Fine bust the counterfeiters, but why is the Department of Homeland Security doing this? Do they just police everything now? What happened to the FBI? Local cops couldn’t roll into the mall and seize the merchandise, we had to have the big bad federal agents? For what? Illegal cell phone covers and purses?
Why is anyone surprised that the IRS was used (it appears) as a political tool? It has been in the past. It likely will be used again in the future. (There is always the dream of ending the income tax and the IRS of course, but that’s still a bit down the road.) The agency is a very powerful weapon of coercion.
In a recent review of a book by David Stockman, Laurence Siegel, the uber-respected director of research at the Research Foundation of CFA [Certified Financial Analysts] Institute in Charlottesville, Va, had this to say about the Keynesian policies that currently guide world governments:
“It is hard to overstate the extent to which the following Keynesian views are simply assumed by people to be correct:
The Obama administration overstepped it’s partnership with the establishment media and now the other half of the partnership is flexing is muscles. Doug Wead rightly points out that the AP hasn’t been particularly interested in covering the surveillance of ordinary everyday citizens. That’s not a story. But if the AP is put in the cross hairs, then they care. It’s natural I suppose.
That is the question EU regulators are trying to answer.
At the center of the controversy is whether oil companies and banks gamed the price of oil on the Platts Global Petrochemical Index in a way similar to how banks manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR.
Everyone wants a piece of the taxpayer funded pie. The inventor of “The Whisper,” an inflatable car is no different. When billions were handed out from the Obama administration for “green” vehicles in the Whisper project (now updated as an SUV) was not picked up for funding. Now the inventor is miffed.