I just spoke with some NJ readers who never read blogs and for them the "earmarks for big contributors" story rated a "what's the big deal?"
Well - that reaction was what Doug Williams and Jennifer Brooks were going for, so well done!
It seems that the "so what?" attitude was based largely on this quote from Carper: "This is about keeping jobs in Delaware, not shipping them overseas," Carper said in a statement. "We don't want outdated, punitive tariffs to make it so expensive for Delaware companies to do business here that they decide to ship operations to foreign countries."
The problem with the quote and the reason it is so effective is diffusing the scandal is that it is a brazen lie
Carper's tax cuts are in some ways even worse than Castle's They are for finished manufactured goods that do not create jobs in the United States but lead directly to manufacturers fleeing this country. Why would any manufacturer stay in the United States when they can make finished goods off-shore AND
not pay taxes?