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    Quote Originally Posted by brookyone View Post
    I'm gonna have to sustain my anti Nut Job Bachmann agenda as a lifelong resident of her district...who's duly embarrassed by her election. Since she continues to broadcast her severe idiocy and apparently plans to remain in politics. It's my duty as an American and Minnesotan.
    I'm not touchin' that.
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    And I'll continue to vote for her.
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    The difference between NJ and CA is instructive. The Feds offered CA some money to build high-speed rail, and Gov Brown accepted. The Feds offered NJ lots of money to build another tunnel under the Hudson to Manhattan, and Christie said "no thanks, we cannot afford all the strings attached." (all the cost overruns are billed to the state, not to the Feds) and he had enough sense to set priorities and live within them.
    Chris Christie lied about the size of NJ's share of the costs of the ARC tunnel in order to justify killing a badly needed infrastructure project (which would have, among other benefits, raised NJ home values by an estimated $18 billion, in addition to the obvious benefit of vastly improving the day-to-day lives of tens of thousands of commuters) so that he could take the money previously allocated to it and use it to bail out the state's bankruptcy-bound highway trust fund without taking the politically unpopular but entirely reasonable step of raising NJ's gas tax, which is the third-lowest in the country and hasn't been raised for 23 years.

    I've considered moving back across the river for personal reasons, but the opportunity to help vote Christie out of office is an enticing fringe benefit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brookyone View Post
    I'm gonna have to sustain my anti Nut Job Bachmann agenda as a lifelong resident of her district...who's duly embarrassed by her election. Since she continues to broadcast her severe idiocy and apparently plans to remain in politics. It's my duty as an American and Minnesotan.
    Granted, you have that responsibility. I gotta say that Bachmann never made me sick the way Caribou Barbie did. For one thing, I believe Bachmann believes what she's saying, whereas Dickless Cheney was just a grubby grifter who lucked into a big payday. For another, Bachmann seemed to have a sense of humor which indicates, despite her mental handicaps, at least a tinge of self-awareness. The Alaska Disasta had no sense of humor whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreshFish View Post
    at least now we get to share her with the Swiss.....
    I believe she declined her Swiss citizen status about twenty minutes after the photo op. I'm a Swiss citizen...wait...no I'm not. I half expect her to blow a raspberry with that finger rolling over the lips thing every time she speaks. I heard she inquired how they put all those holes in their cheese.
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    Granted, you have that responsibility. I gotta say that Bachmann never made me sick the way Caribou Barbie did. For one thing, I believe Bachmann believes what she's saying, whereas Dickless Cheney was just a grubby grifter who lucked into a big payday. For another, Bachmann seemed to have a sense of humor which indicates, despite her mental handicaps, at least a tinge of self-awareness. The Alaska Disasta had no sense of humor whatever.
    Besides, she was responsible for the shootings in Tucson and had a "******" kid, right? Or maybe not, but that's a different liberal obsession. In Bachmann's case, the deep liberal thinkers and practicing psychiatrists around here blamed her personally for the suicides of some gay kids in her district. Just like that a*shole Clinton blamed Limbaugh for Oklahoma City.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    Granted, you have that responsibility. I gotta say that Bachmann never made me sick the way Caribou Barbie did. For one thing, I believe Bachmann believes what she's saying, whereas Dickless Cheney was just a grubby grifter who lucked into a big payday. For another, Bachmann seemed to have a sense of humor which indicates, despite her mental handicaps, at least a tinge of self-awareness. The Alaska Disasta had no sense of humor whatever.
    Bull****. Bachmann is in politics 100% for the attention. The only reason she's doing this and not on some reality TV show is that there's no way she could legally be described using the terms 'real' and 'wife' in the same sentence.
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    I'm conservative and I think Michelle Bachmann is batsh* crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaizeRage View Post
    Bachmann is in politics 100% for the attention.

    and this distinguishes her because other politicians are only in it 95% for the attention?


    no, seriously, I'm no fan of hers, yet it does take something to get elected in most places.




    Our company is rather prominent in our industry and our company president is a past president of one of our industry's most notable lobbying organizations, and so we've had several politicians in our offices (not that I ever get to meet them....hah!). She was a real dud, had no interest in what we had to say or offer, was real narrowly focused.



    In my life, I've met four US Senators face-to-face. One was in high school, at some organization I can't even remember the name of, we spent a week in DC and got to meet our Senators and representatives then (met one Senator and the representative). One was when we lived in Wyoming; there are so few people there it's not hard to meet a Senator at a town meeting. I liked him (Mike Enzi), he was a mayor and seems to have done a fine journeyman's job of representing his state's interest. The other two were at fund-raisers we hosted for them. One of them was really impressive. He is a committee chair and radiates confidence and authority. The other was just in passing, not enough time to form an impression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaizeRage View Post
    Bull****. Bachmann is in politics 100% for the attention. The only reason she's doing this and not on some reality TV show is that there's no way she could legally be described using the terms 'real' and 'wife' in the same sentence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthoven View Post
    I'm conservative and I think Michelle Bachmann is batsh* crazy.
    Don't get me wrong, I don't want Bachmann and her lunatic religion within a thousand miles of the launch codes. But I think you're making my point. Bachmann is ignorant plus crazy, whereas Palin was ignorant plus perfidious.
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    Jimmy Carter did have one major accomplishment to his credit that is often overlooked: his deregulatory agenda. Some economists say this contribution of Carter to the 1980s boom years is often overlooked.


    Not that I admired him or his Presidency ... though I must admit I did vote for him in 1976..... still, it is nice to note achievements when they are notable.



    PS election trivia: Mr. Carter is the last Democratic candidate for the Presidency who was not either a lawyer or a career politician. At one time, the Democrats were quite hospitable to business; many successful businessmen wanted to "give back" to society out of gratitude for their success and the Democrats' agenda at one time was receptive to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthoven View Post
    I'm conservative and I think Michelle Bachmann is batsh* crazy.
    She's the perfect person to represent that district, though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaNorthStar View Post
    She's the perfect person to represent that district, though...
    Whatever, I'd choose a bat**** crazy republican over a liberal any day of the week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    Whatever, I'd choose a bat**** crazy republican over a liberal any day of the week.
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    She's the perfect person to represent that district, though...
    No.
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    This counts as admirable in some ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    nice headline, "caught hanging out"
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Yeah, no one stacks up to someone that institutes mandatory military service for an unnecessary war, begins taxing citizens based upon their income, and practically jails states that wish to leave the country.
    This is a good bit.

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    People today who did not live through the Carter Presidency as young adults (or older) at the time probably can't completely comprehend the greatness of Reagan. It is a different thing to read about 16% inflation and 8% unemployment than to have the everyday experience of how hopeless and impossible the situation seemed as he prepared to take office.

    One thing he did extremely well: when he solicited expert advise, he paid attention, followed it, and saw it through. It took principles and determination and consistent effort to turn around that situation.

    The Wall St. Journal published a memo he received as President-elect on how to address the nation's economic problems, and it counselled

    The need for a long-term point of view is essential to allow for the time, the coherence, and the predictability so necessary for success. This long-term view is as important for day-to-day problem solving as for the making of large policy decisions. Most decisions in government are made in the process of responding to problems of the moment. The danger is that this daily fire fighting can lead the policy-maker farther and farther from his goals. A clear sense of guiding strategy makes it possible to move in the desired direction in the unending process of contending with issues of the day. Many failures of government can be traced to an attempt to solve problems piecemeal. The resulting patchwork of ad hoc solutions often makes such fundamental goals as military strength, price stability, and economic growth more difficult to achieve
    There is much more, and it makes an interesting read from today's perspective in particular.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...LEFTTopOpinion
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