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Chuck Schumer again: ‘Public Knows in Its Gut’ That Big Govt is ‘Only Way’ to Help Them (Video)


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.

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Why the New York Fed Annoys Republicans and Democrats Alike

By far the most secret and least accountable operation of the federal government is not, as one might expect, the CIA, DIA, or some other super-secret intelligence agency. The CIA and other intelligence operations are under control of the Congress. They are accountable: a Congressional committee supervises these operations, controls their budgets, and is informed of their covert activities. It is true that the committee hearings and activities are closed to the public; but at least the people’s representatives in Congress insure some accountability for these secret agencies.
It is little known, however, that there is a federal agency that tops the others in secrecy by a country mile. The Federal Reserve System is accountable to no one; it has no budget; it is subject to no audit; and no Congressional committee knows of, or can truly supervise, its operations. The Federal Reserve, virtually in total control of the nation’s vital monetary system, is accountable to nobody – and this strange situation, if acknowledged at all, is invariably trumpeted as a virtue. – Murray N. Rothbard from The Case Against the Fed

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Why Wall Street loves Hillary

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?

Hmmm.

Hey Hillary, you’re “pragmatic.” You look pretty good. Here’s $100 million. Now go knock em’ dead.

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So what happened to the dying Republican Party?

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!

Not exactly.

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.

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IJ Review: If You Think There Might Be a Rise of Libertarians in America, Read On Because You Might Be Right

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.

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