Chuck Todd asks Senator Ben Sasse: What is a conservative? (And are American “conservatives” really conservative?)

I have become a big fan of Senator Sasse. His definition of “conservative” is I think right on the money. Though I would say that the term “conservative” doesn’t really feel right to me these days. I would argue that what is today called conservative, very limited government, rule of law, generally an affirmation of The Enlightenment in many respects, is actually quite forward thinking and not retrograde as the term “conservative” implies. I don’t think most “conservatives” want to conserve the massive and intrusive state which this country has been saddled with since the Wilson administration.

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Goldman (Government) Sachs Says It May Be Forced to Fundamentally Question How Capitalism Is Working (Funny, Goldman doesn’t like capitalism anyway)

Goldman was President Obama’s number 1 private contributor in the 2008 election.

Goldman should be dead. Door knob. A chapter in American finance history, but a chapter about the past. It should no longer exist. It is not an example of American capitalism. It is crony capitalism at its worst. It is a bailout bank. It took from you because of its mistakes and “profited” with ill gotten funds. You kept Goldman Sachs alive. The government gave you no other choice.

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Americans are increasingly aware of crony capitalism, and it is changing politics as we know it

Crony capitalism is a concept with which the typical informed American voter is now familiar. We are very proud of our contribution to this awakening and it is gratifying to see candidates of all stripes having to defend their current crony arrangements with donors, past crony deals, or alternatively to see them go on the attack against cronyism. That Cruz won the Iowa Caucuses despite an explicitly anti-ethanol subsidy stance is no small feat.

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Sanders Camp: Microsoft working with DNC in Iowa, Can caucus app be trusted?

Image: Twitter

The Sanders folks are wise to keep a particularly close watch on how votes are tabulated in Iowa, of course. But they are also right to concern themselves with the involvement of Microsoft in the Iowa caucuses. Could Microsoft influence the results?

It seems very unlikely. But one can never be too sure, particularly when going up against a candidate like Hillary Clinton in whom many very powerful interests have invested. Politics can be a darn nasty business.

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And now a clip of Bernie Sanders taking Hillary Clinton to task (at the debate) for the $600,000 she’s taken from Goldman Sachs in the past year (VIDEO)

We have no horse in the presidential race as we often say but we sure have an issue with Government Sachs, the bank which long ago should have died but was saved by virtue of its connections in government. (Not the only bank.) The bank then, post-2008 went on to expand further around the world all fresh and “recapitalized.” (Recapitalized with your money.)

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Republicans aren’t even pretending they care about cutting spending anymore

The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) is supposed to be about smaller government, not social issues.

It is a refrain we will continue to repeat. Government, though necessary in a very limited sense, should be much much smaller than it is today for any number of reasons. But particularly because government is the catalyst for crony capitalism. If there weren’t agencies to hijack  (And they aren’t always hijacked; some agencies were created specifically for the industries they “regulate,”

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How Liberals Are the New Autocrats

A message from your “betters.”

I always feel like the word “liberal” should be put into quotes these days. A classical liberal, of which I count myself one is for the Enlightenment, the actualization of the individual, respect for the individual in the face of state force, small government and a very limited bureaucratic class. In many respects what is called “liberal” in this country is mostly the opposite of these things. “Liberals” of the modern variety are very enamored with the state and the force it brings to create a vision of the world they like.

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Obama wishes that he was FDR, Thank God he’s incapable of doing what FDR did

To our liberal friends out there I ask for your indulgence. I have been thinking quite a lot about the presidency over the last couple of days and the power we have vested in the institution. (Or perhaps more accurately the power that has been taken by the institution.) 

Presidents always seem to want more power. Republican or Democrat this has been true. But I think this has been particularly true for our current president.

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CISA Is Now The Law: How Congress Quietly Passed The Second Patriot Act (Tucked into Ryan’s Omnibus bill)

It’s been a war of attrition waged against those for those of us fighting the expansion of government on the Internet. (And everywhere else really.) We fight, try to raise awareness, shine a light on efforts to erode the 4th Amendment, but the government was always pretty sure it would eventually get what it wanted. Sooner or later there’d be another terrorist attack which raised the fear level. Sprinkle in a little pre-holiday checkoutitis and, viola! CISA.

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Hillary Clinton Urges Silicon Valley to ‘Disrupt’ ISIS

Translation: Give up your encryption and any remaining privacy of your users. Or else. On the other hand you in Silicon Valley could work even more closely with us and we will make sure government’s benevolent rays shine upon your companies. Your choice.

Kind of weird how government is going after the 1st Amendment, the 2nd Amendment, and the 4th all in one go here.

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Fed ends ‘too big to fail’ lending to collapsing banks

Yeah, well maybe officially. If tomorrow Citi or JPMorgan were to blow up I’m pretty sure the Fed would be right there to prop the crony banks if it had to. (In the Fed’s eyes.)

But this looks good for the Fed. It signals “recovery.” Something which is particularly important in the lead up to a potential rate hike later this month. So great. No more too big to fail.

Right.

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