Joe Biden Reminds Us Who Owns the Country

Here is just another piece of evidence showing who owns the country–the wealthy. From the local Aspen Daily News out of Colorado we read, Vice President Joe Biden is in town through this evening for an event sponsored by the private equity firm Forstmann Little & Co. The invite-only gathering is an annual autumn affair in Aspen, and typically attracts big names from the worlds of politics, business and entertainment for off-the-record discussions. A sitting vice president would be one Read more […]

How Democracy Produces Oligarchy

From the Federalist addressing whether or how democracy produces oligarchy: How is it that in a hyper-egalitarian age a purportedly democratic ideology has produced the seemingly-intractable oligarchic ruling class that dominates American politics? THAT… is a great question. Alexis de Tocqueville provides a clue in Democracy in America: “Democratic nations often hate those in whose hands the central power is vested, but they always love that power itself.” Whereas democratic equality Read more […]

Money-laundering Machine Tries to Cover for Hillary Clinton

How do you keep your candidate loyal and reward him or her for good behavior? The very wealthy typically support colleges and universities. Thus, I have written before on how Ben Bernake’s lucrative speaking gigs are a way that our ruling class awards him for a job well done. I am sure Janet Yellen has noticed that and is planning accordingly. It seems that, with Hillary Clinton, people are catching on. Our rulers are pushing back. Thus, from the Daily Signal: “University at Buffalo Refuses Read more […]

Chuck Huckabee Picks the Toughest and Most Important Fight: Judicial Tyranny

Once and likely future presidential candidate Mike Huckabee may have been the last speaker at the recent “March for Marriage,” but what he had to say made the most lasting impression. For it was the winsome Huckabee, whom his detractors believe is “too nice” to take on the Left, who took on a fight even the boldest conservatives have shied away from for far too long. “Judicial supremacy is a curse upon this great republic and is the greatest heresy of our time,” Huckabee said. He Read more […]

Big Government Means Big Money Owns Those In Office

The Hill reports this as if there is nothing wrong with the fact that they do so. Welcome to the Oligarchy: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp would be coveted by the private sector if he were to choose to head downtown after his retirement.  The Michigan Republican announced last month he would not run for another term, opening the possibility of a bidding war for a powerful chairman with deep knowledge of tax policy and the IRS code. Washington headhunters say he could earn almost Read more […]

Oligarchy: The U.S. System As It Exists Now

Centralized power enables small groups to buy-off power structures to their own benefit. Decentralized power keeps leadership more responsive to those they represent. From the Examiner: “US oligarchy study: Eye-opening study reveals disturbing facts about the US.” The following paragraph pretty much sums up the findings: “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. Read more […]

How Liberty Dies: Obamacare Advocates Call For Oligarchy

OK, the word used was “Oligopoly,” not “Oligarchy.” But you can’t have one without the other. Both are tyrannical. Seeing this article at Slate made the image of Palpatine revealing himself come to mind. So this is how liberty dies, to thunderous applause. The title of the article is: “The Answer for Obamacare? Oligopoly.” And the sub-headline: “Less competition, not more, will save the health insurance exchanges.” Of course, this pretends to “solve” the problem Read more […]

Dianne Feinstein Reacts To Toy Helicopter: How Dare Drones Spy On ME! I’m A Senator!

This woman’s self-focus apparently knows no limitations. From For Sen. Dianne Feinstein, regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles has gotten personal. In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday night, the California Democrat said a drone spied into the window of her home during a protest outside her house, and that privacy concerns for the technology were “major.” Feinstein appeared as a pro-regulation voice in a Morley Safer segment on the legal questions Read more […]

Ketchup Gives Us A Window Into the Kleptocracy

From Former Heinz chief executive William Johnson received $110.5m (£66.1m) for the final eight months of 2013, the food firm disclosed in a filing to US regulators. Current boss Bernardo Hees, who joined the firm in June, received $9.2m. Mr Hees has cut more than 3,400 positions and closed factories in an effort to boost profits. Heinz was bought by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital for $28bn in February 2013. The firm, whose products include ketchup, baked beans, Read more […]

The Oligarchy Inside The Oligarchy: Who Writes These Laws That No One Reads?

The headline at CNS News says it all: “Who Read 1,582-Page $1.1T Spending Bill? Congressman: ‘Nobody Did’” When asked whether he read the 1,528-page,  $1.1 trillion government spending bill before he voted for it yesterday, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said, “Nobody did!” On Capitol Hill on Thursday, asked Blumenauer: “The omnibus bill yesterday, it was 1,582 pages, did you have a chance to read all the pages before voting on it?” Blumenauer laughed and said: “Nobody Read more […]

Pat Buchanan: Republican Politicians Hate Republican Voters And The Media Applauds

The media/liberal (but I repeat myself) hysteria against the Republicans in Congress who are demanding that Obamacare be delayed a year are being treated as if they were evil. Yet all they are doing is (1) honoring the wishes of the voters who put them into office and (2) ignoring the wishes of Wall Street money or other people who are not in their district. Here we have a situation where, for once, our government is not being completely run by an oligarchy. There are a sizable number of people Read more […]