The White House Correspondent’s Dinner is a time when all the news people and some the Hollywood people get together in a lavish display of all that is wrong with today’s America. Glitz and vapid social climbers peacocking around for each other in pure “This Town” style. It is a vortex of self congratulation worthy of Louis’ XVI’s Versailles.
I love that Politico says that we are in “at least 5″ wars. You know, because maybe 1 or 2 aren’t really wars technically, or the American public doesn’t really know about them, whatever. At least 5.
Tim Carney is our colleague at AEI. He has long done excellent work on crony capitalism.
What’s so strange about the president’s chief advisor cuddling the “journalists” on Morning Joe.
Joe Scarborough – “Valerie come give me a hug…”
It’s like a family reunion. So cozy.
The income tax is absolutely crazy if one takes a moment to think about it. We’ve become so conditioned to accept it that we don’t even realize how ridiculous it is. The government taxes one for being productive, for creating income for one’s family, for doing one’s part to grow the economy. It doesn’t make any sense.
But there is a vast government infrastructure which depends on your money. There is also a political constituency which believes that it is the government’s duty to take income from some in the name of “social justice.” That this money happens to flow back to many of the people calling for “social justice” is a coincidence of course.
Saul Alinsky was an effective strategist (if an outright enemy of human liberty – despite what we are told) and his thinking has influenced many of the more control obsessed people in government for 2 generations. Obama, the one time “community organizer” is an acolyte. As are many of the people around him.
Universities are full of Alinsky fans. I was assigned Rules for Radicals, and another book, The New Rules for Radicals, while I was in college. Funny, I was never assigned The Republic.
A couple of other things should be noted about Rules. 1, that Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley on the book. And 2, Saul Alinsky dedicated his rule book to “Lucifer.” How insane is that?
I’ll bet that when all is said and done “Net neutrality” will result in a lot more than $11 billion in new taxes. The directive from the FCC constitutes a federal “virtual land grab.” Too much goes on in the free and open Internet for the government’s liking. The Feds want a piece of it and to ultimately control it. Control the Internet and the information traveling on it and one can institute things like the anti-free speech “Fairness Doctrine.” And probably, eventually much worse things.
Yet many Internet freedom folks still consider “Net neutrality” a win.
Do you really think that a proposal which comes from this White House is actually about EXPANDING the conversation? Do you really think this president wants FREER information?
That Corzine is still running around the Hamptons is pretty much a travesty.
Google is a highly politicized company. An ardent supporter of the current president, members of Google’s senior staff even helped Obama get elected in 2012. This would be bad enough if Google was in the business of oil, or cars, or even jet fighters. But Google is in the business of INFORMATION.
Google is massive. Its power radiates from Silicon Valley warming the bank accounts of employees, shareholders, and politicians alike. It is as iconic a brand as Coke or Ford. And it has gained this status in a relatively short period. I remember when Google just happened to have the best search engine in the business but trailed Yahoo. That was just over a decade ago.
Orwellian, Bizzaro World, completely whacked out, whatever you want to call it, things have gotten really weird with Obama lately. Weirder than things were, and things were already pretty weird.
I have my issues with Mr. Netanyahu, with the foreign aid which flows to Israel, and Israeli policy in the Middle East in general. But for all the nastiness over the years (and there has been serious nastiness) Israel has proven an ally (aside from the odd spying scandal) and is by far the most democratic state in the region. It is fair to say that we have a “special” relationship with the country on par with and in some ways surpassing even the relationship we have with the UK. Ours can at times be a tumultuous relationship, but we are friends. (For the most part.)
That State Department money flowed into Israel to counter Bibi’s campaign for president is remarkable if the allegations are true. That a “community organizing” style effort was mounted in Israel with US taxpayer dollars to undermine Israeli leadership prior to the Israeli presidential election is not OK – if true.
This very odd interview with one of the founders of the Israeli community organizing group V15 is worth a listen. The guy gets all weird and defensive with an interviewer who seems (or seemed) generally open to hearing the guy. Very strange.
Sometimes Obama shills for the corporations. Sometimes the corporations shill for Obama and government. It’s the crony yin and yang.