Skip to comments.Politics Pays: No society can long thrive by making its innovators subservient to its bureaucrats.
Posted on 06/29/2014 3:41:49 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
Chelsea Clinton, from her $10.5 million perch on Gramercy Park, declares that she finds it impossible to care about money. Bill and Hillary Clinton, shuttling between their multimillion-dollar homes Chappaqua, Washington, the $200,000-a-month rental in the Hamptons denounce the wicked rich and protest that they are not truly well off. A professor of poverty and left-wing activist at the University of North Carolina School of Law is paid $200,000 per annum to teach a single class; anti-inequality crusader Elizabeth Warren was paid $350,000 per annum to teach a single class and thinks deeply about the plight of the little guy in her $1.7 million Cambridge mansion. The city of Bell, Calif., was nearly bankrupted by the very generous salaries its political class secured for themselves: nearly $800,000 per annum for the chief executive of the modest Los Angeles suburb, on his way to collecting a $1 million annual pension. (Several Bell leaders were later charged with misappropriating millions of dollars worth of public money for their own benefit.) Philadelphia was paying the feckless chief executive of its violent and defective government schools some $350,000 a year before the mayor got around to firing her, but not before the city wrote her a check for nearly $1 million to make her go away and then she filed for unemployment benefits. A Philadelphia police lieutenant on an $87,000 annual salary takes home nearly $200,000 after nearly a hundred grand in overtime kicks in. The head of the Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal enterprise, was paid nearly $6 million in 2013; the agencys chief financial officer and chief lawyer were paid $2.1 and $1.9 million, respectively, that same year. The school superintendent in Lubbock, Texas, is paid nearly a quarter-million dollars a year.
Consider a separate but not entirely unrelated economic development under way at the same time: A number of innovative technology firms, including Uber, Lyft, and AirBNB, are under attack from entrenched, politically connected economic interests. Uber and Lyft threaten the privileges of politically protected taxi cartels and the unions attached to them, while AirBNB subverts the traditional hotel arrangement. Each of those services takes something that it is perfectly legal to do for free allowing a traveler to use your home temporarily, giving somebody a lift to the airport and allows people to do them for money. (Here one is reminded of George Carlins argument for the legalization of prostitution: Selling is legal. F****** is legal. Why isnt selling f****** legal? There are a great many reasons for that, none of which apply to charging a fee for car service.) Which is to say, these services allow ordinary people to generate revenue by making the most out of otherwise underutilized assets, a possibility that is of non-trivial concern as participation in the work force plunges.
Uber, AirBNB, et al. are very popular with consumers and producers alike. In fact, that is the reason that politicians and the entrenched economic interests in whose service they operate are dedicated to destroying them: Nobody would worry about Uber if so many consumers did not judge it preferable to traditional cartel-run taxi services. The very fact that Uber is in the judgment of many consumers a better product is what provides the motive for destroying it. That is economic, intellectual, and moral perversion, but that is how politics operates. Its mandate is to stand between consumers and producers until it gets its cut.
On the one hand, we have Category A, comprising products and services that people willingly eagerly embrace, which provide better goods at better prices. (It doesnt matter if you think thats true; economic values are subjective, and consumers like what they like.) On the other hand, we have Category B, comprising products and services that cannot earn revenue on their own, and that pay their employees and executives inflated salaries out of money collected at gunpoint through the tax system. What is most perverse about this arrangement is that the firms in Category A are obliged to ask the parasites in Category B for permission to engage in commerce. In any rational society, something close to the reverse would be the case, and those entrusted with the management of our common affairs would look to the most productive and innovative firms and thinkers for guidance in how to go about managing the public business. In a rational society, the powers that be in New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle would be bringing notebooks to their meetings with technology entrepreneurs instead of whips and palms eager to be crossed with payoffs.
Pigs get slaughtered.
Loser Chelsea (who appears not to have worked a day in her life) lives in Chelsea not Gramercy Park. But I’m so happy she survived jogging around the World Trade Center on 9/11. I was so worried about her. I’m still scratching my head about how you actually could jog around the old World Trade Center but that’s a question for tomorrow.
> Pigs get slaughtered.
The Clintons remind me of these bible verses:
Romans 1:22 - 1:32
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
No society can long thrive by making its innovators subservient to its bureaucrats.
Tell this to an ignorant socialist, they’ll never ever get it, as they either too dumb or too educated.
...”Its mandate is to stand between consumers and producers until it gets its cut”...
Please, someone, explain to me how this is different than organized crime. Is this not just legalized “shake down?” We once had a book in our home, “The Collapse of Complex Societies.” Has big government become so big and so corrupt that no one can get to the bottom of the crimes committed against us or so complex that it is just beyond the average citizen’s ability to understand? Is this how tyrants take over nations?
Time for guillotines.
Take Sheila Jackson Lee, The Reverend Al & Jesse, Ben Jealous (CEO of NAACP), all pull in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year...and they pretend to represent the negro?
While you tootle down to the corner store to pick up beans and rice, these folks are dining in luxury. While you figure out where to get the money to replace that worn left rear tire, they're being shuttled around in limos.
Don't you get it? You're community, the black community is wallowing in poverty while these crooks bask in wealth...you dime!
Continue to vote for Oligarchs (that's the few wealthy that control the masses of poor), expect to continue to struggle. Wake up black America...the illegal messy-cans are taking YOUR jobs. Bill and Hill are helping make that happen. Choice is yours. You can put the first black president (as first husband) back in the white house or you can seek to break the chains of dependency.
Amen Kevin amen....
Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. A sort of business advice regarding profit margins. Being greedy will cost you customers.
The political criminals claim legitimacy for their theft, by pointing to universal suffrage and doing the will of the voters. Otherwise, the two groups (government and mafia) are not distinguishable.
The black community isn’t wallowing on its own dime. It is a beneficiary of the TAXPAYER’s dime. Naturally, those in that community will vote for the politicians who are more generous with handouts from the public treasury.
The comrades in arm always denounce what they do best see Obama&Co.
Ah. Thanks for the correction. I’d always heard it the way I posted it.
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