Knowing on which side your bread is buttered
Posted by aogWednesday, 26 October 2011 at 11:28
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That conservative greed that drives the GOP has struck again!.
Oh, wait, that article is about how the accused donated very heavily to the Democratic Party and its leading lights. But clearly, the take away is that it is the GOP that is the party of the Wall Street fat cat thieves.
Walter Russel Mead weighs in as well. My (serious) take away here is that this is a prime example of why the government should restrict itself to regulation and not be involved in any way with actual investments and economic intervention. If it is, then this corruption simply migrates to the Aristocracy of Pull, where those with friends in government are excused because that sort of thing is apparently unexceptional in the public sphere..
P.S. You write a post and more related stuff just shows up in your RSS feeds. I think it should not be forgotten that this kind of thing about government corruption and failure is a never ending stream — I don’t have to dig in to history to have examples, I just have to read my news feeds for a few hours. Over and over and those who rail about private sector excesses just don’t seem to care.
Anyway, while corporations are being hit with ever more pointless yet draconian financial reporting requirements, the equivalent for unions are being relaxed. Mean while President Obama is buying the youth vote with hundreds of billions of taxpayer money without any Congressional input. I of course expect no one who complained so vociferously about President Bush’s inflated opinion of the powers of the Executive Branch to breath one word of disapproval. It’s about the tribes, not the actions for them.
|Annoying Old Guy
Thursday, 24 November 2011 at 18:08|
Here’s a related quote from Instapundit
Regardless of the actual Sarah Palin’s opinions, the Sarah Palin in their [Old Media’s] minds is staunchly anti-sex, making anything that the real Sarah Palin does fodder for hypocrisy accusations for not matching up with what the imaginary Sarah Palin thinks. Yes, this is really how modern “journalism” works.
By those standards very few in Congress are adults, including the self-designated Tea Party members, who are as big a disappointment in their way as Obama was in his. Where are the firebrand one-termers, willing to put principle first and take the unfair hit to right that which is so wrong?
I certainly won’t dispute that few in Congress are acting like adults. But if you want names of some GOP / Tea Partiers who are, I would say Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Marc Rubio, and my personal favorite Sarah Palin who, more than any one in recent history, took unfair hits to do the right thing. I think for those with realistic expectations, the Tea Parties have done very well for the short time they’ve been working.
The interventionist looting style of government may or may not be discredited, but if so it is not required that the GOP be in power for it to happen.
Yes, and therefore …? My political goal is to eviscerate that style of governing. I would prefer doing it through the GOP, but I consider the party “acceptable losses” if that’s what it takes to achieve my goal. I think again the Tea Party has utterly failed to disappoint on this score, working as they are at the grass roots, trying to shift the GOP in what I consider the right direction.
I’m a bit surprised about how strongly anti-OWS you are, given that they’re merely the Tea Party drawn in rainbow colors. […] they’ve correctly identified the enemy
No, ODL is in most respects the opposite of the Tea Party. They’re irresponsible, imprudent, impractical, and ineffective. They want intervention and looting by the government just like the current ruling class, they just want their cut of the loot. They have completely misidentified the enemy, which is an overreaching, over intrusive, and over spending government. The ODL folk favor that, just on them instead of politically connected bankers. One need merely note how rapidly and closely the looting party (that’s the Democratic Party) latched on to the movement. Or simply ask the ODL folk and supports why they hate the Tea Party so much. It’s the natural antipathy of looters vs. producers.
Just a couple of tidbits to illustrate this —