The Government Netted $4.5 Billion in Cash, Cars, and Houses Taken From Americans Last Year

That seems reasonable in the “land of the free.”

(From The Daily Signal)

In 2014, the Institute for Justice found that net assets, or what’s left over after expenditures, into the agencies’ forfeiture funds reached $4.5 billion—an increase of more than 4,600 percent from 1986, when the Justice Department’s fund was first created. Net assets in the Justice Department’s and Treasury Department’s forfeiture funds first topped $1 billion in 2007 and have moved upward steadily over the last seven years.

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Bernanke: More financial executives should have gone to jail

Yup, that’s Ben Bernanke. The early years.

Well no kidding Mr. Bernanke. What makes you think that? Now?

It should be noted that it is very hard to write campaign checks from prison. That is really frowned upon. Outside of the big house however funds can flow to influence peddlers freely. And Obama made it clear who the bankers owed for their “freedom” when he explained to a group of senior banking executives post-acute crisis that the only thing standing between them and the “pitchforks”

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U.S. ‘Justice’ Department Proclaims Big Banks Have A License To Steal

Rules (or lack of) for them, and rules for the ruled.

This massive chicanery does not happen without a Federal Reserve system backstopping the deal. Fraud will always happen to some extent, but the fiat financialization of the globe allows this sort of shadiness to explode on a scale which is hard to conceptualize.

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The long, slow death of the rule of law in America

The rule of law (and not man or woman) is vital to a free society. If might makes right there is little room to do business, to invest, to build wealth, to be secure in one’s person, to be an actualized human being. If contracts can be dismissed and government officials and their cronies (in government and the nominal “private sector”) can do as they please because of their connections, we have a problem. And that is what we have now,

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“Recovering computer science major” Congressman says to DHS, NSA, on encryption, “Just follow the damn Constitution.”

I don’t know Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), but on this subject at least he sounds like a pretty sharp guy.

We have locks on the doors of our houses to keep people – including on occasion the police (depending on the neighborhood I suppose) – out. We as free people have every right to encrypt our “papers and effects.” If the police want at the information they should have to at the very least get a warrant.

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More Operation Choke Point: FDIC Unfairly Targeted Legal Businesses

This is the sort of thing which happens when the country has an Attorney General with an ax to grind. (Lord, don’t they all? But the current one is worse than usual.) Holder had a whole list of businesses he (and presumably the president) didn’t like. He and the Justice Department (sic) therefore decided to target these legal companies through “Operation Chokepoint.” The DOJ found ways to put the squeeze on gun dealers, ammo dealers, porn,

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Obama asked if a future president could just issue an executive order absolving citizens of tax burdens: “Absolutely not!” (Video)

I have no love for George Stephanopoulos but his stock went up about tenfold in my book with the below question.

George makes a great point. If the president doesn’t have to faithfully execute the law on immigration (He does, the Constitution expressly says that he does.) why should a future president have to execute the law faithfully in all sorts of other areas including taxes? Boy, Obamacare would fall apart pretty much overnight.

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Email Proves that White House, DOJ Targeted Reporter Sharyl Attkisson

Not a surprise. This White House has been called the most dangerous ever for journalists by many, including reporters solidly in the mainstream-statist camp. There is nothing “liberal” (in the good sense of the word) about this president.

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IRS Admits: We Haven’t Bothered to Search For Lois Lerner’s “Missing” Emails

Somebody please tell me how this is so? Not why it’s so. I think we all know that. But how, after all this time, after all the attention, that no one at the IRS has tried to find Learner’s emails?

This stinks to the stratosphere.

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EX-CBS reporter: Government-related entity bugged my computer

More fallout from the Sharyl Attkinson book. She says she was illegally tracked on her computer and that according to a source at least one “government entity” had access to her Skype account, financial records, and pretty much everything else.

She also said that someone planted classified documents in her hard drive.

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Ben Swann: New Details Emerge on Operation Fast and Furious as Second Judge Orders Release of Documents

You have to hand it to the administration. They have obfuscated and generally played the “time game” with all sorts of things quite effectively. This scandal. The Benghazi scandal. The IRS scandal. I’m probably missing a few.

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