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Tag Archives: cronyism

Ron Paul: Not just a moment–we’re in the middle of a “libertarian transition”

The one and only time I met Ron Paul was in his office in DC in 2007. I had long admired him and I had come to pitch Dr. Paul on becoming a client of mine. I was a fledgling stock broker and I thought I might be able to interest him in some gold stocks.

What’s funny is that as soon as I walked through the door of his office and he and I sat down I forgot all about doing business and we just talked politics and strategy for about 20-25 minutes.

I left his office with a deepened respect for the man. Something which rarely happens (I now know) after meeting a politician in person.

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Study: Everyday citizens have near zero impact on national policy

Policymakers don’t really care what you think. Laws don’t just well up from the general population like we were told in school. No, laws come from the connected and powerful. The cronies run the show, and have long run the show. Occasionally your interests and those of “the powers that be” might dovetail, but this is very rare. For the most part there are the things you and your neighbors care about and then there are the things the plutocrats care about. Guess which agenda in pursued?

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