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Category: Big Government

Mar 24 2021

Open Thread

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed. - Ayn Rand
Mar 20 2021

Open Thread

The real reason to abolish departments like Energy and Education is not to promote efficiency, nor even to save taxpayers’ money. It is that many agencies perform functions that are not Federal responsibility. The founders delegated to the Government only strictly defined authority in Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution. Search the entire Constitution, and you will find no authorization for Congress to subsidize the arts, finance and regulate education or invest tax revenues in energy research. - David Boaz
Mar 08 2021

Open Thread

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. - Gerald R. Ford

On a tip from Chuck A.

Mar 03 2021

National Guard Occupying DC Hospitalized by Bad Food

The military occupation of our nation’s capital city continues, as does the absence of any reasonable explanation for it. Rep Steve Cohen has fretted that the soldiers may not follow Democrat orders, because too many of them are white. It doesn’t help that the Democrats running things have treated the troops poorly, forcing them to sleep in a parking garage during the dead of winter and now feeding them undercooked food laced with metal shavings:

A whistleblower is telling 7 Action News nearly 75 meals were thrown out Sunday after metal shavings were found, other meals showed up undercooked making soldiers sick.

A staff sergeant with the Michigan National Guard, whose identity 7 Action News is protecting, says the problem is not isolated.

At least 59 soldiers have been pulled from duty due to the effects of the bad food, some requiring hospitalization. What edible food they do get has been supplied in insufficient quantity.

How frightening it must be to depend on Big Government for food.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Feb 24 2021

Open Thread

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare. - Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Feb 22 2021

Open Thread

Given the low level of competence among politicians, every American should become a libertarian. The government that governs least is certainly the best choice when fools, opportunists and grafters run it. When power is for sale, then the government power should be severely limited. When power is abused, then the less power the better. - Charley Reese
Feb 09 2021

Open Thread

Mission creep is not unique to Congress. It is endemic to all arms of the federal government. - Bruce Fein
Feb 01 2021

Profiles in Incompetence: Gina Raimondo

Suzan LeVine will feel right at home in the Biden Administration, which has emerged as a dumping ground for inept but demographically correct bureaucrats who fail upward. Gina Raimondo is another case in point:

Rhode Island was ranked among the top five worst places to do business in the U.S. during all four years Gina Raimondo, President Biden’s nominee for secretary of commerce, was governor.

Two of those years, Rhode Island ranked dead last in CNBC’s “America’s Top States for Business.”

WalletHub’s 2019 “Best & Worst States to Start a Business” report also put Rhode Island in last place.

It takes special talent to create a business climate worse than the single-party Democrat dystopias of California and New York.

CNBC cited consistent economic problems including the poor condition of state finances, outdated infrastructure, tax and regulation issues and slow economic growth as the reason behind Rhode Island’s ranking on its list.

That’s some résumé for secretary of commerce.

CNBC also named Rhode Island as having the worst infrastructure in the U.S. in July 2019 with a total score of 98 points out of 350, citing data from the DOT, Census Bureau and Environmental Protection Agency. CNBC found that more than half of the state’s roads were in “unacceptable condition,” and 22% of the state’s bridges were in “poor condition.”

With Biden’s handlers in charge, Rhode Island’s leadership can serve as a farm team for the federal government.

An upwardly failing “pro-business” Democrat.

On a tip from JD.

Feb 01 2021

Profiles in Incompetence: Suzan LeVine

Our only hope is that Biden and the moonbats he surrounds himself with will be too incompetent to accomplish their goal of turning America into Venezuela. The appointment of Suzan LeVine is encouraging in this respect.

Although she is supposed to start today, it has been unclear what her actual title is. She will reportedly help states to manage jobless benefits. Fraud has been a major problem in that area.

LeVine has a qualification other than not being a white male. She used to be the Commissioner for the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Via RedState:

As head of the ESD, her job was ostensibly to protect her state from fraud involving things like benefit payments. Instead, she lost $600 million to Nigerian scam artists. …

After that was revealed, Levine attempted to cover her own backside by refusing an audit to figure out what the heck happened. Her agency has been embattled and under investigation ever since. She also oversaw long delays during the pandemic in getting people benefits.

Yes, the Nigerian thing really happened. But here is her actual qualification to serve under the guy who personifies corrupt Big Government:

Levine and her husband gave $400,000 toward Biden’s election effort during the 2020 cycle.

Failing upward is easy in the Swamp, so long as you are a moonbat and you grease the right palms.

Also a Big Tech background. Surprise surprise.

On a tip from R F.

Jan 25 2021

Big Government Follows Through on Big Tech Parler Attack

Even now, some fall for the argument that political censorship is okay so long as it imposed not by the government, but by a cartel of private companies. However, once it gains a foothold through public acceptance, authoritarianism won’t stay private for long.

The liberal establishment wants to destroy Parler for offering an alternative to leftist controlled, politically weaponized Twitter. Google and Apple inflicted damage by suppressing Parler’s app, then Amazon took it completely offline through its dominance of web services. But these broken kneecaps do not satisfy the totalitarian thugs comprising the Democrat Party. They want the power to destroy alternative voices directly, rather than through Big Tech cat’s paws. That’s why we read this:

Carolyn Maloney, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, is asking the FBI to conduct a “robust examination” of the role social media site Parler played in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, specifically whether the platform was a “potential facilitator” of planning or inciting the violence.

There is no reason to believe Parler played as large a role in planning the Capitol Riot as Facebook and Twitter. But Facebook and Twitter are solidly on the Democrat team.

Maloney, D-N.Y., in a letter to the FBI Thursday, requested that the FBI review whether Parler facilitated planning and questioned whether it is “a potential conduit for foreign governments who may be financing civil unrest in the United States.”

The gradual conversion of the FBI into a KGB-like tool of the Democrat Party got underway under Obama. Under the rule of the unprincipled Biden and his radicalized party, it will now go into overdrive.

As we saw when Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton absurdly accused Trump of plotting with Putin to plan the Capitol Riot, the debunking of the Russian collusion hoax has not put an end to the Democrat tactic of accusing everyone they want to destroy of conspiring with the increasingly irrelevant Russians.

In her letter, Maloney went on to point to questions raised about “Parler’s financing and its ties to Russia.”

Whether Parler has meaningful ties to the Russian government is doubtful. Merely to get the idea out there is helpful to Democrats, so that people who are not paying attention will be left with the general impression that Parler schemed with Putin to attack the Capitol so of course it had to be crushed.

Maloney even went so far as to try to link Parler to Hamas through DDos-Guard, the Russian company Parler turned to for help getting back online after Amazon kicked it off the Internet for not being part of the Left-Wing Elite club. We no longer live in a country where a company associated with dissidents can easily find a web host.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Jan 22 2021

John Brennan: Big Government Must Investigate Libertarians

People cut from the same cloth as Obama’s CIA director John Brennan will now take full control of the vast federal apparatus. They will use it to persecute people they regard as threatening. Libertarians, for example:

Rest easy. John Stossel will no longer menace America with Democrats in charge.

“Racists” who have failed to embrace the Black Lives Matter agenda, “bigots” who don’t want sexually disturbed boys watching their teenaged daughters shower, and “nativists” who want their country defended from foreign invasion will be investigated too.

On a tip from Henry.

Jan 19 2021

Progressives Want Secret Police

Nazi Germany had the Gestapo. Communist East Germany had the Stasi. The USSR had the NKVD and the KGB. The tolerant liberals at the Daily Beast want to know why the USA can’t have secret police too. The Capitol Riot can serve yet again as a pretext:

Democrats in Congress are teeing up another round of investigations and commissions to get to the bottom of the January 6 insurrection, which will almost certainly revisit the thorny question of whether the U.S. needs an independent counter-subversion agency to infiltrate and neutralize armed domestic extremists…

Note that tens of millions of Americans are armed, as is our constitutional right, and that anyone right of center is an “extremist” from the viewpoint of the liberal establishment.

Already, a bill has been introduced to empower federal law enforcement to better monitor and stop domestic extremist violence.

“It is not enough to just condemn hate, we need to equip law enforcement with the tools needed to identify threats and prevent violent acts of domestic terrorism,” said its sponsor, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL).

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots, some of which entailed firing mortars at, firebombing, or burning down police stations, did not qualify as domestic terrorism. But the Capitol Riot was terrorism, due to the usual double standard.

Never mind that Trump was just impeached again because he supposedly caused the riot by speaking at a rally. The riot was planned in advance, and progressives demand to know why these plans weren’t thwarted.

[O]ne response to the 9/11 tragedy may well get renewed attention after the Capitol assault—especially if armed white nationalists are successful in carrying out more attacks in the coming days and weeks: The call for a secret police.

Hats off to the moonbats for actually using the term “secret police,” rather than hiding behind their usual euphemisms.

What about the FBI, which Democrats have politically weaponized and which is currently spying on all 25,000 troops brought in for the show of force in DC?

[W]ith revelations that the FBI and Capitol Police overlooked widespread extremist social media traffic and fumbled intelligence reports on plans by pro-Trump forces to invade the Capitol, the verdict is still out on whether the bureau is fully up to the task.

The NSA spies on us too, James Clapper’s lie under oath notwithstanding. But neither the FBI nor the NSA has the culture of brutal hostility toward their own country’s population needed to efficiently repress dissidents in the unfolding police state.

Hat tip: Not the Bee.

Jan 12 2021

The Purge Continues

Dark times have begun. Progressives are so certain that total power is within reach that they don’t even pretend to be the good guys anymore. They are launching total war against anyone suspected of not conforming to their ideology, using tyrannical means to marginalize and silence dissidents.

Facebook and Twitter continue to escalate the repression. Airbnb, Forbes magazine, and even banks are piling on. The liberal establishment wants to make it infeasible not to be a moonbat.

Mark Dice brings us up to date on the alarming state of free speech:

As Dice observes, “As bad as you think things are going to get, they are going to get even worse.”

Biden’s handlers have not taken power yet. When they do, the merger of Big Tech and Big Government can properly commence. The result will be a new form of totalitarianism, unprecedented in its intrusiveness.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jan 11 2021

Big Tech Merges With Big Government

The Big Tech cartel already owns the means of public discourse, and aggressively exploits this leverage to suppress alternative viewpoints. But we won’t see true tyranny until it merges with the federal government under Democrat rule.

The Daily Caller reports:

At least 14 people who President-elect Joe Biden has picked to serve either in his administration or to advise his transition have worked for the Big Tech firms that cracked down earlier this week on President Donald Trump and a social media site popular with conservatives.

The POTUS has been permanently banned from Twitter, his primary means of circumventing the vociferously hostile media to reach the public. Amazon has forced Parler off the Internet, after Apple and Google censored its app.

Apple’s top lobbyist was a chief adviser to the Biden transition team. A former Facebook executive will serve as staff director in the Biden White House, and a former Twitter executive will serve as chief spokesperson for the National Security Council under Biden.

Current and former executives at those firms and two others, Google and Amazon, fill out other positions in the incoming Biden administration, or his transition team. …

Executives from the big tech firms have also joined Biden’s transition to help review nominees to fill spots at federal agencies in the Biden administration, according to a database maintained by the Biden-Harris team.

Big Tech likely can veto important nominations. It has moved deliberately to solidify its de facto power over us by getting its hands on the coercive power of Big Government:

Reuters reported last month that major tech firms like Amazon, Facebook and Google were lobbying the Biden transition team to place executives in various administration roles.

According to Reuters, the executives were seeking positions in the Commerce, State and Defense Departments, as well as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs.

The writing on the wall is as starkly threatening as BLM/Antifa graffiti:

While many Republicans have criticized Trump and his mob of supporters over the Capitol riots, the social media purge has stoked concerns that the major tech companies have too much control over communications platforms.

Don’t expect any more mercy than Parler got when the leftist ideologues who run Google/Amazon/Apple/Facebook/Twitter have the full force of the US government at their disposal.

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