The big defense contractors are lining up behind Hillary Clinton

I am currently editing a collection of past essays and last night I was editing the “neocon” chapter. I noticed that we argued multiple times in 2014-2015 that with the rise of Rand Paul the neocons, the pro-war crowd in the GOP and with them the weapons manufacturers, might defect to Hillary Clinton.

But as it turned out it wasn’t Rand who sent the big government GOP war advocates to Hillary, it was Trump.

(From Rare)

Defense contractors are accustomed to getting what they want.

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The TEA Party was Murdered – and it was an Inside Job

The TEA Party was, and sadly we must now use the past tense, a ray of light in a time of enveloping gloom. After the exasperation caused by George Bush and his profligate spending and foreign adventurism, the bailouts of the banks, and the ascendancy of Barack Obama who promised only more profligacy, people rose up and said – no more!

This was the TEA Party. TAXED – ENOUGH – ALREADY.

Most people who care tie its birth to the below rant by Rick Santelli on CNBC.

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While in the White House, Economist Received Personal Loans From Top Washington Lawyer

The guy was advising the president and now is advising Hillary Clinton on economics. This sort of makes sense.

Here is Washington for you America. Economic advisors in the White House taking out giant loans from big time lawyers. This is your political class. These are the folks who supposedly know how to “steer” the economy. Oh, and he’s another Goldman Sachs guy.

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Trump’s economic advisers are also his biggest donors

Dennis Rodman was NOT however named to the economics team.

I can’t say that this is in any way surprising. This sounds about standard operation procedure for Trump. And given the fact that most of Wall Street is circling the wagons around Hillary it is even less surprising.

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Ralph Nader on the presidential choices (VIDEO)

Ralph Nader is wrong on any number of things but I’ve talked with him at some length a couple of times and he strikes me as one of the few really decent people I’ve met in Washington. I like the guy. I think he legitimately opposes crony capitalism and it is my understanding that it was he who originally coined the term “corporate welfare.” I’d be happy to have a beer or a glass of wine with him anytime, and that’s more than I can say for many DC denizens.

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Goldman Fined 0.1% Of Revenue For “Criminal Theft” Of Confidential Fed Information

This, dear readers, is how it works. The rules, as we saw with the Comey announcement a few weeks ago do not apply to everyone. Some people and banks are even too big to even embarrass or shame, never mind fail or jail.

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Charles Hugh-Smith – Why Real Reform Is Impossible: We Can’t Believe the Mighty Titanic Could Actually Sink

This one isn’t an uplifter but it is a sober assessment which deserves attention. Sobriety is a valuable thing, especially when dodging icebergs.

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Lobbyists have raised $7 million for Hillary Clinton. For Trump? Zero

This is interesting. Trump is an unknown quantity. No one knows for sure what he’ll do, particularly the DC political class. As such Washington, an oddly conservative town in some ways seems to have picked its candidate. I’ll bet this number would have been more evenly split if say Bush had won the nomination.

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Two Delegates Propose Banning Corporate Lobbyists From the RNC, Get Crushed

People do have a right to lobby – as much as lobbyists may drive us nuts. It probably is also wrong to ban people by virtue of their profession from a gathering, though it must be said that the Republican Convention is technically a private gathering and so would be justified in restricting access. But this story does reflect the sad general reality of American politics. I mean, if lobbyists can’t come to the RNC what really is the point?

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