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Why Middle-Class Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Liberal Cities

I was just in San Francisco and prices and rents are INSANE. The city will not allow any new development and as such the hyper-liberal city is home nearly exclusively to the rich.

There are exceptions. There is a huge homeless population. But for those with mailing addresses the cost of living is astronomical. This is common in many “liberal” cities. Why is this?

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Either liberty or the IRS (You can’t have both)

The thing is many people don’t care about liberty. They care about being fed. (As everyone should.) They care about making people “pay their fair share.” (And what is this “fair share”? Seems like a “fair” share would be a lot less than what most taxpayers pay today.) They don’t care about state sanctioned theft. They don’t care because often they are the beneficiaries of that theft.

Before you go thinking that I am targeting people on welfare I will tell you that I am more concerned with corporate and institutional welfare than the run of the mill kind. Much more concerned.

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Boston Globe: Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

I was recently talking with senior wonk in Washington DC about this very issue. Why was it for all the think tanks, all the white papers, all the fits and crying in the media about this issue and that, that policy on the big issues hardly ever changes to reflect the will of the American people?

My friend thought basically the same as the author interviewed in the attached article. There is a surface level government and then there is the “deep state,” a place where massive power is housed, and wielded by largely faceless and mostly unaccountable managers who have agendas which are often very different from what you and I might want.

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Time to reduce economic dependence on Pentagon spending

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Indeed, it’s long past time.

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Report: Taxpayers Spent Millions On Union Work

Why should we expect federal employees to actually work for us? Wouldn’t our money be better used if we paid these federal employees to organize their unions so that they can figure out how to squeeze more money from us?

Good news. We already pay them to do that!

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Pentagon Says It’s Ready for Audit After Years of Delays

Well that’s great. The question is how useful will this audit actually be, and how truthful? In the 3 years since the birth of this site we have chronicled plenty of examples of waste in the military. It is PERVASIVE. The level of waste speaks frankly to a culture of accounting negligence at the Pentagon which is perhaps only rivaled by the chicanery at the Federal Reserve. Heads (and many many heads at all levels) should have rolled long ago. But, because a large portion of the American people have given the US military a pass on waste (Republicans) nothing has been done for decades – really ever.

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