Government isn’t all bad. A very small and generally limited one can make some sense. I will even go so far as to say that a very modest taxpayer supported safety net for the truly indigent is OK if for whatever reason a private net does not exist. (I think that it would generally however in a very small government world, but that is for another post.) But government is at best, at best, a necessary evil. It is never something to be celebrated, but we unfortunately have celebrated government for far too long in this country.
If you live in a wealthy part of the country it is very likely that you are represented in Congress by a Democrat. Often a very “liberal” Democrat. Why is this?
I agree. The president hustling for bucks at the home of a guy in Beverley Hills named Rich Richman (seriously) is just bad taste if one is going to rail against the “1%” and complain about the Koch brothers.
By far the most secret and least accountable operation of the federal government is not, as one might expect, the CIA, DIA, or some other super-secret intelligence agency. The CIA and other intelligence operations are under control of the Congress. They are accountable: a Congressional committee supervises these operations, controls their budgets, and is informed of their covert activities. It is true that the committee hearings and activities are closed to the public; but at least the people’s representatives in Congress insure some accountability for these secret agencies.
It is little known, however, that there is a federal agency that tops the others in secrecy by a country mile. The Federal Reserve System is accountable to no one; it has no budget; it is subject to no audit; and no Congressional committee knows of, or can truly supervise, its operations. The Federal Reserve, virtually in total control of the nation’s vital monetary system, is accountable to nobody – and this strange situation, if acknowledged at all, is invariably trumpeted as a virtue. – Murray Rothbard from (the original) Case Against the Federal Reserve
There is absolutely no legitimate reason why this deal is being done through the Ex-Im Bank. None. It is simply a gift to the state Mexican oil company and the American contractors which will supply Pemex. That’s it. This deal could easily have been done through private banks. But hey, if you can get the US taxpayers to subsidize a credit line why not get them to do it?
In the attached article Glenn Reynolds examines the new, increasingly stratified America.
An interesting poll from The Washington Post. Generally the American public appears to be unsatisfied with everything but is also unlikely to change direction in any substantive way. They don’t like the president. They don’t like Congress. They think the economy stinks. They feel that Washington is out of touch. Pretty standard fare. That a majority of Americans consider the Obama presidency to be a failure is interesting however and may have important political implications in the years ahead.
Politics continues to get more and more interesting. Things are changing in a big way.
It’s not all driven by Rand Paul. Technology (and social media specifically) has a lot to do with it. The economy sputtering does too. And of course the general war fatigue.
But Rand is articulating a message which reflects where many Americans are right now, in a way that I’ve never seen in my lifetime.
Will nails it here. The reason people are rapidly losing confidence in government is because we see, increasingly with the Internet, just how bone headed government often is.