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How about the Pentagon cleans up its massive fraud and waste before asking taxpayers for billions more

For far too long conservatives have given the military the equivalent of a blank check. Through the Cold War and in the years since the budget has ballooned. It takes a huge piece of the federal pie and it is filled with waste and flat out fraud. The Pentagon wastes BILLIONS in taxpayer dollars.

Some of the “fraud” is entirely legal. Overpayments for this, a sweetheart contract for that. Perhaps a deal for a weapons system which makes no sense but is a government works program for some congressperson’s (often a Republican) district.

The military, though expressly enumerated in the Constitution for the defense of the US, is in many respects big government too. It is also rife with crony capitalism. Conservatives need to come to terms with this.

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Rand Paul Responds to Politico ‘Hit Piece’ Criticizing His Position on the Fed

If you want to read the piece to which Senator Paul is responding it is HERE.

Basically the bankers are coming with all guns for the guy who might expose the central bank racket they’ve been running for a very very long time. If everyday people were to actually learn of the things the Federal Reserve has done, indeed why it exists (to backstop the big banks – with the wealth of the American people – and to keep the debt game rolling) there is the chance that the American people might just call bullsh*t on the institution. The bankers, the banking “shamans,” can’t have that. Their power is unfathomable to the average person and that is how they would like to keep it.

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Time to reduce economic dependence on Pentagon spending

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Indeed, it’s long past time.

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Imagine every citizen being able to hold politicians accountable down to the penny

There is great hope that tech will bring local bureaucrats and crony capitalists if not to heal, at least more into the light in a big way, soon. We are at the beginning of a transformation. (Let’s hope.) As data becomes more and more available, and search engine tools become better and more intuitive, citizens are going to increasingly audit the books of their home towns.

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After 100 Years Of Failure, It’s Time To End The Fed!

Indeed. End the Fed.

Sounds so radical doesn’t it? Isn’t the Federal Reserve there to smooth out the economy, to stabilize the currency? To make sure the world doesn’t blow up?

What if I told you that it doesn’t smooth out the business cycle, but exacerbates it. That the dollar has lost 95% of its value since the establishment of the Federal Reserve. And that the world has “blown up” multiple times under the Fed regime? The world is worse for having the Fed in it.

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The IRS Doesn’t Like Pro-Pot Groups Either

As we’ve written before, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS should concern anyone with a political opinion. All it takes is a change in leadership and suddenly one’s group might find itself on the wrong end of an audit.

Or it might just take one overzealous Senator with a control issue, as was the case with Diane Feinstein and the Marijuana Policy Project.

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