Jake Novak at CNBC does get one thing right in this very strange and I would say ill informed op-ed. Even though he says from the outset that he is actually for legalization he explains why legal pot will nonetheless contribute to income inequality. I think his concerns for the most part are not really concerns. At least not on a societal level.
For those of you who don’t know Burning Man is an annual festival held in the Nevada desert where pretty much everything goes. There are drugs. There are dudes wearing boas. There is electronic music and strobe lights. There is nakedness. There is a lot of sunscreen. And for the most part it is peaceful and from what people tell me, a lot of fun.
An interesting quote above to be sure, and former Chairman Greenspan is absolutely correct. We are still expanding the Fed balance sheet. We are “tapering” but we are still pouring money into the global economic system. We don’t know what will happen exactly when the Fed goes neutral or starts to raise interest rates.
I actually don’t think libertarian politics needs to be vindicated. It is the future. At least for a large part of the electorate.
Amash is the real deal. He explains each vote he makes on Facebook. He is an ardent critic of big government and of crony capitalism specifically. He is staring down Karl Rove and his money machine in a primary battle as I write this. He was once called an “asshole” by Speaker Boehner. What is NOT to like about this guy?
We are for small government here. It is a simple fact that crony capitalism can’t happen without an activist state.
Government should be modest and inexpensive. To the degree possible it should be invisible. Government should be tolerated, never celebrated. When government is celebrated things go wrong. Detroit, the Soviet Union, post World War II Britain, Cambodia, Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, the Great Society, the War on Drugs, the Patriot Act, the list is nearly endless.
There is almost no reason why the GOP should seek to impeach the President. Mr. Obama has been hobbled by the electorate and the Supreme Court and now his philosophy and general ham handedness is on display for the world to see. The GOP wants to win elections. The party is happy to have Obama implode over the next 3 years.
This takes “cashing in” to a whole new level.
The Department of Defense has been given a free ride pretty much since World War II. The Military Industrial Complex which President Eisenhower warned about in his farewell address (former 5 star general Eisenhower) is very real and it has grown and grown taking up ever more of the American economy. The contractors and the services are awash in taxpayer money. Your money. And much of this money isn’t being used wisely. It is going to hyper expensive parts procurement (see above), and for programs in sub-Saharan Africa, and jets which catch fire on the flight line (The F-35) and Lord knows what else.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” – The 4th Amendment of the Constitution
I love that “brain drain” is in quotes.