This piece is from Alejandro Chafuen and it is 2 years old. But in light of the current Fed confab in Jackson Hole and the ongoing market twitches, drops, and government induced rallies I think it deserves another view.
Crony capitalism is a bipartisan endeavor. The Dems often get dinged pretty hard because they are particularly inclined toward mixing business and politics (and make no bones about it), but the Republicans love to do the the crony pony too.
OK, so you lose Ex-Im and the sweetheart deal which goes with it. So you decide to take your ball and go play – wherever – outside of the United States. Fine.
But it seems reasonable then, going forward, not to award Boeing any lucrative military projects. That’s only fair. Go live off the Swedish taxpayers. They like socialism.
It seems natural that a conservative would want to remove a non-conservative like Boehner as Speaker of the House.
Ralph Nader is one our favorites here at ACC. We disagree with him on a myriad of issues. He likes government quite a lot. We, well are more skeptical of the state. Saying that though, there is no doubt that Mr. Nader is an enemy of crony capitalism and one of the good guys running around Washington. (There are a few.)
Below is a declaration. A call to town halls. A call to take the rhetorical fight directly to our elected officials during their summer recess. If our representatives are going to ignore us in DC they will have a much harder time ignoring us at community meetings and grandstanding events. Turn on your iPhones. Record responses to hard questions. See what happens.
They do work for us.
Obamacare is a giant jack. And no, single payer is not the solution. That is the last thing we need. Single payer is an excuse for all sorts of other cronyism. Not to mention that socializing healthcare in the 21st Century is just a backward idea. We should be opening up healthcare not centralizing it.
As we’ve said before, the Fed is independent. It is NOT sovereign.
But the Fed thinks that it is above Congress, and the law in many regards. That any effort to shine light into the dark halls of the Eccles Building is too much to ask. That even a little bit of sun would undermine the system.
Consider that for a moment. If that were true, which it’s not, but if it were, I ask whether we should be concerned that Federal Reserve system is so fragile.
Government is inherently crony. That is its nature. It has an inherent tendency toward corruption. Crony entropy. Like water flowing downhill.
In Greece we see a relatively poor crony state languishing on the rocks while the Germans pick at its liver. And we pity the place. Yes, they’ve gotten themselves into this mess, but Brussels (and Berlin) are being stupid about things.
Not because they won’t give Greece another bailout. They are dying to give Greece more money truth be told. (The banks want to be paid on their Greek subprime portfolio.) But because they won’t just cut the Greeks loose with any dignity.
But hey, Greece does have nice beaches, got to keep access to those.
Seems pretty darn reasonable to me. They’ll love it.
It’s time to get creative.
It’s not over (the House could move to reconsider the bill on Tuesday) but this was a real win and it happened largely because of a bizarre libertarian/conservative/liberal coalition we (and others) had identified as emerging a couple of weeks ago around the TPP.
Though this vote is only on a piece of the Trans-Pacific trade pact, basically a bone thrown to liberals which allocated money for the retraining of displaced workers, it is an important vote because it means that fast track authority will almost certainly not be granted by Congress. If Dems aren’t going to vote for fast track authority with such money for training, they are very very unlikely to vote for fast track authority without such funds.
And if there is no fast-track authority given, it is unlikely that after debate and amendments the TPP will make it through Congress.
A strange moment in American politics.
Capital controls are already a reality in some places on the western periphery. There is talk among some economists about abolishing cash. How long until the Federal Reserve notes in your account are there permanently or semi-permanently? You already can’t take out more that $10,000 without your bank alerting the Feds.
The question I have is, is it your money or not? (I know the answer, but I still ask the question.)
Given that the President is for the TPP, the Senate has basically said that it is on board, and the House leadership is pushing the thing, a derailment of the trade deal would constitute a significant coup. Such things are rare in American politics.