Bannon vows a daily fight for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’

I interviewed Steve Bannon a couple years ago on a panel and he said the same thing then.

Indeed it is a fight. The old guard isn’t just going to lay down and acquiesce. It will fight tooth and nail. The “administrative state” will scrap, and scrape, and get down in the mud, and wail and moan and bite and tear. The crony capital enjoys an elevated status. Its denizens will never just relinquish the trappings of big government.* Never.

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Greenwald: Empowering the “Deep State” to Undermine Trump is Prescription for Destroying Democracy

“Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” – Neocon Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard.

I like Charles Hugh Smith and this is his infographic.

Do “progressives” (and Bushite neoconservatives) hate Trump and “the deplorables” so much that they would sell their collective souls to the “deep state” to take Trump out? I hope not but I think many would happily do it.

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US pilots call on Trump to stop Norwegian’s low-cost transatlantic flights (Pure Crony Capitalism from US Airline Pilots)

Never trust the airlines, the airline regulators, the airline unions (mechanics, pilots, or flight attendants) the whole industry. Even after official deregulation (something Carter did right) American airlines are deeply crony.

Lower fares are good for US consumers. They are good for the economy. Trump better not cave to these guys.

This is just ugly crony capitalism.

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Reason Magazine : Is Donald Trump a crony capitalist? Or is he something worse?

Winners and losers in the marketplace should be determined, well, by the marketplace. Not politicians. Though Trump has made some headway and has indicated his desire to make more headway on taxes and regulations, his personal intervention into the marketplace is of very serious concern. Businesses should be allowed to do business without fear that the President might just blow up a company with a tweet.

Of course many of these companies, particularly the largest ones,

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Trump’s Plan To Cut Regulations Will Face A Surprising Foe (But not surprising to us)

It’s probably not surprising to regular readers of this website either.

Big business LOVES government. It in many respects LOVES regulations. Whose lobbyists do you think write the regulations?

Regs often game the system toward the connected and entrenched. A Federal subsidy here. A new regulation that shuts out up and coming companies and technology there.

Cutting regulations is good for the economy. It’s good for small and medium sized businesses. It isn’t always so good for the behemoths that have teams of people working the politicians on Capitol Hill.

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Nigel Farage on Trump’s “travel ban” (VIDEO)

It does irk me that none of the very wealthy Persian Gulf countries have taken in any refugees. Syria in many respects is their proxy war after all. (It’s ours too of course.)

Anyway, wherever one comes down on the recent decisions out of the White House this clip will likely be informative.

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Glenn Greenwald: Trump will have vast powers. He can thank Democrats for them.

This is exactly correct. Supposed “liberals” and “progressives” (at least many of them) sold out the last vestiges of “liberalism” with President Obama. In many ways “liberals” and “progressives” within the Democratic Party just devolved into authoritarians. They allowed Obama to run roughshod over the Constitution and to expand the power of the Executive Branch because, well, Obama was your guy.

You were hoodwinked. And the thing is many of you (but not all) were willfully hoodwinked.

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John Harwood Asks “Who Do You Believe America?” – Gets Surprising Answer (For him)

Surprise to Harwood maybe. (But how could it be at this point? How daft could he be?) But not a surprise to us or likely many of our readers.

Harwood is, as you may remember the the chief political correspondent for CNBC who also ran stories by and offered advice to the Clinton campaign. (This was exposed by Wikileaks.)

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Here are the 52 public companies that make the most money from the federal government

Image: CNBC

This headline comes from CNBC and is misleading. These companies don’t “make the most money from the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT,” Taxpayers are making these companies rich, not the government. It’s not the government’s money. It’s yours. Too many people forget this.

Why are we going into massive debt, in part, to pad the bottom lines of these companies?

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