It has been a steady long push by law enforcement. The surveillance state lives and grows and extends its tentacles. Gradually everyone it appears will be considered a suspect until proven, well I don’t know. I guess everyone will be a suspect.
It seems to me that even if one was doing something illegal the cops shouldn’t be able to just sieze your stuff unless you were convicted and the “stuff” was material to the crime. And even then.
But in the ole’ US of A police departments are seizing money, cars, you name it without conviction and on the spot in the name of civil forfieture. Basically they get to take your property because they want to. No joke. This happens every single day.
The best thing Jimmy Carter did while president was his putting an end to the prohibition of home brewed beer. It was at that moment that beer in America began its renaissance. Beer has only gotten better since.
Craft brewers have had to fight an entrenched crony industry every step of the way though. They still have to fight. Brewers associations controlled by the big boys, politicians who were (are) inclined to restrict the market to protect donors, asinine and antiquated state regs, all serve(d) as roadblocks to the development of the beer market as we now know it.
Meet Hansjorg Wyss, Swiss citizen, medical device mogul, “person number 7″ in a recent federal lawsuit, friend to John Podesta and the Center for American Progress, and big time political whale. He’s also the 112th richest man in the world.
Uh oh. Someone snitched.
The EPA is revered by mainstream environmentalists. Believe me I know. I work within the environmental community from time to time. For the folks who are most command and control oriented the EPA is the hammer of choice.
Believe it or not there is some political spectrum to the environmental community. It’s not all left wing, bearded, bikeshare advocates. They let ME in the door. And there are other libertarians and conservatives who show up at the table. A few.
Dodd-Frank, though passed 4 years ago in the wake of the Crash still isn’t even half written. It may never be fully written. As we speak regulators write new rules and regs with help from the financial industry of course. “It’s a living document.” Sigh.
David Shuster, a reporter for MSNBC wasn’t deferential enough to the Clintons during the 2008 campaign. When he said that Hillary was “pimping out Chelsea” the campaign lost it and went on a rampage calling up GE CEO Jeff Immelt to bring down the hammer.
I was just out in San Francisco and I definitely sensed a political shift in the winds. Obama’s “hope and change” has long left the Bay Area for many, though most won’t say it out loud yet. One gets the feeling out there that people think now is the time to begin turning the page on this political era, the Bush/Obama era.