Veroniqe de Rugy in the attached article observes that progressives, for the most part are not enemies of corporatism. In fact to a large degree they are enablers of corporatism. With the expansion of the state comes the expansion of corporate power. And “progressives” it seems are always for expanding the state. As noted in a recent post it is terribly frustrating that progressives don’t see what they are doing. If they do they have no business saying they stand for anything like “progress.”
With each new government endeavor, with each new effort at social engineering, there is a new source of revenue for somebody. Sometimes it’s the corporations. Sometimes it’s the unions, Sometimes it’s players within the government itself. Sometimes it’s interest groups of other sorts. The aggregation of taxpayer dollars is like carrion on the plain, the jackals will always come.
In many respects I consider modern American “progressives” to be similar to progressives of another place and era, think Italy pre-World War 2. I dare say that many of the scarf and tattoo sleeve set would have happily fallen in line behind that pioneer of crony capitalism, Mussolini.
Kudos to Phillip Bump at the Washington Post for this one.
We at ACC often talk about the fracturing going on within the 2 main parties. The Tea Party for instance is a de facto party within the GOP which the author takes into account. He also identifies an increasingly active fault line within the Democratic Party. (We think he’s wrong on who falls on which side of this line to some degree however.)
A thought experiment to be sure, but one which isn’t that “out there.” Very interesting.
(From The Washington Post)
If we assign members of Congress to political parties based on the spending votes, we end up with four parties. The Liberals bucked the Democratic president to oppose the spending package. The Democratsvoted for it. The Republicans followed Boehner and McConnell’s lead. TheConservatives didn’t. It gives us maps of the House and Senate that look like this, with the actual party composition underneath. (Note that this is only based on 1) people who voted on the spending package and 2) are returning to the 114th Congress.)
By Ron Paul
The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year’s omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.
The debate over the omnibus may have made for entertaining political theater, but the outcome was never in doubt. Most House and Senate members are so terrified of another government shutdown that they would rather vote for a 1,774-page bill they have not read than risk even a one or two-day government shutdown.
Those who voted for the omnibus to avoid a shutdown fail to grasp that the consequences of blindly expanding government are far worse than the consequences of a temporary government shutdown. A short or even long-term government shutdown is a small price to pay to avoid an economic calamity caused by Congress’ failure to reduce spending and debt.
“It’s a big CLUB. And YOU AIN’T IN IT. You and I are NOT IN the big club. By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long, beating you over the head in their media telling you what to believe — what to think — and what to buy”. – George Carlin
Please, let’s make 2016 another Bush/Clinton race.
The original headline for the attached article is, The Bush Administration Spent Billions on an Iraqi Army With 50,000 ‘Ghost’ Soldiers.
Anyone who reads us knows that we have no love for the Bush Administration which as far as we are concerned was just the first half of the BOBAMA era aka OBOMBYA era. But the attached story does not indicate that ONLY the Bush administration allocated billions for phantom Iraqi soldiers. I am pretty sure there are and were plenty of “ghost soldiers” in Iraq over the past 6 years too.
Yeah that’s what I want. Please tax me more. Please make it harder for me to start a business. Please make it even harder for me to hire someone. Please mess up the healthcare system even more. Please keep me from doing what I want with my land. Please keep giving taxpayer backed loans to giant corporations. Please keep taking money directly from my pocket so that GE, GM, and other companies can have just that much more. Please get us involved in another 13 year long war. Please keep spying on my phone calls, emails, and web browsing without a warrant. Please keep wait listing vets so that they die quietly without care. Please keep paying paper pushers at the FDA $120,000/year in total compensation. Please keep wasting money on weapons systems even the Pentagon doesn’t want. Please keep telling me what I can eat or smoke. Please keep trying to restrict my constitutional right to speech and to bear arms. Please keep indoctrinating our children at school. Please keep paying government employee union members pensions which sometimes are 6 figures for life. Please take another few trillion taxpayer dollars and give it to Wall Street. Please, dear Lord please, let government come into every nook and cranny of my private life. Please, please, please, because in “my gut” I know big government is the only way I can be “helped.”
I feel like big government is up in my gut alright, but it isn’t because I want it there.