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Why do some people fear their own freedom?

I have watched the reaction from the establishment to the Bundy Ranch incident with great interest. Everywhere one looks statists are up in arms that the “tea baggers” beat their big government butts in a very public way, and on a global stage in the Nevada desert.

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Guess Who Makes More Than Bankers: Their Regulators

Government work is pretty good for the most part. (There’s the whole selling your soul aspect, but that aside. — I kid. I kid.) The pay is far above average. Union protections mean you basically can never be fired. The pension comes early, is forever, and is backed by the US taxpayer. Civil servants have it pretty darn good. Government employees on average earn over $120,000 in total compensation. Banking regulators make on average far more than this.

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Common Core tests full of corporate branding

Common Core is not “commie core” as it is often called. It has that element within it from what we’ve seen, but it is probably at least equal parts “corporatist core.” It is big business which is pushing the program along with the statists. Business wants a standardized product for the workforce. It wants “plug and play” employees. And why not advertise to these future employees via state mandated testing while corporate America is at it?

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‘Why is Warren Buffett so rich? (Crony capitalism, anyone?)’

Interesting article. It is very true that the Oracle of Omaha has benefited handsomely from sweetheart deals and political connections over the years. He has played the crony game very well.

I will say though, as much as I agree with the general sentiment of the author, I’d still go long on the USA before Kazakhstan. We do still enjoy the reserve currency of the world. As long as we do the bet is still to the upside for US equities generally. Reserve currency status is the linchpin. If you ever hear that the US dollar is no longer the reserve currency it is time to sell. Of course when we hear it it will be too late.

An aside. – My first real job was working for GEICO (One of Warren Buffett’s companies. His “cash cow” as he calls it.) selling insurance over the phone. To this day – “Thank you for calling GEICO Direct. This is Nick Sorrentino speaking. How can I help you?” – rolls right off the tongue.

(From Nomad Capitalist)

…allow us to examine just how Warren Buffett became so wealthy, because while he is obviously an astute investor responsible for generating huge returns, he has also enjoyed advantages few other Americans do.

It is such advantages, propped up by his cronies in government, that perhaps contribute to so much of his optimism.

To begin with, much of Berkshire Hathaway’s holdings are in the equities markets. While Buffett has done an excellent job over the years of picking winners and losers, he has no doubt benefitted from the amazing impact that inflation – and recently endless money printing – have had on the American stock markets.

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“Green” energy billionaire Tom Steyer actually built much of his fortune with coal companies?

This is a pretty damning article. The fellow who poured money into the Virginia gubernatorial race and helped crony capitalist extraordinaire Terry McAuliffe squeeze out a win, and the guy who is doing his darnedest to stop the Keystone XL pipeline because he says it will contribute greatly to global warming, appears to have made much of his fortune in the global warmingest industry of them all, coal. His hedge fund owned or owned parts of many mines in Indonesia and Australia until very recently.  In fact, Powerline reports:

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Just a great infographic: The History of Taxes in the USA

The maximum tax rate in 1915 (before World War I and the institution of the Federal Reserve and broad income tax) was 7%. The maximum tax rate after 30 years of uncontrolled government, 2 World Wars and an emerging system of crony capitalism driven by the Fed? 94% in 1944. Insane. It just goes to show how powerful statism was during the mid-20th Century. In many ways, a very dark time for the world.

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