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Post by MaxEntropy_Man Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:49 pm

i made a point some threads ago that the best thing that has happened in this election cycle is the breaking of the unholy nexus between republican plutocrats and their sheeple religious hicks from mid-america. taibbi makes the same point here much more forcefully in his take down of david brooks:

For most of the last four decades, the Republican Party worked pretty much exclusively for weenie aristocrats like Brooks, a tiny collection of entitled bosses whose idea of good government was income-tax cuts, deregulated workplaces and slackened obligations to the rabble.

To get what they wanted, they spent a generation whipping what Brooks calls "less-educated voters" into lathers over moronic controversies involving everything from Terri Schiavo's feeding tube to the New Black Panthers to the arrest of Kim Davis.

Those low-information voters never got Roe v. Wade repealed by their Republican leaders, never got zero-tolerance immigration policies (hell, Obama deported way more undocumented immigrants than Bush ever did), never got prayer in school or any of the other things they desperately wanted.

But they did get lower income taxes for David Brooks, a carried interest exemption for Mitt Romney, and a tax-repatriation holiday for Carly Fiorina's Hewlett-Packard and other mega-firms. None of these policies helped the bulk of the population much, but they were great for the 17 people they were actually designed to benefit.

perhaps there is a good case to be made on the other side too where pols like HRC talk the talk but cozy up to wall street. this cycle sure is different. and it all happened without any campaign finance reform.

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