I actually don’t think libertarian politics needs to be vindicated. It is the future. At least for a large part of the electorate.
Amash is the real deal. He explains each vote he makes on Facebook. He is an ardent critic of big government and of crony capitalism specifically. He is staring down Karl Rove and his money machine in a primary battle as I write this. He was once called an “asshole” by Speaker Boehner. What is NOT to like about this guy?
Many of these fees came to Mr. Clinton while Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State, which as they say raises some eyebrows, or at least should.
The Export-Import Bank has hit some rough waters. There is a reasonable chance the taxpayer funded corporate slush fund could be abolished. The boondoggle could die. I put the odds at 50/50. We’ll find out in September. If it is ended it would be a significant win for those who are fighting crony capitalism.
This takes “cashing in” to a whole new level.
The Department of Defense has been given a free ride pretty much since World War II. The Military Industrial Complex which President Eisenhower warned about in his farewell address (former 5 star general Eisenhower) is very real and it has grown and grown taking up ever more of the American economy. The contractors and the services are awash in taxpayer money. Your money. And much of this money isn’t being used wisely. It is going to hyper expensive parts procurement (see above), and for programs in sub-Saharan Africa, and jets which catch fire on the flight line (The F-35) and Lord knows what else.
Specifically she is explaining that we, Congress, and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee specifically don’t have a right to know everything Mr. Obama is doing.
In very large part she is wrong, especially when it comes to (potential) illegality.
An old libertarian friend of mine used to make the point when we discussed the expansion of the state (which was often) that parasites tend not to kill their hosts. Bureaucrats and the political class tend not to kill the productive sector of the economy completely. If the apparatchiks did, they’d die too.
But the operative word here is “tend.” Sometimes parasites do kill their hosts. Sometimes the short term gain is so sweet, or leadership is so inept, that the parasites lose control of themselves. Think Detroit.
The credibility train has long, long left this White House. Michelle Obama goes to Hollywood, hustles for campaign money, and then complains about how much money is in politics. It’s just bizarre. Politicians are a weird breed but the disconnect seems to be getting bigger and bigger these days.
(From The Washington Times)
“There is something you can do right now today to make a difference, and that is to write a big, fat check. I kid you not,” she said. “I’m going to be honest with you. That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.”
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“I’m going to be honest with you?” As opposed to what? A standard dishonesty?
It is time to do a comprehensive audit of the Pentagon. It’s supposed to have been audited long ago, and on an ongoing basis but brass has said that such an audit just can’t be done. The military is just too big.
Well, I say we give it a shot.
Another for the “surprise, surprise” file.
Even though the governor of New York created the commission with much fanfare in 2013 to “clean up Albany” it was dead by 2014. The commission was looking into things a little too closely.