Every time I write about this topic, someone gets irritated and explains to me that “defense” is actually enumerated in the Constitution and so is a valid expenditure of taxpayer money.
We have written often about China and the cronyism which seeps into every corner, every nook and cranny, of the Chinese economy. It is The Ultimate Crony Capitalist State.
Everyone in DC wants money from the taxpayer. They can’t help themselves. It is all these guys in know how to do.
Yesterday, it was announced that GM will buy back 200 million shares at a nearly 50% discount. (To the level which is “break even” for taxpayers.) That’s right, the taxpayer bailed out the company, or more specifically the United Auto Workers and their over funded pension and health care system, and now the taxpayer is selling (because the government wants to sell the shares) at far below the point at which taxpayers are paid back in full.
One reason is to keep out competition with the help of the state.
Grover Norquist’s no tax pledge, the pledge that the vast majority of Republicans have signed, is driving some people to fits.
Technically one of their alums is taking over the Bank of England, Mark Carney, but it is pretty clear that the “vampire squid” now holds sway over nearly the entire European banking system.
According to Peter Wallison at AEI, writing in the Financial Post, Dodd-Frank has completely destroyed any separation of government and the financial services industry (not that they weren’t plenty cozy before Dodd-Frank).
Whenever I write about our need to cut defense there are always howls from many on the traditional right who believe that unlike many other expenditures “defense” is explicitly outlined in the Constitution as a roll for the federal government. (Which it is.) This is how many people who say they are for a smaller government can have absolutely no problem with our massive defense budget. They will go to the wall to make sure bases aren’t closed and US “readiness”
This is not surprising. I think most relatively social media savvy people have just assumed that using some words and phrases would put one on the government’s radar. It seems a natural progression. As we live more and more of our lives online it is natural that the law “enforcers” would follow humanity into cyberspace.
Last summer the riots in England, reportedly spread via social media (not really Twitter or Facebook at least originally, but a proprietary program of Blackberry’s) put the powers that be on high alert.
(This was originally written as a column for the Star-Exponent Newspaper)
It’s a good question. Most people probably would consider themselves a citizen, we’re Americans after all, not subjects of a crown.
But what’s the difference?
Simply, citizens have rights—subjects have privileges. A citizen is free. A subject lives at the pleasure of the sovereign.
Ewe Reinhardt, usually regarded as a “big government” man, says in the New York Times piece below that regulation is part of the economy’s problem.
How could that be? Doesn’t Reinhardt believe in regulation?
The professor explains himself. It isn’t the idea of regulation that is at fault. If markets are left unregulated, all sorts of mischief ensues. The problem arises when special interests get into Congress and the upper reaches of the administration and twist regulatory legislation out of shape.
(This was orginally written as a column for the Star-Exponent.)
What does it mean to be free? I believe that freedom is the ability to do certain things. To speak as I wish. To think as I wish. To do business as I wish. To medicate myself as I wish. To go where I wish. To spend time with whomever I wish. You get the point.
Somewhere along the way,
(This was originally written as a newspaper column.)
Republicans haven’t always been for small government. Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive and used the state to do all sorts of things, including establishing our system of national parks. Herbert Hoover, despite his reputation as a small government guy was anything but for limited government. In fact FDR ran to the right of Hoover in 1932 on government spending. Nixon founded the EPA, the National Endowment for the arts,
It seems some of Obama’s friends might have a hard time complying with Obamacare’s provisions. No problem, just get an exemption.