Yep, that’s the truth. Thank God for the Internet. You know, maybe it’s not such a good idea to have the FCC screw it up in the name of “net neutrality.”
Politics as we have known them in this country are shifting significantly. New coalitions are in the process of being built. It’s an exciting time.
For the bankers the main issue is who will keep the current implied bailout regime in place? Who will let the Federal Reserve do what it does without criticism? Who will keep the light from shining on them? Who won’t question the current system of debt piled on debt piled on debt. Who will happily do The Street’s bidding?
Hey Hillary, you’re “pragmatic.” You look pretty good. Here’s $100 million. Now go knock em’ dead.
Since Obama was elected we have heard over and over that the Republican Party is the party of old white guys who’d soon be dead and that there wasn’t any hope for the demographically challenged elephant parade. (What one calls a group of elephants. Just found out.) Then Tuesday happened and like that even NPR is wondering what is wrong with the Democrats and where the GOP found all its mojo. The GOP is reborn Hallelujah!
A new GOP may be being birthed not reborn. This election was the first without unrelenting neocon overtones from the Republicans of my adult life. It is also the first election where Republicans seemed not to be looking back to the days of Reagan but toward a new and different future. It was the first election where the GOP did a halfway decent job of reaching out to non-white voters. (They need to do much much better still.) It was also the first election where at least some of the GOP began talking about how government has been gamed for the benefit of corporations and other large interests to the detriment of small and midsized business and the middle class. Though it was the GOP leadership which ultimately kept the Export-Import Bank alive the big boosters we prominent Dems, Bill Clinton, Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Maxine Waters, etc. The only people on The Hill calling for Boeing’s Bank’s death were Republicans. The obvious corporatists were the Democrats. (In this instance.)
Voters felt a shift in the political ether. Mix in a president who seems perpetually out to lunch when he isn’t being outright antagonistic. Add a Democratic congressional leadership which suddenly looked hopelessly behind the times and one has a recipe for significant political change.
Scalise discusses a number of things in the attached interview, including the Keystone Pipeline, the minimum wage, and “bipartisanship” (fear bipartisanship). But the most important nugget is that it looks like Congress will force a Fed audit onto Obama’s desk and he will have to sign it or veto it.*
The move toward libertarianism just makes common sense. In a world which is more connected, where we are able to do more and more for ourselves in ever more cost efficient and customized ways, (Think banking, research, legal documents, medical information, pretty much everything.) free markets and free prices make life easier and more interesting.
Of course the new Attorney General I am sure will be a champion of human dignity, freedom, honesty, rule of law, and “good government” just like Eric Holder was. So it ain’t time to party.
But boy is it good to see this guy leaving the AG position.
2 of the most interesting people in political thought. Both of whom in my experience are actually decent human beings too.
Almost everyone knows Ron Paul but more people should be familiar with Tom Woods who’s book Meltdown is a fantastic (and very accessible) explanation of the 2008 Crash. You can read his work and listen to his show at TomWoods.com.