Since September 11th, 2001 one industry has done fantastically well – government. It has more money, has more power, and is now completely ubiquitous in our lives. The military industrial complex has expanded. The government worker unions have expanded. The bureaucracy has expanded. Washington DC is now the wealthiest overall metro area thanks to all the taxes which flow in from the rest of the country. We have lost quite a lot. But the government has gained quite a lot.
It seems the clear thing to do was for Ms. Lynch to exit the plane and at most shake hands with the former president. Also she should have made sure the meeting was on camera if she was blindsided (if). But she and Clinton clearly didn’t want the meeting made public. The only reason the public knows the meeting happened was because of the fine work done by a local Phoenix reporter. As such this incident appears to be a very serious issue.
More finger waving from the establishment mouthpieces. Again just watch the body language. They still can’t believe that they lost. And they so want to call the Brexiteers a bunch of racists. They think it’s their trump card (so to speak.) But the PC bat is splintering these days. That all of Britain should stay locked in bureaucratic hell and lose control over its own laws because people like Amanpour think that giving the finger to Brussels is racist is idiotic.
Never underestimate the daftness of bureaucrats. Never.
This is from 2011 but it’s still great. HT Aaron Day
Consider that one of the classic forms of “welfare” in this country is also absolutely a form of corporate welfare too – food stamps. Many big corporations owe a large part of their bottom lines to these programs. In some places one can even buy McDonalds and other fast food directly with EBT cards. Years ago we did a story on how JPMorgan has EBT servicing contracts with states worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Add in Walmart and other discount stores that see immense flows from government programs and one begins to see the picture.
Many have long argued that a “United States of Europe” was the end goal of the European Union. Now this goal, once spoken about in hushed tones is more out in the open.
Long have many in Europe resented the power of the USA. (Which frankly in some ways is understandable. Though Europe is also full of friends of America too.) The euro was established to counter the dollar as a potential reserve currency and petro currency. Now the challenge is more than just economic,
This reporter I am guessing wouldn’t get in the face of Hilary Clinton like that I am sure. And the hostile finger pointing is just not OK. But I have little doubt that this is what the producers at CNN wanted.
Hope you bought the dip. Lots of our readers said they were going to.
“They regulate it. They drive the price down. …They are buying it for pennies on the dollar.”
This looks like straight up crony capitalism. It’s not difficult to see why some in the Obama administration would like to crush a large higher education network, with everything in place, and then resurect it in the name of doing “good.” Like a Phoenix one might say. A big, ugly, crony, taxpayer subsidized Pheonix which is owned by Obama’s buddies.
Scotland has an ongoing deep historical beef with its neighbor to the south. It votes differently than England, to say the least. This was certainly true in the referendum last week. But Scotland constitutes a relatively small part of the overall British population. It had only 8% of votes in Brexit.
Matt Taibbi is one of those people I put in the “principled liberal” camp. (And I do consider him a “liberal” in the good sense if not the classical sense.) He and I often disagree on important issues but the guy has a keen eye for injustice and has done an excellent job of pulling back the curtain on the Wall Street wing of the crony class. (And the City of London also.) He offers a very reasonable and reasoned analysis of Brexit below.
Every sit-in should have a catered lunch.
The crony system of government has a tiered system of justice. There are the connected and/or rich who have one set of rules. Then there is another set of rules and assumptions for those who fall outside of the blessings of the inner court.
Hypocrisy is rife in the crony class. Such hypocrisy is in fact one of the defining characteristics of a crony system. Those who call for “justice” are the ones who seek to impose unjust laws.
If the Judge holds no allegiance to the Constitution what value do his rulings have? Does he not take an oath to uphold the Constitution? How does he decide his rulings, whim? Whatever morality or definition of the law that floats through his mind that particular day?
This is a legitimate question to which I am sure some of our readers have the answer. Judge Posner must have a stated philosophy, he is considered by many to be one of the most influential legal thinkers around today.
As we said in an earlier post, the guys running the show in Eastern Bloc countries weren’t happy when the Berlin Wall came down. Likewise the apparatchiks of various sorts deeply embedded in and often reliant on the European Union system have had heart attacks in the face of Brexit.
Brexit is not on par with the collapse of communism however. The end of the Cold War was more than surprising, or even mind blowing,