There is an important distinction here says my friend Michael Strong (and we totally agree), between GOVERNMENT run schools and COMMUNITY run schools.
This is really pretty terrible. If the soldiers had taken these bonuses with the knowledge that they were improper, that is one thing. But it doesn’t look like this is the case. It appears that the California National Guard wasn’t meeting its recruitment targets and so gave out the large bonuses, which were outside of the rules, to make these numbers. Now the Pentagon is trying to recoup these improper bonuses from retired and current military war fighters.
The people who received the bonuses were enlisted folks for whom in most cases repaying $10,000 is probably a colossal challenge.
Boy, “civil wars” seem to be breaking out all over. Republicans, Democrats (though they seem to have crushed dissent), and now the Fed.
It seems like there are multiple Fed Chairs now since Yellen officially took the helm. Stanley Fischer almost feels like a Co-Chair instead of Vice-Chair.
It burns! It burns!
It looks like they might be coming for Assange.
The entire political class in DC wants the man strung up and humiliated for all the serfs to see.
This is a very interesting discussion with one of the “good guys” in Washington (there are a few) on the nature of government and where we have gone wrong.
“Oh no…That sucks…”
We (still) have a 1st Amendment in this country Mr. Cuomo. Thank God.
We don’t call it “mutant capitalism,” we call it crony capitalism. But the main point made in the attached article is vitally important.
What many young people know as “capitalism” is not capitalism. They’ve known only crony capitalism. Many young people have never seen a world in which the economy was allowed to breathe and one where people were generally free to start businesses and carve out a claim while helping fulfill the needs and desires of their fellow humans.
Eminent domain abuse is widespread and it is fundamentally a challenge to private property rights, part of the legal bedrock of this country.
A brief but very important lesson for all who care about the Republic.
“Train as a Jedi you will not.”
It really has been for both big “L” Libertarians and for small “l” libertarians. The curtain has been thrown back. We’ve seen the inner machinations of the electoral system. We’ve seen the lying and the deceit and the collusion and the media compliance. Many of us already knew. Some of us had already seen the nastiness first hand. But now my generally apolitical neighbors down the street have seen what’s really going on, and it is opening minds.