Posts Tagged ‘corruption’

If Christie reeks then how much must New Jersey smell not to have noticed earlier?

Yet another hit piece on New Jersey governor-for-the-moment Chris Christie appears in the latest issue of the New Republic (Chris Christie’s entire career reeks.  It’s not just the bridge) but this one is a little different in that it puts Christie’s actions in context (i.e. in New Jersey).  Among the more telling excerpts from the article:

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Neo-Nuckies in New Jersey

Steven Hart’s American Dictators: Frank Hague, Nucky Johnson, and the Perfection of the Urban Political Machine is proving to be a fascinating read that, with a little better planning on my part*, I would have already finished.

So far the two New Jersey Depression-era political bosses come off as benefactors especially when compared to our current crop that Mr. Hart describes on page 8:

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Poor Standards for Governments

Union County, NJ is a fiscal basket case.  Taxes are among the highest in the nation even as massive amounts of debt are being piled up, trust funds are being misappropriated, OPEB obligations are being fraudulently reported, and municipalities are desperate to secede.  So where does freeholder Vice-Chairman Christopher Hudak find pride and comfort?
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My first thought upon hearing this claptrap tonight was to wonder how much Standard & Poor’s needed to be paid off to come up with such drivel.

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Figgocracy

I am reading Dollarocracy by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney about “How the MONEY and MEDIA ELECTION COMPLEX Is DESTROYING AMERICA” and was considering writing a rebuttal piece titled ‘Dumbocracy’ since money and media people should not be able to manipulate the intelligent and informed.  But then I watched one of the most biting social satires ever committed to celluloid from an unexpected source: Don Knotts and the cast of McHale’s Navy.

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