Hemp for those who don’t know is the male of the cannabis plant. The female plant is what contains THC, the substance that gets one high. Hemp is just an amazing industrial product.
If one has ever had a shirt or a piece of rope made from hemp one is struck by its durability. Much more durable than cotton for instance. It is tough but also soft. It has a million uses, from paper to building material. However for years the drug war (not to say cotton producers and producers of chemical based products such as Nylon) have gotten in the way of the legal cultivation of this very useful plant.
Perhaps no longer.
There was a time when this country was filled with hemp fields. In fact at one point in early colonial America it was actually against the law NOT to grow hemp because it was so useful.
Boy is it good to have a spouse in the Senate. Even better if one is in the commercial real estate business like Richard Blum, Diane Feinstien’s husband, is.
Seems Mr. Blum’s company CBRE just happens to be the sole real estate agent for a batch of now defunct post offices Congress has authorized the sale of. As we reported before many of these old post offices sit on prime real estate.
Our friend Peter Schweizer coined the term “milker bill”. (We believe.)
Basically a milker bill is one which floats around Congress which may or may not see the light of day, but does potentially impact a company, industry, or other special interest. So long as the bill is out there interests seek to buy “insurance” by supporting the members of Congress on their side. The longer the bill is bumping around the more money Congress can extract.
Boehner quickly moved to punish those who voted against him, removing members from key committee posts. But the grass roots has roared and the Speaker is thinking twice.
Well Boehner’s Speaker again so what else should we expect? Same old same old. More subsidies. More sweetheart deals. More winks. More nods. More crony capitalism.
Don’t you just love the Republicans, that “party of small government”?
Opponents of Boehner for Speaker appear to be halfway there. But the vote is tomorrow.
Well, there are some logistical issues to deal with, but why not expose who’s calling Boehner’s tune so that the world can see?
In this blistering essay, James Lucas at The American Thinker says that it’s time to take on the Chamber of Commerce, an organization which he says has no interest in smaller government and little respect for voters.
When people ask what I do I tell them I spend a lot of my time focusing on crony capitalism. Invariably they smile and say something to the effect that “I must be busy.” Yeah, there’s a lot out there.
And we’re not the only ones. Veronique de Rugy does a bit of a 2014 roundup.
Kudos to Phillip Bump at the Washington Post for this one.
We at ACC often talk about the fracturing going on within the 2 main parties. The Tea Party for instance is a de facto party within the GOP which the author takes into account. He also identifies an increasingly active fault line within the Democratic Party. (We think he’s wrong on who falls on which side of this line to some degree however.)
A thought experiment to be sure, but one which isn’t that “out there.” Very interesting.
(From The Washington Post)
If we assign members of Congress to political parties based on the spending votes, we end up with four parties. The Liberals bucked the Democratic president to oppose the spending package. The Democratsvoted for it. The Republicans followed Boehner and McConnell’s lead. TheConservatives didn’t. It gives us maps of the House and Senate that look like this, with the actual party composition underneath. (Note that this is only based on 1) people who voted on the spending package and 2) are returning to the 114th Congress.)
Click here for the article.