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Friday, February 26, 2016

"Something big has happened"

A surprisingly astute article from a dyed-in-the-wool member of the US establishment, Robert Reich:
Something very big has happened, and it’s not due to Bernie Sanders’ magnetism or Donald Trump’s likeability.

It’s a rebellion against the establishment.

The question is why the establishment has been so slow to see this. A year ago – which now seems like an eternity – it proclaimed Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush shoe-ins.

Both had all the advantages – deep bases of funders, well-established networks of political insiders, experienced political advisors, all the name recognition you could want.

But even now that Bush is out and Hillary is still leading but vulnerable, the establishment still doesn’t see what’s occurred. They explain everything by pointing to weaknesses: Bush, they now say, “never connected” and Hillary “has a trust problem.”

A respected political insider recently told me most Americans are largely content. “The economy is in good shape,” he said. “Most Americans are better off than they’ve been in years. The problem has been the major candidates themselves.”

I beg to differ.

Economic indicators may be up but they don’t reflect the economic insecurity most Americans still feel, nor the seeming arbitrariness and unfairness they experience.

Nor do the major indicators show the linkages Americans see between wealth and power, crony capitalism, declining real wages, soaring CEO pay, and a billionaire class that’s turning our democracy into an oligarchy.

Median family income lower now than it was sixteen years ago, adjusted for inflation.

Most economic gains, meanwhile, have gone to top.

These gains have translated into political power to rig the system with bank bailouts, corporate subsidies, special tax loopholes, trade deals, and increasing market power – all of which have further pushed down wages pulled up profits.

Those at the very top of the top have rigged the system even more thoroughly. Since 1995, the average income tax rate for the 400 top-earning Americans has plummeted from 30 percent to 17 percent.

Wealth, power, and crony capitalism fit together. So far in the 2016 election, the richest 400 Americans have accounted for over a third of all campaign contributions.

Americans know a takeover has occurred and they blame the establishment for it.
Damn straight it has. And damn straight they should. They've created a system that is every bit as centralized and bureaucratic as Soviet communism and they called it "capitalism" and "free trade".

It isn't. It's financial rape and plunder.

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159 Comments:

Blogger Ahazuerus February 26, 2016 11:05 AM  

It is an engineered reversion to feudalism: a large class of peasants ruled by a few corrupt nobles.

... in other words.

Anonymous Susan February 26, 2016 11:07 AM  

Those seriously addicted to anything are always going to be the last ones to see what is coming down on their heads. That is, until it lands on them. Super Tuesday is going to cause a collective establishment stroke, and a lot of pearl clutching vapors.

Anonymous BGKB February 26, 2016 11:08 AM  

Economic indicators may be up I saw a comrade taking a wheelbarrow full of money to buy bread.

Anonymous DNW February 26, 2016 11:10 AM  

All is well ... all is well

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/12/upshot/unemployment-the-vanishing-male-worker-how-america-fell-behind.html?_r=0


Why Are the Catholic Bishops Supporting Illegal Immigration?
https://youtu.be/XkKsOl_V0ZE

Blogger LES February 26, 2016 11:11 AM  

I am a union member. The country should be run like a labor union. The country's borders are picket lines and illegal and foreign workers are SCABS.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 26, 2016 11:14 AM  

Amen. A total scam meant to destroy capital formation for all but a few oligarchs

The above sentence is also the Cuckservatives weak spot destroyers of capitalism

Anonymous Broken Arrow February 26, 2016 11:16 AM  

The establishment doesn’t see what’s happening because it has cut itself off from the lives of most Americans. It also doesn’t wish to understand, because that would mean acknowledging its role in bringing all this on.

This is why the reality of Trump enrages the cucks so much and a sizable part of the GOP base who have supported them; they don't want to have the mirror shown to them. Admitting that policies that you at least implicitly supported like open borders, free trade, and foreign wars has contributed to the decline of the US requires the ability to admit you are wrong.

The GOP Smart Set can't admit to it because they are smart after all, but some of the electorate has and I think more will.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents February 26, 2016 11:16 AM  

Never before have I seen even a scintilla of a clue from Robert Reich, it's as if someone else was writing under his name. The GOPe and the DNC are going to have to work very hard to keep their respective blind voters in line. Black people have voted Dem for 40 - 50 years, and in return they've gotten an open border migration that drives many of them out of work. Conservatives have voted R for 40 - 50 years and in return they've gotten … what?

The peasants are revolting...

DNW, the US Catholic bishops have supported colonization since the 1970's. It's become a habit, a kind of tradition.

Blogger MATT February 26, 2016 11:16 AM  

@LES Microcosms, bro. Microcosms.

@DNW Illegals are child molesters just like Catholic priests

Blogger RobertT February 26, 2016 11:17 AM  

This by Noonan isn't bad either. http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-and-the-rise-of-the-unprotected-1456448550 Gives credible reason.

Blogger RobertT February 26, 2016 11:19 AM  

Noonan & Reich reading the same tea leaves. Going mainstream.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents February 26, 2016 11:21 AM  

Broken Arrow, I think that "cuckservative" hijacks the amygdala in some people. So they burst into rage. Because that thing in the mirror is ugly. Make that mirror go away!

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer February 26, 2016 11:24 AM  

I was pretty shocked when I read an article by Peggy Noonan this morning that indicates she gets it, now Robert Reich!

And if respected political insiders say stuff like this:

“The economy is in good shape,” he said. “Most Americans are better off than they’ve been in years.

Then its no wonder Trump and Bernie Freakin Sanders are doing so well.

Blogger Alexander February 26, 2016 11:25 AM  

Both Occupy and Tea Party we're the early warning signs that the establishment refused to consider. Republicans figured they could co-opt Tea Party and then go back to business as usual. Even the Tea Party primary challenges (some successful) were seen as something that could be weathered and not as a sign of a base increasingly hostile to the lordship of the establishment.

Likewise, how anyone on the left could look at Occupy and not realize that it's natural home was with Sanders and not with Clinton is astonishing.

So now we have Trump and Sanders. The establishment still refuses to understand it, but more critically they refuse to understand or accept these are the moderate options. Should the establishment hold on and fail to respond to the base, or even worse, give themselves all the prizes and the conventions and inform everyone it's totally in the rules that they can do this... then what comes next isn't going to be 'We hate the establishment but we're still going to play the game within the confines of the existing political structures', it's going to be lampposts and guillotines.

Anonymous Broken Arrow February 26, 2016 11:25 AM  

Sanders popularity with young adults is not surprising as liberal Millennials have two conflicting goals: segregating themselves, and centralizing power to the national level.

All of the goodies Sanders has promised is attractive because it allows, like safe spaces, for the Millennials to feel more secure about themselves, but they can also not feel guilty for grabbing a piece of the pie since it is nationalized. In reality it's a power and money grab like a safe space at a university.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents February 26, 2016 11:26 AM  

Noonan? Meh. Quit reading her after that 2009 Obamagasm in the WSJ. She's totally insane when it comes to migration / colonization.

Anyone who wants into the US must be welcomed. MS-13 gang members, pedophiles, ISIS jihadis and anyone else must be allowed across the border?

Why? Because Noonan's Irish Granny. Pure emotion. No thought, ever.

Noonan? Pfui.

Blogger Josh February 26, 2016 11:26 AM  

They've created a system that is every bit as centralized and bureaucratic as Soviet communism and they called it "capitalism" and "free trade".

To quote GKC:

A pickpocket is obviously a champion of private enterprise. But it would perhaps be an exaggeration to say that a pickpocket is a champion of private property. The point about Capitalism and Commercialism, as conducted of late, is that they have really preached the extension of business rather than the preservation of belongings; and have at best tried to disguise the pickpocket with some of the virtues of the pirate. The point about Communism is that it only reforms the pickpocket by forbidding pockets.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer February 26, 2016 11:28 AM  

The peasants are revolting...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU6ebNd9v-w

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx February 26, 2016 11:35 AM  

...proclaimed Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush shoe-ins.

It's "shoo-in", Mr. Reich.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab February 26, 2016 11:37 AM  

It's past time to end it. My parents inherited a booming economy, a high trust nation, and a shot at moving into space and blew it. They frittered it away and gave special awards to themselves and their pets and turned their backs on Mankind's patrimony our solar system. For nothing. For feelgoods, for free gimme dats and the illusion of temporary peace in our inner cities. Who thought paying Danegeld to people living among us was a good idea? You can never get rid of the Dane with a vengeance and it attracted other raiders.

Blogger FALPhil February 26, 2016 11:37 AM  

@1
It is an engineered reversion to feudalism: a large class of peasants ruled by a few corrupt nobles.


It is exactly that. I call it "neofeudalism".

When I hear a millennial gripe about how capitalism doesn't work, I always ask, "How would you know? You haven't seen it in your lifetime." Heck, I got more mileage that the vast majority of the Dread Ilk, and I haven't seen it since I was a kid.

OpenID rufusdog February 26, 2016 11:40 AM  

One day the chickens all gather together to discuss the fox problem, upon looking for leadership in strides one of the foxes, the fox gathers all the chickens around and proclaims “I love you chickens, I’ve been a winning fox my entire life, I will solve this fox dilemma you have before you”, the chickens have found their leader.

Maybe Reich is making a last ditch appeal to the chickens that their fox problem is unlikely to be solved by a fox, especially as he identifies the fox.

Anonymous Sick Duck February 26, 2016 11:43 AM  

Rubio killed Trump in the debate.

I think the end is near for Douchebag Donald

Blogger FALPhil February 26, 2016 11:43 AM  

@5
I am a union member. The country should be run like a labor union.

God, no.

I have been a member of two different unions in the same industry. They embody more neofeudalism than the corporate oligarchs do. If ever there was legal racketeering in the USA, unions were it.

Equating immigrants with non-union workers is a terrible analogy and misses the primary point. We need to focus on a sane immigration policy for many, many reasons, and wages is just one.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 26, 2016 11:44 AM  

The only thing missing from the excerpt in the OP was the Participation Rate.

It's truly astonishing to see Reich publish this, akin to Kissinger saying he reads Antiwar.com.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau February 26, 2016 11:45 AM  

How can there be Capitalism when all the means of Capital Production are offshored? The printing press at the Fed is creating electrons not Capital.

Anonymous tdm February 26, 2016 11:45 AM  

The rats are leaving the ship?

Blogger Azimus February 26, 2016 11:45 AM  

From the article:
Wealth, power, and crony capitalism fit together. So far in the 2016 election, the richest 400 Americans have accounted for over a third of all campaign contributions.


Holy crap.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer February 26, 2016 11:46 AM  

now we have Trump and Sanders. The establishment still refuses to understand it, but more critically they refuse to understand or accept these are the moderate options

Exactly, people pontificating about how Trump is like Hitler or Mussolini don't seem to understand that if the system is not reformed a Hitler or Mussolini or Hugo Chavez is what we are going to get.

The people in charge seem to think they can operate with impunity, imposing the costs of open borders and globalization on the working and middle classes while they reap the rewards. Their motto? "F**k em"

Apparently the people who are in charge don't understand that the social contract works both ways. If they have no regard for the rights and benefits of the people in fly over country and the working and middle classes, why should those people have any regard for rights and benefits of the people in charge.

The Estates-General convocation was on May 1789, the assault on the Bastille was in July, in August Feudalism was abolished, and Louis the XVI was executed in January 1793.

Do you think Louis XVI could have imagined that he would be executed thirty-two months after calling the Estates-General into session?

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx February 26, 2016 11:47 AM  

@22. Sick Duck

Rubio killed Trump in the debate.

I think the end is near for Douchebag Donald


Always has been, always will be.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau February 26, 2016 11:47 AM  

Rubio killed Trump in the debate.

Rubio scored points against Trump for sure but was so obnoxious doing it that all the neophytes I watched the debate with were turned off ad wanted to hear more from that nice Governor Kasich.

Blogger tz February 26, 2016 11:47 AM  

Aide: "The peasants are revolting!"
Establishment: "Quite revolting!"

I think the last chance the establishment had was to replace the speaker with a fighting conservative. Instead, we got Ryan and the Omnibus.

This is a quick explanation of why Cruz or Rubio or any other is a fail.

Say they are elected and have nominated a perfect judge and proposed a perfect budget.

Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan (and for Cruz or Rubio – their “friend”) go to the oval office.

McConnell says the democrats are filibustering both, so he has to give up on his judicial nominee (here’s a list of stealth Roberts, Day-O’Connor, Kennedy style judges), oh, and the budget is being filibustered but we just passed an extension of the Obama Omnibus and want you to sign it.
The president refuses.

What does the President do?

McConnell and Ryan override their veto so we get another year of Obamacare, Planned Parenthood funding, etc.

What will your candidate do?

Blogger Were-Puppy February 26, 2016 11:50 AM  

@22 Sick Duck
Rubio killed Trump in the debate.

I think the end is near for Douchebag Donald
---

Sad Cuck supports Rinubio. Go figure.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer February 26, 2016 11:51 AM  

It is an engineered reversion to feudalism: a large class of peasants ruled by a few corrupt nobles.

Except that is not how feudalism worked. Under the feudal system the lord had obligations to those under him as well as those under him having obligations to those above.

What we are seeing now is more akin to Oriental Despotism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Despotism

Blogger Chiva February 26, 2016 11:53 AM  

Rubio killed Trump in the debate.

Your measure of 'killing' is definitely much lower than mine.

Blogger Joshua Sinistar February 26, 2016 11:53 AM  

These cuckers really are DELUSIONAL. They don't know the difference between money and power. There is a difference. Its the same difference between my sledgehammer sized fists and their undersized brains. Reality has come to rat town. Their traitors have lost their shinola. The peasants aren't revolting; the rat race is revolting. They need to go...

Blogger Robert Coble February 26, 2016 11:54 AM  

@19: English as a second language for Mr. Reich?

Or, perhaps the new "thing" is for the ruling class to throw their shoes into the race, rather than their hats? Talk the talk, walk the walk, and all that. . .

Blogger Alexander February 26, 2016 11:55 AM  

If we absolutely have to have a Cuban on the ticket:

1. It should be the VP slot
2. It should be preceded by 'Mark'

As for Sick Cuck, it's like Baghdad Bob all over again.

Trump is being slaughtered outside the gates... now he is being slaughtered inside the gates... now he is being slaughtered in the Halls of Power...

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx February 26, 2016 11:56 AM  

@24. dc.sunsets

It's truly astonishing to see Reich publish this, akin to Kissinger saying he reads Antiwar.com.

It's virtue signaling and possibly hedging. Reich is as culpable as any of the usual suspects- his entire career revolved around dressing fraud up in new clothes. Perhaps other suspects and the rest are also reviewing their portfolio mix, looking to pick up a few contrarian assets. Trump is talking to them about that.

OpenID sigbouncer February 26, 2016 11:56 AM  

"Rubio killed Trump in the debate."

Somebody fell for the Rubio paid shrills in the audience every time he opened his pie hole at Trump.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx February 26, 2016 11:59 AM  

Alexander wrote:If we absolutely have to have a Cuban on the ticket:

Trump is being slaughtered outside the gates... now he is being slaughtered inside the gates... now he is being slaughtered in the Halls of Power...


And now he's being slaughtered in the primaries, and now in the elections, and now in the White House.

OpenID rufusdog February 26, 2016 12:00 PM  

I have a lot of respect for the union model of education. I do think we would be much better off if education morphed into something more like the union model.

But saying the country should be run like the union is like saying the Mafia should run the country.

At the border, the unions would just have separate gates, through one gate you get a hand shake, smile, and a union card. Through the other they would have men in rat suits screaming at you, throwing tomatoes that the newly unionized Mexicans just picked.

Meh, Unions, don’t get me started, Kindergarten with a big city accent.

Anonymous Turd Burglestein February 26, 2016 12:01 PM  

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA...Really? I'll have whatever Sick Fuck is smoking.

Anonymous bw February 26, 2016 12:06 PM  

One aspect of studying the matrix called civilization involves unearthing the most basic assumptions which people accept — assumptions they couldn’t possibly believe are false, much less intentionally false

Anonymous The OASF February 26, 2016 12:06 PM  

@39

Trump needs to start demanding that these audience members at the debates must be selected at random from literally off the streets. I'm surprised he hasn't pushed this issue even more.

Now, I want to take a moment and make a prediction. I listed to a VD interview not so long ago where he said something more interesting than usual... that the funny thing about war is that it tends to pop up where you least expect it. I henceforth predicted that we will be involved in a full-scale hot-war of occupation with Mexico by at least 2030, but probably much sooner.

Listen to our President-elect's response to Dirtay-Vicente of Mexico:
"TRUMP: “I will and the wall just got 10 feet taller, believe me. It just got 10 feet taller. I saw him make that — I saw him make the statement. I saw him use the word that he used. I can only tell you, if I would have used even half of that word, it would have been national scandal. This guy used a filthy, disgusting word on television and he should be ashamed of himself and he should apologize, OK?”

The military-industrial-security complex will be looking for a new place to make war once the forced withdrawal from the Middle East occurs and their neocon shills no longer have a platform to blather on about confronting Russia. If I can figure it out, so can the elites.

Get used to the phrase "Push onward boys, to Mexico City!"

Blogger LES February 26, 2016 12:07 PM  

Radio talk show hosts must have schooled Rubio in how to talk over Trump to keep him from making his point.

OpenID paworldandtimes February 26, 2016 12:07 PM  

Whites see their future in America bleakly and are at turn despairing and angry. Leave it to a "Mr. No Stimulus Money for White Males" Robert (((Reich))) to reduce the question to economics.

PA

Anonymous Takin' a Look February 26, 2016 12:09 PM  

@ Spartacus xxxxx

I agree, virtue-signaling to the hilt. Tucker Carlson and Matt Taibbi are also doing a CYA.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 26, 2016 12:12 PM  

Rubio will talk over Trump like a virgin will walk over a sacrificial fire.

Burn pool boy, burn.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab February 26, 2016 12:15 PM  

Why sick duck here and tiny duck over at isteve? Your writing is easy to spot. Are you trying to convince people there are more of you?

Trump got beat by Rubio? Says who? All polling data points to a 60 to 70% Trump win by viewers. Sixty to Seventy percent wrap your head around that. He lost according to you guys but viewers still say he won by a factor so large that he could be caught with a live boy or a dead girl and still get the nom.

Lost...right.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 26, 2016 12:21 PM  

When will the cucks over at the American Conservative get a clue? Read this month's issue dealing with guns, good God almighty

Blogger dc.sunsets February 26, 2016 12:28 PM  

@ Spartacus and Takin' a Look

I propose that the accounts payable records of Goldman Sachs be used to construct a list of people invited to a necktie party.

I suspect Bobby boy is on it.

OpenID simplytimothy February 26, 2016 12:28 PM  

@26 The rats are leaving the ship?

Let's hope. J. Podhoretz boasted that Bob Kagan has quit the Republican party over Trump; Kagan assures us he will be voting for cacklepants.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-is-the-gops-frankenstein-monster-now-hes-strong-enough-to-destroy-the-party/2016/02/25/3e443f28-dbc1-11e5-925f-1d10062cc82d_story.html

I am grateful to Kagan for providing such a clear window into the mind of the Neocon.
He is not of us.

Anonymous GreyS February 26, 2016 12:35 PM  

Listen to our President-elect's response to Dirtay-Vicente of Mexico

That's the thing--

Clinton steers the national and media conversation to how racist we all are if we oppose immigration.

Jeb steers it to how we should learn Espanol.

Rubio steers it to "There is not much we can do at this point so let's figure out the best way to make everyone a citizen."

Cruz talks a good game but has you wondering how long til he ends up like all the Repubs before him.

Trump has steered it to the point where the former President of Mexico is on national tv angrily saying "We aren't paying for that fucking wall!" Not "We don't agree that a wall might be necessary for our nations to work together" etc etc. He has publicly ceded the position that a wall will happen! Trump manipulates the entire conversation about immigration. NOBODY else in this election has that kind of power and ability. They all think him a buffoon as they dance to his tunes.

Anonymous VFM #7916 February 26, 2016 12:35 PM  

@44

Take Mexico city? I don't particularly want it. No point in holding the nation, either.

Anonymous Philalethes February 26, 2016 12:40 PM  

@37

If we absolutely have to have a Cuban on the ticket:

1. It should be the VP slot
2. It should be preceded by 'Mark'


Maybe I'm a little slow, but it didn't occur to me until last night how important Trump's VP pick will be. According to a headline, he intends to pick a "political person", which IMO would be a very bad move. If Trump's VP is somebody comfortable with the Washington System, somebody the Establishment could "work with", Trump's chances of enjoying a comfortable old age plummet.

He needs a VP who would be no "better" than himself from the point of view of those who've shown themselves willing to use any means necessary to get their way. Somebody who would stay the course and continue what Trump started, should The Donald suffer an early retirement for whatever reason. Then TPTB would have no reason to help him along.

I knew nothing about Mark Cuban until I read Scott Adams' February 22 blog this morning. He thinks Mark Cuban would be a perfect Trump VP – for different reasons than my concern above, but after reading up a little on him I think he fits my concern as well.

Not only would an "accident" befalling President Trump be a tragedy for him and his loved ones, it would likely precipitate chaos and upheaval on a scale hardly anybody (?) wants to see. Hopefully we can get through this, as they say, with minimum loss of life.

Blogger James Dixon February 26, 2016 12:42 PM  

> This by Noonan isn't bad either. http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-and-the-rise-of-the-unprotected-1456448550 Gives credible reason.

That's behind a paywall. Try http://www.investorvillage.com/smbd.asp?mb=296&mn=17577&pt=msg&mid=15791036

Blogger praetorian February 26, 2016 12:43 PM  

@Josh “Big Business and State Socialism are very much alike, especially Big Business.”

The old catholics were the best catholics.

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Blogger Gaiseric February 26, 2016 12:44 PM  

VFM #7916 wrote:Take Mexico city? I don't particularly want it. No point in holding the nation, either.
No, not particularly. Then again, after 50 or so odd years of Mexico leading a de facto act of war against the US by continually raiding us for plunder via a loose group of privateers who come up here for money and plunder. By now, if Trump or a successor were to say "Mexico delenda est" after every speech, he'd probably get a sizable portion of the population behind him.

Blogger praetorian February 26, 2016 12:45 PM  

He has publicly ceded the position that a wall will happen!

I noticed that too. Trump has made everyone think past the sale so hard it's crazy. I almost wonder if Fox is being paid by Trump.

"The Germans are crazy if they think we are going to give them all of Poland!"

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 26, 2016 12:47 PM  

I'm hoping for a Palin VP pick, mostly so I can watch Feminists heads explode.

Blogger Ahazuerus February 26, 2016 12:49 PM  

@Ron
Re feudalism:
On paper. And on paper you and those 400 wealthiest are absolutely equal before the law. Care to take your chances in a US court?

Anonymous Takin' a Look February 26, 2016 12:50 PM  

@ SimplyTimothy.

Robert (((Kagan)))

I'm channeling Ann Coulter's infamous twatter rant on the (((Tribe)))

The Little Brethren need to tell their Big Brethren Schmucks to STFU.

Blogger James Dixon February 26, 2016 12:54 PM  

> I'm hoping for a Palin VP pick, mostly so I can watch Feminists heads explode.

I can only wish.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 26, 2016 12:55 PM  

Big Cuck talk on the tax return, men of genius side with the IRS.

Anonymous sth_txs February 26, 2016 12:56 PM  

Reich? That's the 'Midget Commie' who worked under Clinton?

Blogger Bob Wallace February 26, 2016 12:58 PM  

Wages stopped going up in January, 1974.

Anonymous map February 26, 2016 12:58 PM  

This is the same Robert Reich that declared in an open meeting to make sure that jobs would not go to white men.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents February 26, 2016 1:01 PM  

Just tax phone calls and remittences to Mexico a bit higher than Carlos Slim's profit margin on telecom. Copy the pendejo oligarchs like Vincente Fox; take a few pennies from every Mexican family every month, and soon there's more than enough cash to pay for the wall, courtesy of Mexico.

It's not rocket science, either.

Blogger Nate February 26, 2016 1:07 PM  

we are indeed privileged. We get to watch the media realize they themselves are a bubble... and we get to watch them as their bubble is popped... and see them react to the terrible flood of new light.

Like the political washington establishment... they have no idea what the world is actually like in fly-over country. Their whole view of reality is about to smashed against the rock of the Truth.

Popcorn please. Extra butter.. ya know what I mean? thankya.

Anonymous private joker February 26, 2016 1:09 PM  

Every once and a while, the annoying Peggy Noonan has a good column:

"This is a terrible feature of our age—that we are governed by protected people who don’t seem to care that much about their unprotected fellow citizens.

"And a country really can’t continue this way.

"In wise governments the top is attentive to the realities of the lives of normal people, and careful about their anxieties. That’s more or less how America used to be. There didn’t seem to be so much distance between the top and the bottom.

"Now is seems the attitude of the top half is: You’re on your own. Get with the program, little racist."

http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-and-the-rise-of-the-unprotected-1456448550

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 26, 2016 1:10 PM  

...I forget the rest but your mother's a whore!

Blogger Eric Castle February 26, 2016 1:10 PM  

@11 Much like polls sometimes "adjust" more toward reality the closer they get to an election, some of the "intelligentsia" might be trying to get ahead of the wave. Honestly thinking no one will notice the change and they were the "smart" ones all along.

Anonymous Takin' a Look February 26, 2016 1:12 PM  

@ Nate

100% agreement. (((News media))), "You're fired!"

Blogger Matamoros February 26, 2016 1:14 PM  

Rubio is the subject of several Wayne Madsen reports.

Wayne Madsen: Marco Rubio Gay Homosexual Duplicity Update — with Photos
http://www.phibetaiota.net/2016/01/wayne-madsen-marco-rubio-homosexual-update-with-photos/#more-116745

Blogger Ahazuerus February 26, 2016 1:14 PM  

Dunno how big this is, but Christie just declared for Trump, according to the BBC.

"Oh look, a parade! Let's get out in front."

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer February 26, 2016 1:15 PM  

@61

Sure, the system wasn't perfect, but at least the forms existed. And some areas were better than others. Russian serfs were basically slaves, England's were much better off.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 26, 2016 1:17 PM  

...I forget the rest but your mother's a whore!

Anonymous private joker February 26, 2016 1:22 PM  

"This is the same Robert Reich that declared in an open meeting to make sure that jobs would not go to white men."

Reich, like David Frum, has recognized that perhaps the Tribe may have made the goy a little too angry, so now they are trying to save face.

Blogger Gaiseric February 26, 2016 1:23 PM  

@75: Infowars is reporting it too. http://www.infowars.com/chris-christie-endorses-donald-trump-for-president/

And Breitbart: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/26/horse-race-livewire-rubiorobot-calls-trump-con-man-five-times/

Blogger Nick S February 26, 2016 1:25 PM  

Ahazuerus wrote:Dunno how big this is, but Christie just declared for Trump, according to the BBC.

"Oh look, a parade! Let's get out in front."


Yep. Surprise surprise. Fat Bastard endorses Dr. Evil., no doubt angling for the VP spot.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents February 26, 2016 1:25 PM  

Another reason to vote Trump: Al Sharpton might leave

Although it's more like Sharpton is just virtue signaling and is lying as usual. But another example of the pure entertainment value that the Trumpening has brought.

Blogger Salt February 26, 2016 1:25 PM  

So Chris Christie has endorsed The Donald. VP? Cabinet? Atty. General?

Blogger Josh February 26, 2016 1:27 PM  

So Chris Christie has endorsed The Donald. VP? Cabinet? Atty. General?

Secretary of Transportation

OpenID sigbouncer February 26, 2016 1:27 PM  

http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/24/roger-stone-responds-to-cnn-banning-him-and-details-how-a-trump-campaign-would-beat-sanders/

Veteran political consultant and former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone said there’s a reason he calls CNN the “Clinton News Network,” in an interview with The Daily Caller Tuesday.

“I heard from Media Matters. I’ve never heard from CNN, and they’ve never ever complained,” said Stone.

Media Matters announced Tuesday that it it received a statement from CNN that Stone will be banned from appearing on the network due to tweets featuring disparaging comments toward TV political analysts Ana Navarro and Roland Martin.

Stone called Navarro a “diva bitch,” and “borderline retarded.” He said Martin was a “stupid negro,” and called both of them “quota hires.”

He generally stands by his criticism of the two, saying, “My problem really is the same, whether it’s Roland Martin or Ana Navarro: why do we have people who have no qualification whatsoever to opine on political matters being asked their opinion?”

Stone continued, “Ana is a ‘Republican strategist?’ OK, what campaigns? Who are the people she’s elected? Name them. City council, county commission, governor, senator, congressman, president, anybody? And the answer is nobody.”

“Look, I’ve admittedly done and said many controversial things. But, I’m also a veteran of nine Republican presidential campaigns, and I’ve helped elect three Republican presidents, and I have a unique perspective on the current Republican front-runner. What is her credential? Other than being a Hispanic woman, what is her credential?” said Stone.

He believes her current role at CNN is a form of “casting,” due to her being a Hispanic woman. “She’s not their because of her intelligence. She’s not there because of her experience. She doesn’t know her ass from her elbow.”

Stone still doesn’t think that Trump should be worried about Rubio, saying, “Look, there’s a giant gap here in terms of stature. Donald Trump has built a billion-dollar company, he has the gravitas and the experience and the potential to be president. Marco Rubio is a promising young guy, but one does not become an expert in foreign policy by sitting in committee meetings in Washington.”

He added, “what has [Rubio] ever built? What has [Rubio] ever run?”

When asked about who Trump is thinking about for vice president, Stone replied nobody. “People presuppose that he’s diabolical, he’s just not like that, I think right now he’s focused on Nevada and will be until the polls close. And then tomorrow he’ll focus on the next round of primaries.” He added, “I don’t think he’s thought that far ahead nor does he have to.”

Stone recalled a conversation with Trump in the lead up the debates, “When I asked how he’d do in the debates. He said ‘I don’t know, I’ve never been in one before. Let’s see how it goes.’ I think he’s very in the moment.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/24/roger-stone-responds-to-cnn-banning-him-and-details-how-a-trump-campaign-would-beat-sanders/#ixzz41IePxNPa

Anonymous private joker February 26, 2016 1:28 PM  

"So Chris Christie has endorsed The Donald. VP? Cabinet? Atty. General?"

Cruz is such an Idiot. If he played his cards right (which is was doing in the beginning) he would be the No. 1 candidate for SCOTUS under a Trump presidency. Now, not so much.

Anonymous private joker February 26, 2016 1:30 PM  

"Yep. Surprise surprise. Fat Bastard endorses Dr. Evil., no doubt angling for the VP spot."

I still think that Trump picks Sessions to be the VP. He will need a life insurance policy against the Establishment, and Sessions is a good fit. Christie is a reliable establishment hack who provides no such life insurance.

Blogger clk February 26, 2016 1:39 PM  

"I'm hoping for a Palin VP pick, mostly so I can watch Feminists heads explode"

It looks like Chris Christie wants the job... that's probably who Trump was talking about when he said he wanted an insider...

Blogger BunE22 February 26, 2016 1:39 PM  

I saw the press conference. A reporter asked if Christie would be VP pick. Trump said he hasn't gotten that far, doesn't have a choice yet.

Christie said he has every intention of fulfilling his term as governor which ends in 2018. After that he intends to go into private business and make money like Trump. He would like, for one year of his life, to make more money than his wife.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer February 26, 2016 1:43 PM  

@86

Session gives him further credibility on how serious Trump is on actually doing something about illegal immigration and is from the South. Usually the nominee picks a VP from another region than they are are from to broaden their appeal. I don't know if that is needed in this case though. No way is the South going for Hillary or Bernie Sanders.

Blogger rycamor February 26, 2016 1:46 PM  

I'm not a Trump fan, but I have to agree that what's going on is a huge change in our politics. Both Sanders and Trump would have been considered impossible candidates a few months ago. Trump literally managed to get every single definable political group on the Right against him: establishment Republicans, the Hard Right, the libertarians, and the moderates, and yet he has come out on top. The rules have changed.

I don't yet know whether this bodes well or ill for America, but we should damned well get ready for either, and stop making plans based on the status quo.

OpenID sigbouncer February 26, 2016 1:49 PM  

No way Christie is Trump's VP. This makes no sense at all. Name the last time there was a NY/NJ ticket? You always get somebody from a part of the country that can help you win an area/areas that are in question. The best Christie could hope for is Attorney General.

http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/breaking-news-donald-j-trumps-vice-president-pick-leaked/

Blogger Aeoli Pera February 26, 2016 1:50 PM  

dc.sunsets wrote:@ Spartacus and Takin' a Look

I propose that the accounts payable records of Goldman Sachs be used to construct a list of people invited to a necktie party.


Seconded. Somebody needs to make sure to get Soros before he slithers into a hole.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian February 26, 2016 1:53 PM  

RUH ROH:

@realDonaldTrump

It is so important to audit The Federal Reserve, and yet Ted Cruz missed the vote on the bill that would allow this to be done.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/701868541545295872

Anonymous Eric the Red February 26, 2016 1:54 PM  

I detest liars such as Reich, who engage in political taqiyya. They are so marinated in the a sea of leftism that they cannot understand they are all wet. Is what he says true? Yes, up to a point. Is what he says the whole truth and nothing but the truth? No, never, because Reich is a leftist who paints every ill in terms of an unstated but underlying economic Marxism.

He refuses to see that the rage comes primarily from incessant leftist attacks and dismantling of free speech, traditions, gun rights, home ownership, public free expression of Christianity, family, morality, history, the white race, the Constitution, nationalism, etc. etc. etc. All these things are publicly spat upon every day we wake up. There is no succint way to describe the disgust and loathing that the forgotten American feels constantly, nor the helplessness to do anything about it short of some horrible armed insurrection with copious bloodletting.

What Reich is doing is another form of leftist propaganda. If and when Western Civilization is made whole again, smug liars like Reich will be lucky to simply be permanently stripped of US citizenship and banished to North Korea.

Blogger ZhukovG February 26, 2016 1:55 PM  

So, Mr. Reich has decided that he does not want a cigarette and a sunny wall, in front of which to enjoy it.

Blogger praetorian February 26, 2016 1:59 PM  

Popcorn please. Extra butter.. ya know what I mean? thankya.

Hug a Yankee, Nate.

He did this.

I was in this for the lulz, but Trump is doing more to increase the changes that The Fed gets audited good and hard than everyone else in the world combined, minus Ron Paul.

Anonymous map February 26, 2016 1:59 PM  

@78

What matters is not what Robert Reich is saying now. People are what they have always been:

http://truthisahatecrime.blogspot.com/2012/05/white-men-need-not-apply.html

Anonymous FitzRobert February 26, 2016 2:01 PM  

LES wrote:I am a union member. The country should be run like a labor union. The country's borders are picket lines and illegal and foreign workers are SCABS.

Hear him! Hear him!

OpenID sigbouncer February 26, 2016 2:12 PM  

"I was in this for the lulz, but Trump is doing more to increase the changes that The Fed gets audited good and hard than everyone else in the world combined, minus Ron Paul."

With Trump being audited by the Fed for 13 consecutive years now. You just know he wants to give the Fed an audit equivalent to a triple colonoscopy....

Blogger Nick S February 26, 2016 2:17 PM  

sigbouncer wrote:The best Christie could hope for is Attorney General.

That's probably a good call. That or official taster.

Blogger Alexander February 26, 2016 2:25 PM  

Crispy Chrispie suicide bombed Rubio so I did have a thought he might go this way. Good on him. No VP, agreed, but frankly I think Attorney General is where he'd be happiest if he cant be prez, so I don't think hed see it as a demotion from VP.

In all seriousness, the only pol I'd consider a net plus to Trump's ticket is Sessions. Anyone else is at best irrelevant.

Anonymous George of the Jungle February 26, 2016 2:34 PM  

The rest of the GOP candidates are to Trump re ideological zeitgeist, as Mark Twain's wife Livy was to Twain re swearing...

"You got the words right, Livy, but you don't know the tune."

Blogger Nate February 26, 2016 2:36 PM  

"With Trump being audited by the Fed for 13 consecutive years now. You just know he wants to give the Fed an audit equivalent to a triple colonoscopy...."

/facepalm

Blogger Nate February 26, 2016 2:43 PM  

"I am a union member. The country should be run like a labor union."

You mean the leaders charged with protecting the interests of the people and getting good deals for them should conspire with those looking to screw them over?

Sugartits the problem is the country is already run like a labor union.

Blogger Josh February 26, 2016 3:02 PM  

With Trump being audited by the Fed for 13 consecutive years now. You just know he wants to give the Fed an audit equivalent to a triple colonoscopy....

Your nurse needs to put your helmet back on so you'll stop licking the window.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 26, 2016 3:04 PM  

Nate 2016.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 26, 2016 3:05 PM  

I thought Christie was the Wall.

Blogger Salt February 26, 2016 3:11 PM  

@101 Sigbouncer

Best comment of the day.


/s

Blogger CarpeOro February 26, 2016 3:35 PM  

sigbouncer wrote:No way Christie is Trump's VP. This makes no sense at all. Name the last time there was a NY/NJ ticket? You always get somebody from a part of the country that can help you win an area/areas that are in question. The best Christie could hope for is Attorney General.

http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/breaking-news-donald-j-trumps-vice-president-pick-leaked/


You forget Bubba 1 and Bubba 2 - Arkansas and Tenesse. To early to rule out Christie entirely. Never confuse a candidates agreement on some points with you as an indication of having your best interest at heart. I'll vote for Trump, but I won't trust anything beyond actions.

Blogger Unknown February 26, 2016 3:41 PM  

Hillary will cut the jugular. Trump will tighten the noose. Make your choice; there is no other.

Blogger Joshua Sinistar February 26, 2016 3:45 PM  

These cucks have lost their tiny minds. That New Yawk sqawker Noonan says we're the unprotected? Who do we need protection from witch? The Government is our enemy not our master. All of youse got nothin' honey.
That dwarf Reicher is smoking crack if he thinks this is merely discontent. This system has no base. The Middle Class was America you stupid mental/physical midget. You need us, we need you like cancer.
This is a leech that needs to be burned off. This isn't a revolt. You got no power or cred. What do you have to offer us? Our own country? Fuck off, cucker. This ain't a negotiation. Those days are gone. We are coming for what is ours. You get in the way, you get run over.

Blogger Josh February 26, 2016 3:45 PM  

Dude you need to relax

Anonymous Shorty February 26, 2016 4:00 PM  

Price controls, forced membership dues, subsidized laziness, stiffled productivity....I'd say we're pretty close to being a union already.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 26, 2016 4:52 PM  

@55 VFM #7916
@44

Take Mexico city? I don't particularly want it. No point in holding the nation, either.
---

Take it, flip it, sell it to Brazil.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 26, 2016 4:55 PM  

@62 Snidely Whiplash
I'm hoping for a Palin VP pick, mostly so I can watch Feminists heads explode.
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What about Pat Buchanan?

Blogger CarpeOro February 26, 2016 5:02 PM  

RR and PN are doing what all good flunkies do - position themselves to be on the winning side. They cheer whoever appears to be on top until they guess wrong and are disposed of.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 26, 2016 5:03 PM  

@82 Nick S

Yep. Surprise surprise. Fat Bastard endorses Dr. Evil., no doubt angling for the VP spot.
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I don't think a North East 2-fer would play well in the rest of the country.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 26, 2016 5:07 PM  

@86 sigbouncer

Roland Martin

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Someone's mom was watching Laugh In when this one was born.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 26, 2016 5:09 PM  

John Rocker as VP - good insurance policy

Blogger Gaiseric February 26, 2016 5:10 PM  

What about Pat Buchanan?

These days, I'd probably prefer Jeff Sessions.

Anonymous Mr. Rational February 26, 2016 5:15 PM  

@97   Firing squads should be for the lower-tier traitors, like ethnic/gender grievance studies professors and diversity consultants.  The ones at Reich's level should be burned at the stake; the oligarchs, hanged, drawn and quartered.

@103   How about Tom Tancredo?  Kris Kobach for Attorney General.

@116   The last thing we need is Brazil on our border.

Anonymous Videmus Omnia February 26, 2016 5:19 PM  

Joshua Sinistar, did you write at C4P back in the day? If so I was there with you.

OpenID sigbouncer February 26, 2016 5:51 PM  

@101 For the high chair club, it was a metaphor.

OpenID sigbouncer February 26, 2016 6:00 PM  

"You forget Bubba 1 and Bubba 2 - Arkansas and Tenesse."

Good eye. I'd still wager no way Trump considers Christie for VP.

OpenID sigbouncer February 26, 2016 6:03 PM  

"Someone's mom was watching Laugh In when this one was born."

Good one. It didn't register when I first read his name.

Blogger Cinco February 26, 2016 6:52 PM  

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Blogger Cinco February 26, 2016 6:54 PM  

With Trump being audited by the Fed for 13 consecutive years now. You just know he wants to give the Fed an audit equivalent to a triple colonoscopy...

VD, we need a quote Hall of Shame.

Blogger Kona Commuter February 26, 2016 7:01 PM  

I liken the current set up like a rigged game that your opponent doesn't know they're playing. I mean, you're winning and winning easily because everything is in your favour (best spawn points, god mode, unlimited ammo, wall hacks, you're the admin so can boot real opponents etc etc). It's not fun because there's no challenge and your opponents lose but don't know why but by god they keep on trying (or new players enter). So you're not having fun but are you ever going to play fair and do away with your hacks? Hell no

Blogger ray February 26, 2016 8:32 PM  

'A respected political insider recently told me most Americans are largely content. “The economy is in good shape,” he said. “Most Americans are better off than they’ve been in years. The problem has been the major candidates themselves.”'


Bubble People. Insiders and pundits and experts and, fill in the bullshit blank. Completely cut-off from reality, the America I see transformed radically for the worse, dying by the week. Towns thriving when I visited in the Seventies or Eighties, just McZombietowns now, full of homeless men, tatted fat women, each generation more vile and selfish than the last. A lost nation.

Trump is a Bubble Boy too -- for all his bluster he has the soft chubby face of his life. But at least he's had to confront business-level reality, better'n nuttin, and isn't completely hermeticized like Beltway and Co.

Donnie didn't grow up with WC people and he didn't spend his life around them either. He doesn't really know them but at least allows them a temporary channel.

Blogger James Dixon February 26, 2016 8:58 PM  

> No VP, agreed, but frankly I think Attorney General is where he'd be happiest if he cant be prez, so I don't think hed see it as a demotion from VP.

I think he'd make an excellent ambassador to the UN.

Blogger The Other Robot February 26, 2016 9:05 PM  

A respected political insider recently told me most Americans are largely content. “The economy is in good shape,” he said. “Most Americans are better off than they’ve been in years. The problem has been the major candidates themselves.”

He clearly doesn't get out much.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 26, 2016 9:09 PM  

Unlike every other candidate, Trump doesn't obviously despise us, and that's good enough for me.

Blogger The Other Robot February 26, 2016 9:12 PM  

Now GoP Donors looking to an independent, True Conservative, bid?

Blogger The Other Robot February 26, 2016 9:27 PM  

Another reason to vote for Trump.

I hope these losers follow through!

Blogger James Dixon February 26, 2016 9:53 PM  

> I hope these losers follow through!

She so stupid she doesn't even know the difference between nominated and elected.

Blogger James Dixon February 26, 2016 9:55 PM  

Of course, I'm so poor at typing that I can't type 's, so maybe I shouldn't cast stones.

Blogger The Other Robot February 26, 2016 9:59 PM  

Who would have thought that this presidential election would be so entertaining?

Anonymous BGKB February 26, 2016 10:01 PM  

So Chris Christie has endorsed The Donald. VP? Cabinet? Atty. General?Secretary of Transportation
You do know that the bridge actually needed repairs, he didn't do construction for no reason.

Really? I'll have whatever Sick Fuck is smoking It might kill brain cells.

Trump has made everyone think past the sale so hard it's crazy. I almost wonder if Fox is being paid by Trump

That was Univision that has to pay Trump for breaking the contract. Trump knows what monsters under the bed they fear. If you want to watch heads explode fight to remove domestic partner benefits for GLBT couples that are not married, after all no more need to subsidize when marriage is on the table.

Seconded. Somebody needs to make sure to get Soros before he slithers into a hole.

Forget Soros eliminate his spawn. If no one can inherit it all his dirt might come out.

With Trump being audited by the Fed for 13 consecutive years now. You just know he wants to give the Fed an audit equivalent to a triple colonoscopy....

I have a feeling he wants to have a go at everyone who cheated in business more than him. He might auction off tickets to Madoff & Corzine's firing squads.

Anonymous Rolf February 26, 2016 10:27 PM  

Robert Reich wrote that? Wow. Either cognitive dissonance is reaching such Yuge Proportions it's even breaking into that ivory tower, or else it's the stopped clock syndrome. Amazing, either way.

Trump may be a loose cannon... but if everything around DC needs to be shot or rolled over, is that really such a bad thing? I'd love to see the reaction of the bureaucrats when he tell job-lots of them "you're fired!"

Blogger Were-Puppy February 26, 2016 11:47 PM  

@135 The Other Robot
Now GoP Donors looking to an independent, True Conservative, bid?
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If the gods must be laughing still, let it be Bloomberg

Blogger Were-Puppy February 26, 2016 11:50 PM  

@139 The Other Robot
Who would have thought that this presidential election would be so entertaining?
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I sure didn't, it's been the best so far in that regard

Blogger tridekka February 27, 2016 12:17 AM  

This thread reminded me that there haven't been any suicides involving bankers and nail guns recently. Did all those multiple wound suicides among financiers stop happening or just not get publicized? Things were on a roll there for a bit.

Anonymous Jack Amok February 27, 2016 12:55 AM  

Sugartits the problem is the country is already run like a labor union.

And it's starting to look more and more like Detroit to prove it.

Robert Reich wrote that? Wow. Either cognitive dissonance is reaching such Yuge Proportions it's even breaking into that ivory tower, or else it's the stopped clock syndrome. Amazing, either way.

Reich is one of those baffling types with a knack for identifying the right problem and proposing the wrong solution.

Blogger LP9 Rin Integra S.I.G. February 27, 2016 1:06 AM  

144 My bad, I was diverted/busied from my usual stressing out or tormenting (my) financial rapists.

Notice: I love people, love to observe them, listen, learn, etc., pray for them. natural Leo if one is inot that. Oh yeah and End Feminism to Save our Men, Women and families.

There is a magnet that reads, "if you believe all things are possible...", ok, attaching the bumpersticker that reads: end fed, arrestbankrz."

Blogger LP9 Rin Integra S.I.G. February 27, 2016 2:37 AM  

Robert Reich and his cohorts are not liked.

I am concerned with the frankenmedia pieces posting regarding Trump's business operations.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx February 27, 2016 3:05 AM  

LP9 Rin Integra S.I.G. wrote:

There is a magnet that reads, "if you believe all things are possible...", ok, attaching the bumpersticker that reads: end fed, arrestbankrz."


Here's one for ya, if only you can believe. Congrats to N. Korea on their new H bomb!

Blogger LP9 Rin Integra S.I.G. February 27, 2016 3:18 AM  

148, hilarious, what comedic truthful youth

Anonymous Discard February 27, 2016 3:57 AM  

Attorneys General are usually complete tools of the President, not people with an independent power base. The AT is the President's fixer. I'll bet that Trump knows lots of very capable fixers.

Blogger Gaiseric February 27, 2016 7:46 AM  

Rolf wrote:Trump may be a loose cannon... but if everything around DC needs to be shot or rolled over, is that really such a bad thing? I'd love to see the reaction of the bureaucrats when he tell job-lots of them "you're fired!"
Larry Correia reliably informs us that you CAN'T fire government workers. You CAN'T hire them on a project basis, so tripling the number of ICE agents is a terrible thing.

The problem I have more and more with libertarians and moderates is how dogmatic they are. "It can't be done! I don't care that they do this kind of stuff all of the time in the private sector, this time it's different!"

Blogger Charlie Martel 7359 February 27, 2016 8:10 AM  

Larry Correia reliably informs us that you CAN'T fire government workers. You CAN'T hire them on a project basis, so tripling the number of ICE agents is a terrible thing.

Delegate it to the states. Have the Sheriff become the "ICE officer." I'd rather deal with County Mounties crossing into Maine myself.

Blogger Charlie Martel 7359 February 27, 2016 8:15 AM  

In reality it's a power and money grab like a safe space at a university.

I sure hope the Newman Centre gets funded appropriately, since they were a safe space before it was cool.

Blogger Charlie Martel 7359 February 27, 2016 8:24 AM  

Exactly, people pontificating about how Trump is like Hitler or Mussolini don't seem to understand that if the system is not reformed a Hitler or Mussolini or Hugo Chavez is what we are going to get.

Ben "Remington" Garrison 2020

Blogger Charlie Martel 7359 February 27, 2016 8:30 AM  

Someone in the debate mentioned Donald Reagan

Blogger Charlie Martel 7359 February 27, 2016 8:45 AM  

@54 Fox is upset because his drug smuggling income will be cut off.

Remember when Telmex was sold to Carlos Slim and upgraded for CALEA (standard digital police/NSA wiretap capable)? Why do you think the Zetas built their own radio system?

Blogger Charlie Martel 7359 February 27, 2016 9:05 AM  

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Blogger Charlie Martel 7359 February 27, 2016 9:08 AM  

@61 Trump has made everyone think past the sale so hard it's crazy.

Trump reminds me a lot of a furniture salesman who ran Toronto before it was pozzed. The tone of voice especially.

Blogger LP9 Rin Integra S.I.G. February 27, 2016 10:09 PM  

The financial rape of this month on dad and I leaves me bereft. Not broken, not quite a victim, just rough lessons on the paths in austerity or the austere.

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