I can’t argue with Will on this. We should be ashamed of ourselves. We have allowed profligate spending. We borrow to pay our current bills. We elect people who year after year expand government and who pass laws which reduce our liberty and fundamentally our very humanity. It is we who have allowed this to happen.
What is particularly of note in this article is how Google recently sought to work with conservative organizations like the Heritage Foundation after working closely with Obama and Co. This Google/Heritage relationship apparently was key in defeating SOPA which Google (along with the rest of tech) saw as an existential threat driven by Hollywood which is strongly associated with the Democrats. Interesting how those lines were drawn.
It is interesting what people can justify when they think they are on the “good” team. A case in point are Anthony and Heather Podesta 2 lobbyists who are in the midst of a nasty and public divorce. Of course no one really cares about the ins and outs of the couple outside of a few hundred people who populate Washington between Constitution Avenue and Chevy Chase, but the dirt which has been floated down the public stream by the warring couple exposes the culture of privilege and hypocrisy which permeates much of “progressive” Washington and is of interest to us.
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We’ve said it many times here, and many others have said it before us in other places. Free markets are not typically the friend of big corporations with lots of market share, money, and friends in government. These companies are already fat and happy. Free markets and free prices allow new challengers to enter the marketplace. This brings prices down and quality up. Not what the fat firms want.
Nomi Prins is a very interesting and talented financial journalist and attached is a great in-depth interview with her on Democracy Now. She discusses her new book All the President’s Bankers.
In the book she explores the relationship between the banking establishment and the American presidency. It probably won’t come as a shock but she finds that in many respects Wall Street and Washington have long been partners, and particularly since the establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913.
I have to say that this website has seen amazing growth since its launch in the summer of 2012. Though we believe the only viable way to fight crony capitalism is by shrinking the catalyst of crony capitalism, government, we are read by many who may not fully agree with this assessment of the situation. And we are glad that we are.
It is funny, every once in a while someone will try to make the case to me that #oldmedia, TV, newspapers, cuneiform tablets, aren’t overwhelmingly statist. These people argue that because the #oldmedia is controlled by a handful (and soon to be a smaller handful) of large corporations that this somehow means that the media, ispso facto, can’t be “liberal.” That somehow corporations aren’t for what is often considered the “liberal” or now “progressive” agenda.
There is a culture of privilege which runs deep through our government. And it’s nothing new, though it does seem to have been taken up a notch with this administration.
Why shouldn’t Eric Holder fly where he pleases on the taxpayer dime? Don’t the taxpayers know that he’s a big shot, the chief cop of the universe. We should be happy we can help him fly where he wants for personal reasons.