One of the points we try to make here at ACC is that it’s not that “bad” people are in government and that what we need are “good” people to come in and take the reins. It is of course a very good thing when we are lucky enough to have honest people representing us in Washington, and it does happen, but generally it is the system that is the problem. It is too large. It runs too much of our lives. There is too much power vested in Washington. This power attracts the power hungry like moths to a bug zapper and often corrupts the decent people who find themselves in DC.
Oops. Our bad.
Funny, the Senator who is most angry (or at least drove the inquiry of CIA actions) was Dianne Feinstein, Ms. Police State herself. She sure does hate it when she’s spied on. Now other Americans? Not such a big deal.
Does Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) really think that putting government in charge of college accreditation will make higher ed more competitive? Is he that naive?
Why is the leader of the Senate weighing in on this? Why is this any of his business? I mean we know why he’s weighing in. But he still shouldn’t be doing it. Same goes for the president.*
Oh Trent Lott, Mr. Superlobbyist and former leader of the Senate is doing his best to help his boy Thad Cochran (who has been in the Senate since the Carter years) beat an upstart challenger from the Tea Party, Chris McDaniel. Lott explains in the ad below that if Thad Cochran doesn’t go back to the Senate all the pork south Mississippi enjoys might be in danger.
Crony capitalism cripples the economy and shuts down innovation. It limits new entrants to the marketplace and new ideas which might change the world for the better. It makes the people and companies with power even more powerful. It makes it harder to create jobs. It enriches the political class. Crony capitalism is a system of legal (for the most part) theft, and it is the system we currently live under.
If the GOP takes over the Senate in the fall, the American people will go from Harry Reid running the show in the Senate, to Mitch McConnell. Oh hooray.
At the time a bill was moving through the Florida state legislature which would require microbreweries to buy much of the beer they produce back from beer wholesalers even though the wholesalers have no role in the distribution of the microbrewery product. Basically if the little beer companies want to sell beer directly to the public for consumption at home they have to pay the beer distributors protection money. They have to do this – at considerable cost – even though the microbrews often are never sold anywhere but at the breweries. There is no distribution. But the distributors get a 30-40% markup for nothing other than having the right friends in Tallahassee?
He sums up the current situation in Washington (and elsewhere) nicely here.