The unions don’t like it. Many libertarians and free market types don’t like it. But Obama and the Chamber of Commerce are keen. Something smells here.
Something else to keep in mind. Just because something is called free trade doesn’t mean it actually is free trade. My bet, and the author alludes to this, is that the agreement will be full of crony nooks and crannies. Nooks and crannies some would prefer the public not learn about.
Until it’s too late.
Ron Paul has long been ahead of the curve. He anticipated the 2008 financial crisis. His “Ron Paul Revolution” was the seed which grew into the robust and mainstream libertarian tendency within the GOP we see today. And he was right on Iraq—it was a mistake of colossal proportions.
But while Ron Paul was predicting a Fed created economic catastrophe and outlining why it was that invading Iraq was wrong and indeed anathema to what America was supposed to stand for, the GOP was fully engaged in disavowing the spirit of Ronald Reagan (spirit) and embracing a big government philosophy.
The Bush years were years of big government “conservatism.” The neocon coup.
Iraq in many ways is what broke the modern—William F. Buckley, Jack Kemp, Ronald Reagan—conservative movement. Bush blew it up just like so many bridges across the Tigris.
Obama thinks that the small government people “just don’t get it.” They don’t know the reality he knew (second hand after Occidental, Harvard, and Columbia of course) as he was slumming around in Chicago while he was preening for his political career.
I have news for you Mr. President, many Fox News (an organization with which I have HUGE issues) viewers out there have a much more real understanding of poverty than you will EVER know.
I was at a meeting in Washington right after Snowden had revealed some of what we now know about the NSA spying on Americans when the phone intercom system went out, made a bit of noise, and then cut back on again. The presenter joked that it was the NSA listening in.
Of course it wasn’t the NSA – I would have pitied the poor guy who had to listen to that meeting on tax policy, I barely made it through the afternoon – but the joke reflected something which I’d never seen before. A sort of gallows humor about the emerging and newly revealed surveillance state. It made me very uneasy then, and it still does.
Good. For crying out loud, somebody should.
I hope that one day we will look back on the Patriot Act in the way we look back on Prohibition now, a huge mistake which gave away too much power to government and undermined the very spirit of what it means to be American.*
Republican, Democrat, or other, why would anyone want a “cool” president? Somehow this is supposed to be a positive. I don’t know about you, but in my experience “cool” parents were always terrible, same for “cool” teachers, the “cool” kids, and pretty much everyone else who was deemed to be “cool.” (By someone or themselves.)
Do you want a “cool” doctor? Or a “cool” financial advisor. No way. You want them to be highly knowledgeable, with at least a tinge of real nerdiness. You want competence. Why? Because your health and financial security is tied in intimately with ability of these people to do their jobs. I’d rather have a surgeon who enjoys chess than one who likes Jay-Z. (Not that Jay-Z is in any way cool.)
Why then do some feel that a “cool” president is a good thing? Supposedly, and according to the compliant media Obama is/was cool. I never felt that. I guess though that since he wasn’t some lame (sic) white guy that made him relatively “cool.” I guess.
How is this not a huge story?
Well, we know why it’s not a huge story. This sort of thing throws a wrench into the current illegal immigration narrative. Specifically that we as Americans shouldn’t be concerned with what is happening along our southern border. That we have a crony government – far “cronier” than even the USA – sending waves of folks northward while its helicopters fire on US border agents is not a big deal.
We are pro-immigration here. We believe people – all people – should be free to pursue happiness. Sometimes that means moving across borders. But are we a country or are we not a country?
(From The Examiner)
After having to fight for almost a year for the Obama administration to “come clean,” the top public-interest group in the United States that routinely investigates and exposes government corruption and cover-ups on Tuesday reported that it finally obtained documents from the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) directorate. The files describe a shocking Southwest Border incident in which helicopters allegedly belonging to the government of Mexico flew across the border into the United States — Arizona — and opened fire on Border Patrol agents on American soil.
For some Obama is a symbol of achievement, the first African American president. I understand that. Heck if I was black, even as a libertarian I might have voted for him the first time.
For others he is a divisive figure who sought (and seeks) to divide the country and to expand an already hopelessly bloated government.
I see him as a failed president. He failed in his most important task, and that was to help help the country transcend the issue of race. Obama instead appealed to his base instincts and exploited (exploits) racial differences in the name of political gain. He is a product of a politically correct culture (Columbia, Harvard) and he allowed the pseudo-intellectual disease to infect his administration. In fairness, it is what he knew.
But Obama could have been much more than a community organizer who stumbled into the presidency. He could have done some serious good for the country.
If you want to undermine the very spirit of this country a national police force would do it. Such a thing is anathema to the core principles of the United States republic. Such a force would be dangerous in the extreme. It would be a move toward real totalitarianism. Not “totalitarianism.” But ugly, soul crushing, totalitarianism.
I can’t speak for the organization which put this video together, Represent.us, but I will say that the video is very good and well worth a view.
The Crony Awards are just a great thing. I mean, what’s better than shaming cronies? Hats off to the folks at The Atlas Society for their efforts. The most important awards ceremony of the season. And way cooler than the Daytime Emmys.
I’m pretty sure that the Department of Homeland Security is not supposed to be involved in “getting out the vote” efforts. Pretty sure that’s outside of their scope.
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.