If you really want to understand why the crony capitalist system is so insidious as well as ubiquitous I highly recommend listening to this bit from the master Murray Rothbard. If you really want to get what is so messed up about government and the “privavte sector” partnering up, one must know at least a little bit of his work.
Warning though. Rothbard can rattle one’s whole understanding of politics and economics.
Like I said before, it’s neocon or bust over there.
And Greg Gutfeld just jumped the orca. I know you have a new show and you see the brass ring, but come on. Sorry dude, we have a Constitution. If you don’t like it or find it inconvenient, well, that’s just too bad.
Let’s just hope whoever the next president is they care more about the rule of law than the last 2 presidents. And apparently Greg Gutfeld.
Fox News did this over and over with Rand Paul’s dad too. There is serious pressure in the GOP to tamp down the libertarian wing (now probably the largest wing). Which is basically suicidal. But that’s the Republicans for you.
This would seem a reasonable thing to do. Locking the treaty text in a dungeon, under guard, with senators only allowed to view it by themselves and while there prohibited from making notes, is probably a bit unreasonable.
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.*
This bill is probably a step in the right direction, but the focus should be first on auditing the Fed under a bright burning magnesium fueled light. We need to know what’s really going on in the institution before we can chart the best way forward. Open the beast up. Let’s see what happened in 2008/2009 and during the QE binge. Then we can tinker, or hack away, or blow up as needed.
It should be noted that Senator Warren, who is co-sponsoring this legislation in the Senate with Senator Vitter, opposes an audit of the Fed.
This is what the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution says;
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Now where in there does it say that the government can collect data from from citizens in bulk without a specific warrant in the name of defeating “terrorism?”
The neoconservative casino magnate has got big bucks and he’s ready to roll the dice. Actually dice is probably not his deal. Adelson knows that the real money is owning the casino not playing the game.
And let’s be real honest. They aren’t just lapdogs for Obama. They are lapdogs for Sheldon Adelson (Graham’s new sponsor) the billionaire head of Las Vegas Sands who hates Rand Paul and Paul’s father and anyone else who thinks that aid to Israel isn’t sacrosanct.
What is particularly absurd, objectively speaking, is the assertion by Charles Krauthammer (someone for whom I have a significant degree of respect) that Paul has more in common with Obama on foreign policy than the pro-war, big government wing of the GOP. This is obviously not true. For the most part Obama and the neoconservatives have been quite close on policy. The war in Libya. The proposed (but halted thanks to the American and British people) bombing of Syria. The arming of “moderate” rebels in the Levant. The drone war in Yemen. Etc. Aside from the talks with Iran, which is a desperate attempt by the president to establish some sort of “legacy,” Obama has been Bush II lite. Obama’s policy has basically been a neoconservative policy. Even if Netanyahu and the President don’t like each other.
As we’ve said before the people who most fear a legitimate (semi) libertarian movement within the GOP are the old big government Republicans, it’s not liberals. (At least not yet.)
There is a cadre of Washington DC neocons who are running around with their hair on fire right now because of the warm response Rand Paul continues to get from the public. The establishment, the consultants, the big military, the “deficits don’t matter” crowd feel right now that they have been outmaneuvered by Paul. And they can’t believe it.