A couple of weeks ago I went to a briefing on the Hill given by some of the good folks at the Cato Institute and the R Street Institute regarding the Farm Bill and it was depressing. On all levels the farm bill has been worked and twisted and manipulated and massaged by the lobbyists.
B of A allegedly abused the HAMP program which was created to help homeowners approaching foreclosure. The bank allegedly threw out the paperwork of applicants who had fulfilled their end of the loan modification bargain, making the homeowner restart the modification process. Many people it is alleged fell into foreclosure who didn’t need to be there simply because the bank couldn’t get it’s act together. In many cases, as the attached article reports, it was worse than just incompetence.
Companies like FlightCar are popping up all over the place and they are deeply challenging long established business models. The companies (and other interests such as the San Francisco Airport) which have long benefited from sweetheart deals, don’t want things to change. One can’t blame them but running to the courts to protect one from a better idea, which serves customers at a lower cost is just classic crony capitalism. The old companies try to use the government to freeze out the leaner, meaner, better models. Hollywood is trying to do it through copyright. The taxi companies are doing everything they can to kill Uber ( smartphone app for taxis) in the crib. And there are dozens of other examples.
The current NSA scandal has deep roots. They go back even further than the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, but it was then that we entered a new era. That is when fear descended .We took leave of our senses. America changed.
James O’Keefe strikes again. He’s the fellow who brought down ACORN with his “pimp” video a few years back. This time he stings a couple of wireless carriers who supply phones for the “Lifeline” program, often referred to as “Obama phone” program.
Indeed. We are the land of the free and home of the brave.
I totally agree with Snowden’s dad. If we have to give up our liberty to the state the terrorists have won. If we stop being the land of the free and home of the brave because we fear a bunch of guys might set off an attack at some future date, what makes us special anymore? We’re just another country.