This guy Kass has a persuasive take on the revolution brewing in the US.
He begins with Hastert who--besides his perversion-problem--used his office to benefit Hastert. Land deals, just like Harry Reid (surprise!!) It's all Chicago/Illinois stuff.
...Illinois is where big-spending, big-government Republicans served as
handmaidens to big-spending, big-government Democratic machine bosses
from Chicago. They made deal after deal, and got fatter and fatter, and
spent and spent, decade upon decade upon decade.
Now Illinois is broke and can't pay its bills....
...Years ago, I began calling the political arrangement here the
Combine, a play on the farm machinery chopping down everything before
it, and on bipartisan bosses who ran things in combination.
business leaders funded both parties. They relied on the Daleys and
other Machine Democrats to maintain control of the city and give them
what they wanted and if Republicans balked, they would have their ears
pulled by the money guys....
Familiar stuff. The RoadBuilders demand MOAR ROADS!! Wisconsin Manufacturers/Commerce demands MOAR CHEAP LABOR!! (and MOAR BABY-PARTS!!!) The Democrats demand MOAR WELFARE!!, which fits neatly with the MOAR CHEAP LABOR!! demands, eh?
The same stuff went national with Hastert, Bush, and now Obozo.
...And now in Washington even the meat puppets can't deny the Illinois
Combine dynamic has been writ large: Big corporate and big government
interests on one side — the Combine driving the Leviathan — while
American taxpayers and families and small businesses are fed into the
For all the legitimate shrieking from Republicans condemning Obama
for profligate spending, they conveniently skip over the Bush years and
the ridiculous 15,000 congressional earmarks in 2005, and that Bridge to
Nowhere, and so much more.
The deals allowed Bush to buy
political support for his disastrous invasion of Iraq, another reason
why wars are always corrosive. The political garbage — the earmarks, the
deals, the overspending to buy today's politics with tomorrow's money —
was liquefied. It seeped out upon America from under the Orwellian
phrase of the day, "Big Government Conservatism."
Meantime, Reince Priebus wonders how in Hell The Donald gets all that support. Maybe Reince should have spent a lot more time with his ears open at Mama Mia's instead of being there with his mouth open.
This is not new. GKChesterton called it 'Hudge and Gudge' back in the early 1900's. We note that England is now a second-rate world player.
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