This is a partisan bit of analysis from The Weekly Standard, but I think it is fair. For how the GOP works against the interests of the people just see the post prior to this one.
This is a disturbing report from Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz at The Washington Post.
He says that the IRS has a “tripwire” it uses to identify groups which teach the ins and outs of the US Constitution. These groups then get extra scrutiny from the agency.
I’ll say this for the Democrats when it comes to corruption. They don’t really hide it. Everyone knows that the Dem machines in the Northeast and on the West Coast are full of union winks and nods. Everyone knows that it’s pay to play in New York, Chicago, Boston, and California. It’s understood and in many ways accepted.
But the Republicans have long acted like they were above this. That indeed the Republican Party was and is the party of good governance, of the suburbs, and middle class accountability. This was the spirit of Reagan for instance.
Another good one from Charles Hugh Smith.
I wouldn’t say that we’ve ever totally had classical capitalism and truly free prices, but we have been light years closer to them than we are now.
The company says that it believes the audit is politically motivated.
The times they are a changin’ and they are a changin’ in jolly old England.
Well this is interesting. And as you can see all the major news outlets are all over this one.
Corporate America is doing a full press in DC right now, even during the lazy days of the Congressional summer recess. The big boys don’t want the Export-Import Bank, the taxpayer backed corporate slush fund, to go away. Congress may stop funding it in September. If Congress does stop funding Ex-Im it will be a major win for everyday Americans and it will be a real loss for the crony capitalists.
Though the President called the Export-Import Bank of the United States “corporate welfare” when he ran for president, his message has changed. Many of his former staffers are pro-Ex-Im too as the attached report outlines. Who followed whom is unclear.
The one and only time I met Ron Paul was in his office in DC in 2007. I had long admired him and I had come to pitch Dr. Paul on becoming a client of mine. I was a fledgling stock broker and I thought I might be able to interest him in some gold stocks.
What’s funny is that as soon as I walked through the door of his office and he and I sat down I forgot all about doing business and we just talked politics and strategy for about 20-25 minutes.
I left his office with a deepened respect for the man. Something which rarely happens (I now know) after meeting a politician in person.