We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...For this purpose, Clinton, working with Webster Hubbell and Vince Foster, stole hard copies of the billing records of the Rose law firm where they were partners. They erased the electronic version of these records. One set of the documents was later found in the White House, just outside Hillary’s private office, by an employee. Another set was found in Foster’s attic by his widow, some years after he committed suicide. Clinton’s time sheets (handwritten, as was the practice back in the day) were never found.
The theft of the billing records occurred on March 7, 1992. It was then that a story on Whitewater/Castle Grande by New York Times reporter Jeff Gerth “hit the wire.” That night, Rose Law Firm documents were passed to a Clinton campaign aide in the firm’s parking lot.
I misread the Big Bureacracy as "regrets" not beget. As if.
"The improper payment rates for the earned income tax credit and school breakfast programs, for example"
I have three kids in public indoctrination. Every year at the beginning of the new school year I get about 100 papers dumped on me for the same information: emergency contact, who is allowed to pick up my child and about 7 papers begging me to enroll my kid in the school lunch program - FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE IF YOU Can't AFFORD IT!. And probably 3 papers with information about the free program, who can apply, how to apply...
Every year I think, if you are this hard up, they should make you work a little harder for that gimmethat freebies, instead of wasting all that paper because it goes directly into my burn pile.
My contribution to particulate matter and global worming. And there's absolutely no shame anymore in being hard up. You're owed that!
Re: Four Lost Decades: The Bumbling Incompetence Of The Power Elite
I don't think the Fed is completely responsible the lost decades, but they are responsible some of it and entirely for the loss in value of our money (a hidden tax).
I think Jim Grant said it well recently (to paraphrase): The Fed has 700 Phd economists on its payroll and that they either need 701 or none because it's not working. None of their models warned them of the crash of 2006 and 2007.
Where they went wrong was: 1. not managing the budget, not reigning in spending. Both parties are at fault although arguably the Democrats never tried and never intended to. 2. Not allowing the economy to adjust/reset to the economic crashes. By pumping money into the economy to prop it up they made the problem far worse and the inevitable crash that we still face far larger.
Our national debt has more than doubled in the last 7 years. $19 trillion more or less. The problem with the debt is three fold: 1. We cannot and will not ever pay it of. We don't even want to pay it off. Sooner or later we must default on the debt. 2. We cannot afford to pay the interest on it. Yes we pay the interest today but that is thanks to a insanely low interest rate held low exactly so we can hide the huge negative effect of that debt payment. 3. We cannot even wean ourself off borrowing. We have averaged borrowing $1.4 trillion a year for the last 7 years. We have resorted to hiding it and lying about it rather than putting the facts on the table.
This cannot continue, sooner or later the piper must be paid. But in the meantime we will make it worse because as interest rates rise taxes will have to rise to keep default at bay. Congress will also resist any attempts at constructive or meaningful reductions in spending. All of this is nothing more than politicians putting off the inevitable in an attempt to not have the great depression begin on their watch.
Of the Clinton dishonesties and coverups, two struck me as objectively worse, though their practical result was less evil than lesser sins with greater consequence: 1) Sending for the FBI files of political opponents early in their reign - they gave the excuse that it was about possible seating arrangements at WH dinners, and the press waved it off. 2) Blocking the FBI from going into Vince Foster's office until Hillary and Webb have shined it up.
Those are the actions of Latin American, SE Asian, or Soviet Bloc governments. Even the most corrupt of European and Anglospheric governments di no such things.
Assistant Village Idiot