Anticipating Hillary

You may know society is doomed when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you; [and] when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice.
-Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”, 1957

It’s not so much about Mrs. Bill as it is the structures that have been erected to nurture her.

How we’re governed; a Canadian view

Rex Murphy: Don’t blame Trump … blame America

I agree Trump is ridiculous — but he is an illustration of a problem and not its cause. Trump is not the swamp: he is the creature emerging from it. For however ridiculous and appalling his candidacy may be, it is no worse and no more ridiculous and appalling than the whole pattern of American politics at this time.

Is his candidacy more lunatic than the idea of a third President Bush or a second President Clinton? More despairing than the idea of an America so bereft of political talent that two families supply the major pool?

Is he more manipulative than President “you can keep you doctor, you can keep you plan” Obama? Is he less venal or arrogant than Hillary “it’s my server and it’s my State Department” Clinton?

There’s much more at the link. RTWT

How we’re governed

Donald Trump has a less than tenuous grasp of the policy implications and practicality of his stream-of-consciousness blowhardery, but nothing he’s said is any more outrageous than any of the following links: Except they aren’t bluster, they’re how we’re governed.

Obama meets Bloomberg as he prepares order on guns

Administration nixed probe into Southern California jihadists

Funding deal hits backlash over increase in foreign worker visas

Ominous Cybersharing Legislation Finds a Seat on the Omnibus

Congress’s $12 billion giveaway to health insurers

America surrenders on Assad, and Putin wins again

Unaccompanied children crossing southern border in greater numbers again, raising fears of new migrant crisis

The EPA’s Illegal Propaganda

Celebrating a Deserter in the Rose Garden

None of the elite Beltway teeth gnashers can understand Trump’s appeal, even though they laid the groundwork.

Obama’s executive overreach and withering disdain for American citizens may be the proximate cause of Trump’s rise, but Obama did nothing more than clarify the corrupt attitude of both major political Parties.

If you don’t visit Instapundit, you should try it. Those links are just a few I reached from reading there this morning.

Protecting the flank

Bernie is not a Democratic Presidential candidate. His role is protecting Mrs. Bill‘s left flank.

The Clintons couldn’t have invented a better way to suck the oxygen away from, for example, an Elizabeth Warren.

Bernie is triangulation raised to the next level. An old, white, crazy-uncle-in-the-attic – who isn’t even a Democrat – from a electoral vote poor State who floats all the socialist utopian canards: He makes Hillary look presidential by comparison. He lets her selectively navigate the memes that poll well with the economically ignorant.

You can’t yet run left of Bernie in this country and win, but he defends a vast space to Hillary’s left. They’ll have to get through him to get to her.

Bernie proved he knows his place last night when, on behalf of all Americans, he apologized to Mrs. Bill for inquiries into her obfuscation of corrupt co-ordination between the Department of State and the Clinton Foundation, and for her flippant disregard for basic national security considerations: “For convenience.” She accepted the apology. He accepted a reported $1.4 million in donations for his helpfulness.

You have to scroll down slightly for this clip (the first of two), to get the full-frontal cackling, bobble-head experience (watch Mrs. Bill, just listen to Bernie).

Despite talking points, the IRS did NOT target Progressive groups

Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the “Progressives” identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012…

The inappropriate criteria used to select potential political cases for review did not include the term “Progressives.”

From,
J. Russell George
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
June 26, 2013

Full letter here.

The Democrats’ attempt to make the IRS corruption appear apolitical is worse than the original crime, “We know they did it, but we don’t care.”

#youdidntbuildthat Subsidies required to meet government mandates

BMW CEO Orren Boyle James Taggart Norbert Reithofer says that Germany’s goal of having a million electric cars on German roads by the end of the decade will require the government to enact subsidies in the form of tax incentives. It brings to mind Solyndra, A123, General Motors and others. Especially General Motors.

The struckthrough names are fictional. James Taggart and Orren Boyle are obsequious, scheming crony capitalists in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

Taggart’s railroad is failing because he is incompetent, but the government is there to help:

Empty trains clattered … They carried a few carloads of sheep, some corn, some melons and an occasional farmer with an overdressed family, who had friends in Washington. Jim [James Taggart, President of Taggart Transcontinental Railroad] had obtained a subsidy from Washington for every train that was run, not as a profit making carrier, but as a service of “public equality.”

Later, in a meeting with a Federal Czar*, who is hammering out a series of edicts designed to seize complete control of the economy, Taggart and Boyle have this exchange:

“It is not essential whether you can afford it or not,” Taggart said coldly. “You have to be prepared to make some sacrifices. The public needs railroads. Need comes first – above your profits.”

“What profits?” yelled Orren Bole. “When did I ever make any profits? Nobody can accuse me of running a profit-making business. … But, of course, the public does need railroads, and perhaps I could manage to absorb a certain raise in rates if i were to get – it’s just a thought – if I were to get a subsidy to carry me over the next year or two…”

*Wesley Mouch, Co-ordinator of the Bureau of Economic Planning and National Resources. See Atlas Shrugged Chapter VI, from the start, for the meeting minutes.