Hey, he had a good week. Obama appeased both his corporate sponsors with the passage of fast track authority for the TPP and the Supreme Court rewrite of Obamacare. Then he appeased the West Coast folks with the gay marriage ruling. Add in a couple of other factors which we will not comment on and there you go, the bourgeois, middle class, flyover country people are put in their place.
You better believe it. If they can. There’s is so much money and power behind keeping the corporatist boondoggle going it is hard to see how the Ex-Im dragon could be slain for good. (It can be slain however.) The corporations are for it. The unions are for it. The President is for it. The Democrats in Congress are for it. Many of the Republicans in Congress are for it.
Who’s against it? The taxpayers, a few modern liberals like Ralph Nader, and some scrappy freemarketeers.
But we are darn scrappy.*
The filibuster is an important tool which, as many have observed, has halted more bad legislation than good legislation. Getting rid of it would constitute a major change, and potentially a very bad one.
Even if it meant undoing Cronycare, eliminating the filibuster would likely come back to haunt fans of small government.
There are worse guys who head Fed banks than Richard Fisher. At times Fisher has actually articulated some very constructive things. Saying that let’s all wave goodbye as he pushes his way through the revolving door.
Rove, the big government Bushite operative, is a man wandering through a political landscape in which many others now hold higher ground.
His nastiness and tenacity has gotten him far, and may yet get him farther. But most people in the GOP know to avoid Rove. He’s like a wounded badger. Not exactly the partner one would want.
But the guy can still raise money. Not as much, but still a lot.
The periphery of Europe has been eroding for a long time but things are speeding up. Think of Greece as a headland crumbling into an unrelenting and angry financial sea.
Gary Hart is a good big government liberal, with solid big government liberal credentials. And he is as fearful of the raging corrupt beast in Washington DC as any TEA Partier. Perhaps not quite.
Outrageous corruption in Washington is now legal. What once put elected officials in prison now is business as usual. DC is a hive of legal villainy. And if we don’t do something about it soon we are going to lose this precious thing. This unique flash of enlightenment. This anomaly in the experience of humankind. Our United States. Are we the generation which lets the American miracle descend into the mire?
This musn’t be. Not just for us, but also for millions and millions, billions, of people who look and have looked to the USA for leadership. The “shining light on the hill” is flickering.
Though we disagree with some (important) points here and there in this piece, generally it is good, especially considering Hart’s overall disposition toward large government.
He focuses only on corporate America however and as such he’s missing at least half the picture.
Hart’s broadly right though. Things are bad. We are flirting with real disaster. And sadly many of Hart’s buddies are the ones who put us on this path.
So the people will decide. That’s good I suppose. Is the EU about to retreat from its frontiers? Will the Greek people capitulate? What will equity and debt markets do? Which country is next? If you have the answer to any of these questions please feel free to contact me in short order.
Seems pretty darn reasonable to me. They’ll love it.
It’s time to get creative.
I still think that those emails are hanging out there somewhere. Dead hard drive or not. There have got to be traces of her communications on many machines. But perhaps these hard drives have also been through the shredder at this point.
Either way, with the Supremes rewriting laws, the Federal Reserve failing to comply with subpoenas, and the executive branch pulling this sort of thing, Congress had better start asserting itself. But one wonders if Congressional leadership is particularly concerned at all.
What is going on in the USA right now? There is no “charting a way forward with this.” There seems a very clear path forward. No charting needed.
Think about how “friendly” Paris is. Then consider how “friendly” Paris taxi drivers are. Then consider how “friendly” said taxi drivers are likely to be to someone they see as taking their job.
Sometimes cronies wear pinstripes and sometimes they drive a Peugeot.
As far as I am concerned Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason.com, is one of the good guys. He is smart, fair, funny, and just generally a good read. Years ago he published one of my articles at Reason when I had a readership of about 5. I like him and we feature his work regularly.
We are alarmed by his account of a recent run in with a federal judge.
It seems this judge didn’t like that some of Reason’s commenters used over the top language about her. Soon Reason was presented with a subpoena. The Feds wanted the information, IP addresses etc., of the commenters. Then the Feds instituted a gag order around the subpoena.
We reported on this earlier HERE.
(From The Daily Beast)
Is there anything more likely to make you shit your pants out of a mix of fear and anger than getting a federal subpoena out of the blue?
Well, yes, there is: getting a gag order that prohibits you from speaking publicly about that subpoena and even the gag order itself. Talk about feeling isolated and cast adrift in the home of the free. You can’t even respond honestly when someone asks, “Are you under a court order not to speak?”
Far more important: talk about realizing that open expression and press freedom are far more tenuous than even the most cynical of us can imagine! Even when you have done nothing wrong and aren’t the target of an investigation, you can be commanded, at serious financial cost and disruption of your business, to dance to a tune called by the long arm of the law.
Senator Graham and Senator Rubio reintroduced Adelson’s bill.
In April of 2013 Marco Rubio had this to say;
“I blame that primarily, quite frankly, on decisions made by the Republican Party in the past to embrace crony capitalism and corporate welfare as conservatism, when, in fact, that’s not what we’re about. We are about upward mobility. We’re about the true free enterprise system.”
Et tu Rubio?