It really has been for both big “L” Libertarians and for small “l” libertarians. The curtain has been thrown back. We’ve seen the inner machinations of the electoral system. We’ve seen the lying and the deceit and the collusion and the media compliance. Many of us already knew. Some of us had already seen the nastiness first hand. But now my generally apolitical neighbors down the street have seen what’s really going on, and it is opening minds.
The Trump campaign reported receiving $100mm in gifts in September compared to about $154mm for the Clinton campaign. $2 million of the $100 came from Trump himself. In the last debate, Trump also estimated that he would contribute about $100 mm in total to his campaign which presumably included the primaries as well as the general election.
One of the features of the Trump campaign that has been much discussed was the presumption that it would be self-funding.
Saw this in the parking lot today.
This is a nice little tool and if you are inclined to start a political firestorm on your Facebook feed look no farther. Just make an outlandish prediction and watch the trolls troll.
Hillary with Goldman Sach’s CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
Goldman is concerned NOW about “pay to play” rules. It was less concerned in 2008 when it was Obama’s biggest private contributor. And Hillary Clinton donations still appear to be OK.
Ralph Nader is wrong on any number of things but I’ve talked with him at some length a couple of times and he strikes me as one of the few really decent people I’ve met in Washington. I like the guy. I think he legitimately opposes crony capitalism and it is my understanding that it was he who originally coined the term “corporate welfare.” I’d be happy to have a beer or a glass of wine with him anytime, and that’s more than I can say for many DC denizens.
The name Podesta is synonymous with influence pedaling in Washington DC. John Podesta, his brother, and his brother’s ex wife are lobbyists extraordinaire. John Podesta came to Obama’s White House to right the ship a couple of years ago. Now he heads Hillary Clinton’s White House effort.
Mr. Podesta has been one of the lead voices spinning the idea that the Russians had something to do with the DNC leaks which illustrated how the Democratic Party gamed the primaries for Hillary Clinton.
Oh, youth and optimism. You will soon feel the power of the SUPER DELEGATES. Ha ha ha!
And these are the registered lobbyists. I am sure plenty aren’t registered. Bernie never really had a chance.
I believe the only modern Olympics to make money were the 1984 LA Games. Generally speaking the Olympics are an economic hole. Tossing such a burden onto the back of a developing country like Brazil while it finds itself mired in the worst economic depression in a century might not be such a good idea. (They did ask for it of course.) Heck, even some of the athletes are bailing on Rio at this point.
(From The Independent)
Some 300 police held a rally on Monday rallied to protest unpaid wages and unsatisfactory working conditions.
If this is true it is deeply troubling to say the least.
As we have said many times before we at ACC are generally for immigration. We are a “nation of immigrants” as is oft repeated. I am of Italian and Irish descent for the record. We are also completely neutral on the presidential election and all elections. But we do focus on cronyism and crony media is a big problem.
Below we see how narratives are crafted. There are perhaps 50 protesters max in this shot, yet the videographer stages his shot to create the impression of many more.
One of the great truisms of life is that one gets what one pays for. This is almost always the case.