It burns! It burns!
This is a very interesting discussion with one of the “good guys” in Washington (there are a few) on the nature of government and where we have gone wrong.
No kidding. Either be on the crony side of things or just drop out of the middle class. This is America today.
Obamacare is imploding. This is a good thing. Some people will call for socialized medicine, a so called “single payer” system to replace it. But we can’t afford that. Such a scheme is unlikely to happen no matter who becomes president.
What is likely to happen is the system of crony giveaways and pay to play schemes in place now will limp along because none of the cronies want to give up their revenue streams, both on the government side and on the corporate side.
As we have said before, we disagree with a whole lot of Democracy Now!’s editorial disposition, however Democracy Now! and Amy Goodman often do honest to goodness news, from what is called the American Left perspective, and that is desperately needed. In a time when the media seems little more than an appendage of the powers that be the folks at Democracy Now! have continued to push and prod when many of their former fellow travelers have decided instead to fall in line.
Oh hooray, the Chicago politics will linger on still. Expand the crony political machine. Get more people hooked on welfare of various forms. Lawyer it up and make sure that voter ID, a simple requirement, is fought at every turn. (I wonder why some fight this anti-corruption effort so fervently?) The Alinskyites aren’t just going to go away. They want to infect all of our system with their urban machine tactics.
Big government. Big dependence. Big politicians. Big corruption.
Obama is no friend to free speech as many journalists can attest, even some within the #oldmedia like Susan Page at The USA Today. He clearly dislikes the emergence of an alternative narrative to the one he has sought to craft from the beginning of his presidency. Obama’s White House had “journalists” flowing in and out of it all the time. Even Jon Stewart had secret meetings with the President. And Obama is concerned that the “truth”
The Trump campaign reported receiving $100mm in gifts in September compared to about $154mm for the Clinton campaign. $2 million of the $100 came from Trump himself. In the last debate, Trump also estimated that he would contribute about $100 mm in total to his campaign which presumably included the primaries as well as the general election.
One of the features of the Trump campaign that has been much discussed was the presumption that it would be self-funding.
This is Versailles.
I am extremely fortunate to be able to do what I do for a living. Most of the time I get to write about the news and work on other business projects from my base in the Shire of the Blue Ridge. Broadband is a beautiful thing. But every once in a while I leave the shire and go into Washington DC for meetings.
I enjoy going believe it or not. There are many interesting and smart people who live and work there.
The minimum wage debate is one we’ve covered closely here at ACC. One of the primary reasons is we know that a significant increase in the minimum wage above the market rate for unskilled labor will result in job losses. No one wants job losses.
But even though a significant minimum wage increase would pretty obviously put some people out of work, reduce hours for others, and force some businesses to just close up shop, there are those who have continued to push for a higher wage.
Well no kidding. You mean increases in premiums of over 50% and massive tax bills for people who don’t buy the massively expensive plans with super high deductibles isn’t “affordable”? Well, I for one am shocked! How could this happen? Didn’t anybody see this coming?
(From CBS Minnesota)
Minnesota’s Democratic governor said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable” for many, a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law and proudly proclaimed health reform was working in Minnesota just a few years ago.
This election (and specifically Wikileaks) has ripped away the facade of the political machine. The media, the DNC, the White House and the Department of Justice, the guys on the GOP side. It’s all terribly ugly and undermines, at least to some extent, the very legitimacy of the system. We need transparency and we need it now.
Old school PR.
Look, Washington doesn’t respect you the taxpayer. There might be a few lawmakers here and there who care, and even a few who actually fight for the taxpayer, but that’s the hard route in DC. It’s way easier to go with the flow.
For most people inside the Beltway, the politicians and the bureaucracy alike, the money spent is the GOVERNMENT’S money, not yours. Even though it is YOUR money.
The feeling is the taxpayers are too busy to really pay attention.
Ah yes, Mr. Corzine. We haven’t seen much of you these days. Of course we didn’t summer in the Hamptons this year.
$5 million is slightly more than a speed bump for Mr. Corzine. But just barely.
Here’s a little refresher on what happened at MF Global.
Five years after MF Global’s collapse after big, levered bets on European bonds blew up leaving a $1.6 billion shortfall in customer funds,