If Only Government Operated More Like a Billionaire
November 1, 2010 - 5:54pm ET
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If only our government operated as efficiently as the private sector, I guess it wouldn't know the names of its own legislators either.
The hit piece above, mailed to voters in Washington state's 41st Legislative District (click through to see the whole piece), is not only dishonest in its message (far from criticizing her, the Seattle Times actually endorsed state Rep. Marcie Maxwell), but it also stupidly names the wrong state senator. That's 41st LD state Sen. Randy Gordon's picture, yet the mailer twice names 48th LD state Sen. Rodney Tom.
Adding to the irony is that the hit piece was paid for by Americans for Prosperity, New York billionaire David Koch's far-right, ultra-conservative, faux-think-tank front group dedicated to privatizing Social Security... because, you know, the private sector is always more efficient than government. Or something.
Yup. These are the kinda folks I want handling my retirement account.
But then that's just par for the course in this election isn't it? An out-of-state billionaire funneling money through a secretive front group into a legislative race for chrisakes, against a local Democrat whose name he can't even bother to learn. So if anybody thinks that Social Security privatization died during the second Bush administration, take a look at how far, wide and indiscriminately Koch is willing to fling his money around, and then think again.
[David Goldstein blogs on WA state politics at HorsesAss.org]
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