As we have said before, there is no group who has gotten a more rotten deal from the US government than the American Indians. And that deal continues to this day. Many American Indians live in the last pockets of the 3rd world in the United States. Under the direct watch of Washington bureaucrats of course. (Who are often paid nicely.)
How nice for him. I hear Rome is lovely this time of year. And how nice that Biden gets to bring his family with him on the taxpayer’s dime. I mean if Mrs. Obama can do it in China, why not the Vice President in Italy? It’s only the taxpayer’s money. There is a certain style to which one becomes accustomed when Vice President of course.
Such respect for the taxpayer. Good ole’ “middle class Joe.”
(From The Washington Beacon)
Hotel rooms and car service for Vice President Joe Biden’s Thanksgiving trip to Rome and Croatia cost over $300,000,
The VA system is single payer healthcare. Now imagine the fraud and abuse we see here magnified exponentially and you have what some people want in this country. In the name of “justice.”
The below is truly disgusting. This is the sort of thing which makes people completely distrustful of government. Remember, these alleged fraudsters get to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly taken from the taxpayer, but some of our veterans can’t even get in to see a doctor so they can be treated for sickness.
Why do we allow politicians and government in general to lie to us? Andrew Napolitano explores and explains.
Christina Fernandez de Kirchner apparently has no interest in bowing out of politics gracefully. Ala Nancy Pelosi she will remain in the political wings, waiting for an opportunity to reassert herself, keeping rivals from rising, and making sure her presence informs the political decisions of allies and enemies alike.
If one is a state employee and one wants to game the system and just abuse taxpayers few states are better than Illinois. There is California though. (Weather is better there too.)
Image: Tax Foundation
I actually don’t think corporate inversions are bad. There are lots of things corporations do which are bad, and we chronicle them here all the time. Working the system for subsidies. Working the system to gain inside contracts. Gaming the system to shut out competitors. Buying politicians. And a million other things. But inversions in principal are not bad. Of course a corporation is going to want to minimize its tax outlay. People do. If I was a shareholder of a company I would expect that company leadership would do the inversion thing if it made sense.
OK future Washington hacks – Dem, GOP and otherwise, this is how you do it. Actually, it’s probably best that you skip this article now that I think about it.
The rest of our readers however, the ones who are actually sane, who would never willingly spend their lives in a blind quest for power, should read this article. Bill and Hillary have raised $3 billion in their careers. That’s a hell of a lot of money and it all came from people who wanted something.
As a percentage of GDP.
I love this. The old fashioned 20th Century statism just drips from the attached piece. Vanessa Williamson, fellow at Brookings, arguably the most prestigious statist think tank in Washington, is afraid that people will actually like the idea of closing loop holes in the tax code. She recognizes correctly that if the tax code is simplified, if things are made more simple and more efficient, the government won’t be able to take as much from the citizenry. That is precisely of course why we need to simplify the tax code.
She is from France.
We in the West made it through the whole Cold War without tossing aside our freedoms for the most part. In the face of nuclear annihilation we remained relatively free. Indeed it was these freedoms which helped us define ourselves relative to our totalitarian communist rivals. Our freedoms were what made us, us.
But this sentiment, this general reverence for freedom, has been on the wane since September 11th 2001. The attacks in France seem to have spurred an even greater move toward a soft totalitarianism in the West.
Many people see the federal government as not reflecting their views at all. Some see the unending expansion of the state into every nook and cranny of life, and the gaming of the government by powerful corporate and political interests, as a real threat. Indeed that our massive government is encroaching on the things many Americans hold particularly dear, independence, for some – faith, economic liberty, liberty generally, privacy, and so on.
As we stated before, Rahm Emanuel isn’t the only one who believes that a good crisis shouldn’t be wasted. The attacks in Paris have galvanized much of Europe and as such politicians across the Continent (and here too) are trying to grab power while the climate is right. Case in point? That the EU now wants access to pretty much every bit of financial information flowing through the SWIFT system. Basically they want ultimate control over electronic transfers.
They need this information of course to “combat terrorism.”
A wonderful video from Hans Rosling and Chanel 4 News explaining global wealth in relative terms.