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Wed Jun 12, 2013, 08:23 AM

Cory Booker: the inexorable rise of Newark's neoliberal egomaniac

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/11/cory-booker-newark-neoliberal-egomaniac

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It'd be one thing if the Soviet-style personality cult and let's-come-together Twitter banalities – recent days have seen him post self-help quotations from Bruce Springsteen and the Dalai Lama – were just marketing for a progressive political program. But Booker is a far more conservative figure than the Cult of Cory, which is too busy making Superman or Chuck Norris jokes, may actually realize. He is a long-time advocate of charter schools and, more quietly, of voucher programs: a favorite hobbyhorse of the men of high finance. George Will, the paleoconservative columnist of the Washington Post, is a big fan. Michelle Rhee, the fallen DC schools chancellor whose union-busting, corporatist education reforms resulted in a citywide cheating scandal, is someone Booker calls "a friend of mine" – and we should add that Newark's charter schools were embroiled in a cheating scandal of their own last year.

And of course, Booker has the unwavering support of the big bad industry just across the river from Newark. Since his days as a city councilor, he has hoovered up cash from the financial services sector – but unlike many other tri-state Democrats who seduce the Street in a marriage of a convenience, Booker legitimately thinks that big money knows best and the public sector should do its bidding. When, in May 2012, Booker confessed that he found it "nauseating" for the Obama campaign to impugn Mitt Romney's career in private equity, Democrats were shocked. They shouldn't have been.

Booker's whole career has been a testament to a poisonous financial-corporatist consensus, which dresses up the interests of big money in post-ideological garb. (That helped him win the support this weekend of the most powerful man in New Jersey: George Norcross III, the feared political boss and owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who said he liked Booker because he was "a Democrat that's fiscally conservative yet socially progressive.")

Remember that $100m donation to the Newark schools from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, promoted with its very own Oprah episode? The cash didn't go into the Newark school system; it's controlled by a non-governmental fund, with Booker on the board, and has been so unaccountable that the ACLU had to sue the city to learn what was going on. (Booker's office first denied that the emails the ACLU sought existed; when a judge ordered the emails to be made public, the Booker team released them on Christmas Eve.)

Add to this Booker's privatization of the Newark sanitation department, and his repeated attempts to do the same to the water supply, and the picture becomes clearer. In the world Booker and his cohort inhabit, there are no systemic problems and no class interests. There are only pesky inefficiencies, to be fixed with better data and more money from smart, happy, rich people who can spend their cash far more sensibly than the public sector.

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Reply Cory Booker: the inexorable rise of Newark's neoliberal egomaniac (Original post)
Enrique Jun 2013 OP
Fuddnik Jun 2013 #1
xchrom Jun 2013 #2
Starry Messenger Jun 2013 #3
mountain grammy Jun 2013 #4
nineteen50 Jun 2013 #9
malthaussen Jun 2013 #5
LittleGirl Jun 2013 #8
caseymoz Jun 2013 #18
KG Jun 2013 #6
datasuspect Jun 2013 #10
LineLineLineReply !
KG Jun 2013 #11
Fuddnik Jun 2013 #15
srican69 Jun 2013 #21
ReRe Jun 2013 #7
Whisp Jun 2013 #12
navarth Jun 2013 #13
zx10r_liberal Jun 2013 #14
pscot Jun 2013 #16
DinahMoeHum Jun 2013 #17
JustAnotherGen Jun 2013 #19
mountain grammy Jun 2013 #30
ellenfl Jun 2013 #32
JustAnotherGen Jun 2013 #36
Jim Lane Jun 2013 #33
JustAnotherGen Jun 2013 #35
Jim Lane Jun 2013 #38
Apophis Jun 2013 #20
Hell Hath No Fury Jun 2013 #23
Hell Hath No Fury Jun 2013 #22
forestpath Jun 2013 #24
stillwaiting Jun 2013 #25
Ernesto Jun 2013 #26
duffyduff Jun 2013 #27
YBR31 Jun 2013 #28
duffyduff Jun 2013 #29
Starry Messenger Jun 2013 #31
Jim Lane Jun 2013 #34
JustAnotherGen Jun 2013 #37

Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 09:30 AM

1. Absolute poison.

Who needs Republicans, when you have these Third Way Dems undermining the working class.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 09:33 AM

2. du rec.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 09:38 AM

3. Yep.

Big education deformer from way back.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 09:45 AM

4. His embrace of charter schools and vouchers has troubled me

since I first heard of this man. Too many liberals, including the president, have gone down this rabbit hole which is the usual scheme to transfer public funds to private hands.
When I can quit fighting to keep public schools public I'll worry about the NSA.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:17 AM

9. The lazy “Greedilocks" like this paramecium

don’t want to develop their own infrastructure they just want to tap into existing public infrastructure to “suckup” public money as cheaply as possible.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 09:46 AM

5. Leave it to the Guardian...

Once there was journalism in America. These days, we have to find it overseas.

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:05 AM

8. +1 eom

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 11:03 AM

18. Fortunately it comes over here


. . . on the Internet.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 09:47 AM

6. piss on Cory Booker

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Response to KG (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:24 AM

10. yo

 

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piss on Cory Booker
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Response to datasuspect (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:27 AM

11. !

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Response to datasuspect (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:44 AM

15. Eewww, gross.

But I love it!

Cory the Tory.

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Response to Fuddnik (Reply #15)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 11:19 AM

21. Cory the Tory !!! That is fantastic slogan for the primaries

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:00 AM

7. Ouch!

I always had a funny feeling about Cory Booker. He just seemed too slick, too pretty, for some reason. He seemed genuine, but there was just something about him I couldn't exactly put my finger on. Now I know why... Thanks for educating me, Enrique. I loves to learn.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:29 AM

12. me too.

I really don't know anythign about him and probably shouldn't say anything because of that but he gives me the creeps.

The little I have seen of him he repeats himself endlessly with a lot of empty nothing words. And Rachel Maddow was promoting him on her show a few months back. I heard he was a friend of hers and that felt icky to me. I forget why he was in the spotlight then but it was something negative toward him in the general press but she tried to smooth it over for him. I don't know if she should stick her nose in things that way - but I guess that is how business like that is done all the time.

Maybe one day I'll read up more on him and change my mind, that's always possible.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:34 AM

13. Yet another disillusionment.....

I really liked this guy. Wished we had him for Detroit's mayor. Damn. Scratch one off the list of people I'm comfortable with. Damn.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:41 AM

14. F him!

 

When this bastard, along with Ed Rendell, came rushing to the defense of Willard Romney's leverage buyout operations on MSNBC, my response was “to hell with these ass holes!”. We are up to our eyeballs with corporate hacks in our government. I have no interest in anything they say because it's nothing but word candy covering up a shit-pile of corporate sponsorship. They are on the payroll.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:55 AM

16. Liberals who buy Cory Booker's Special Elixir

will wake up with a bad hangover.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 10:57 AM

17. The guy's a Rahm Emanuel wannabee

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 11:10 AM

19. Here's the thing

He hasn't won the primary yet. Go over to Politics 2013 - and you will see -

There are folks in NJ that will NOT be voting for Booker in the Primary. Myself included.

NEWARK elects Booker for Mayor - not Democratics in Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren Counties, etc. etc.

He's got to win in areas of the state are already leaning VERY heavily towards Pallone. Why? It's about the Education. When his platform of vouchers gets out to those of us in affluent communities that pay outrageous property taxes that are DIRECTLY LINKED TO our PUBLIC SCHOOLs he's going to find himself challenged.


All of you - please help us.

Look up Frank Pallone's record. Give him $5.

Then even if it is only $5 - can you please donate to Buono for Governor's campaign> The Democratic Leadership is ignoring her (including President Obama) - and with Lautenberg's death - it's like Democratics have completely forgotten that we have GOT TO STOP CHRIS CHRISTIE IN 2016.

A Senator Pallone with his stellar progressive VOTING RECORD and a Progressive Democratic Governor will make all the difference to the daily life of this Jersey girl!



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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #19)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 01:35 PM

30. Thanks for the update on NJ.. so far and yet so close.

I will send a few bucks to Pallone and to Buono too, because, you know, the hell with Christie!

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #19)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 01:40 PM

32. did u see all the dems in nj endorsing christie? what's up with that? eom

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Response to ellenfl (Reply #32)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 02:21 PM

36. It makes me sick

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #19)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 01:51 PM

33. Rush Holt would also be a great choice.

Holt and Pallone are both members of the Progressive Caucus. I'm inclined toward Holt, a scientist who has a particularly strong record on environmental issues.

Either of them would be far better than Cory the Tory.

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #33)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 02:20 PM

35. Amen

Holt Interests me too - however I love the fact that Pallone co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #35)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 04:20 PM

38. Both Holt and Pallone co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 11:19 AM

20. Sounds like he's a piece of garbage.

 

How accurate is The Guardian?

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Response to Apophis (Reply #20)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 11:25 AM

23. Very.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 11:24 AM

22. Booker is part of the "Democratic Party" problem.

That has been the push from some (yeah, I'm talking about you Rahm et al) since the late 1980s -- socially moderate to liberal/fiscally conservative and knee bending to Big Business. The perfect political triangulation. And anathema to the Democratic values I grew up with and cherish.

The GOP isn't the only Party having problems within its' ranks.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 11:27 AM

24. He's no different from any Republican to me.

 

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 11:27 AM

25. Cory Booker represents almost every single thing that's bad about the "New" Democratic Party.

May a better Democrat beat him in every single primary he ever runs in.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 12:11 PM

26. Thanks for the post! nt

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 12:12 PM

27. Booker is as rotten as they come.

Watch the media peddle this creep for the 2016 presidential race despite the fact he got his start by being bankrolled by the far-right Harry and Lynde Bradley Foundation in its attempt to destroy public education by having Booker infiltrate the African American community in order to split it and the teachers unions over vouchers and charter schools as a part of education "reform."

If you think Obama the neoliberal is bad, just wait until you get Cory.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 12:13 PM

28. How about some facts to support your negative feelings about Booker?

I've met Cory Booker and couldn't disagree more with the article or the sentiment here. He has had a tough job. The crime rate is down in Newark, affordable housing is being added. He balanced the budget. Commercial development is taking place after years of little to none. I met Mayor Booker on a plane. I was on my way to the lavatory and had a conversation with him. I told him I was traveling with my daughter. He asked me where my daughter was seated and got up and walked back to her seat. He spoke with her for quite a while about education. My daughter teaches low income kids now but at the time was a college student. She was very inspired by the conversation.

I am so tired of this anti-Charter School harping. Public charter schools can be an excellent option for low income families. Some are terrific. Some aren't and those schools should be closed just as the low performing public schools should be. But if the family's neighborhood school is awful and there is an excellent public charter that is educating kids well, what is wrong with giving a child a chance at a good education that opens up doors to a future? Can we put the child first? Isn't that the point of education? We need to improve public education for all kids. That requires making public schools better and including choices like good public charters when the public schools haven't been improved quickly enough to meet the needs of the children now. When a child loses a year or two early on, they lose their future.

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Response to YBR31 (Reply #28)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 12:15 PM

29. He was bankrolled by the Bradley Foundation. Enough said.

He's a Manchurian candidate.

I know I will quit the Democratic Party if that slimeball is allowed to be the party's presidential nominee.

BTW, there is NO such thing as a "public" charter school. They are private schools designed to steal money from public schools.

You hate public education, then pay tuition for your beloved private schools, but don't ask me to foot the bill for those scams.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 01:40 PM

31. Thank you JustAnotherGen--http://pallone.house.gov/

Link to Frank Pallone, Booker's primary rival. I don't have work this summer and am short on funds, but I might try to kick down a donation. http://pallone.house.gov/

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #31)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 01:58 PM

34. Rush Holt is another candidate in the primary.

He has a great progressive record in the House.

Rush Holt campaign website

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #31)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 02:23 PM

37. Your welcome

And plus one for Rush Holt.


At the end of the day - I think it's good for folks outside of NJ to SEE how varied the New Jersey liberal/progressive is and that we are not ALL for coporate shills.

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