Living it up with other people’s money. It’s long been a pastime for our government. (And governments in general. The British still put up with a “royalty.”)
You, you see aren’t in government. You are simply not that important. To the degree that you exist you exist as a profit center for us, the people who run the show. We can wipe you out with a fountain pen. You should be thankful to pay for our private jets.
In my very brief time on Capitol Hill after college I remember that raising money as soon as a Congressperson was elected was of the absolute highest priority. If one didn’t raise a pile of money early the other party might perceive you as weak and would then dump cash into your next opponent’s campaign.
I object to the whole Republican/Democrat red/blue thing, but this is still a great chart. For the record I am more a beer kind of guy.
As professor Codevilla points out crony capitalism is a bipartisan endeavor. It’s not just the establishment GOP, it’s the Dems too. But strange things are afoot in the Republican Party.
Judge Napolitano said this on his show Freedom Watch 2 years ago and was soon unceremoniously shown the door.* It is a blistering critique of a system which is based to a large extent on lies of an almost unfathomable scale, the emotional manipulation of an American people into clubs (red or blue), and wholesale cronyism at the highest levels. Download this video to your brain because it is a classic speech and one I am glad I was reminded of tonight.
For my friends on the right and left, up, down, whatever, this is what honest politics looks like.
*His show was cancelled. Fox kept him on the payroll.
The most important movement in American politics right now is the libertarian one.
I was speaking with some folks in DC yesterday and everyone was talking about the Amash NSA vote in the House. While conversing with a generally “conservative” crowd the consensus seemed to be that things were starting to get real in the GOP caucus. Leadership refuses to stand up for the Constitution, against government and corporations colluding, and for reducing government generally. Many Republicans in Washington DC are starting to wonder if they have been had.
“Stephen brings his personal experience as a successful businessman running a large agriculture operation to Washington D.C. and understands, firsthand, that jobs are not created by Washington bureaucrats, but rather by hard-working folks in Tennessee. He is committed to taking every possible step to empower people to invest and create jobs, cut government spending and make Washington more accountable to taxpayers.”
- This is from the website of Representative Stephen Fincher of Tennessee who according to the attached article received the most agriculture subsidies of any member of Congress in 2012, $70,574.
If he really wanted to reduce the burden to taxpayers he could give that $70K back I suppose.
Remember the STOCK Act? It was the law that passed last year that made it illegal for members of Congress to use inside information to trade in their own accounts.
That’s right, until last year a member of Congress, who knew what regulations were going to impact which industries and/or companies was allowed to trade on this information.
If you or I did what they did regularly we’d go to prison.