This is what drives me crazy about at least some Republicans. Even Ted Cruz, supposedly someone who is for a smaller government and for reining in the power of bloated federal agencies thinks somehow that Washington has the obligation to enforce drug laws which are arguably unconstitutional in the first place. How can one be for limited government, for the Constitution, if one is for the incredibly expensive and often terribly unjust Drug War?
The horses are lining up in the gates. Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee (seriously he’s going to run again I think) Rick Santorum (this guy has nothing else to do), Jeb Bush, Rick Perry may make another run, and who knows who else, are all chomping at the bit. The 2016 nomination isn’t that far away. They can all taste it.
Nomi Prins is a very interesting and talented financial journalist and attached is a great in-depth interview with her on Democracy Now. She discusses her new book All the President’s Bankers.
In the book she explores the relationship between the banking establishment and the American presidency. It probably won’t come as a shock but she finds that in many respects Wall Street and Washington have long been partners, and particularly since the establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913.
The rise of libertarianism has been steady, but it wasn’t very long ago that free markets and free minds were considered outside the norm. During the dark ages of statism, the time of FDR, and Mussolini, LBJ, and Brezhnev, the idea that people should run their own lives was considered radical. Though we were a country built on the ideas of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” we had long abandoned these principals for a planned state. We thought the state was “modern.” We thought it was “forward looking.” It took us 70 years to figure out that centralized planning is no way for humans to live. Well, not all of us have figured this out yet but times are definitely changing.
The main reason pot continues to be illegal for the most part is because it is the illicit drug of choice for most Americans. There’s a market for busting people and there’s a whole group of people who make their living off of illegal weed. Plus pot’s an easy bust. – Try taking out a bunch of bikers hopped up on meth.
As we’ve said before, the last thing this country needs is another Clinton or Bush in the White House.
The above quote comes from the head of the Aam Aadmi Party (The common man party) in India, Arvind Kejriwal.
The US Chamber is spending big money in an effort to rein the Republican Party back away from the emerging small government coalition which has emerged over the past couple of years.
I’d encourage everyone to read the attached article because it is a lovely example of the infatuation some people have with their masters. Actually that’s not fair. The guy makes plenty of good points from the progressive perspective. All the ones one would expect. We wouldn’t have any roads without government. (We would.) We’d all die from salmonella poisoning without the government. (We wouldn’t) Society would devolve into a scene from Mad Max where kids with mohawks marauded through the mall with chainsaws. (It wouldn’t.) All the ones one would expect.
The ALCU and the Tea Party groups got together to fight the IRS last week. Looks like they’re getting together again in Georgia to keep cops from taking people’s property. Good.