Brazil is truly and deeply a crony economy. Red tape strangles everything. This has long been the case. However, since the socialists came in on the “Pink Tide” it’s just gotten worse.
But this is progress. There was no coup. The removal was constitutional. And Brazil’s young and very strong libertarian movement was key in this effort. Let’s hope that Brazil will continue to turn its back on crony capitalism/socialism in the weeks, months, and years ahead.
Congrats women. Now you’re in the club too.
The draft should not exist. That the state thinks that it can simply conscript its citizenry into war is wrong. We are supposed to be a free society. The draft should be long gone and it certainly shouldn’t be expanded. A fighting force should be all volunteer or no war – that’s it. And given that We the People don’t even get to weigh in on war anymore via Congress and a declaration this is a particularly bad development.
Why are we writing the Pentagon a nearly blank check? It’s just not very smart.
“Conservatives,” open ended military spending is not very conservative at all.
Someone is miffed that he went out the way he did.
We have no horse in the presidential race but we can say that it is probably for the best that the big government neoconservative Lindsey Graham has long been out of the running.
What a nice quote from the senator, one of the “bomby birds” always chomping at the bit to go to war and to spend ever more on the military.
Graham doesn’t like that his little boys club ain’t what it used to be.
Techdirt said that Director Brennan had “freaked out” during questioning, and that is an unfair assessment of the exchange. He did however refuse to apologize to Senator Wyden and the Senate generally and refused also to say that the Senate would not be spied on again.
Hey, alright. This is good to see. We covered Reid’s original request HERE. We are glad to see that common sense (for once) seems to have triumphed.
Sorry, soon to be former senator Reid, but you’re going to have to pay for your personal assistant and Lord only knows what else by yourself. I’m sure you’ll figure out a way to cover the costs.
Here’s another list to cross check with whether your senator voted “yea” on the Omnibus bill.
I look at it this way. We are starting to get a very clear picture of who is on what side of the great crony debate. Those who think that the status quo can continue, even at this late date, need a wake up call in November.
We live in a precarious time for the Republic. It’s not the first precarious time by any means, and indeed we’ve seen worse days. However Congress is the weakest it has ever been in the face of an Executive Branch which operates with a “pen and a phone.” There is profound danger in this. If Congress continues to roll over, what might we see from an Executive Branch in the future? Our founders knew the danger of a president who was too strong.
It seems that the folks in Washington DC have their own agendas. Shock. The Ex-Im Bank in the House, CISA in the Senate. See a common theme here?
Got to knock all this stuff out before the Holidays you know.
Whether the word “repeal” should be in quotes in the above headline we can’t say at this moment. In the end it likely won’t matter anyway as Obama remains in the White House. Obamacare is basically the only thing the president can hang his hat on (with his base). He’s not going to capitulate now. He knew it was a half-baked (at best) vehicle for cronyism from the outset. The GOP forcing a veto isn’t going to wake him up or even score many political points.