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Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence

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.

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Decadent DC: The extravagant life of “progressive” lobbyist Tony Podesta and his soon to be ex-wife

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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Pro-Business or Pro-Market: The GOP can’t have it both ways anymore

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.

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All the Presidents’ Bankers: Nomi Prins on the Secret History of Washington-Wall Street Collusion

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.

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More Crony Media: Comcast likely to merge with Time Warner, bought by money to Dems?

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.

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Eric Holder defends using Justice Department airplane for 27 personal trips

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.

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