See you everyday Americans just don’t get it. I saved you. Me. The prez. You know – me. Me. That you make far less in real terms than you did when I took office? That 1 in 4 (at least) working age Americans aren’t working? All those people who dropped out of the unemployment numbers because they’ve been on unemployment for over 5 years? That we aren’t creating businesses anything like we used too?
Jeffrey Miron is someone people should know.
Government is massive. It is inefficient. It is wasteful. It bullies. It over regulates. It hinders commerce. It is the fundamental component of crony capitalism. Crony capitalism can not happen without government. The bigger the government the more crony.
Laws should be simple and straightforward. They should be few. They should be transparent.
To the degree that laws are not simple and straightforward, to the degree that they are many and not few, to the degree that laws are not transparent,
This is beginning to get ridiculous. Britain is our most important ally. We have the deepest historical ties with the United Kingdom. Right now many people in the UK are fighting for their country’s very survival. They are seeking to maintain their sovereignty in the face of a European Union which is a bureaucratic and some would argue authoritarian institution. Brussels grows cronies like the cow pasture down the road from my house grows mushrooms. (And both the mushrooms and the EU politicians are full of the same thing.) The EU is a technocratic and often unrepresentative administrative empire and this empire wants to rope Britain in (permanently) to take the country down a peg.
Authoritarianism has been an overriding element of Mr. Obama’s presidency. Many of our “liberal” friends were originally mystified by the dire (and in many cases hyperbolic) warnings of some when it came to the president. With time however even many “liberal” folks have come around on Obama. The USA should be number 1 in press freedom not deep in the pack just ahead of Burkina Faso.
Google and Obama are tight. As we’ve documented below. The company is also a massive defense contractor now, so that’s good.
“Liberal” or “conservative” or something else we can all probably agree that getting a better handle on Pentagon spending is a good thing. Lots of money pours into that building. Lots of taxpayer money.
Obama and Raul Castro hanging out.
So what if he’s “pleased“? The Fed is supposed to be independent. This is not the type of language which the president should be using with regard to our central bank. That the Fed is “independent” of political pressures is the whole (false) argument against auditing the Fed.
No doubt discussing “Fed independence.”
If you are “resisting capitalism” you are “resisting human progress.” You are resisting the voluntary exchange of goods and services. You are resisting opportunity for people to make a better life for themselves through hard work. You are trading that opportunity for a system which rewards the uncreative and unambitious. (And perhaps you understand this.) You are fundamentally resisting FREEDOM and LIBERTY, because “economic liberty,” the right to do what you want with that which you own, is not separate from social FREEDOM and LIBERTY.
The Inquisition by Joaquin Pinto
CEI is an excellent organization. I know many of the people there and am familiar with the organization’s work on a variety of subjects. They are champions of free thinking and enemies of crony capitalism. They often break with standard political opinion and as such there are some who don’t like the organization. Some who would like CEI to shut up.
There are those would like to criminalize questioning the status quo.
There is an effort afoot to silence nontraditional media voices. In recent years the old gatekeepers have lost control of the media gates and they are not happy about it. This means that the #oldmedia (and friends) don’t get to exclusively set the national agenda. As such they are trying to reassert themselves, essentially to control political speech through the government, explicitly.
The documentary in question looks to be very “in your face.” It challenges the established narrative around Obama.
The government wants to create a perception, a “reality,” which does not conform to reality. If one tells the public that the sky is red long enough, over and over, they (or a significant portion of the population) will come to believe that the sky is indeed red. At least for a while. The politicians want you to believe!
We are puttering along. The drop in gas prices has given some people breathing room while it has also caused serious economic pressure in fracking country.
It is worth noting that according to this map Al Gore’s new Palm Beach home will soon be under water. Yet he still bought the place.
This is not a new argument but it is one that I am particularly concerned with and one which is getting more attention.
I have written before that I have respect for many people within the climate change arena. I’ve worked closely with people who truly believe that climate change is a potential catastrophe.
Dead on point.