The lobbying reform that enriched Congress

Lobbying is the big prize at the end of the line for many members of Congress. If one is already rich one can stick around as Senator or Representative. If however one is not rich K Street and the life of Gucci Gulch is always there. No one (it seems) leaves. No one quits. They shift, and they shift from Capitol Hill to Downtown a few blocks to the south and west.

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Half Of TSA’s 30,000 Employees Accused Of Misconduct; Nearly A Third Multiple Times

I hadn’t been on a plane in a few months but last week I flew into Atlanta.

I always fall out of the TSA rhythm if I haven’t flown for a while. I always forget to take off my belt. Pretty much every time. Do I take out my wallet? Good thing I remembered to wear loafers this time.

It’s insane. Really, think about it. It’s nuts. Then we have to stand in that machine and get blasted by radiation while we stand with our hands over our head like some sort of criminal.

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Government Considers First Pokemon Go Regulations (Not a joke.)

I for the record am pro-Pokemon Go. It’s an interesting little game which gets people moving, especially kids who often aren’t moving enough.  This week in the Atlanta airport I watched people walk up and down the concourse searching for virtual monsters. More often than not these people were smiling while they were searching and they were often searching with other people. This is a good thing. They were having fun – in the Atlanta airport.

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Bigger government does not mean more “social justice” in fact it often, usually, means the opposite

Socialism has a half life. Once honest to goodness socialism is instituted it is only a matter of time before the system implodes on itself. The primary factor in the speed of collapse is the amount of fat within an economy before massive state intervention and redistributionist policies. If the disease of socialism, hard core socialism, think the USSR, Cuba, North Korea, and even places like Venezuela, really takes hold, if the state assumes pretty much every aspect of the economy,

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New York Times reports: Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings

The New York Times is about as “liberal” as one can get this side of The Village Voice. An important story at an important time.

The thing is we have too many laws in this country. We have codes written on top of codes and there are serious incentives in our system for police centered revenue generation. Cops make money, often, for municipalities. This is not a good incentive structure for justice.

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Murray Rothbard on Drug War stupidity (VIDEO)

A good bit of the nastiness we see in American streets is at least partially as a result of our almost suicidal war on drugs.

Why do we even have a war on drugs at this point? It’s obviously failed. Nearly everyone acknowledges this. Yet it continues.

The answer is the state and the various parts of the anti-drug industry want drugs to remain illegal. (Pharma’s happy to see drugs illegal too for obvious reasons.) If we had no drug war police would have to concern themselves only with things like rape and murder which means fewer cops.

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Uber happy to help Dems in Philly, Won’t do business with GOP in Cleveland

Both conventions will no doubt be ridiculous spectacles. But Uber feels that the spectacle in the City of Brotherly Love is more politically advantageous than hanging with Republicans. This despite the fact that Democrats across the nation have fought Uber’s efforts to expand at every turn and that both Clinton and Sanders have been highly critical of the company. (This is actually one of the main reasons Uber is passing on Cleveland of course. They are intimidated and figure Clinton will likely win so it’s not worth being “tarnished”

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The price of LEDs is falling so fast it’s profitable to farm in a New Jersey nightclub

I had some hydroponic lettuce in my salad last night and not only was it delicious, really really delicious (as lettuce goes) it was relatively cheap. Things are changing. Opportunities abound. (That’s a good thing.) Let’s hope the government (and its big ag sponsors) doesn’t regulate this industry to death.

Guess which industry is ripe – get it – for disruption? (And I hate the word “disruption” but it fits here.)

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TIME: Many Foods Subsidized By the Government Are Unhealthy (You don’t say…)

This is good to see from TIME. We’ve (along with others) made this point for years and it is such a waste. We subsidize unhealthy food, which benefits Big Ag – mostly corporate farming, which is then disseminated into the grocery buying public which is often subsidized through various means including food stamps, then when people get diabetes (and other diseases) after a lifetime of eating subsidized unhealthy food we subsidize their healthcare and disability payments. It’s a multilayered bologna sandwich of public policy dysfunction.

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The For-Profit Government Industry (How close Obama friends are about to cash in)

There is a whole group of folks in Washington and to a lesser extent outposts afield, and it is mostly Dems, who think that just because they hold “enlightened” attitudes about business that means they can engage in whatever cronyism they want. (Republicans do crony capitalism in slightly different ways and with less affectation in my experience than Democrats, though they are plenty prone just to be clear.)The Great Green Rush (of your tax dollars) during the beginning of Obama’s presidency is a good example of this.

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Of course the establishment is freaking out over Brexit. What did you expect?

On Friday the world changed. Brexit became reality. The old order was dealt a serious and very public blow. The “establishment” defined by the big banks, the big corporations, and big government was shocked. They couldn’t believe it. How could it be that Britons rejected the system they had spent so many years constructing, a system from which they the cronies had greatly profited?

The media likewise continues to howl in an almost existential bay at the great political wheel in the sky.

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California’s skyrocketing housing costs, taxes prompt exodus of residents

If it weren’t for the clueless government and traffic why would anyone leave?

The only reasons many people have stuck around as long as they have is because the weather in much of California is fantastic and because one can drive from orange groves to world class or close to world class skiing in 2 hours. (In theory.) One can put up with a lot when it’s 75 degrees, sunny, with low humidity. I know I could.

But there are limits.

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