Yeah, Senator Graham somehow inserted himself into this story.
This has been one weird day in the Senate and this is the 3rd post we’ve done today on Rand Paul and his military funding proposal.
Though we have said that we were not pleased with Rand Paul’s amendment, at least it called for cuts (if future cuts) to other spending. Rubio just wanted to spend money on defense whatever the cost to taxpayers and future generations. Cruz sided with Rubio. But in the end neither Rand’s or Rubio’s proposals got past the Senate floor.
Nick Gillespie is a great writer and advocate for liberty. Here he analyzes Rand Paul’s proposal in the Senate which will increase military spending by billions. Something which has disappointed many small government conservatives and libertarians.
One of the main reasons we are against crony capitalism is because crony capitalism limits opportunity. All the red tape, all the regulations which we are told are for our good but are manipulated by powerful vested interests, all the occupational licensing, all the easy money flowing to favored banks, all the contracts which go to people who have friends in Washington, and all the other special deals and favors given to the powers that be outside of the legitimate market, restrict opportunity for everyone else.
The free market operating with free prices is the best chance the average person has to get ahead. In a highly regulated, highly crony economy, the talented, hard working, smart folks who don’t happen to be in the club are cut off at the knees.
The Fed is gearing for battle.
If you want to read the piece to which Senator Paul is responding it is HERE.
Basically the bankers are coming with all guns for the guy who might expose the central bank racket they’ve been running for a very very long time. If everyday people were to actually learn of the things the Federal Reserve has done, indeed why it exists (to backstop the big banks – with the wealth of the American people – and to keep the debt game rolling) there is the chance that the American people might just call bullsh*t on the institution. The bankers, the banking “shamans,” can’t have that. Their power is unfathomable to the average person and that is how they would like to keep it.
I personally am a big fan of suits. They are functional and most people look good in them. A well tailored suit is about as comfortable as one can get. I like a nice tie and wear cuff links when the occasion warrants. Saying that I have no problem if a presidential candidate, at a forum in Las Vegas of all places chooses not to wear a tie and also chooses to wear jeans.
That’s what Rand did at a recent event, and some of the old boys at the forum didn’t much care for it. As the below article reports many of the Republican silverbacks are much more comfortable with a “Romney type.”
That’s a huge problem if the GOP actually wants to win the presidency.
I’m cool with this. Sure the so called “safety net” has tons of fraud in it. Sure it often discourages people from being productive parts of society.These issues need to be addressed, and God willing they will be. But I think it’s pretty reasonable to say that taxpayers shouldn’t be paying one dime to corporations and that crony capitalism should be first on the chopping block.
The United Nations is one of the most crony organizations on earth. The place is chock full of them. Like well paid diplomatic sardines in a tin. If the UN were to go away I don’t think many in this country would cry. I for one would pop a bottle of champagne.
Kudos to Phillip Bump at the Washington Post for this one.
We at ACC often talk about the fracturing going on within the 2 main parties. The Tea Party for instance is a de facto party within the GOP which the author takes into account. He also identifies an increasingly active fault line within the Democratic Party. (We think he’s wrong on who falls on which side of this line to some degree however.)
A thought experiment to be sure, but one which isn’t that “out there.” Very interesting.
(From The Washington Post)
If we assign members of Congress to political parties based on the spending votes, we end up with four parties. The Liberals bucked the Democratic president to oppose the spending package. The Democratsvoted for it. The Republicans followed Boehner and McConnell’s lead. TheConservatives didn’t. It gives us maps of the House and Senate that look like this, with the actual party composition underneath. (Note that this is only based on 1) people who voted on the spending package and 2) are returning to the 114th Congress.)
Click here for the article.
“I don’t like journalism,” – Sheldon Adelson
The old boys with giant checkbooks want Jeb, Christie, or Romney in the White House. (Romney!) You know the guys who are completely interchangeable with Hillary. The fat felines don’t want anything new. They want the same tired GOP which they can manipulate. They don’t want questions. They don’t want discussion of foreign policy. They don’t want questions about the role of the state in modern America. They sure as shinola don’t want to talk about crony capitalism on a national stage. Crony capitalism has served many of these guys well.