An excellent video. How much better would the debates have been had Gary Johnson and Jill Stein been on the stage too?
Oh, there’s a whole crew of Americans who were/are on the wrong side of this one. It would be sweet to see them sweat if it weren’t for the suffering of the Venezuelan people. (A country which should be rich.)
Viva la libertad! Viva Venezuela!
And how awesome is it that John Boehner, who pulled what he pulled in 2012 in Tampa (watch the video) has been dismissed, forever an example of what went wrong with the GOP?
Great report Shep.
The response to the scandal is a scandal in and of itself.
It seemed like a few years ago more people wondered aloud whether the United States was becoming a banana republic.
Now however, though we are not Honduras, it is fair to say that in many respects we have indeed become a banana republic. The rule of law has eroded every year in this country for what seems like forever. The crony economy has become pervasive, indeed at this point it is ubiquitous. The middle class is shrinking. We aren’t creating small businesses at the pace we used to.
As we’ve said before, imagine if a private company knew that Flint’s water was full of lead for A YEAR and didn’t make sure the public knew about it one way or another?
But the EPA? Well, there are rules for private citizens and then there are rules for cronies in government. (As we see time and again.)
The Chinese crony chickens are coming home to roost. It seems China’s infrastructure, thrown up in such a great hurry, under the watchful and impatient eyes of local cronies, is in some trouble. At least there have been a few remarkable high profile (and large) disasters which seem to indicate this. Remember the Tianjin explosion?
We wouldn’t put it past him. Indeed you can bet that long time “friends” like Boeing are leaning pretty hard on The Tanned One to make sure the Export-Import Bank, Boeing’s Bank, the taxpayer underwritten boondoggle for a few massive corporations, is revived from the grave for instance. The people who want Ex-Im gone are the same people who wanted Boehner gone. As such watch Boehner do the wrong thing here, either for old “friends,” out of spite,
Equality under the law is vital to a robust and relatively free society. It is a principal which should be celebrated and a goal toward which society should strive. No special deals for special classes. This is a fundamentally American principal. (Though we’ve often failed in our pursuit of this ideal.)
Say it with me…”Whah whah whah…”
Good on ya Uber.
If you can make it, and beat the cronies in New York, you can make it anywhere. Take that cabbie cronies.
Of course Bill deBlasio is still going to try to make Uber pay for part of the Subway system. We’ll see about that. Right now the mayor is huddled up in Gracie Mansion licking his wounds and wondering how he got beaten so badly.
This is a very interesting article. The author basically makes the case that there are 2 distinct kinds of billionaires, crony and generally non-crony. And he argues that though non-crony billionaires have little if any impact on growth (I haven’t looked at his data but this doesn’t seem crazy to me.) the crony billionaires have a huge negative impact on economic growth.
Though the author implies that that non-crony billionaires are a neutral factor (in growth terms) in an economy is some sort of surprise to we free market types,
Technology and open sourced methods of organization—of people, money, and information—represent a real threat to the crony capitalist system.
Cronies are like mushrooms, they grow best in the dark. For too long Washington has been a dank cave of insider dealing and general corruption*. Money is made (legally stolen?) in the shadows.
Time for some sunshine.
Kansas is dominated by Republicans. I thought Republicans were for the free market. Yeah…
One day even beauty like this won’t be enough to put up with the government in California.
I feel like I have to say this every time a story like this comes out of California, and stories like these come out of California all the time.
You people are screwing up a beautiful and once fantastic place! Everything in the state appears to be crooked, at least when it comes to government.
Justin Amash beat both the Chamber of Commerce and Congressional leadership last night which both desperately wanted him gone, by 14 points. Then in his victory speech Amash responds to these folks. It’s pretty great.