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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:36 PM

 

Cannibalizing the Future: Krugman SKEWERS Christie

One general rule of modern politics is that the people who talk most about future generations — who go around solemnly declaring that we’re burdening our children with debt — are, in practice, the people most eager to sacrifice our future for short-term political gain. You can see that principle at work in the House Republican budget, which starts with dire warnings about the evils of deficits, then calls for tax cuts that would make the deficit even bigger, offset only by the claim to have a secret plan to make up for the revenue losses somehow or other.

And you can see it in the actions of Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, who talks loudly about acting responsibly but may actually be the least responsible governor the state has ever had.

Mr. Christie’s big move — the one that will define his record — was his unilateral decision back in 2010 to cancel work that was already under way on a new rail tunnel linking New Jersey with New York. At the time, Mr. Christie claimed that he was just being fiscally responsible, while critics said that he had canceled the project just so he could raid it for funds.

Now the independent Government Accountability Office has weighed in with a report on the controversy, and it confirms everything the critics were saying.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/13/opinion/krugman-cannibalize-the-future.html?hp

Why isn't PK our Treasury Secretary?????

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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:54 PM

1. You Don't Have To Be A Liberal To See Krugman Is RIGHT!

You don't have to be a liberal to see that Krugman is right. The prevailing right-wing ideology that propels today's Republican Party is one that cannibalizes the future--by starving public works and infrastructure (And education. And public health. And environmental protection) to benefit a selfish, short-sighted, privileged few.

I have little sympathy for those remaining sane Republicans that think that somehow the GOP will re-discover responsible governance and the ability to embrace the future. The Republican Party has lost that capacity, and I don't see any way for it to recover those qualities in this generation or the next one.

Governor Christie's thinking and actions are entirely in line with those of today's current "mainstream" (i.e. extremist) Republican thinking. The ONLY way American citizen-voters can choose someone who is willing to build a better future for ourselves and our posterity is to vote for some party OTHER than the GOP and its allied factions.



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