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A First Look At New Report On Crony Capitalism – Trillions In Corporate Welfare

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkreg blog,

One of the primary topics on this website since it was launched has been the extremely destructive and explosive rise of crony capitalism throughout the USA. It is crony capitalism, as opposed to free markets, that has led to the gross inequality in American society we have today. Cronyism for the super wealthy starts at the very top with the Federal Reserve System, which consists of topdown economic central planners who manipulate the money supply and hence interest rates for the benefit of the financial oligarch class. It then trickles down through lobbyist money into the halls of Washington D.C., and ultimately filters down to local governments and then the average person on the street gaming welfare or disability.

As such, we now live in a culture of corruption and theft that is pervasive throughout society. One thing that bothers me to no end is when fake Republicans focus their criticism on struggling people who need welfare or food stamps to survive. They have this absurd notion that the whole welfare system doesn’t start with the multinational corporations and Central Banks at the top. In reality, it is at the top where the cancer starts, and that’s where we should focus in order to achieve real change.

That’s where a new report from Open the Books on corporate welfare comes in. In a preview of the publication, the organization notes:

If Republicans are going to get truly serious about cutting government spending, they are going to have to snip the umbilical cord from the Treasury to corporate America.  You can’t reform welfare programs for the poor until you’ve gotten Daddy Warbucks off the dole. Voters will insist on that — as well they should.

 

So why hasn’t it happened? Why hasn’t the GOP pledged to end corporate welfare as we know it?

 

Part of the explanation is that too many have gotten confused about the difference between free-market capitalism and crony capitalism.

 

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And part of the problem is corporate welfare that is so well hidden from public view in the budget that no one has really measured how big this mountain of giveaway cash to the Fortune 500 really is. Finding out is like trying to break into the CIA.

 

Until now. Open the Books, an Illinois-based watchdog group, has been scrupulously monitoring all federal grants, loans, direct payments and insurance subsidies flowing to individuals and companies.

 

It’s an attempt to force federal agencies to release information on where the $4 trillion budget is really spent — and Open the Books will release a new report on corporate welfare payments to the Fortune 100 companies from 2000 to 2012.

 

Over that period, the 100 received $1.2 trillion in payments from the federal government.

 

That number does not include the hundreds of billions of dollars in housing, bank and auto company bailouts in 2008 and 2009, because those payments and where they went are kept mostly invisible in the federal agency books.

As suspected, the biggest welfare queens in the U.S. are the super wealthy themselves, but they’d rather you focus on some single mother on welfare simply trying to survive.

 

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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:06 | 4597160 Ceylon tea
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Everyone is dependent on the government these days

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:15 | 4597188 Leto II
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Who is John Galt?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:59 | 4597313 philipat
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A toy store in Carnaby Street?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:28 | 4597918 firstdivision
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A two-faced lying sack of shit.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:09 | 4597162 kurt
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I knew this was going to happen when that Orville Reddenbach looking guy with the question marks on his jacket was selling his book on TV.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:27 | 4597711 Wahooo
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Yep, a little cognitive dissonance going on. The article sorta lost me at

If Republicans are going to get truly serious about cutting government spending,

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:07 | 4597164 Jack Burton
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This report just confirms what I have been posting since 2008. Been called a lot of names, including communist ,for pointing out the crony in modern capitalism. Some fucking fools still cling to a mistaken belief that modern finance capital is Capitalism. Far from it, it is communism for the 1%, government guarantee of their profits, no matter how bad the business model. 2008 proves this as fact.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:13 | 4597185 GeorgeHayduke
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Yeah, pointing out the blemishes on the sacred cows riles up the true believers every time.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:49 | 4597289 AlaricBalth
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This video, "What is capitalism?" circa 1948 is a nostalgic propaganda piece which shows how our economic system has devolved from the promise of the post war years to the crony socialist, faux capitalist system we have now.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_VstTwFxNKk&feature=kp

(9 minutes)

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:03 | 4597194 Flakmeister
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It's actually a synthesis of feudalism and fascism....

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:56 | 4597523 Colonel Klink
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Not often you get a greenie from me but I have to agree totally.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:38 | 4597677 Mad_max
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fascism is socialism. read up on Mussolini and Hitler. Both socialist. Both ex marxist. Both merely came to conclusion that Marxism and class warfare was retarded, and fused they elements which were "pratical" (evil, yet pratical- such as statism, anti individualism etc) with corporations. Lenin came to same conclusion with the NEP.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:13 | 4598065 Acet
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I don't know what kind of place do you get your MacCartist pap from (maybe the neocon media), but Socialism is all about common ownership of the means of production (hence the "Social" bit) which is almost the opposite of what we have today (with historically high levels of wealth concentration).

I don't really care about what Hitler or Mussolini did or were in their youthfull years, since it's pretty obvious by now that they were the kind of people who didn't really gave a shit about others and would pass themselves as whatever was handiest in order to get people to support them.

If your argument rests on two of the worst people who have ever lived having portrayed themselves in an honest way in their younger years, then I have a bridge I want to sell you in NY.

 

Furthermore, in your posts you don't seem to distinguish between the left-right axis and the freedom-control axis. Let me give you a clue:

- Socialist which is left wing is really broken into two main branches, one which believes in revolution and a "Dictatorship of the Proletariat" to control the means of production and another which believes in small tweaks to promote more equality but in general supports the idea that people should have the freedom to conduct their own business in their own way. Both believe that society should strive for a more equal playing field, but one defends centralised control while the other one defends just tweaking around the edges and leaving people alone for the most part. The former is called Communism and the later is called Social Democracy.

So while one could say that Fascism is like Communism (in that both are totalitarian and about control of people's lives), your statement that "Fascism is Socialism" is equivalent (and just as illogical) to saying that "Communism is Conservatism".

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:48 | 4598175 shovelhead
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Pretty simple actually.

Capitalism for the rich when there are profits.

Socialism for the people where they share the losses.

The perfect 'heads I win, tails you lose' synthesis.

Fairly pointless to argue who controls what ie. Govt vs Corp./ MIC. It is a symbiotic relationship in which one feeds the other in turns. Crony's need Govt. to allow their plunder in return for some of the spoils.

The different factions vie for more dominance in the ebb and flow but the result for Main St. is the same.

Pay More. You can name a shark Abbott or Costello but it doesn't matter.

It's still a shark.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:15 | 4597763 barroter
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Agree. Instead of being bound to the land and lord and owing him a cut of your harvest, we have people bound to today's lords by debt.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:35 | 4597244 Future Jim
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Both kinds of cronyism are explained in What is Wrong with the People.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:42 | 4597254 Future Jim
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It's actually pretty hard to survive without the taint of cronyism, as is explained in The Honest Labor Amendment.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:47 | 4597283 Future Jim
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"Been called a lot of names, including communist ,for pointing out the crony in modern capitalism."

I've never seen anyone on ZH defend crony capitalism. In fact, Ayn Rand hated crony capitalists more than just about anyone.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:00 | 4597448 NemoDeNovo
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Shhhh don't tell #LetThemEatRand that his/her head might EXPLODE on that one.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:10 | 4597589 James_Cole
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Ayn Rand hated crony capitalists more than just about anyone.

She hated them all right, so much so that she kept the biggest of them in her close circle of friends lol

Rand and bff / disciple Greenspan

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iRz2T80wxfE/TaUGWX5KTgI/AAAAAAAABiU/13QyVlavqL...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:31 | 4597924 LetThemEatRand
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These guys are unable to see past words in fiction novels.  Reality is so much more difficult.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:48 | 4597684 The Limerick King
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This is false. Crony capitalists are much like sociopaths...and Rand worshipped sociopaths as her superheroes. Cut-out the bullshit about this evil bitch, whose theories helped pave the way to the destructive banking deregulation that blew-up the world economy.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:17 | 4597703 Oldwood
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Yes. Regulation IS the answer. What our society needs is just a few more laws, a little more regulation, and it will be puurfect.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:57 | 4597747 The Limerick King
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Nice strawman attempt. That wasn't my point. Those with the power to destroy entire economies through greed and recklessness need to be regulated...any fool should realize this fact...unless of course you blindly subscribe to a philosophy based on the insane perception that selfishness is a virtue, charity is a sin, and laissez-faire economics will lead to a utopian society.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:18 | 4597765 Oldwood
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We all understand regulation, but regulation is always an attempt to create a system that will prevent corruption, yet always ultimately enables it. My point is that central control is devil. It is the root of all of this. We may have "deregulated" banks, but do we have fewer people in oversight? NO. Did the SEC prevent Madoff from stealing billions? NO. Was it due to lack or regulation or was it due to the regulators, the overseers becoming corrupt or just plain ineffective? Everyone clamors for more control, more regulation, when what is needed is transparency and accountability, none of which comes from these "regulators". Systems are a static target that become easy to defeat or corrupt with time. They are simple rules made by man and can be circumvented by man. We deal with this every day that we interface with government or large corporations. No brain, no rationality or judgement. Simply following the rules, or least superficially to the  point of minimizing any accountability for the results. This is the fertile soil that corruption grows in, and it is shocked full of shit. There is no utopia. There is only freedom and those systems designed to minimize freedom. Utopia, in a leftist mind is where we all live in a prison, yet really don't mind because we are "cared for". Conformity in beliefs while maintaining the illusion of diversity.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:59 | 4598019 The Limerick King
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Those who deny the existence of evil are doomed to fall prey to it...this is the major problem with Rand and Keynes. Their philosophies discount man's potential for evil, and by doing so makes us defenceless to protect ourselves against it. You cannot claim that the evil of government is greater than the evil of individual/corporate control of capital when both parties are one in the same. This post is about the evil of crony capitalism...which would flourish in a totally unregulated system. At least now they require a conspiracy with government puppets to achieve their objective...so that sheeple don't realize how bad there getting screwed by the owners of all the capital. We have become a nation/world of debt slaves...this is what the owners of capital have brought to the world, even with the facade of a state regulatory system designed to prevent abuse of individuals. To think that even more powerful and therefore corrupt individuals acting in their own self interest, would lead to a more utopian outcome, is blatently inconsistent with man's nature!

Moral capitalism is our best hope...but not based on the twisted immorality of Ayn Rand.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:13 | 4598066 LetThemEatRand
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He speaks the truth,

While he argues with a meanie,

And for that and his insight,

He gets a Greenie.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:31 | 4598114 acetinker
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LK, It pains me to disagree, but... IIRC both Oldwood and I are small biz owners.  We know damn good and well to keep our heads on a swivel at all times, and be on the lookout for scheisters.  Nobody, and I mean nobody in gov't. or otherwise is looking out for us- We have to do that, and I gotta tell you that from my perspective, gov't. is the biggest scheister of all.

All this regulation is designed to exclude, not to protect.  IOW, the people and organizations we hope to reign in with 'regulation' are the very ones who write said regulations for gov't. to rubber stamp and pass into law.

Remember "We have to pass it to find out what's in it"?  Regulation my ass.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:35 | 4598700 Hugh_Jorgan
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When the individuals in a civil society no longer self-regulate their own behaviour and fail to share a common moral compass with each other, the problems that arise will ALWAYS result in a bigger, more fascistic government. The resulting government regulation and control programs historically deliver a struggling economy, rife corruption, and delusions of entitlement from a generally ignorant citizenry. We all know that this process is a positive feedback loop, a downward spiral that collapses quickly at the end. The solution is a rebirth of valuing self-regulation, born out of pain, poverty and oppression. Once the collapse happens, it will be a rough road to tip the scale back toward honor and integrity.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 21:55 | 4601209 acetinker
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You put an exclamation point on my assertion, whether you meant to or not, thanks.  When men (and women) value the medium of exchange over blood and earth, you can be sure that trouble lies ahead.

Be yourself, Hugh.  All the other spots are taken ;)

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:19 | 4597768 barroter
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We tried laissez-faire and what a disaster that turned out to be in 2008.  These pigs still want to be liberated.  Guess what they'll do again.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:37 | 4597797 Abaco
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What we tried wasn't laizzez-faire by any stretch of the imagination.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:25 | 4597774 fattail
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They need a lamppost a lot more than regulation.  Regulation is the ultimate strawman.  Big banks write the regulations for everyone else and get them so onerous that no one else can afford to comply driving consolidation.  There is a reason that the tbtf are bigger five years after the collapse.

Without regulation the tbtf would be on the ash heap of history having met the ultimate arbiter of success or failure.

 

Truly unconditional Free market capitalism...  not this abomination we have now.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:36 | 4597931 LetThemEatRand
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Two sides of the same coin.  You argue against regulation because the oligarchs end up controlling the politicians and regulators, so you advocate for taking out the middle man.  I guess it would be more efficient, but same result.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:59 | 4598016 Flakmeister
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It is amazing how this point gets finessed with a nary a blink of the eye...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:14 | 4598070 The Limerick King
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It's truly beyond reason to argue that the solution to falling victim to powerful evil men, is to remove the stupid and/or corrupt men who are watching what they do to the public at large.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:38 | 4598138 Greenskeeper_Carl
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I think if glass-steagall was brought back, we could do away with many of the more onerous regulations. And I don't think truly free markets would get us to where we are now. You know who loves heavy regulations and high taxes? Rich people. Oligarchs. TBTF. If a libertarian society along with truly free markets benefitted them, then why do none of them champion libertarianism, support Ron Paul, support smaller govt. None of these people are libertarians, because they thrive soley based on cronyism and govt bailouts, which wouldn't exist in the world I describe. And please don't say the kock brothers. They are not libertarians.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:43 | 4598152 Bearwagon
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I witnessed them days, when Glass-Steagall was still in force, and I can assure you that it didn't do any harm to the markets, to the contrary!  ;-)

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:08 | 4598259 shovelhead
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Being blackmailed by the threat of 'Financial Doom' ala Paulson and bailing out failed banks with public money is as far from lasses-faire as you can possibly get.

Fuck off and die would be lasses-faire and we all would have been better off if we had adhered to that.

The only ones that would get hurt was the 30-1 leveraged degenerate gamblers and their .1 % backers.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:51 | 4597832 Meta_Consciousness
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Your regulators snort blow, play with their private parts, surf porn and drink on the job.

 

They lie to congress, to Americans and get paid for it.

 

You want regulation? You HAVE regulation. 

The only regulators who get much done were installed by a republican. Their only recent failure was being unable to regulate dust. They've been hugely successful at saving little fishes and voles and things like that. /SARCASM

In all honesty, air quality has improved when manufacturing was voted off the island of reality show tv known as America. I don't credit the epa for that, though.

 

Your regulators are cheap whores. They're easily distracted by a step club and porno sites.

Please bring an actual idea rather than ideology.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:42 | 4597811 Charles Nelson ...
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Yeah, Dagny Taggert was a real sociopath? Didn't realize Ayn Rand's philosophy was the model for a bunch of elite socialist Keynesians to destroy the world. I'm sure Larry Summers knows every character in Atlas Shrugged?

I enjoy your limericks, but this post is flat out fucking stupid.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:38 | 4597944 LetThemEatRand
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Who was Dagny Taggert again?  Oh, a character in a fiction novel.  I personally prefer to build my own political philosophy around the Die Hard franchise.  It had better special effects and Willis was one tough mofo who could really get things done.  

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:59 | 4598015 Dumpster Fire
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I'm long a shitload of screen doors

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:08 | 4598042 The Limerick King
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Gee...I wonder if Allen Greenspan may have discussed Rand's views on deregulation with his fellow "Committee That Saved The World" member??? I'm sorry that you can't grasp and/or disagree with the concepts I'm discussing...but that's no reason to launch an ad-hominem attack.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:57 | 4597309 franciscopendergrass
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Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:39 | 4597396 KickIce
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That's certainly part of the plan, make capitalism take the blame so people are eager to adopt communism/socialism.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:58 | 4597748 jerry_theking_lawler
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We have a form of corporatism now....think we are teetering and leaning towards either Statism or Facism....

I have never experience true Capitalism in the USSA...and I am not a young man either.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporatism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:42 | 4597953 LetThemEatRand
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You have never experienced true Capitalism because it has never existed and never will, except perhaps in the form of its cousin feudalism.  There will always be corruption by those with huge amounts of capital, and the Lord/Serf model is the inevitable result of anything approaching true unregulated reign of oligarchs.  America worked because there were checks and balances and the people gave themselves power to prevent rule by the guy with the biggest checkbook.  Unfortunately, the guys with the biggest checkbooks have figured out how to usurp the system with a money influenced political system and the Fed -- a cartel of private banks -- controlling the economy.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:31 | 4597923 firstdivision
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I consider it an honor when some Red/Blue team cheerleader calls me names.  It means I've negated all of their rhetoric to moot.

 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:36 | 4597942 Ghostdog
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It not communism, it's fascism but point taken

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:11 | 4597176 Cabreado
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It would be best, for virtually everyone, to stop with the "crony capitalism" label, and call it Corruption.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:23 | 4597207 BuddyEffed
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New term :   CORRUPTIONALISM   

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:38 | 4597258 Slave
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That's because they need to blame capitalism somehow. Regardless of how much our system does not resemble it.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:14 | 4597348 GooseShtepping Moron
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In the deeper sense it would be wrong to speak of corruption. This is what money essentially is. What we call "crony capitalism" is simply a name for that dominion of money which is reached whenever a late-stage civilization has used up its potential for organic growth and is beginning to ossify into a dead, consumption-driven machine. Henceforth it contains only extensional, not developmental, possibilities. And money, being a purely extentional and intellectualized thing, briefly attains to the status of an end in itself under such circumstances. When the organic values of land and blood have been subjugated to the inorganic value of money, civilization produces a new nomadism; lawless like the old nomadism, but colder and narrower than it. It is the ruthlessness of the moneychangers, the middlemen, the modern corsairs who plunder the last sources of wealth that the old cultivated earth could produce.

But the reign of money is not forever. As an idea it exhausts its possibilities after it seeks to coordinate all life's activities according to its gospel of credit and debit. Then the old powers of the blood and the organic value of the land, so long enslaved to the service of the money-idea, awaken in the depths. These need no idea to justify their existence; they simply are. Under the pressures and exigencies of a need for survival long unfulfilled, the whole elaborate thought-world of money is cut off from the process of life like an oxbow lake. The stream of life flows past it; it no longer needs or recognizes it anymore.

We in the West have entered upon what is probably the last decade of monetary dominion. For us here, today, we still cannot really imagine how society could function uncoordinated by money. This has the unfortunate result that, no matter how abusive the moneychangers become, we still dance to their tune, being unable to act collectively any other way. This will change when developments in politics begin to take on that character of resurgent monarchism which is the natural expression of power and the secret longing of every man of destiny. The political homologue of the end of money is the Caesar-type. It is our duty to make straight his paths.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 22:25 | 4598179 acetinker
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You got down-voted for that?  Jeesus, is this still the Hedge?  Kudos for an extremely thoughtful and well written post!

edit- par-um-pum, *crash*.  At this point, I'm fairly certain I could say the sky is blue on a pretty day and get junked.

Here's the thing, junker- I don't give a single flyin' fuck.

You might be surprised to learn that I do in fact care about you, as a person.  You're part of my world, even if you're a cancer or a virus.

Do you know that your leaders view you like a farmer views his cattle?  Junk away, Bessie!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:28 | 4597380 Anusocracy
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Crony governmentalism.

gov•ern•men•tal•ism
n.
the trend toward expansion of the government's role, range of activities, or power.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/governmentalism

With 99% of the population as crony governmentalists.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:53 | 4597520 johnvallo
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Yep, or even simply Cronyism.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:38 | 4597680 Mad_max
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crony socialism.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:27 | 4597712 Wahooo
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Just call it THEFT

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:11 | 4597177 Leto II
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If DC won't end the FED, and if "voting" RED/BLUE doesen't really change anything, what is John Q. Public to do?

 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:16 | 4597349 PhysicalRealm
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"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their Constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it."
    - Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865), 1st Inaugural Address March 4, 1861

 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:37 | 4597395 The Most Intere...
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"Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their Constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it." 

Isn't that what the South did?  I guess good ole Abe liked freedom far more at the beginning of his presidency, than near the end...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:49 | 4597513 RichardParker
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Lincoln's achievements as described in Pravda (NYT);

"His process tended to be incremental, though, which kept him from overreaching or overreacting. He repeatedly expanded the suspension of habeas corpus."

"The Civil War ended with a more powerful and centralized government than the country had ever known."

What do they say about history repeating itself?  LOL

Full article at:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/was-lincoln-a-tyrant/?_p...

 

 

 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:58 | 4597690 Oldwood
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Corruption is a disease common to man. We want to believe we can impose a system like socialism that will purify us of this blight, but it is the very system that enables corruption to manifest itself in its most lethal forms. Free markets are decentralized and therefore much more resistant to wide spread corruption. Capitalism is what many of us see as representing free markets, but in an enforced systemic environment, it is but another "system" to be used to propagate corruption. Freedom is not a system. A system is not freedom. Democracy in its purest form is tyranny, another system imposed to be used to aggregate POWER to be used to oppress or control others. To be free we must resist.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:28 | 4598347 shovelhead
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Freedom happens when a man is the ultimate arbiter of the results of his labor.

Honest money can cannot be counterfeited at will by dicta and used to benefit those who control the process would eliminate most of society's ills and abuses.

Stop legalizing crime. End the Fed.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:11 | 4597179 Seasmoke
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I'm done getting pissed at the FSA. I aint falling for that bullshit anymore. The fish rots from the head.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:51 | 4597291 toady
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I've been there for a few years now. I've kinda given up trying to talk the FSA haters off the ledge. Haters gonna hate.

All the FSA payments together come nowhere near the monthly nut that goes to the fascists.

The FSA are basically you and me that have been fucked over at some point.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:21 | 4597364 Anusocracy
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The basic cause of the FSA is the job destroying presence of government. It is also the cause of the crony capitalists.

Yet less than one percent of the population would be happy to get rid of government.

Can you sense the problem here?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:28 | 4597381 usednabused
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Yup that problem being stupidity and a predisposition of the 99% to only know one word...bahh

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:17 | 4597351 Alternative
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True, makes sense. Revolutions happen only when people get starved, killed and tortured en masse..

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:55 | 4598205 Greenskeeper_Carl
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It's possible to be pissed at both at the same time. I am mad as hell about these bankers and big corps surviving off of billions in handouts. But that doesn't excuse the millions of people in this country who are capable of being productive but choose not too. You're right, the fish rots from the head. But just because the guys on the top are stealing billions, it doesn't excuse those on the bottom from stealing thousands. It all comes from the ever shrinking productive population of this country, and it is all theft.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:15 | 4597189 Flakmeister
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Damn straight....

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:36 | 4597250 Reaper
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The morons in Congress surrendered to the Fed the power to give out almost a trillion dollars a year. Congress's power in the Constitution is "To coin money, regulate the value thereof." The common fantasy of humans to trust someone else with their money and to rule them. There is no good king nor good banker. "Power corrupts."

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:40 | 4598395 shovelhead
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Very nubbly.

Congress willingly conceded it's rightful power to banksters, severing the citizens control of their money, for the dubious benefits of unlimited credit to spend their way into office.

Time to make them earn the money WE PAY THEM and correct this huge failure.

We may be too far down the rathole to turn back but I think we should give it a shot because the future is looking pretty grim.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:36 | 4597253 GoldSilverWolf
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Crapitalism.

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:48 | 4597286 user2011
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To solve all the problem in US, just open the immigration quota.

Sell a green card for 2 millions bucks a pop. That will get tons of rich Asians to come.

If no one is coming, then go stir things up in the rich area. Create some political or military turmoil. Then the rich people in those area will seek asylum.

All it takes is 1 million applicant, are we have 2 Trillions to spend. Also, these "green card" holders will be new comers for th ponzi scheme of the social security and retirement plan.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:03 | 4597325 Carl Popper
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Two million dollars worth of cash or portable value  per family up to 6 members. 

 

Skip the green card.  Go directly to citizenship. 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:00 | 4597317 Carl Popper
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Dammit I hate this new socialist Tyler.  

 

Let's not do anything about welfare and disability reform because......hey!   Look over there!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:04 | 4597329 Flakmeister
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That dog don't hunt...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:26 | 4597710 Oldwood
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No, that dog pisses on everyone. The FSA is but a symptom. The problem is corruption, and corruption is a lot more than just theft. It is a disease that rots the core of our survival. Our willingness to work and achieve is smothered by corruption. Its all bad, be it a welfare mom suckling at the government tit or the corporate mooch. It is a cancer on society in all of its forms, and has little to do with monetary costs and everything to do with how it effects our behaviors.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:47 | 4598168 Flakmeister
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Things were so much simpler in the days of subsistence farming weren't they?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:53 | 4597439 johnvallo
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This isn't Fox News and there are no sacred cows.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:40 | 4597805 Abaco
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Or NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, etc.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:40 | 4597564 scaleindependent
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Doofus is thy name, Carl Pooper.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:03 | 4597322 Kreditanstalt
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Yeah...but try telling the hoi polloi there's no real difference between a social welfare handout and bankster subsidies - even though there IS no difference!

You'll get an earful about the "evil rich" and the "deserving 99%-er", of economic envy, hubristic entitlement and class warfare socialism...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:50 | 4597536 zhandax
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There is no difference in terms of both being brazen efforts to buy votes for crooked politicians (like there is any other kind).  There is a measurable difference in scale.  Not that either can be justified. 

A few months ago I felt a need to respond to something written by someone I was close to in college who has turned into a classical silicon valley libtard.  I even included a quote from Noam Chomsky which prompted me to examine his beliefs.  I started realizing the more I read that political spectrum is more like a circle than a line.  The further you get toward either extreme, the more similarities there are in core tenets.  But I digress.

Being in the vanishing middle, I can condemn both forms of gubmint handouts.  I don't qualify for social welfare, and gave up bankstering 20 years ago.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:28 | 4597557 scaleindependent
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There is no difference?

OK,  what is the difference in welfare and Food stamps received per person per year and the $ 10,000,000 or more,received in welfare for the bankster crony 0.01% bonuses.

 

Sounds like a big difference to me.  

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:23 | 4597772 barroter
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Big difference. Which segment has damaged this nation more? Cronies or Soc Sec receipients?  Which banks were smashed to pieces, economies wrecked because Granny spent her SS check on yarn? Or 10,000 Grannies for that matter?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:07 | 4597337 Surging Chaos
Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:19 | 4597358 Lordflin
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Absolutely concur... Right is expected to support crony capitalism in an enlightened refusal to be drawn into class warfare... blames left for failed welfare state... Left under some naive belief that right is for
big corporations (it is actually left that backs corporate/financial interest, while right backs big oil, and military industrial complex)... And the little guy needs government support... Whereas government is nothing more than a self interested entity feeding off this fraudulent debate.

Meanwhile we march ever forward into a totalitarian fascist society, where wealth is concentrated into fewer hands, and the vast majority spend an increasing amount of their time worrying about finding their next meal.

It is long past time to divest ourselves of parasites...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:31 | 4597384 usednabused
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Get the can of Raid out.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:34 | 4597560 zhandax
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Rome wasn't built in a day. I will settle for getting the can of Reid out.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:39 | 4597802 Oldwood
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Did most Germans believe they were living under a police state tyranny in 1939, or did they believe that they were living under a strict adherence to the rule of law and heavy regulation for the protection of their fellow citizens?

Just wondering....

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:48 | 4598173 Bearwagon
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Mostly the latter. The summer was a nice one. And those who really wanted to know, did already for a long time. It never was a secret what Hitler was up to. One could have known since 1926, when "Mein Kampf" was completely published. It was all written in the book, you know ...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:28 | 4597382 kellycriterion
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When Rome devolved from a republic to a corrupt empire, was that crony capitalism? When Athens decided the Delian League should become its tool and piggy bank, was that crony capitalism?

We're drowning in an ocean of corruption. And disinformation and misinformation. Democracy? Freedom? Capitalism? These words have effectively been rendered meaningless. Any organizational model can be corrupt or corrupted.

I become a little suspicious about the way arguments are framed. Buzz words like crony capitalism and phony Republicans with a helping of class warfare thrown in.

It's not about more policing or just cutting spending. It's about a constitutional republic, limited government, decentralized government, small government. There's always going to be corruption. There's never going to be a perfect balance between the individual and the state. It always comes back to limits, including limiting damage.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:34 | 4597392 usednabused
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Yeah, always going to be corruption. But then whats wrong with putting the corrupted ones behind bars? Or maybe cutting their fucking fingers off? Seems that might stem the tide some. Did your momma ever tell you that one bad apple spoils the whole bunch? Well ding dong, the barrels smelling pretty damned rotten already...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:51 | 4597517 underman
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Crony capitalism -> corruption -> too many legal loopholes that solely benefit the rich and powerful.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:51 | 4597834 Oldwood
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And large, centrally controlled governments are the single enabling force. We keep demanding more accountability and they keep adding more agencies and bureaucrats to protect us, only to find them digging through our garbage and emails, building a case against us as a threat to democracy. I have serious issues with ANYONE demanding anything more from our government than to go the fuck home and just STOP IT! Everything we ask of them to resolve ultimately only worsens with their attention. We don't need their fucking help...they are the fucking problem. The entities that so many want our benevolent government's protection from, would not exist if it were not for that very same helpful fucking government. Who exactly created the FED? Who exactly legitimized these banks and corporations? Yes, the very same. The enable the criminality, taxing them for the privilege of raping us, and then proceed to create laws to regulate these same fucking criminals. The costs of the regulations are tacked onto the very services that we are virtually forced to consume, all for our own good of course.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:55 | 4598202 Ckierst1
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We are experiencing an oligopoly.  There is a oligopoly on who may become rich.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:50 | 4598184 Ckierst1
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Don't blame the words.  The words have meaning.  Blame the weasels who are permitted to twist them and get away with it by rubber stamping politicians, jurists and bureaucrats, propagandists among others.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:31 | 4597386 Schmuck Raker
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If you try to make this arguement vs. anyone in the DC Metro area you WILL be met with resistance to the degree that you WILL be dead-ish.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:33 | 4597720 KidHorn
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Not really. Many of the contractors would actually prefer the gov't issued fewer contracts so then the gov't would have to hire more full time employees. The contractors would prefer that. it's very common for  a contract to not be renewed and people get laid off. Gov't employees never lose their job and get amazing benefits. The gov't is really better off with the contracts system than the alternative.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:44 | 4597821 Abaco
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bullshit.  The contracts system allows them to spend more easily. It covers up the spending and provides cover for incompetence. It also provides a vehicle for corruption. Push contracts this way, retire, get a good no-show job.  Happens all the time.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:56 | 4597840 KidHorn
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Can you give me a specific example of this?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:43 | 4598149 Ckierst1
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In a way, I think you both are right, depending upon what the objective is.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 01:56 | 4607214 Schmuck Raker
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OK, so I'm pretty sure you have no idea what the fuck you are talking about.

"Many of the contractors would actually prefer the gov't issued fewer contracts so then the gov't would have to hire more full time employees. The contractors would prefer that. it's very common for  a contract to not be renewed and people get laid off."

One at a time...

"Many of the contractors would actually prefer the gov't issued fewer contracts....."

That is the single most stupid thing in your post. ALL government contrators live or die by gov contracts. No contract, no profit. Simple. Why would any contractor to the Gov want the Gov to keep ANY job in-house? So they(any Gov contractor) might have less profit potential?!?!

Another -almost as  egually stupid proposition- " it's very common for  a contract to not be renewed and people get laid off."

NOOOOOO!!!!! YOU ARE A FUCKING MORON to even presume to comment. Most contracts with the federal Gov ARE renewed, and in most cases the budgets are Boosted(In terms of their Dollar values, prior to their completion date).

Yes, sometimes people get laid off...... but only when any one contractor manages to undermine another contrator's bid on any ONE given contract!!!!

BUT, for the most part, roughly the same people do the work!! The exact same individuals? NO! (Well, sometimes,actually)But, Oh My God, equally incompetent? YES!!! Same profits?!!! YES!!!!! YOU maroon!!!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:45 | 4597416 The Most Intere...
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Fucking FDR was a communist.  We lost the war when the bastards started Social Security confiscation and have been losing ground ever since....

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:54 | 4597441 Bear
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We always lose wars ... the Oligarchs always win. We lost our liberty in 1913.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:32 | 4598117 Ckierst1
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You're 48 years to late.  Maybe more.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:56 | 4598206 Flakmeister
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Remind us of the Mississippi and Texas Declarations of Secession...

http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2012/04/06/confederate-history-month-20...

Alabama and Georgia were good ones too....

===

Naw, slavery had nothing to do with it...

\facepalm...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:26 | 4598343 Ckierst1
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Slavery was part of it, but there were other, and perhaps larger, issues.  In that era nearly everyone, including dishonest Abe, was racist, although some were also encumbered with hypocrisy.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:20 | 4598606 Flakmeister
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When this is your primary stated reason, it pretty much lays it out...

A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union


In the momentous step, which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery - the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product, which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 21:08 | 4601080 Ckierst1
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That is the cause of their secession.  The cause of their fighting was that they were denied their right to secede, a right acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence and denied by a tyrannical federal government that overstepped its authority.  They were denied freedom of association.  That is just one reason they fought to preserve their rights.  Incidentally, most of the soldiers in grey didn't own any slaves.  The Constitution nowhere gave the federals the right to invade the south, much less for preserving the abusive union OR freeing the slaves, most of whom were procured by northern slavers.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 23:38 | 4601496 Flakmeister
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Yes, it was *such* a lost Noble Cause...

Liberty was trampled upon unjustly....

Gag me with a spoon.....

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:23 | 4597771 jerry_theking_lawler
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I've always held your views....things started getting bad before the civil war. Got worse after the Civil War and topped out with almost complete control in 1913.

So, with that in my I have been thinking alot lately about the actual American Revolution....how did a rag tag bunch of guys beat the British empire....

My hunch is that they let us win. Why? So they could gain control behind the scenes. Give the American's their 'freedom'....except it is only an illusion if the puppetmasters in London started pulling the strings almost the minute the shots stopped firing. Knowing what I know now about how governments actually work, I would be I am not far off base here.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 00:48 | 4597427 The Most Intere...
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Great article!  Thank you!  Exactly why I didn't vote for Romney or Obama.  I'm done with these people.  And I'm sick of the Obama bashing.  Hey, I don't like the guy either, but I know he is my enemy.  The bigger enemy, to me, are the bastards wrapping themselves in the flag and God - and to your point expanding the corruption state while trying to hammer single moms into the ground...  fuck the Repulicans...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:17 | 4597471 Bear
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The Constitution stands as a beacon of light in a very dark landscape. It recognized that man is evil and that checks and balances had to be put in place to limit the impact of evil men. Unfortunately the evil that pervades our foundation has become so common (lying, greedy, self-serving) that checks and balances have been swamped ... i.e. John Roberts: Obamacare mandate is a tax; The Republicans meeting this week to strategize how to eliminate the Tea Party; Obama constant stream of lies. When all succumb to self-interest We the People lose.

Liberty results from the Rule of Law and only when based on a Judeo-Christian ethics base where sure and swift judgement is the reward for evil. Without it, "Every man does what is right in his own mind"

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:39 | 4597507 Ungaro
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Singapore has been able to make it work with ethics without the Judeo-Christian label.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:38 | 4597799 jerry_theking_lawler
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Singapore is based almost solely on 'fear'. In some ways, it is good, in some it is bad. I spent a week there 2 years ago. Was afraid to even look at some gum I had brought with me (eventually threw the pack away). Plus, after about my 3rd day there I asked where all the police were...In America you would see alot more cops and patrol cars around....Not in Singapore. Was there for those 7 days and only saw 1 police car and about 3 motorcycle police, none walking the streets....their cops are plain clothed...so I always found myself looking over my shoulder after this revelation.

Now, did I feel safe....um, somewhat (I feel much more safer in America when I get to have my .40 cal by my side) but at the same time I did not feel free to do as I pleased (and basically ignore dumb laws chewing gum because I am civil enough that I will discard it in the proper recepticle).....

My experience is that of most Singaporeans that visit the US, 90% of them would move here in a second (I have asked my fellow Singaporeans this exact question and this is their responses).

So, what is the point of my ramblings? EAT.SHIT.AND.DIE if you don't like the American system.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:02 | 4598008 headhunt
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A little harsh but i think ZH'ers understand your meaning.

The problem is with the likes of the current administration and the trail of 3 letter thug government entities, we are not far behind that type of Singaporean big brother environment.

Chewing gum law? Really?!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:58 | 4597529 Alternative
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Judeo-Christian ethics? That's like 99% of the US? You must be joking!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:25 | 4598081 Ckierst1
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The Constitution was a deeply flawed document from the gitgo and more likely inspired more by the devil than a benevolent and loving God.  It was coughed up by a gang of upper crustaceans who were originally supposed to simply propose suggestions to tweak the Articles of Confederation.  Instead, they trashed the document that was operative during the stresses of revolution and emerged victorious by successfully SECEDING from British tyranny.  The Constitution, on the other hand, was a booby trap, purposely structured to empower the fat cats while failing to properly address and dispose of many crucial issues foresquare.  History has demonstrated that it was nothing but a fig leaf to enable the big government ball to start rolling so that the fat cats could start profiteering ASAP.  The Bill of Rights was a grudging afterthought.  It wasn't ratified by a vote of the citizenry, but by more fat cats in the state assemblies.  One very important failing was not differentiating between tariffs and preventing the imposition of protective tariffs.  I wish people would stop with the "crony capitalism" thing and start referring to our current economic plague as the home grown genre of mercantilism for the enrichment our own elites that it is.  I'm long lamp posts.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 01:35 | 4597496 Ungaro
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If I may reframe the problem without labels: those receiving contractual transfers from the .gov (called 1% on this thread) do not want any change. A vast majority of who is left (called the 99% here) receive social transfer from .gov and thus do not want any change.

Perhaps the only hope of fixing this mess is to re-architect the way we govern ourselves. Unfortunately, that will not be possible until the mess collapses under the weight of its obligations. Then we should be ready with concrete solutions which limits the size of .gov to a minimum, eliminates financial engineering via a non-monetary economy, rewards production over consumption, etc. 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:27 | 4597777 Oldwood
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The problem is that while I agree and see no way for society to correct it ills without collapse, a collapse of this scale would most likely create so much fear and desperation that surely we would end up with something far worse ruling over us. Of course, this is how we got here. The assumption is always that "it could be worse". I think this will end very badly and anything like what we might hope for could be centuries into the future. Human progress has never been linear. Lots of dips.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:51 | 4597985 headhunt
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If a collapse of real magnitude occurs it will be apocalyptic in nature.

A lot of 'pay back' for real or imagined crimes.

Everyone should have a little bit of 'prepper' in them these days.

Keep stacking.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 02:54 | 4597576 q99x2
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Wouldn't want to be those poor bastards when the SHTF. Be like finding oil beneath your property today.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:24 | 4597630 OldPhart
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There are 350 million people in the US...killing a couple huncred in government, banking and other institutions shoudn't be so hard.  WAKE.THE.FUCK.UP.  There is no one in government that shouldn't be terminated...with all the implications that word carries.

 

Terminations are required to bring our system back into balance.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:28 | 4597713 KidHorn
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While generous gov't contracts are a problem, it isn't as nearly as big a problem as entitlements. At least the contractors have to show up for work to get paid. Plus, the contractors do work that would otherwise be done with more gov't employees. No worker is more useless than a gov't employee. If the contractors do a bad job, another company will win the next recompete. If a gov't employee does a bad job, nothing is done. This is barking up the wrong tree.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:48 | 4597827 Abaco
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Not all the time.  The government has, from time to time, issued work stoppages and contracts that are FIRM FIXED PRICE. Contractors are precluded from delivering, voiding their obligations, contract employees can't work (to the point of having to turn in their computers) and the contracting company still gets paid.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:04 | 4597853 KidHorn
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There may be some isolated pockets were this sort of things occur, but the vast majority of the time, the contractors do the work they're contracted to do. In aggregate, the contractors are much more productive per $ than a corresponding gov't employee. I've worked on several gov't contracts and we were under pressure to produce or else we would lose the contract. The contracts are very competitive. The gov't employees we worked with basically pushed all the work onto contractors and said if you don't like it, we'll hire someone else instead. Bush was a crappy president but one thing he did right was to push for more contract work and less gov't employee work. I personally would love to be a gov't employee intead of a contractor. Do no work other than review work done by contractors. No accountability. Get lots of paid time off. Travel to conferences at good vacation spots.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:47 | 4597737 Last of the Mid...
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Fuckbook just paid 2 billion for a company that has never produced a product, ipo for KING 7 billion and they have a nice iphone game. When these idiots figure out Obama can't protect them from Putin this is going to get intresting. Question is, how much damage will be done as Putin (a regional power) ravages the continent over the next 3 years until we can vote our clueless black president the hell out of office. It's about to get intresting.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:19 | 4597766 esum
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first of all we no longer have a CAPITALIST system.... 

give $2k to a rep and get 1/2 mil in my pocket from a govt contract... wouldn't it be foolish not to...

go visit Wash DC and take a look at imperial rome.... the local mascot  is the construciton crane.... 

wash dc is corruption hq.... easy money in the streets paved with gold.... great place amerika... and the govt is on sale... CHEAP.... 

 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:27 | 4597778 barroter
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And K Street flows with cocaine, 19 year old escorts and anything else a lobbyist needs to bend the ear of a "public servant" of DC.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:01 | 4597847 Meta_Consciousness
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The poorest Kansas citians shoot each other. Rarely a stray bullet hits someone from outside the ghetto.

 

There are no places to work in their neighborhoods. 

 

They also have no political or cultural voice that's heard. That's why they're sending their youths on search and destroy missions. Disrupting other people's commerce and health is their attempt at voicing their needs. Even when they roam in packs and occasionally shoot up the place, people of Kansas City are very adept at ignoring the feral welfare slaves.

 

My point is that when Americans stand up to sloth and theft enabled by corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, the biggest offenders are also the ones able to impact political and cultural discourse.

 

They have their own armies, media campaigns and psychologists to design them both. They can't be ignored. They are pervasive. And at least ghetto welfare slaves scream "I JUST DON'T GIVE A FUCK" While the Warren Buffett s of the world truly do care. They care enough to kill, destroy and conflagrate. 

 

Who is the easier victim of our righteous scorn? Who is more visible as they run roughshod over our women and children while firing weapons near our mayor? Our own mayor raised a ghetto hood rat! The mayors son beats women in public. I can hate all kinds of slugs, I just can't step on all of them.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:42 | 4597960 headhunt
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You can thank the poverty pimps and our union thug education system. They both teach today's youth that they are 'victims' which is why they cannot get ahead when it is in fact the leftists who are destroying entire generations by failing at their jobs and teaching the youths of America stupidity squared.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:09 | 4598039 IridiumRebel
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How is 27th and Quindaro doing these days?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:57 | 4598488 Meta_Consciousness
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Wrong Kansas City but I don't blame you.

 

Kansas City Kansas has a very high percentage of immigrants. Many immigrants are of questionable legal status. Consequently, they tend to live with a bit more accountability (remittances to motherland require income) so they tend not to shoot each other that much.

 

Kansas City is where anti minority suburban institutions were invented. A highway bisected the city, keeping black Americans away from white Americans. I have a hard time with all this race rioting because they're attacking the wrong people!

 

It's the federal courthouse downtown, city hall and the various fascists who dictate economic decisions to benefit je dunn. But they attack women and children enjoying a night out. 

 

I wonder how I misplace my rage? Oh yeah I'm posting here...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:27 | 4597909 yrbmegr
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The problem is here's the way that negotiation usually goes down.

G:  We're cutting you off.

C:  OK, then.  I'm going to fire a million people in your state.

G:  Ah, I see.  Never mind.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:43 | 4597961 assistedliving
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and i expect all ZH'ers to be on board w/  Herr Krieger/Liberty BKblog.  Only support candidates that START by reducing corp/lobbyist/Congress

corruption.  An O'bama voter...otherwise i wud hv gone R. Paul.  It looks like his son gets my next vote.  My only caveat is i just cant vote

for anyone that cuts welfare BEFORE corporate corruption.  i mean i live in Harlem so cut me some slack here.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:17 | 4598076 TSTM
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Why hasn’t the GOP pledged to end corporate welfare as we know it?

 

Part of the explanation is that too many have gotten confused about the difference between free-market capitalism and crony capitalism.

No one is confused. Both parties serve corporate interests. Though they may be different corporations and entities that are sometimes at odds with one another, their wars are conducted in a civil manner and if there is any damage caused by the corporate wars, it will be collateral damage to their customers.

 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:50 | 4598460 gcjohns1971
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Republicans don't want to cut off the Corporate Welfare (head).

And Democrats don't want to cut off the Individual Welfare (tail).

No one is confused about the non-capitalist nature of this system.  It is just that none of them want to sever the tit from which they feed.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:24 | 4598097 BullyBearish
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"We can't squeeze any more blood from this stone...time for WAR"

Brought to you by your global luciferian banker and enabled by the Obummers/Kerrys/Clintons/McStains/Rogers of the world

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:14 | 4598291 Dineroguru
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The world bank and its crooked-bastard insestual cousin, the UN stated the ball really rolling following WWII.   It has gone off on steroids in recent years-- overearching and enabling the big non-tax paying corporations (GE, et. all) to thrive around the globe.  Forget about the banks-- they are just government policy instruments run by bloviating bullshit artists like Jamie and Lloyd.   It would be flattering to call them any sort of capitalists as they have zero capital at risk thanks to Janet and her forerunners....

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:46 | 4598435 gcjohns1971
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I dispute the point of the article - which is partisan in nature.  The parties are both pond scum.

When discussing how to butcher an elephant some will want to start with the tail (individual welfare), some with the head (corporate welfare).

It ultimately doesn't matter which.  What matters is to get started before the whole thing (society) is so spoiled that it makes the whole activity a pointless endeavor.

Personally, I think so much of the elephant is already rotten that it is a pointless endeavor.  All the rotten meat (people) will have to be burned away (win themselves darwin awards for their self-destructive stupidity) before it will be other than a pointless endeavor.

In short, the fall of Rome is coming.  

If you hope for a better future, hope that the survivors remember the Republic as the source of prosperity and not the Empire.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:05 | 4598523 Meta_Consciousness
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I disagree that it is partisan. Calling out hypocrisy is a requirement of being conscious.

 

Democrats and the lone open socialist are openly working to add more government to every level of their enemy's lives. Many republicans lament this war against them but then enjoin in the pillaging because they personally profit.

 

It would be partisan if it were an attack on the Tea Party for being so weak yet calling out what many on both ends of political spectrum want, a government limited by its constitution. Why can't it effect more change? Oh yeah, they get involved in social matters that characterize the party as strictly right wing.  Whatever it doesn't make any difference. Controlled opposition can't benefit society. Just waiting for bone cancer, here.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:16 | 4598588 kenezen
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SO SAD! A well written short article of importance! Only to be minimized because of political prejudice.

Showing that even incredibly talented people can be biased idiots. 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:21 | 4598618 Meta_Consciousness
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How do you feel about opinions issued by someone who calls out and admits their own personal bias? I use that tool and feel it keeps things honest.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:35 | 4598697 general ambivalent
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Not to worry, a new Super Planet has been discovered and it has been named after one of our own. Buy paper and BitNasa, we're rich, bitch!

"Until a proper name is decided upon, the body is known only as 2012 VP113According to the science journal Nature, the team that discovered it call it VP for short, or "Biden", after US vice president Joe Biden."

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/mar/26/dwarf-planet-super-earth-...

As a side note, anyone going to the Mars Colonisation? I suspect cannibalism on another planet will make for good reality television. I hear they're already printing money on Mars with a rover.

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:05 | 4602093 highwaytoserfdom
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"financial oligarch class"  Michael  good  Job     Call we(I) can do something about it. 

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