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.
I don’t remember who said this but it is absolutely true. One Ron Paul in Congress can be ignored and marginalized. But 20 Ron Pauls in Congress and House leadership has a big time problem.
I wouldn’t say everything. We’ve had a very nice summer in Virginia. Not too hot. Kind of what I imagine Summer in Ithaca New York is like.
But it’s true. On the political and economic front things just don’t look good.
If there are 2 guys who know about and have benefited from crony capitalism Bill Clinton and GE CEO Jeffery Immelt are those guys. They are political business people. They are fully on board with the corporate state. They believe that government and business should partner. They see no problem with crony capitalism. The stronger the partnership between government and business the better because that means more risk is underwritten by the US taxpayer while the crony class gets to reap the profits. So what if the money which goes to finance GE in Africa comes from everyday people who are sick of paying for corporations which in some years don’t pay a dime in federal taxes? So what? This is business Clinton and Immelt remind us. You, the peons just don’t get it. Just shut up and give GE and Boeing your money you serfs, you tax and debt slaves. Know your place. How dare you question the Export-Import Bank of the United States. How dare you.
Eric Cantor up and quit on Thursday. It seems that life outside of House leadership was just too much for him to bear. Even for 4 months. Way to serve your district Mr. Cantor. Way to do the honorable thing.