The (Crony) NFL Is in Decline

Football was the only sport I was ever really good at and I used to love it. (Though I abandoned playing by junior high.)

I was a pretty good soccer player. I loved and love surfing, though at my very best I still wasn’t an “A” or even “B+” level surfer. I’m a reasonably good golfer. I used to play a lot of tennis. But football was the only sport where there was even the glimmer of something extraordinary for me.

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Millennials vs. Mutant Capitalism

We don’t call it “mutant capitalism,” we call it crony capitalism. But the main point made in the attached article is vitally important.

What many young people know as “capitalism” is not capitalism. They’ve known only crony capitalism. Many young people have never seen a world in which the economy was allowed to breathe and one where people were generally free to start businesses and carve out a claim while helping fulfill the needs and desires of their fellow humans.

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ruled unconstitutional

The CFPB is/was housed within the Federal Reserve. The funding for the CFPB comes/came from the Federal Reserve. That’s a problem as Congress is the entity which is to allocate money for such programs.

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See Imperial Washington Up Close, the Weathiest Metro Area (BY FAR) in the USA —- VIDEO

This is Versailles.

I am extremely fortunate to be able to do what I do for a living. Most of the time I get to write about the news and work on other business projects from my base in the Shire of the Blue Ridge. Broadband is a beautiful thing. But every once in a while I leave the shire and go into Washington DC for meetings.

New Versailles.

I enjoy going believe it or not. There are many interesting and smart people who live and work there.

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Politics at the Fed is the rule, not the exception

Federal Reserve “independence” is a convenient untruth for the Fed and for many in the Washington political class. The Fed is absolutely influenced by politics. This is evident even to the fairly casual observer.

(From The Dallas News)

Carnegie Mellon University’s Allan Meltzer, a distinguished monetary economist, had this to say about Fed policy during the crisis: “Under Mr. Bernanke, the Fed has sacrificed its independence and become the monetary arm of the Treasury.”…

…Bernanke’s Fed seemed to care just as much about the health of prestigious financial houses as the state of the economy.

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Leaked email shows Democrats knew that raising the minimum wage would cost jobs

The minimum wage debate is one we’ve covered closely here at ACC. One of the primary reasons is we know that a significant increase in the minimum wage above the market rate for unskilled labor will result in job losses. No one wants job losses.

But even though a significant minimum wage increase would pretty obviously put some people out of work, reduce hours for others, and force some businesses to just close up shop, there are those who have continued to push for a higher wage.

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A Modest Proposal: Let’s just cut the big cities loose

Now before I get into it let me state that I love many big cities. Part of my family is from Manhattan. I continue to enjoy New York. It’s great in many ways. I enjoy the Village, and the art, and the street food, many things. I am also one of the few small government people one is likely to meet who really enjoys San Francisco. As dirty as the place can be it is also beautiful with a great mix of influences from around the world but particularly from across the Pacific.

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WAR on CASH: Cash on the edge of extinction in northern Europe?

The war on cash is a war on anonymity. Cash transactions are private and discreet. Electronic transactions are recorded and can be sifted through for all sorts of things.

Central planners hate cash. It puts power in the hands of the awful, terrible, ignorant consumers, and limits the power of the bankers and their allies in government.

We’ve already heard quite a lot about the War on Cash this year. The opening salvos have been volleyed.

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Thousands of women storm Saudi King’s office demanding basic freedoms


To be clear Ms. Clinton was not one of them.

The Saudis don’t like us. They use us.

In fairness we use them too. But it’s about time we got real about the House of Saud. We do lots of business with a regime that doesn’t allow women to drive, has public beheadings and stonings, that jails and whips bloggers, and that many people believe has done much to help people who would do America serious harm.

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The U.S. foreign-aid budget, visualized

This money (US taxpayer money) often just goes to the crony classes within these countries. Those positioned to take advantage of the USA’s largesse do well. The “people” often do less well. Especially when considering that much of this money goes to arms. (American arms.)

When it comes to military aid both the Military Industrial Complex lobbyists and the lobbyists of favored countries team up to make sure American taxpayers continue to pay the bills for their clients.

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David Brock Again: Money Laundering Scheme Exposed – 14 Pro-Clinton Super PACs & Non-Profits Implicated

This is diabolical. David Brock, head of the de facto Ministry of Information Media Matters and all around crony apologist for Soros, Obama, and Clinton has a crazy thing going according to this report. Talk about churning a book of business. This is how to get rich in Washington DC.

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CEO of Gallup polling explains the quiet economic desperation of many Americans

Some people are mystified by the rise of Trump. Why does this man appeal to so many and indeed appears now to be appealing to many who had previously dismissed him? What is this economic insecurity we hear about? Isn’t the unemployment rate under 5%? That’s good right? Why aren’t people happier?

Because for many people life under Obama has gotten tougher, much tougher. The misguided policies from the Fed in tandem with a massive increase in red tape handed down from the current administration has retarded growth and real progress.

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