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?
I can’t argue with Will on this. We should be ashamed of ourselves. We have allowed profligate spending. We borrow to pay our current bills. We elect people who year after year expand government and who pass laws which reduce our liberty and fundamentally our very humanity. It is we who have allowed this to happen.
In the words of 2 people I spoke to about this story – “How can this be legal?”
Good question. At least they’re stopping it.
Who actually owns the land on which the Bundy cattle ranged? Does the Bureau of Land Management? Does the federal government? Does the “public”? Do the Bundys who have worked the land for over a century?
Get this, the name of the company the FBI contracted to do this work is called Morpho-Trust. Nothing creepy about that.
Americans want a flat tax, overwhelmingly. It would be good for the general economy in a myriad of ways. (Assuming it was set at a low enough rate.) Just think for instance of how many millions of man hours lost to wading through our labyrinthine tax code could instead be put to productive use. A flat tax would just make life so much EASIER.
Rand Paul will face massive opposition from the establishment, pro-military complex wing of the Republican Party in his presumed bid for the White House. People with big check books are ready to fund Paul’s opposition. The neocons don’t think Paul is “strong enough” on Israel. They want to make sure the $3 billion currently flowing to the country from US taxpayers keeps flowing. Much of the political class in Tel Aviv counts on this infusion in one way or another. Anyone (Paul possibly) who would even consider reducing the annual gift is considered an existential threat.
What is particularly of note in this article is how Google recently sought to work with conservative organizations like the Heritage Foundation after working closely with Obama and Co. This Google/Heritage relationship apparently was key in defeating SOPA which Google (along with the rest of tech) saw as an existential threat driven by Hollywood which is strongly associated with the Democrats. Interesting how those lines were drawn.
It is interesting what people can justify when they think they are on the “good” team. A case in point are Anthony and Heather Podesta 2 lobbyists who are in the midst of a nasty and public divorce. Of course no one really cares about the ins and outs of the couple outside of a few hundred people who populate Washington between Constitution Avenue and Chevy Chase, but the dirt which has been floated down the public stream by the warring couple exposes the culture of privilege and hypocrisy which permeates much of “progressive” Washington and is of interest to us.