Civil Unrest Is Rising Everywhere: “This Won’t End Pretty” – Zerohedge
The greatest problem we have is misinformation. People simply do not comprehend why and how the economic policies of the post-war era are imploding. This whole agenda of socialism has sold a Utopian idea that the State is there for the people yet it is run by lawyers following their own self-interest. The pensions created for those in government drive the cost of government up exponentially with time. The political forces blame the rich and this merely creates a class warfare with no resolution for the future. Even confiscating all the wealth of the so-called rich will not sustain the system. Consequently, we just have to crash and burn and start all over again.
The repeal of Glass Steagall was the final straw that broke the back of the world economy. That was the single worst act that could have ever been done and we are now paying the price in spades. The collapse from 2007 has wiped out even the liquidity of the markets. The second worst act was the creation of the euro when the real goal was the federalization of Europe from the outset. That undermined the entire European banking system and has led to a serious undermining of the entire global economy.
The solutions from politics will always be the same – grab more power. We are in a downward spiral of liberty and how far we go down this path to the future will be determined by the people and if they at least wise up and see this is not class warfare, it is the people against government. This is why I say career politicians are dangerous for they can be bought way too easily as Clinton was to open the flood gates for the bankers.
This is not going to end pretty. The question is when does society wake up? Just how high will this price be that we have to pay? They will blame the rich and the idiots will cheer – get them. What will happen when there is no more wealth to hunt? We end up with a communist state by default – no wealth, just career politicians who blame everyone but themselves.
The repeal of Glass-Steagall is already looked upon by intelligent historians as the beginning of the end for what little economic sovereignty we had. Clinton is often blamed for this (and not entirely unfairly) but let’s remember that Republican Senator Phil Graham was the architect of the bill. This was truly a bi-partisan effort as is with all the misery that’s being inflicted on the American People. At some point, one would hope that the average citizen would understand that the reason the Tea Party is so hated by the leadership of both parties is their desire to put an end to this kind (the worst kind) of collusion.
Lois Lerner’s E-Mails: Ruh-Roh – Bloomberg
Lois Lerner may have lost a lot of e-mails. But she didn’t lose all her e-mails; the House Ways and Means Committee is grinding through them, and the ones it has released do not shine a flattering light on Lerner’s judgment: She sought an audit over a speaking invitation to Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa that also offered to pay for his wife to accompany him.
Another Internal Revenue Service official put the kibosh on this, pointing out that there was nothing to audit, unless Grassley accepted the offer and then failed to declare the trip as income to his wife. So you can look at this in two ways: one, that nothing happened, which showed that the internal controls were working, or two, that this shows that Lerner was an ideologue who didn’t understand her job or the limits on her power.
Both points of view seem valid. The rest of the IRS didn’t go for it. But you still have to ask what Lerner was thinking. It is not illegal for nonprofits to offer to bring your spouse along for the ride. This might be a matter for the Senate’s ethics committee, but it wasn’t a matter for the IRS.
That’s a legitimate area of concern for a couple of reasons. This exchange suggests that Lois Lerner not only didn’t have a good, basic grasp of the tax law she was supposed to be administering, but also viewed her job as an extension of her work at the Federal Election Commission.
The most important part of this article is unsaid. If these are the kinds of emails that they let allowed to be discovered, just imagine how bad the emails are that were “lost”.
The Dense-Pack Theory of Obama Scandals Accelerates into Hyperdrive – Ed Driscoll
Likewise, it’s argued, by bringing all these scandals out at once — the IRS scandal actually first hit the news thanks to a question planted by IRS official Lois Lerner — the Obama administration may have a few bad weeks, but ensures by the sheer proliferation of scandal that no one of these will get the attention it deserves.
That might work, if you think of scandals as things that, like Watergate, knock out a presidency. But most don’t. The proliferation of scandal in most administrations — think George W. Bush or Bill Clinton — is more like acid rain. There’s no knockout, just an erosion of popularity and clout.
Does Obama care about his legacy and increasing the odds that he’ll be able hand off his administration to a successor? It certainly doesn’t appear that way, does it?
As to squandering that legacy, in the years to come, sociologists and historians will marvel at the level of mass delusion (or worse) in 2007 and 2008 that swept much of America.
Although there were some that saw the man for what he was right off the bat.
The red rag of Minneapolis publishes a sensible editorial today:
Appoint a special prosecutor in IRS imbroglio – Star Tribune
The old caution against ascribing to malice what can be explained by incompetence is worth keeping in mind when evaluating a high-profile blunder in either the private or public sector, such as the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
But the latest twist in the long-running controversy — the eye-rollingly convenient loss of IRS e-mails — moves the needle from ineptitude and toward the other, more troubling end of the spectrum. While the lost e-mails aren’t definitive proof of an orchestrated effort by the IRS or the Obama administration, the recent news that thousands of e-mails were obliterated in a computer hard-drive crash in 2011 is tough to swallow, not only for technology professionals, but also for an increasingly tech-savvy public.
Miracles never cease. Of course, that special prosecutor will have to be appointed by Eric Holder so good luck on anyone being appointed whose function is something other than covering for his boss.
Obama’s New NSA Proposal and Democratic Partisan Hackery – The Intercept
That puts hard-core Obama loyalists and pro-NSA Democrats – the ones that populate MSNBC – in an extremely difficult position. They have spent the last 10 months defending the NSA (i.e., defending Obama) by insisting that the NSA metadata program is both reasonable and necessary to Keep Us Safe™. But now Obama claims he wants to end that very same program. So what will they do?
If they had even an iota of integrity or intellectual honesty, they would instantly and aggressively condemn Obama. After all, he’s now claiming to want to end a program that they have been arguing for months is vital in Keeping Us Safe™. Wouldn’t every rational person, by definition, criticize a political leader who wants to abolish a program that they believe is necessary to stop terrorism and preserve national security?
But that’s not what will happen. After spending months praising the NSA for responsibly overseeing this critical program, they will now hail Obama for trying to end it. When he secretly bulk collects the calling data on all Americans, it shows he’s a pragmatic and strong leader who Keeps Us Safe™; when he tries to end the very same program, it shows he’s flexible and devoted to our civil liberties — just as he was right to release the torture photos and also right to suppress them. The Leader is right when he does X, and he’s equally right when he does Not X. That’s the defining attribute of the mindset of your average Democrat, a partisan hack, an authoritarian, and the standard MSNBC host.
As I’ve said many times before, nothing will improve until Democrat voters and the Media begin to hold this man accountable.
Don’t let the Clown Car Cavalcade get to you.
I think sometimes we need to be reminded that we’re not powerless in the face of powerful, crushing arrogance.
Bobby Womack has died:
Legendary Soul Singer Bobby Womack Dead At 70 – CBS News
Womack was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and overcame addiction and multiple health issues, including prostate cancer, to pull off a second act in his career.
Womack performed recently at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and seemed in good health and spirits. Womack was just on stage at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas on June 12. He had been scheduled to perform at multiple events across Europe in July and August.
I had what would be considered “weird” tastes as a kid when it came to music. My friends were listening to Madonna and Michael Jackson and I was listening to acts like Bobby Womack and Earth, Wind and Fire. I didn’t have the opportunity to see Womack because he wasn’t performing for literally decades until a few years ago when a unique partnership between Womack and Damon Albarn was formed. Because of that partnership, I had the pleasure of watching Womack perform a couple of years ago when the Gorillaz came to town. He was utterly amazing that evening and while I don’t expect that even a fifth of the crowd knew who he was, every single audience member loved him. He was utterly amazing that night and there was no performer save for Albarn himself that created a bigger reaction from the crowd. His range and the power of his voice were completely unchanged from his records in the 70’s and early 80’s that I listened to as a kid.
Study: All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants – National Review
According to a major new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), net employment growth in the United States since 2000 has gone entirely to immigrants, legal and illegal. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CIS scholars Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler found that there were 127,000 fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.
The rapidity with which immigrants recovered from the Great Recession, as well as the fact that they held a disproportionate share of jobs relative to their share of population growth before the recession, help to explain their findings, the authors report. In addition, native-born Americans and immigrants were affected differently by the recession.
As I’ve said before, somehow a large chunk of America has been convinced that if an American is not willing to cut their own economic throat and the economic throats of their children, they’re somehow a racist and a bad person.
Obama, the Democrats and the Republicans are playing a game where all they have to do is sacrifice the lives of their constituents and they win. And instead of a great gnashing of teeth, applause can be heard.