California Still Failing
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  • Toni

    I think it depends on what you call fraud. The Democrat-union circle of payoffs — campaign donations traded for rich union wages and benefits — is legalized graft.

    It’s no stretch to imagine bidding specifications and rules for government contracts similarly designed to suit other donors. But then I can only speculate. Donors and contractors would dot every i and cross every t to ensure that this graft is legal too.

    Then there’s legalized graft writ large. Obama intends to shunt roughly $200 billion of Stimulus II funds to government and construction unions. As the WSJ terms it, a Blue State Bailout in Disguise. The biggest Blue State will surely get a hefty chunk.

    In this milieu, how hard is it for a California Democratic campaign apparatchik to justify diverting a bit of the circular money flow for herself? The wonder is that the fraud is only now coming to light.

  • dearieme

    Aw, poor dears, just think of it as a tax.

    Taxes are good, aren’t they?

  • Anthony

    “Democratic politicians (can we say PUBPOLS generally) and the credulous voters who keep voting thieves into office year after year are to blame.” WRM, is it plausible to infer from your meme that the multitudes (California’s citizens – must we limit in to California) are thoroughly confused people who are readily victimized in politics and economics by nimbler wits (trusting to their feelings and drifting with the tide)?

  • Corlyss

    So someone has done to the Ca. Dems what their party has been doing to us for almost a century. BFD, and it’s about time!

  • West

    Anthony says:

    “WRM, is it plausible to infer from your meme that the multitudes (California’s citizens – must we limit in to California) are thoroughly confused people who are readily victimized in politics and economics by nimbler wits (trusting to their feelings and drifting with the tide)?”

    Well, no, it’s not. As WRM points out the ‘nimbler wits’ got fleeced, too. Not to mention the electorate is just as smart as it wants to be – the situation it finds itself in now was not a result of mass stupidity, but of mass culpability, happily trading future prosperity and fiscal probity for current gains, mostly by interest groups that gained more than most in the short term at the expense of the greater community.

    But if it pleases you to call everyone stupid, or to attempt to suck WRM into some rhetorical trap based upon that premise, go for it, I’d wager he’s too smart for that.

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