks.)

    Actually, last week I figured his new nickname should be Gov Hoover Christie after he bought us a $600 million tunnel to nowhere.  Well technically, I think that New Jersey is on the hook to pay $300 million back to the federal government.  So it's a 300 million dollar hole in the ground.

    Disclosure: I'm working as an unpaid citizen journalist covering the Sestak campaign/ PA Sen. race for Huffington Post's "Eyes and Ears 2010" project

    by joanneleon on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:17:10 PM PDT

    •  I'm sure BLUE JERSEY (6+ / 0-)

      will be all over this.

      Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, Content, and sufficient champagne. --Dorothy Parker

      by M Sullivan on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:19:59 PM PDT

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    •  Christie is Ronald Reagan with a Teabagger (1+ / 0-)
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      personality.

      NJ has four . . . long . . . years ahead and the damage is already looking to be considerable, I feel.

      Simply alone, the schism created against public education, educational staff, unions and the voters is going to take a long, long time to tamp down, if ever.  His favored peers will get pieces of a pie that few will taste, the rest will pick fights with each other in looking for blame, while Christie attempts to appear innocent and virtuous all the while.  He's just doing his job to balance the budget, you see - doesn't matter that he's not investing in anything that his minority of friends don't control.

      Meanwhile, he'll guide the public services, tax and insurance situations to such horrible depths for the majority of towns and individuals, that panic will be the norm in the next election.  Exactly what BushCo strove for since 09/11/2001.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 04:18:27 PM PDT

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  •  Christie claimed the tunnel was a (6+ / 0-)

    "bridge to nowhere". It's not "to nowhere". It's between New York City (11 million people), and suburbs where hundreds of thousands of commuters live. The economy of both NYC and the State of New Jersey would be helped by the tunnel, not just construction jobs, but making travel easier would keep commerce going.

  •  The depressing part (3+ / 0-)
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    is that none of this will matter.

    No one will ask him about this. And if anyone does, the answer will be either "you're liberally biased" or "that's a personal attack" or "I'm focused on the issues" or "I've already said all I'm going to say about that (hoping no one notices that he hasn't said anything about it)."

    And everyone who wants to vote for him still will. Because he hates the right people.

    Fight until we win. Then we can begin arguing about the details. - Kwickkick (RIP) 2009

    by RickMassimo on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:29:35 PM PDT

  •  It may be a good thing to do, but it's not (2+ / 0-)
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    the best, from the perspective of the ordinary tax payers.

    The reason Republicans objected to the stimulus was because it sent money directly to people who would use it, instead of passing it through the hands of middle men so they could get a cut.  A bond issue does just that -- gives a cut of every dollar spent on public works to the private sector which doesn't do a lick of work.

    "tax and spend" is a direct transaction, with no trickle down for the investment class.  The desired alternative, from the money bags' perspective is "lend and spend."

    When conservatives have equations, their preference is always for the equivalent of apples and oranges.   In "lend and spend" it's "we lend" so "you spend" and we don't have to pay taxes.  In cost/benefit it's public cost and private benefit.  It's a pattern of relationships that transfers wealth from the public to the private sector almost automatically.  It's magic.

    The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

    by hannah on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:30:20 PM PDT

  •  On The New World Being Born Out Of Capitalist Mad (2+ / 0-)
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    Zizek On The New World Being Born Out Of Capitalist Madness.

    A powerful new article by Slavoj Zizek where he looks at the growing wasteland of the world capitalist crisis and the efforts of movements to confront the new wave of capitalist abuses which use the crisis as an excuse. Zizek warns that what is being done now is not enough, movements must truly be RADICAL and dismiss the current, established system as a whole, or we will suffer a future even more brutal than now.

    http://www.counterpunch.com/...

    •  excellent article but the imf is never "neutral" (2+ / 0-)
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      Badiou was right in his claim that the name of the ultimate enemy today is not capitalism, empire or exploitation, but democracy. It is the acceptance of ‘democratic mechanisms’ as the ultimate frame that prevents a radical transformation of capitalist relations.

      "calling for a 5" deck gun is not parody. Not by a long shot." (gnaborretni),Warning-Some Snark Above

      by annieli on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:45:37 PM PDT

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  •  Alas, but media outlets will ignore his hypocrisy (3+ / 0-)
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    ... as the "frugal Christie" narrative has already taken hold.

    Even my bot is tired of this shit.

    by Bob Johnson on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:47:45 PM PDT

  •  Christie has to be one of the most unappealing (1+ / 0-)
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    new figures on the political scene.  But I guess bloated, bullying blowhards are all the rage today.

    Not only has he ended a necessary infrastructure project, he has cost New Jersey thousands of jobs.

    www.bushwatch.net - Kicking against the pricks since '98!

    by chuckvw on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 03:48:19 PM PDT

    •  If you live here in NJ you know that (4+ / 0-)
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      he has an entire radio station (the only statewide news/talk station) to sing his praises 5 days a week, 24 hours a day.  We need the fairness doctrine again.

      •  Don't get me started about those clowns! (1+ / 0-)
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        Carton & Rossi the Jersey Jackoffs, er, the Jersey Guys. Fuck them! I wrote them an email YEARS ago ripping into some asshat point they were making, DARING them to refute it. No response. Granted, they probably get many, but they were nowhere near as big then as they are now. Typical conservative pussies!

        A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

        by METAL TREK on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 05:25:27 PM PDT

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  •  This is going to require a whole new infrastruct (2+ / 0-)
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    ure to fully communicate GOP hypocrisy over the next couple of years. This will have to be hammered into the American psyche. I propose a series of fresco murals on train stations and in post offices across the country, depicting Pres. Obama and the heroic Dems vanquishing the Snidely Whiplash brigands of Wall Street and their craven GOP sidekicks.
    Or something...

  •  Mark Sanford is still governor of SC (2+ / 0-)
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    Hard to believe, I know, and he is on the way out after the election.  But still.  Not sure if this is really IOKIYAR, or just that the guy who would replace him seems to be even worse.

    Nobody actually reads these things, do they?

    by Babbling Hill on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 04:56:40 PM PDT

  •  I live in NJ & I say (1+ / 0-)
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    let this fat fuck run for president in 2012 PLEASE!!! We'd get him out of our state & we'd get to watch President Obama clean his clock on a national stage.

    I've seen first hand the results of his budget cuts. Our local library (which my 7 year old & 4 year old daughters LOVE) has to reduce staff & services. I teach at two community colleges & my students have to deal with higher tuition, fees, and less services (cutting down on academic databases, for one; these are VITAL for good research papers).

    But the millionaires in Mommouth & Morris counties will STILL get their tax breaks. Yeah, me, my daughters & students have to PAY for THEIR tax cuts (no bitching from the Teatards about passing THAT debt on, however).

    I have friends in contruction & they HATE him for cancelling this NJ/NY rail tunnel project. They were looking to get hired working on it. I have another friend who's a firefighter who hates him even MORE due to the budget cuts affecting his department and, as a result, his safety. Funny: I thought Repukes were SUPPORTED by blue collar types. That's what the village always tells us!

    Another good thing will be him losing his own state, should he go against Obama in 2012. Remember how the village crowed about Gore losing TN to Bush in 2000? The same would happen to Gov. Fat Bastard. Obama is WAY more popular in this state than this asshat!

    C'mon Gov! Run for POTUS! But if you DON'T, at least I'll get the pleasure of seeing Corey Booker sending your ass back to Old Country Buffet when he defeats you for Gov come 2013.

    Have I mentioned how much I hate Gov. Christie?

    A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

    by METAL TREK on Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 05:11:34 PM PDT

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