Indeed it is. Central planning always fails and make no mistake in many ways our economic system is “planned.” Not in the sense that it was planned in the Soviet Union but planned and controlled by the Federal Reserve through the manipulation of interest rates. The Fed creates malinvestment by trying to juice the economy. People over invest with cheap credit on office buildings, homes, cars, infrastructure projects and so on. Then when the reality of the economy hits this juiced economic situation failure occurs broadly.
Director Brennan says that it would be “unhelpful” to release the 28 pages of the September 11th report which some say implicate or at least connect official Saudidom.
My question is,”To whom would such declassification be unhelpful?” I’d say it might be quite helpful to historians and the American people who would like to get a complete picture of what happened on that day. On the other hand it might be unhelpful to people who would prefer to keep history muddled.
If you are “resisting capitalism” you are “resisting human progress.” You are resisting the voluntary exchange of goods and services. You are resisting opportunity for people to make a better life for themselves through hard work. You are trading that opportunity for a system which rewards the uncreative and unambitious. (And perhaps you understand this.) You are fundamentally resisting FREEDOM and LIBERTY, because “economic liberty,” the right to do what you want with that which you own, is not separate from social FREEDOM and LIBERTY.
And how awesome is it that John Boehner, who pulled what he pulled in 2012 in Tampa (watch the video) has been dismissed, forever an example of what went wrong with the GOP?
Great report Shep.
A pretty evenhanded bit of analysis of Trump, his followers, and social media from of all outlets, The New York Times.
I founded (and still run) Exelorix Consultants which initially helped small and medium sized businesses figure out what to do in social media. I founded it in early 2009 before many people had seen social media’s potential, especially from a business standpoint. For a couple of years I actually had to convince many business owners that social media was even important.
This is an interesting development. And Johnson’s an interesting guy. He’s climbed Mount Everest. (And I think – though I’m not sure – the highest peak on each continent.)
If he’s at double digits consistently I think they have (yeah right) to let him into the debates.
I say let the Greens come to the debate too to make things fair. (Because that is what American politics is all about. “Fairness.”)
Why even have the primaries?
I basically don’t buy this analysis but it is an interesting and let’s say cute article that is worth reading for the Washington DC insider take.
But John Hart misses a very important and fundamental component of the current tumult in the GOP, namely Ron Paul. It was Paul’s critique of the GOP as a party which is in no way actually for “small government” which got this ball rolling. The first “TEA parties” were in support of the Congressman and his 2008 presidential run.
By Ron Paul
During her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted that she asked the FBI to examine whether the federal government should take legal action against so-called climate change deniers. Attorney General Lynch is not responding to any criminal acts committed by climate change skeptics. Instead, she is responding to requests from those frustrated that dissenters from the alleged climate change consensuses have successfully blocked attempts to create new government programs to fight climate change.
Having 3rd party candidates on the debate stage would only be good for the Republic. The debates are controlled by a political cartel and they should be broken open.
Remember Coke and Pepsi are not OPPOSITES, just flavors. Same for the Dems and the GOP.
There was a time when the “prosperous middle class,” not typically rich people, could put a nest egg (or a good chunk of a nest egg) into certificates of deposit and at least expect that the money would beat the rate of inflation. I met many of these people in another life. They weren’t the most savvy of investors but they were typically disciplined, had good credit, and had more often than not spent a lifetime working hard. That $200,000 in the bank (or a couple of banks) constituted their life savings and if these folks were wise,
Crony capitalism is a concept with which the typical informed American voter is now familiar. We are very proud of our contribution to this awakening and it is gratifying to see candidates of all stripes having to defend their current crony arrangements with donors, past crony deals, or alternatively to see them go on the attack against cronyism. That Cruz won the Iowa Caucuses despite an explicitly anti-ethanol subsidy stance is no small feat.
The petrodollar system is an area of particular interest to me and it has been for a very long time. I am fascinated by the secrecy which surrounds the system, the massive political implications of the system, why it was created in the first place, and why it plays, I believe anyway, an important roll in monetary policy. (Though some disagree with me.)
I even wrote 3/4 of a reasonably good novel focused on the petrodollar.
Many people see the federal government as not reflecting their views at all. Some see the unending expansion of the state into every nook and cranny of life, and the gaming of the government by powerful corporate and political interests, as a real threat. Indeed that our massive government is encroaching on the things many Americans hold particularly dear, independence, for some – faith, economic liberty, liberty generally, privacy, and so on.