It seems natural that a conservative would want to remove a non-conservative like Boehner as Speaker of the House.
Ralph Nader is one our favorites here at ACC. We disagree with him on a myriad of issues. He likes government quite a lot. We, well are more skeptical of the state. Saying that though, there is no doubt that Mr. Nader is an enemy of crony capitalism and one of the good guys running around Washington. (There are a few.)
Below is a declaration. A call to town halls. A call to take the rhetorical fight directly to our elected officials during their summer recess. If our representatives are going to ignore us in DC they will have a much harder time ignoring us at community meetings and grandstanding events. Turn on your iPhones. Record responses to hard questions. See what happens.
They do work for us.
Heads they win. Tails you, well you know how it goes. You read this website.
Akin Gump (And just to be clear Bubba Gump is a shrimping company and not affiliated as far as we know) is an equal opportunity bundler. Republican? Ok. Democrat? No problem. Need money to get elected? We’ve got you covered. Easy terms too.
Obamacare is a giant jack. And no, single payer is not the solution. That is the last thing we need. Single payer is an excuse for all sorts of other cronyism. Not to mention that socializing healthcare in the 21st Century is just a backward idea. We should be opening up healthcare not centralizing it.
There is some debate around here as to the world’s most crony company. There are many candidates but consistently in the top 5 or so is Goldman Sachs, Government Sachs.
Few companies have exploited the taxpayer and political connections to the extent Goldman has. Truly it is a company built fundamentally on cronyism.
In 2008 Goldman Sachs was leveraged more than 100 to 1 on its assets. (That is probably a conservative estimate.) When the economic tide turned it was fully exposed. It should have died the disgraced death it deserved. It should have been crushed under the wheel of the market.
Goldman however had a former CEO at Treasury, Hank Paulson, who bailed out his buddies with money taken from taxpayers.
Some? A lot.
We’ve been talking about this for 3 years. For many very powerful interests either one, either family, either member of the Establishment Party is fine.
Look, there are a whole lot of people who want to be ruled. They crave it. They want to be managed. They need to be told what to do. And by God they want others to live under the same yoke.
What kind of pathetic person makes the case for colonial domination, and then tries to couch such an argument in “progressive” terms? A particularly gutless fellow I’d say.
Someone who would prefer to be a subject, and prefer more importantly that others be a subject, than be a free individual. Think about that.
He argues that if only we’d stayed part of the empire we’d have been a lot nicer to native peoples etc. This person has apparently NO KNOWLEDGE of the British Empire beyond, well, I doubt he has much knowledge at all. We suggest that this writer for Vox start by learning about British rule in India, then go from there.
Who do you think got the slave trade really going Mr. Mathews? It wasn’t colonial Americans I can assure you of that.*
Truly stupefying ignorance.
What’s particularly bizarre is that this guy doesn’t even understand (apparently) that he’s making a reactionary, a “conservative” (in the worst sense) argument. That we should never have manifested the Enlightenment in the American Revolution. We should have just puttered along as subjects, sub-humans fundamentally, to the British crown.
If you really want to understand why the crony capitalist system is so insidious as well as ubiquitous I highly recommend listening to this bit from the master Murray Rothbard. If you really want to get what is so messed up about government and the “privavte sector” partnering up, one must know at least a little bit of his work.
Warning though. Rothbard can rattle one’s whole understanding of politics and economics.
Lord knows we don’t agree with Democracy Now on everything, or perhaps even much, but it is a real live legit news source. Sometimes it has real gems.
Holder cashes in – big time.
Things are not going well in the old US of A, despite what the official mouthpieces are saying. There is a sense that the grownups are gone. That the thing which makes America, America, is under serious threat. There is a sense that taxpayers are not valued. Indeed that some people resent taxpayers even though the taxpayers are funding the welfare state. There is a sense that the crony class is shutting people out. (Which it is.) That the “you didn’t build that” mentality has truly taken hold in large swathes of America, even while the cronies pillage away.
In the attached video the narrator says that the results of of the survey are “surprising.” I don’t know that they are.
Of course the next question is, “Where are you going to go?”
You better believe it. If they can. There’s is so much money and power behind keeping the corporatist boondoggle going it is hard to see how the Ex-Im dragon could be slain for good. (It can be slain however.) The corporations are for it. The unions are for it. The President is for it. The Democrats in Congress are for it. Many of the Republicans in Congress are for it.
Who’s against it? The taxpayers, a few modern liberals like Ralph Nader, and some scrappy freemarketeers.
But we are darn scrappy.*
Rove, the big government Bushite operative, is a man wandering through a political landscape in which many others now hold higher ground.
His nastiness and tenacity has gotten him far, and may yet get him farther. But most people in the GOP know to avoid Rove. He’s like a wounded badger. Not exactly the partner one would want.
But the guy can still raise money. Not as much, but still a lot.
We are seeing an interesting shakeout this Congress There is a new generation of leaders in Washington who, for the most part, do actually want to shrink government. This stands in contrast with the old school Republicans who really have very little interest in reining in Washington. In fact in most cases the latter group has NO interest in reining in Washington.
Lawlessness: On Day 768 of the IRS scandal targeting political dissidents, the tax agency said it has more emails to release. Only it can’t release them until September because it must ensure there are no duplicates. Baloney.
Let’s cut to the chase here: The IRS is obstructing justice because it doesn’t want the truth to come out . The agency has been caught red-handed targeting opponents of the Obama administration, including the tea party, pro-Israel groups and conservative news media.