The corporations are on welfare and so is a large portion of the US citizenry (and non-citizenry too it must be acknowledged). Votes are bought with a program. Politicians are bought with fat feline donations. The state expands. Everyone it seems has a hand in the till. Everyone it seems has an angle. The welfare state, leviathan, is ever-present. And to challenge the monster is to challenge the way of life of many who have long ago made peace with (in some cases) or cozied up with (all too often) the beast.
We at ACC are big fans of “alternative energy.” We love solar power, wind power, the whole bit. In order to “live off the grid,” a personal goal – at least a cabin one day, such sources of energy are vital. I grew up with solar panels heating our hot water and they nearly always worked, even in the depths of winter. We like the idea of “clean energy.”
* The government has no business owning (or administering) all of this land. I am willing to concede federal courthouses and even the national parks to the feds, (even though some of the parks were created as a result of brutal land grabs. Shenandoah National Park which I look out at as I write this is an example.) but why is practically all of the far West run by the Federal Government?
At what point do we just say – no, you may not do this. This is a gross violation of everything this country is supposed to stand for. Are we supposed to live in a world where there is 0 risk? Where everything is watched at every moment? That sounds like hell to me.
I met the author of this article, a veteran, at a party recently in Washington DC. I love that Crystal City, which is right next to the Pentagon and where dozens of defense contractors are based, is in the congressional district he wants to represent. My bet is he won’t be getting many donations from those zip codes.
In her speech at the New York Economic Club on Wednesday, Janet Yellen said it is “quite plausible” the economy will reach full employment in a couple of years with just the right amount of inflation, which to her mind means 2% a year.
If the economy surprises her, the Fed will “systematically respond to unforeseen economic developments.” But what exactly does this mean? How will the Fed respond?
It’s sad but true. This is something pretty much all critics of crony capitalism can agree on whether on what is traditionally called the “Right” in this country, or the “Left” in this country. Very powerful, very rich interests influence government policy on a fundamental level. From the military industrial complex, to Big Pharma, to the unions, to George Soros, to Carlos Slim, to the auto manufacturers, to the media, to the insurance industry, to the king crony capitalists of them all, the banks.
Like it or not Bitcoin is changing the world. A year ago very few people outside of wonky libertarian financial circles even knew what Bitcoin was. Now it is known by everyone, including and especially governments and central banks. They for the most part are not keen on the crypto-currency. And one can understand why. The central planners have no control over Bitcoin and that scares them to death. How are they supposed to manipulate monetary policy if everyone is using blockchain based virtual currencies?