These guys never stop. I respect that about JP (in the way that I respect the Empire in Star Wars) and there is something to be said for an idea so disruptive that it attracts the sharks at JP.
We spend a good amount of time arguing against the expansion of the state. We particularly don’t like it when the state and special interests, banks, other large industries, unions, etc, come together with the state. We argue that the state must be reduced in size to reduce the system of corruption we now are witness to.
It sounds like there is some good work going on here. The only potential problem we see is that at least some of the effort outlined in the attached article appears to be an attempt to unionize outsourced projects. That would only contribute to the cronyism problem. One does not want unions anywhere near government services, outsourced or otherwise.
80 years ago today alcohol became legal again in the United States. Truly a day to celebrate.
I am convinced that many municipal, state and federal workers have no actual idea how good they have it. That is why they always seem to be complaining about their pay. Many must just be clueless. In most cases government jobs are jobs for life, benefits are far above the private sector, and pay usually is too.
I think Ron Paul would agree with me that the Fed has been doing a pretty good job of destroying the dollar all by itself. Bitcoin could be a watershed however.
Everybody is supposed to just muddle through because the Obama administration insisted on starting Obamacare before people realized how bad it was. Now we know, but the administration thinks it can keep the program alive because the ball is (barely) rolling. (And which way?)
Now the insurers are supposed to issue policies without the promised subsidies because there is no way for the government to pay the insurers in Obamacare. The mechanism wasn’t built into the program.
The political and banking classes both demand easy money right now. (They always want it.) Print more and more money and the world will continue on as it has (limping that is) for the past 5 years. This is the “new normal.” Sure it’s corrupt, sure it’s counterfeiting, sure it encourages unsound economic and political decisions, but hey we need to do what we need to do.
Among the early Roosevelt fascist measures was the National Industry Recovery Act (NRA) of June 16, 1933 …. [these ideas] were first suggested by Gerard Swope (of the General Electric company)… They were adopted by the United States Chamber of Commerce. During the campaign of 1932, Henry I. Harriman, president of that body, urged that I agree to support these proposals, informing me that Mr. Roosevelt had agreed to do so. I tried to show him that this stuff was sheer fascism; that it was a remaking of Mussolini’s “corporate state” and refused to agree to any of it. He informed me that in view of my attitude, the business world would support Roosevelt with money and influence. That for the most part proved true.—Hoover Memoirs 3:420
In the wake of FDR, who despite the historical propaganda was far from a president who was universally loved, the American people moved to limit the terms of presidents to 2. FDR had wandered far too close to despotic rule (in some cases stepping over the line) during his tenure, and after his death America moved quickly to make sure that such a situation did not happen again. FDR had violated the tradition of Presidents stepping down after 2 terms. Now it needed to be codified, for the sake of the Republic.