The Pentagon Lets Defense Contractors Write Rules

Why shouldn’t defense contractors write laws? Other lobbyists do. This news should not surprise us at all. It isn’t special to the military; it is the price of big government. reports, “Defense contractors are literally writing their own rules for Washington’s defense spending.” I couldn’t help but notice this story reported Tuesday in Politico: In his bill set to pass this week to overhaul how the Pentagon buys weapons, the new chairman of the House Armed Services Read more […]

Centralized Power Is a Corruption Magnet

The reason we have so much corruption is that centralized power makes such corruption possible and profitable. From the Of Two Minds blog: I confess that reading Francis Fukuyama’s latest cri du coeur in Foreign Affairs,America in Decay: The Sources of Political Dysfunction made me think Mr. Fukuyama has either been reading or channeling Of Two , as his brutal assessment of America’s terminal political dysfunction reflects many of the themes I’ve been hammering on for the past Read more […]

Lesson Of Vivek Hallegere Murthy: Lobbyists Don’t Control Gov; They ARE Gov–& Vice Versa

Barack Obama is appointing a new Surgeon General. I don’t know how to call stuff like this outrageous. “Outrageous” implies that something is outside the norm. But this IS the norm. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will nominate the head of a doctors group that promotes his signature healthcare law to be the next U.S. surgeon general, the White House said on Thursday, shortly after Obama proposed a “fix” for the latest problem with the law. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, president of Read more […]