Hannity special spotlights Extractor Economics: America’s real privileged few as economy shrinks.
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Now, Mr. Moyers is a very intelligent man. All those interesting TV specials on Joseph Campbell and the rest. Former Senator Feingold is no dummy either. So one can only marvel.
Moyers personally — say again personally — was a senior aide to the father of the Great Society. LBJ himself. In his day Bill Moyers was Valerie Jarrett or Jack Lew. And what were Moyers and his boss all about back then?
That’s right. Creating mammoth government programs. In his memoirs, LBJ was so button- bursting proud of them he listed them program by program — some 207 in all — at the opening of his book. From the Clean Air Act of 1963 all the way to the Safe Streets Act of 1968 — with Medicare and Aid to Education and the creation of PBS along the way — LBJ lists them all. The very guts of the Great Society. Along with this proud inscription describing them:
Landmark Laws of the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration: With these acts President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Congress wrote a record of hope and opportunity for America.
It’s fair to ask Mr. Moyers and Mr. Feingold — actually any liberal will do — whether it ever occurs that this much injection of government into the mainstream of the private sector economy can produce any other result than, in the case Moyers and Feingold are so outraged about, Amgen’s “74 lobbyists in Washington.”
In fact, it’s more than fair to say that Bill Moyers himself was a godfather to all these high paid bureaucrats, not to mention all this revolving-door business where Capitol Hill aides leave government to lobby government. If anyone is responsible for setting all this business in motion it would be Bill Moyers.
Now… now… Moyers shrieks in horror at the system he has had such a huge role in creating.
If you ask me, Amgen is the fool here. (And no, I’ve checked, they don’t really have 74 lobbyists on their staff.) Well aside from the fact that lobbying is protected by the First Amendment (yes, this attack on Amgen is in fact another liberal attack on the Constitution), if Amgen did have 74 in-house lobbyists it ought to hire another 174 lobbyists just to figure out what the hell the first page of all the thousands of Medicare regulations really means. Not to mention who was the joker in HHS who wrote the thing.
Amgen isn’t the only corporation in America suffering this nonsense either. Everybody from Chairman Mom of Mom and Pop enterprises in Peoria to Bill Gates out there in Washington State now has to have their own version of a fleet of lobbyists in Washington DC just to get through the day.
To pay respectful visits to any and every member of Congress who can possibly help them do their business unimpeded by some dolt earning a hundred and fifty grand of your extracted money for sitting in a concrete big box in Washington making life or death decisions for their respective companies. In between drives in the Lamborghini and sips of really, really excellent red wine. Don’t you know.
Just this week, the Wall Street Journal’s L. Gordon Crovitz wrote up the tale of another company relying on lobbyists in Washington — Google. It seems no less than the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (a mere staff attorney over there at the FTC can extract $114,000-plus from your pockets) was outraged that Google had spent some $25 million to “stop an antitrust case against it.” Google, you see, has hired former Republican Congresswoman Susan Molinari and a fleet of 38 lobbyists — up from 23 back in the way-back of 2011 — to wind its way through the Washington maze.
Mr. Crovitz raised the obvious about the Google situation. A point that applies as well to Amgen or the Mom and Pop in Peoria. The resources of these companies would be better spent on what they do — rather than employing fleets of lobbyists in Washington. The late free-market economist Milton Friedman made the same point.
But there is a plain and simple reason these companies — and by now all manner of Americans whether they work in a private company or not — feel the need to employ lobbyists in Washington.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?