“Look Mitt, there are only so many big money guys out there. You had your turn. Don’t harsh my campaign buzz.”
Well she’s been doing the rounds for a long time already. 29 of the Dow 30 have already sent checks her way. But more money is coming.
I wonder what our friends on the legitimate Left are going to do about this? In the end probably vote to perpetuate crony capitalism I suspect.
As we’ve said before, many interests are very keen on seeing a Hillary/Jeb or Christie or Romney race in 2016. For the crony class it will be a win either way.
I’m cool with this. Sure the so called “safety net” has tons of fraud in it. Sure it often discourages people from being productive parts of society.These issues need to be addressed, and God willing they will be. But I think it’s pretty reasonable to say that taxpayers shouldn’t be paying one dime to corporations and that crony capitalism should be first on the chopping block.
There once was a certain breed of American lefty with which I grew up which now seems extinct, or very nearly so.
The Great American Liberal.
Liberalus Americanus used to roam the plains of Washington DC in great numbers. As wrong as I thought they were on just about everything this subspecies of Politicalus Hackium Americanus had an appeal of a kind. Carter, Moynahan, Cuomo, folks like this. They numbered in the thousands. Where did this kind of Democrat go?
There have been a number of GOP presidential polls over the last week. One recently put Jeb out at the front of the pack, another had Rand Paul leading the way. It’s very early going, no one has even officially announced. But one thing appears clear, the Republican civil war continues. On one side are the neocon/big government establishment guys. On the other side is the libertarian/conservative coalition.
The stakes are high for the Republican wing of the Washington DC Party in 2016.
The attached article is the story of how Jim Messina from Boise became a Washington mover and shaker. All you junior cronies out there take note. This is how you do it.
Of course you are going to have to come to terms with the cold wind whistling through your darkened soul, but the piles of money will help you deal with that.
I am very much for free trade and the exchange of goods and services between states. It helps to ensure peace between peoples and often brings higher quality and lower cost products to market, thereby raising the quality of life for the average person. But it’s hard to see what advantage opening things up with Cuba gives us right now. We certainly shouldn’t be legitimizing the regime. At the very least we should have waited until Castro died.
Also why are we saving Cuba’s lunch? Venezuela is dying thanks to the bottom falling out of oil prices. Venezuela finances much of the Cuban economy. Now would be a time where we should be dictating very strident terms to the island nation. Cuba is running out of money. And we are about to give these guys, and they are communists, a new infusion? It doesn’t make much sense to me.
Don’t get me wrong, though I am for free trade I am not for intervening in the affairs of other nations, which we did quite a lot in Cuba. But this regime should be hung out to dry, not rewarded.
So at one point on Thursday, according to the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters, Barack Obama and JPMorgan’s CEO were on the phone with congresspeople whipping votes. The President and the chief of America’s largest bank were calling members of Congress making deals.
That constellation of trillions of dollars of credit derivatives which floats around the globe? The one generated by the big banks? Looks like we’re now the ones responsible for them when they come crashing through the atmosphere.
The below commentary and letter were just posted to Representative Justin Amash’s Facebook page. I post here for your review.
When I learned that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 was being rushed to the floor for a vote—with little debate and only a voice vote expected (i.e., simply declared “passed” with almost nobody in the room)—I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language. What they discovered is one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.