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Crony Washingtonia

This essay was written originally for a progressive organization in DC who has invited me graciously to address their members on occasion. We disagree on much, but they let me make my case without reservation. 

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Ron Paul: All I want for Christmas is a (real) government shutdown

By Ron Paul

The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year’s omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.

The debate over the omnibus may have made for entertaining political theater, but the outcome was never in doubt. Most House and Senate members are so terrified of another government shutdown that they would rather vote for a 1,774-page bill they have not read than risk even a one or two-day government shutdown.

Those who voted for the omnibus to avoid a shutdown fail to grasp that the consequences of blindly expanding government are far worse than the consequences of a temporary government shutdown. A short or even long-term government shutdown is a small price to pay to avoid an economic calamity caused by Congress’ failure to reduce spending and debt.

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Harry Reid’s lawyer inserts last minute provision in Cromnibus which allows political donations to parties of “$777,600 or more”

Well, it isn’t really so much money in campaigns that the congressional Democrats have a problem with. It is OUTSIDE money they have a problem with. Money not controlled by the party. That’s why this bit of language was inserted into the current spending bill by Harry Reid’s lawyer.

Plus the law firms get paid big time too. Win/win for establishment Washington. Everyone knows that shame has little reward on Capitol Hill.

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Republican Powerbrokers Intend to Clear the GOP Field for a Favored Establishment Candidate

“I don’t like journalism,” – Sheldon Adelson 

The old boys with giant checkbooks want Jeb, Christie, or Romney in the White House. (Romney!) You know the guys who are completely interchangeable with Hillary. The fat felines don’t want anything new. They want the same tired GOP which they can manipulate. They don’t want questions. They don’t want discussion of foreign policy. They don’t want questions about the role of the state in modern America. They sure as shinola don’t want to talk about crony capitalism on a national stage. Crony capitalism has served many of these guys well.

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Congressional spending deal blocks pot legalization in D.C. (But stops Federal meddling in states)

This is largely because of 1 Republican from the state of Maryland who has a beef with legal marijuana.

The fact is that under the Constitution Congress does have the ultimate say in in the District of Columbia. But overturning a referendum which was overwhelmingly supported by the people of Washington is not very smart. Overturning a referendum which furthers personal liberty (for once) is just plain wrong for a party which says that it is for small government and federalism.

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We said Obamacare was a crony capitalist jack for the insurance companies, Now even the New York Times agrees with us

It’s about time, but it’s too late now. I guess there is some comfort in knowing that the even the statist Gray Lady sees what Obamcare actually is. Though I am going to guess that the New York Times editorial board isn’t going to come out for repeal even though the program was sold with out and out lies and is pouring billions in taxpayer dollars into the pockets of the health insurance companies.

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Constitution? Separation of Powers? The will of the People? Obama says no biggie, I can do what I want

Like it or not last Tuesday was a sound rejection of this president. That’s what it meant. That’s the lesson. Overwhelmingly the American people, who don’t really like the Republicans either, said “NO” to Obama. It was a clear statement. Not much ambiguity.

But it wasn’t clear to the president. He has decided that the American people and the Constitution (of which he is a supposed scholar) do not matter. The time to act (rule?) by executive fiat has come. So what if he and his policies and basically entire legacy have been rejected by most of the country. Darn it, he’s going to show America what he thinks with his “pen and phone.”

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So what happened to the dying Republican Party?

Since Obama was elected we have heard over and over that the Republican Party is the party of old white guys who’d soon be dead and that there wasn’t any hope for the demographically challenged elephant parade. (What one calls a group of elephants. Just found out.) Then Tuesday happened and like that even NPR is wondering what is wrong with the Democrats and where the GOP found all its mojo. The GOP is reborn Hallelujah!

Not exactly.

A new GOP may be being birthed not reborn. This election was the first without unrelenting neocon overtones from the Republicans of my adult life. It is also the first election where Republicans seemed not to be looking back to the days of Reagan but toward a new and different future. It was the first election where the GOP did a halfway decent job of reaching out to non-white voters. (They need to do much much better still.) It was also the first election where at least some of the GOP began talking about how government has been gamed for the benefit of corporations and other large interests to the detriment of small and midsized business and the middle class. Though it was the GOP leadership which ultimately kept the Export-Import Bank alive the big boosters we prominent Dems, Bill Clinton, Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Maxine Waters, etc. The only people on The Hill calling for Boeing’s Bank’s death were Republicans. The obvious corporatists were the Democrats. (In this instance.)

Voters felt a shift in the political ether. Mix in a president who seems perpetually out to lunch when he isn’t being outright antagonistic. Add a Democratic congressional leadership which suddenly looked hopelessly behind the times and one has a recipe for significant political change.

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