Hannity special spotlights Extractor Economics: America’s real privileged few as economy shrinks.
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When President Obama uses his inaugural address to say something like this:
“Together we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce, schools and colleges to train our workers. Together we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play. Together we resolve that a great nation must care for the vulnerable and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.”
…what the President is really talking about is taking more money from you, bringing it to Washington and paying $100,000-plus salaries to a group of privileged bureaucrats to “determine” the decisions he intends to make about anything and everything from “a modern economy” to …well…just about any favored topic under the sun.
This in turn creates, to use the President’s own language elsewhere, a “privileged few” — in Washington, D.C. The place where, as Hannity’s show pointed out, the Lamborghinis and the wine and the good life flow. If, that is, you are part of the privileged few.
Let’s keep going and move on to…
• Bill Moyers and Russ Feingold
Bill Moyers? The PBS guy, Mr. Ex-aide to President Lyndon Johnson and strategist in the creation of The Great Society? That Bill Moyers?
Russ Feingold, the liberal Wisconsin ex-Senator? That Russ Feingold?
Yes indeed. This tale is particularly amusing.
The other day, Mr. Moyers was huffing in the Huffington Post about “Foul Play in the Senate.”
In an article co-written with colleague Michael Wineship, Moyers was furious, don’t you know, about the discovery by the New York Times that a biotech company — Amgen by name — had managed to get what Moyers, Feingold (here), and the Times deemed special treatment in, can you believe it, the much ballyhooed fiscal cliff bill President Obama forced down GOP throats. Wrote the Times:
Senators who play a major role in federal health care financing were happy to help Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology company, evade Medicare cost-cutting controls by delaying price restraints on a class of drugs used by kidney dialysis patients, including Sensipar, a drug made by Amgen. That provision was inserted into the final fiscal bill by Senate aides. Many members of Congress did not know it was in the bill until just hours before it was approved.
The Times went on to note — and this really had Moyers and Feingold lathered — that:
Although other companies will benefit financially from that delay, Amgen, which has 74 lobbyists in Washington, was the only company to lobby aggressively for the provision. The delay will cost the Medicare program up to $500 million over a two-year period.
Amgen has “74 lobbyists in Washington.” And they include former top aides to both Democrat and Republican Senators.
Oh… My… God. Put me down as shocked. Shocked!
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online