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#1 User is offline   pepperonikkid 

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  Posted 28 November 2017 - 07:07 PM

Spiced with Thanksgiving leftovers, the stench from the Swamp grows fowler.



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WILLIAM MURCHISON
November 28, 2017



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The messiness of the long-proverbial “mess in Washington” stands out this post-holiday week like a picked and evacuated turkey carcass. To itemize:

  • The tax debate, so called.

  • The furor over who’s to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — assuming you’ve heard of an enterprise disliked by many on account of its claimed self-sufficiency and virtual non-accountability to the rest of the government.

If we didn’t know before that the federal government is too big for Republicans or Democrats, either one, to bring under control, my, oh, my, we should know it now.

Let me rehearse the sorrowful record.

The tax debate, so-called, revolves in the Senate around the virtuous ambition of reducing the tax load on business, and thus energizing economic activity. The problem, as we have all noted from news accounts, proceeds from arguments over which taxes to cut or to raise in order to keep the 10-year deficit from growing. If Republicans “control” the Senate, they surely don’t act like it. A variety of prima donnas have this or that concern they want addressed before the Senate can get together with the House on what to do.

The nub of the matter is that the federal tax code has grown so complex that everybody has a different interest to be shielded from harm: an impossible job in a nation as large and complex as ours.

The federal tax system isn’t just a device for financing needed and worthy public services. The modern tax system is everything: our way of life, our motive force. Our regular calls on the federal government for help or encouragement tie us in knots that resist — like now — attempts at amelioration, inasmuch as helping one bunch of folks means, inevitably, hurting another bunch. Injuring anyone is the event politicians — including Republican politicians — dislike more than any other.

Then consider the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, whose feats of actual consumer protection we are free to praise or dispute. However, the immediate issue is who in the world is entitled to run it? With its original director, Richard Cordray, gone exploring options for the Ohio gubernatorial race, existing law seems ambiguous as to who takes his place temporarily. President Trump made bold to name his budget director as Cordray’s replacement, but Cordray, before heading out the door, claimed to nominate one of his subordinates: who is suing to keep the job.

A president’s authority over a federal agency is so limited he can’t install his own man without a legal fight? Seemingly. (Nor does Congress control the agency’s budget; CFPB gets its money from the Federal Reserve System.) What these arrangements do for accountability to the rest of the government is a matter for soothsayers to determine. Common sense suggests that accountability for actions is the not the preeminent concern of our leaders. Rather, success is — personal and ideological.

The complexity of modern life, and the sheer size of a country far bigger than the original 13 colonies, account for some of the difficulty with controlling government. However, not all.

Most of the time, subject to the perceived needs of the moment (e.g., protection of this or that constituency), government takes on an improvisational character. We make things up as we go along, as with Obamacare, speculating less about consequences than about immediate satisfactions attendant on public acclaim.

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 08:52 PM

I can't help picturing the Founding Fathers weeping.

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 10:04 PM

View PostMontyPython, on 28 November 2017 - 08:52 PM, said:

I can't help picturing the Founding Fathers weeping.

:(

Thereby joining the rest of us.

This is not what this country was, or is about.

If anyone wants a perfect analogy for the Barry years, it is the pairing of obamacare and the CFPB: partisan, subversive, opaque, and dictatorial.
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Posted 28 November 2017 - 11:37 PM

View PostHowsithangin, on 28 November 2017 - 10:04 PM, said:

Thereby joining the rest of us.

This is not what this country was, or is about.

If anyone wants a perfect analogy for the Barry years, it is the pairing of obamacare and the CFPB: partisan, subversive, opaque, and dictatorial.

And leftists wonder what's bugging us, all the while their quest for control is so all consuming that they'll sacrifice anything at the altar of power.
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