Tag Archive for 'Cronyism'

Love in the Time of Obama

From a great piece by Matthew Continetti in the Washington Free Beacon:

Our politicians and celebrities, Democrat and Republican, paint an ideal picture of life where one’s success depends on hard work and initiative bolstered by community; where all Americans begin the race of life on an equal footing, and those who start off disadvantaged should be helped by some agency—whether in government or the private sector—until the contest is a fair one. The assumption is that, with the right institutional mix, one’s natural talents will carry one to the appropriate social station. It is not who you are but what you do that is supposed to count.

It is not every day that an article in Vogue magazine exposes the shaky foundations of democracy. But as I read “The Talk of the Town” for the second time I could not help noticing how these attractive, talented, up-and-coming thirty-somethings relied, again and again, on personal connections to get where they are today. Weisberg describes the couple’s success in terms of “personal intensity and random luck.” But the luck here is less random than he thinks. Kass and Wagner were lucky to be born to their parents, and if they have children their sons and daughters will be lucky to be born to them. They are members of a self-perpetuating milieu, a caste of right thinking yuppies whose position and wealth and patterns of consumption are the fruit of personal relationships spanning decades. There is income inequality, for sure, but there is also status inequality, and this latter form of inequality is a topic on which most bourgeois bohemians are silent.

As is often said, go read the whole thing.

And just remember this one bit, if there is ever another Republican president, some fawning media hack will write the same sort of article about aides to that administration. The two love birds in this future article will be equally cringeworthy know-nothings.

I know some people, but do I know enough of the right people to help ensure my children advance their careers along a path that they will enjoy? These are the sorts of things that keep me awake at night these days. My station in life is baked. I want to do the most possible for the Ace and Deuce.

China Doesn’t Have a Corner on the Elite Corruption

That is the title of the post over at WRM’s site. A sample:

We’re going to be looking out for more stories like these, because elite corruption, crony capitalism and the cozy ménage a trois of big government, big business and big media are direct threats to the rule of law and the culture of virtue that make freedom possible.

Go read the whole thing. China Doesn’t Have a Corner on the Elite Corruption Market.

The Bogus High-Tech Worker Shortage

How Guest Workers Lower US Wages.

From PBS, no less.

I see that people are starting to push back on this nonsense that there is a shortage of U.S. IT workers.

You couple the lobbying efforts of Mark Zuckerberg and his buddies with the H-1B Visa scams that operate with impunity right now, and the result will be reduced wages for Americans. For both citizens and our current immigrants.

Our immigration policy is a mess. It is not going to be improved by the current immigration bill that was recently passed by the Senate. This should not be surprising to anyone paying attention to Washington. It is difficult to name one single piece of recent legislation from Washington that has improved any thing.

HT: Crimson Reach

Want To Burglarize A House With Impunity, Then Nickle-And-Dime The Restitution? It Helps To Be A Bank. | Popehat

Want To Burglarize A House With Impunity, Then Nickle-And-Dime The Restitution? It Helps To Be A Bank. | Popehat.

The CEO of First National Bank of Wellston, Ohio appears to be a real dumbass. Katie Barnett wanted only $18,000 after the bank broke into her house and sold her some of her possessions. Anthony Thorne, the CEO of said bank, wants her to produce receipts to verify the cost of the items lost.

$18,000 seems awfully low a penalty for that type of mistake.

Here is an article from ABC News.

Ken, at Popehat, makes the point that you or I would be in jail if we had done with the First National Bank of Wellston had done.

14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in the USA

14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in the USA.

A pic:

Windmills

 There are more pictures and a nice little post. Recommended.

The Great Unraveling

On the looming Detroit bankruptcy, I don’t think he’s suspicious enough:

Not to sound too “black helicopter” but the super-smart money might be betting that the federal government will bail out the states and cities and make all the creditors whole, to keep the illusion running a bit further. This definitely strikes me as plausible, irrespective of all the supposed Constitutional guards that prevent this from happening. A huge percentage of the funding for states, cities, and counties comes from the US government anyways – perhaps at some point we stop pretending that we will let them fail on their own (and destroy the political “minor leagues” that end up in Washington, in the end) and just backstop everyone’s debts on the US dollar.

via Chicago Boyz » Blog Archive » The Great Unraveling.

More FARRM Bill crap

Farm Bill Introduces New “Rock Tax”.

This creates a new board to promote the use of natural stone.

Same as the Christmas tree board.

Again: Bastards.

Crap from the FARRM Bill

No that is not a misspelling. Obama’s Christmas Tree Tax is Back.

Kinda unfair to call it Obama’s tax, but you don’t get attention if you don’t annoy someone. The tax will allow for funding of a Christmas Tree promotion board.

Several important players in the industry could not make this happen voluntarily, so they got Congress to do the work for them.

Bastards.

People should donate more if they want results

A congressman caught being honest.