George F. Will: What Happens In Puerto Rico Won’t Stay There

(From The Investors Business Daily)

Puerto Rico, an awkward legacy of America’s 1898 testosterone spill, the Spanish-American War, is about to teach two things that few Americans know: If conditions get bad enough there, its residents, who are American citizens, can come here. And if Congress does not deal carefully with the mess made by the government in San Juan, Congress will find itself rescuing governments in Springfield, Ill., and other state capitals…

…But some Democrats — perhaps anticipating a day of reckoning for their one-party state of Illinois,

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($86 million) DEA drug fighting plane doesn’t fly

This is the sort of thing which really gets me. That 86 million was spent but the taxpayers got nothing for it. People got paid. Contractors went to work. Checks were issued. But nothing tangible. And the thing is this sort of thing probably (well, we know) happens all over the place. These projects just get lost in the giant government mix. No biggie. It’s just the taxpayer’s money. (Not that anyone in government seems to think like that anyway.)

(From The Washington Post)

The plan was for DOD to modify a DEA plane to be used in counter-narcotics operations in a combat zone.

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84% Of Hollywood Campaign Donations Have Gone To Hillary

Hollywood is an incestuous little town. A “liberal” boys club which too often appeals to the lowest common denominator. (And that can be pretty darn low.) It is a place where narratives are conjured and cultural norms are sold. It is a deeply political place. More political than many people realize.

Now I haven’t gone out and joined the Moral Majority (does that still exist?) or anything but I am amazed at the degree to which the American public,

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More Than Half Of Prince’s Vast Estate Will Go To Taxes

All that work. All that wealth. Half will go to the government. That is a crying shame.

Was that a dove I just heard?

(From Buzzfeed News)

Without a will or any financial planning, experts say more than half of Prince’s vast estate will go to state and federal taxes.

Before Prince’s death, his estate — which includes property, music royalties, and other ventures — was widely estimated to be at least $100 million.

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Obama Admits Couldn’t “Convince Americans Of Recovery,” Bashes “The Big Short”

See you everyday Americans just don’t get it. I saved you. Me. The prez. You know – me. Me. That you make far less in real terms than you did when I took office? That 1 in 4  (at least) working age Americans aren’t working? All those people who dropped out of the unemployment numbers because they’ve been on unemployment for over 5 years? That we aren’t creating businesses anything like we used too?

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Crony Capitalism and the Spigot of Government Subsidies

“I’m sorry Elon, but I can’t let you do that.”

(From Creators.com)

The SpaceX website says: “SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.” U.S. taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for space travel and other ideas of private purpose that won’t benefit many, if any, taxpayers.

Musk is a billionaire many times over.

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How Does the World Fight Legal (as Well as Illegal) Corruption?

Some good ideas here. Some significant points of disagreement (the media is all too often not on the good guy side, it’s not just “state capture” it is capture of industry by the state too), but generally a good piece.

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