Revenge of the libertarians: How the “Ron Paul Rule” may come back to haunt the GOP at the convention

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.

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CIA leaker: Clinton ‘given a pass’ for emails

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.

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EPA has No Answer (on) Why They Didn’t Inform Public About Lead Water 1 Yr Ago

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.)

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Dramatic Amateur Video Captures Moment Deadly Chinese Landslide Buries 33 Buildings

Photo: AP

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?

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Boehner Unchained: Will The soon to be former Speaker blow things up in Congress on the way out?

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,

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How Uber faced off against New York’s mayor and won

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.

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No, billionaires don’t drive economic growth – and crony billionaires strangle it

Vampire squid.

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,

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Cronies are like mushrooms, they grow best in the dark

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.

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California Obamacare cronies got paid big via no bid state contracts

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.

Examples?

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Justin Amash beats the establishment in Michigan primary, then throws down against the cronies in victory speech (Video)

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.

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In many cases Obama’s cronies are just plain incompetent

“And you Mr. Snoogums are going to be my next Health and Human Services Secretary.”

 

If you are going to hook your buddies up with sweet government contracts at least make sure they can come close to doing the job. Otherwise you look, well you know…

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