The lobbying reform that enriched Congress

Lobbying is the big prize at the end of the line for many members of Congress. If one is already rich one can stick around as Senator or Representative. If however one is not rich K Street and the life of Gucci Gulch is always there. No one (it seems) leaves. No one quits. They shift, and they shift from Capitol Hill to Downtown a few blocks to the south and west.

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Cashing In and Shaking Down: Airbnb hires Eric Holder to develop anti-discrimination policy

The fact that Elizabeth Warren and a few other Democratic senators are shaking down the company might have something to do with this new hire. This is business today. Just like Uber did, Airbnb has hired a White House crony for official cover. It’s Chicago politics writ large.

Pay me and you get to play.

(From The Hill)

“Airbnb is committed to building a community where everyone can belong,

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Bigger government does not mean more “social justice” in fact it often, usually, means the opposite

Socialism has a half life. Once honest to goodness socialism is instituted it is only a matter of time before the system implodes on itself. The primary factor in the speed of collapse is the amount of fat within an economy before massive state intervention and redistributionist policies. If the disease of socialism, hard core socialism, think the USSR, Cuba, North Korea, and even places like Venezuela, really takes hold, if the state assumes pretty much every aspect of the economy,

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The working classes vs. the smirking classes

Daniel Hannon from across the Atlantic puts his finger on the causes of much of the anger which is riling the West. The political class, the crony class, the smirking class, has taken the rest of us for granted while entrenching and enriching itself.

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Over 90 percent of Chicago business leaders say city is home to cronyism

Home of  Al Capone, Dennis Hastert, Jesse Jackson, the Daley “machine,” Saul Alinsky, Barack Obama, the Windy City seems fertile ground for those inclined toward the crony disposition.

Chicago erupts out of the Midwestern plains like a steel and glass mountain range. As one approaches the metropolis one begins to feel its gravitational field. It’s different than New York’s pull which is stronger but is offset by Philly, Boston and Washington DC. Chicago however stands mostly alone, smack dab in the middle of the country and the continent.

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Uber happy to help Dems in Philly, Won’t do business with GOP in Cleveland

Both conventions will no doubt be ridiculous spectacles. But Uber feels that the spectacle in the City of Brotherly Love is more politically advantageous than hanging with Republicans. This despite the fact that Democrats across the nation have fought Uber’s efforts to expand at every turn and that both Clinton and Sanders have been highly critical of the company. (This is actually one of the main reasons Uber is passing on Cleveland of course. They are intimidated and figure Clinton will likely win so it’s not worth being “tarnished”

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The album many people should listen to over the weekend. (What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye)

Live life..And let live everybody… – Marvin Gaye

In light of the shootings which have gripped us. In light of the anger. In light of the rage. In light of the insanity of things – this album is worth a listen, particularly for our white readers, but everyone. It was made 45 years ago but it’s fresh. It still speaks.

Regular readers of ACC know that I am occasionally prone to splicing music videos into posts.

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The For-Profit Government Industry (How close Obama friends are about to cash in)

There is a whole group of folks in Washington and to a lesser extent outposts afield, and it is mostly Dems, who think that just because they hold “enlightened” attitudes about business that means they can engage in whatever cronyism they want. (Republicans do crony capitalism in slightly different ways and with less affectation in my experience than Democrats, though they are plenty prone just to be clear.)The Great Green Rush (of your tax dollars) during the beginning of Obama’s presidency is a good example of this.

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Remy: Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (Civil Liberties Edition) VIDEO

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.

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Lynch pressured to recuse herself after Clinton tarmac meeting

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.

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