Trump Administration, Reversing Trend, Sheds 11,000 Federal Employees in Six Months (How about 100,000 more before the end of the year?)

This is a real positive. But 11,000 should only be the beginning. Our taxpayer financed bureaucracy is a target rich environment.

Given advancements in automation and in technology generally the Obama years should be the high water mark for federal employment. From here on out  – and I mean from here until eternity – there is no need to add one more net federal employee. No reason.

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Aetna CEO: Obamacare ‘cannot be repealed, period’

Image: CNBC

The insurance company CEO has spoken. So there you go. Obamcare shows its true face. Crony from the begining.

The insurance companies want their Obamcare bailout, and at this point they seriously think they might be able to get one.

The insurance companies wrote Obamacare in partnership with the Obama White House and a Dem Congress. They pushed it through in the face of massive resistance from the American people and with some very questionable parliamentary gymnastics before Scott Brown was able to take his seat in the Senate.

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The Fascist Threat

From 2012 by a friend of Against Crony Capitalism. If you really want to understand crony capitalism (and fascism) read this piece. It’s long. It’s challenging. But it is high quality reading.

Fascism is real. It is here. And it is not what many people think it is.

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Some thoughts on family and government (PIC)

The communists were deeply against the family. They celebrated children who turned their parents in for anti-state dispositions.

Indeed there is an old communist/socialist adage that holds one must indoctrinate a child in socialism before he or she is too big to fit sideways on the bed. If they aren’t brainwashed into their love of the state very early the child’s love of family will take over.

Consider that for a moment.

There are many people in this country who abhor the family unit and are more than happy to see the family’s destruction as an informal institution.

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‘Liberal’ Washington Post: $15/hour minimum wage will put people out of work, hurt poorest people

“We don’t understand basic economics!!!! Fight for 15!!!!”

Well, you don’t say…

Hey, if you still want to blow up your community (and hurt poor people especially) with a $15/hour minimum wage you go right ahead. But when things head inevitably south, and likely quickly, just remember that you were warned multiple times. This time even by The Washington Post.

(From The Washington Post)

According to the 146-page report by Philadelphia-based consulting group PFM,

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Sen. Cory Booker just introduced a bill that could legalize marijuana nationwide (But it’s got some problems)

Drugs should be a state issue. And as much as legalization is the right way forward, getting federal funds mixed up in the situation is unwise and will only lead to cronyism of one sort or another.

Better to legalize federally and keep Washington out of it. They’ve screwed up enough pot policy over the years.

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The case for free-market anticapitalism (“it takes a government to do a death camp”)

“As Deirdre McCloskey put it:

“Anyone who after the 20th century still thinks that thoroughgoing socialism, nationalism, imperialism, mobilization, central planning, regulation, zoning, price controls, tax policy, labor unions, business cartels, government spending, intrusive policing, adventurism in foreign policy, faith in entangling religion and politics, or most of the other thoroughgoing 19th-century proposals for governmental action are still neat, harmless ideas for improving our lives… is not paying attention.”

This is an excellent essay.

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“Participatory Fascism” is the future?

By Robert Higgs

“Socialism with Chinese characteristics” = Chinese fascism
“American capitalism” = American fascism
“Post-Communism in Russia” = Russian fascism
“Scandinavian Third Way” = Scandinavian fascism
“Italian fascism” = Italian fascism
“German fascism” = German fascism
“European corporatism” = European fascism

Are you starting to see a pattern?

Many people continue to perceive the presence or impending advent of socialism here, there, and everywhere. But full-fledged socialism is almost extinct.

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Reporters Without Borders: Russian bill is copy-and-paste of Germany’s (terrible) hate speech law

Across the world states are trying to lock down speech. China is leading the way but Europe and the US are increasingly restrictive.

Of course it’s all an effort at restricting “hate speech.” Right.

Speech is speech, and “hate speech” as defined by the state is often just something someone somewhere in the state aparatus doesn’t want to hear.

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(Best story of the day?) Toronto man builds park stairs for $550, irking city after $65,000 (to $150,000) estimate

Image: NewsOK

Let’s hope that we see more and more of this sort of thing. On the ground. Doing the right thing. Outmaneuvering the bureaucratic beast.

Good on this guy.

$65,000 – $150,000 dollars for these steps according to the city. Wonder who gets that contract?

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How the USDA killed small almond growers and handed the business to the big guys

In the name of consumer safety, the USDA (Ag Department) ruined small almond growers, mostly in California, and gave their business away to big companies. It did this by suddenly requiring that all almonds be “pasteurized” using one of several methods, methods which required expensive equipment that small growers could not afford. The agency did this so suddenly that small producers had little choice but to shut down or sell out at low prices.

This is typical or how both USDA and FDA operate.

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