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Tag Archives: Tea Party

Lobbyists fight the Tea Party in GOP primaries

This is an ongoing battle in the Republican party. There are the “pro-business” folks who are more than happy to engage in crony capitalism usually financed by the taxpayer. And then there is a small but increasingly influential “pro-market” contingent within the GOP which finds crony capitalism repugnant.

Guess which group the lobbyists like to throw money at?

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Small government means legal pot, but… “Republicans Demand that the Feds Impose Pot Prohibition on States that have Opted Out”

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?

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All the Presidents’ Bankers: Nomi Prins on the Secret History of Washington-Wall Street Collusion

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.

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“The Libertarian Surge”

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.

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