Yeah that’s what I want. Please tax me more. Please make it harder for me to start a business. Please make it even harder for me to hire someone. Please mess up the healthcare system even more. Please keep me from doing what I want with my land. Please keep giving taxpayer backed loans to giant corporations. Please keep taking money directly from my pocket so that GE, GM, and other companies can have just that much more. Please get us involved in another 13 year long war. Please keep spying on my phone calls, emails, and web browsing without a warrant. Please keep wait listing vets so that they die quietly without care. Please keep paying paper pushers at the FDA $120,000/year in total compensation. Please keep wasting money on weapons systems even the Pentagon doesn’t want. Please keep telling me what I can eat or smoke. Please keep trying to restrict my constitutional right to speech and to bear arms. Please keep indoctrinating our children at school. Please keep paying government employee union members pensions which sometimes are 6 figures for life. Please take another few trillion taxpayer dollars and give it to Wall Street. Please, dear Lord please, let government come into every nook and cranny of my private life. Please, please, please, because in “my gut” I know big government is the only way I can be “helped.”
I feel like big government is up in my gut alright, but it isn’t because I want it there.
This essay is pretty good with a couple of important exceptions.
Even though Moyers and Winship take the Dems to task for being a part of the crony capitalist game in Washington DC they still clearly see the Dems as preferable to the GOP which they refer to as the Guardians of Privilege. Though there is some truth to this jab the Dems are absolutely a party of privilege also, perhaps even worse than the GOP. That said, both parties are terrible.
I think Ted Cruz has much to offer. I think his bombastic tendencies have value at times. But I have concerns when when he starts calling for Joe Lieberman to be Secretary of Defense. Lieberman, and McCain, and Lindsey Graham and that whole crew should be kept far from the the halls of Defense.
I have no love for George Stephanopoulos but his stock went up about tenfold in my book with the below question.
George makes a great point. If the president doesn’t have to faithfully execute the law on immigration (He does, the Constitution expressly says that he does.) why should a future president have to execute the law faithfully in all sorts of other areas including taxes? Boy, Obamacare would fall apart pretty much overnight.
Adelson has a giant checkbook. He has done very well over the years as the head of Las Vegas Sands. That is why nearly every GOP presidential hopeful (except Rand Paul) went to Las Vegas earlier this year to see if they could wrangle some of the magnate’s largess. Kiss the ring and then perhaps political funding will be showered upon you. A jackpot of sorts. Adelsohn is in the business of “jackpots.”
“Responsibility remains so diffuse, and top executives so insulated that any misconduct could again be considered more a symptom of the institution’s culture than a result of the willful actions of any single individual.” -Eric Holder on why he “could not” prosecute anyone in the top echelons of the big banks. What a guy.
Bill Black is no ideologue. He is someone who is committed as far as I can tell to legitimate justice in massive system of financial fraud we know today as “banking.” No doubt he and I would disagree about the size and power of government generally and probably about the fundamental nature of money itself. However, he helped prosecute the case against bankers during the S&L crisis and he is extremely knowledgeable, not to say was also effective.
Tonight is a sad night for this country. Tonight President Obama is expected to declare his intention to unilaterally bypass the Congress of the United States – a Congress that was elected by the American people – to declare what is essentially “amnesty” or at least the beginnings of “amnesty” for illegal immigrants in the United States.