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Tag Archives: White House

Obama’s “to do list”.

Hey, he had a good week. Obama appeased both his corporate sponsors with the passage of fast track authority for the TPP and the Supreme Court rewrite of Obamacare. Then he appeased the West Coast folks with the gay marriage ruling. Add in a couple of other factors which we will not comment on and there you go, the bourgeois, middle class, flyover country people are put in their place.

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What Some Conservatives Aren’t Willing To Do To Kill Obamacare

The filibuster is an important tool which, as many have observed, has halted more bad legislation than good legislation. Getting rid of it would constitute a major change, and potentially a very bad one.

Even if it meant undoing Cronycare, eliminating the filibuster would likely come back to haunt fans of small government.

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Ted Cruz in epic feud with Karl Rove

Rove, the big government Bushite operative, is a man wandering through a political landscape in which many others now hold higher ground.

His nastiness and tenacity has gotten him far, and may yet get him farther. But most people in the GOP know to avoid Rove. He’s like a wounded badger. Not exactly the partner one would want.

But the guy can still raise money. Not as much, but still a lot.

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Excellent Op-Ed from Big Government “Liberal” Former Senator Gary Hart, We are So Corrupt Now We are in Danger of Losing the Republic

Gary Hart is a good big government liberal, with solid big government liberal credentials. And he is as fearful of the raging corrupt beast in Washington DC as any TEA Partier. Perhaps not quite.

Outrageous corruption in Washington is now legal. What once put elected officials in prison now is business as usual. DC is a hive of legal villainy. And if we don’t do something about it soon we are going to lose this precious thing. This unique flash of enlightenment. This anomaly in the experience of humankind. Our United States. Are we the generation which lets the American miracle descend into the mire?

This musn’t be. Not just for us, but also for millions and millions, billions, of people who look and have looked to the USA for leadership. The “shining light on the hill” is flickering.

Though we disagree with some (important) points here and there in this piece, generally it is good, especially considering Hart’s overall disposition toward large government.

He focuses only on corporate America however and as such he’s missing at least half the picture.

Hart’s broadly right though. Things are bad. We are flirting with real disaster. And sadly many of Hart’s buddies are the ones who put us on this path.

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IRS destroyed Lois Lerner emails after telling Congress they couldn’t be found. Where is Congressional leadership?

I still think that those emails are hanging out there somewhere. Dead hard drive or not. There have got to be traces of her communications on many machines. But perhaps these hard drives have also been through the shredder at this point.

Either way, with the Supremes rewriting laws, the Federal Reserve failing to comply with subpoenas, and the executive branch pulling this sort of thing, Congress had better start asserting itself. But one wonders if Congressional leadership is particularly concerned at all.

What is going on in the USA right now? There is no “charting a way forward with this.” There seems a very clear path forward. No charting needed.

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House leadership purging conservative voices?

We are seeing an interesting shakeout this Congress There is a new generation of leaders in Washington who, for the most part, do actually want to shrink government. This stands in contrast with the old school Republicans who really have very little interest in reining in Washington. In fact in most cases the latter group has NO interest in reining in Washington.

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Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

We’ve written about some smart TVs and their ability to essentially surveil your living room. But if you have Chromium installed on your laptop you may have to worry about your computer doing the same thing. (Not that it’s ONLY Chromium which can turn your device into a bug.) That Google is one of the largest defense contractors in the world and has encouraged the spread of this software is of some concern also.

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May I Have This Dance? : Presidential candidates consider who will advise them on the economy

If one wants to be an economics superstar there seem to be 4 routes. 1. Win a Nobel Prize. 2. Write a book which is widely read by politicians and the intelligentsia. 3. Just produce excellent work, toil in obscurity, and then have your ideas championed by someone or group with the means to champion someone. 4. Become a presidential advisor.

I am sure that there are other routes too. Becoming a TV personality comes to mind but I can’t think of any economists who have or have had shows of note.

One thing is for sure, presidential candidates, and presidents need economists. Who a candidate partners with is a hugely important decision. To a greater or lesser degree the chosen economic advisor(s) sets the tone for the bread and butter part of any campaign.

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IRS’ Latest Email Excuse Draws It Closer To Rogue Agency Status

(From IBD)

Lawlessness: On Day 768 of the IRS scandal targeting political dissidents, the tax agency said it has more emails to release. Only it can’t release them until September because it must ensure there are no duplicates. Baloney.

Let’s cut to the chase here: The IRS is obstructing justice because it doesn’t want the truth to come out . The agency has been caught red-handed targeting opponents of the Obama administration, including the tea party, pro-Israel groups and conservative news media.

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Obama’s Unilateral Presidency Crashes Into the Constitution

I remember in college my professor explaining to us that the US system of government was too slow. That it was inherently difficult – too difficult he argued. A parliamentary system was much better and would allow “things to get done.” My professor, it was clear resented the restrictions placed on government by the Constitution.

One gets the sense that Obama feels the same way.

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Bill Clinton on donor flap: ‘No one has ever asked me for anything’

“See it’s cool. Nobody said, so hey Bill if I give your foundation $25 million will you help me out? No one explicitly ever said those exact words to me. I promise. You can trust me. Have I ever lied to the American public? I mean, we were DEAD BROKE coming out of the White House and we needed to raise some scratch somehow.

“Plus, private jets are really expensive.”

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