Chris Christie Goes To China

“Into this “mess” stepped President Richard Nixon. What he proposed was a striking departure from the status quo. The federal government would now assist poor families that were intact as well as those that had split apart. It would assist the working poor as well as the nonworking poor. The income of poor people living in the South would be tripled… According to not a few economists, 60 percent of all indigent people would be brought above the poverty line immediately were this proposal to be enacted into law. Lyndon Johnson never dared go so far.”
Barry D. Riccio, Nixon Reconsidered: The Conservative as Liberal?

In this country, the more progressive and equitable the reform desired, the more reactionary and divisive the terms it must be framed by its proponent who, ideally, is viewed as an angry and hateful person himself (as for why this is… in a word, racism). Naturally, Richard Nixon is my hero. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pointed out to MMTers that Nixon coined the term “Workfare” because its the only politically palatable way to frame Employer of Last Resort programs.
It was gratifying to see the other day someone as abrasive and angry as Nixon come forward to do God’s work, NJ Governor Chris Christie.

In a Monday speech to The Brookings Institution, Christie declared that America’s drug war, “while well-intentioned, has been a failure.”
“[We’re] warehousing addicted people every day in the state prisons in New Jersey, giving them no treatment, sending them back out on the street after their term of incarceration, and wondering why recidivism rates go up and why they don’t get better, why they commit crimes again,” he continued. “Well, they commit crimes to support their addiction.”
“So I said what we need to do is for all first time non-violent drug offenders, we have to make drug treatment mandatory,” Christie added. “Because if you’re pro-life, as I am, you can’t be pro-life just in the womb. Every life is precious and every one of God’s creatures can be redeemed, but they won’t if we ignore them.”

He got a little soft at the end (he made up for it by reminding liberals he’s anti-abortion) but his tone makes him sound like an angry jerk, which is exactly the tone any serious reformer must strike.

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CybrWeez
4 years 11 months ago

I watched the video of Christie. In the link of this post, the MSNBC guy thinks he’s referring to Romney about leadership at the end, but that’s quite a stretch. Could be, and more likely is, referring to Obama, if anyone. But in the context, I’m not sure he had anyone in mind, but just contrasting to his style of leadership to the common politician style.

Also, the commentator seemed most happy that he could label Christie liberal, at least in one issue. Yippie, you “won”.

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CybrWeez
4 years 11 months ago

It is annoying seeing these programmed politicians, but Christie may one day understand they are only reacting to programmed voters. I too am a NJ lifer, and have enjoyed most of what I’ve seen from Christie, but I also don’t buy either party talking points – which puts me in a minority.

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Matt Franko
4 years 11 months ago

Perhaps Christie yes, but looks like Ron Paul would not be the heir apparent to the Nixon legacy in the GOP 😉

rsp,

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Dunce Cap Aficionado
4 years 11 months ago

There are things about Christie I like- I’m a native and current NJ resident (and my mother was a teacher, so don’t give me any BS about how he’s screwing teachers- its simply inaccurate- he’s gone after the Union, while remaining fair to teachers). He is refreshing. But the same attitude, filter (or lack of) and style that makes him refreshing will prevent him from ever reaching the national level of politics with the possible exception of a reps seat.

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Dan Kervick
4 years 11 months ago

Christie’s accurate description of Romney seems equally applicable to Obama – programmed, aloof. This is the era of empty guys in suits.

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