Saturday, March 4, 2017

March, 2017, Part 3, Political Class INsanity: Corruption in NYC, Idiocy In Tucson, 57 States In The Union and More

It is the beginning of another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us. 

Today and for all of the insanity posts this month, let’s start off with a welcome piece of honest political dialog. It comes from a State Department spokesperson. Mark Toner, who is about to start the daily State Department press briefing. In a joking matter, he makes the following quote: "Welcome to the State Department. I think we have some interns in the back. Welcome. Good to see you in this exercise in transparency and democracy." 

He then burst out laughing at his own quote, indicating he also knew what a joke the Obama administration has been, especially Mr. Toner’s State Department, when it comes to cover ups, lack of transparency, denial of Freedom of Information Act requests, the prosecution of whistleblowers, etc. But at least it was a little refreshing to finally hear some actual honesty out of Washington as we see from the actual clip of the news conference:

With that context of honesty, let’s see what other insanity has been going down:

1) We have often pointed out how poorly the public schools in this country educate our kids. Despite spending trillions of dollars over the years for education, U.S. kids often finish behind dozens of other countries’ kids in standardized testing. Turns out, our schools do not do a much better job of educating our politicians either. 

According to Alyssa Canobbio, writing for the Washington Free Beacon on January 28, 2017, Tom Perez, the recently elected new head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), recently spoke in front of the Washington Democrats at a DNC conference in Atlanta: "Sally [Boynton Brown] and I had lunch a number of times talking about our shared interest in building 57 state parties that work." Yes, the head of the Democratic party thinks that there are 57 states in the country. I can name 50, I wonder what and where he thinks the other seven are. 

But this should not surprise us since another famous Democrat, former President Barack Obama, once said during his bid for the President back in 2008: “I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go." What is it with Democrats that they do not even know how many states there are in the country? Pathetically insane.

The videos of both screw ups can be accessed at:

2) Earlier this week we reported on how New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio, had his priorities all screwed up. Rather than focusing on the problems facing his own voters and citizens, he was writing angry letters to Wells Fargo executives about some pipeline issue happening halfway across the country. 

But bad priorities like this might be the least of de Blasio’s problems. According to Chris Enloe, writing for The Blaze website on February 26, 2017: 

  • Mayor de Blasio was recently questioned by Federal investigators for 5 hours regarding a corruption probe the investigators were working on.
  • The investigation has been going on for over a year. 
  • CNN reported that de Blasio and high ranking members of his staff are “under scrutiny for issues related to fundraising for his 2013 campaign.”
  • There is the possibility that members of his administration tried to avoid state campaign finance laws regarding donations directed towards state senate elections several years ago.
  • The New York Times had previously reported that two separate grand juries have been hearing testimony in both Federal and state investigations.
  • Likely involved in the 5 hour interview was Andrew Goldstein, the head of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s public corruption unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell Capone.
  • The mayor denies any wrongdoing, of course.
And of course, the mayor and his potential cohorts are innocent until proven guilty. 

3) We recently discussed the reality that people want to be free, that it is a basic human right and urging. And that yearning for freedom involves keeping as much of the wealth that they earn as a result of working hard at their professions. Our discussion reviewed the reality that both people and businesses are fleeing California in record numbers as the state government and its ruling political class place a heavier tax and regulation burden on state citizens and businesses, reducing the freedom of both groups considerably.

And now we find out that it is not just smaller and mid-sized businesses that are leaving California because of the oppression. Consider the reporting of Gateway Pundit writer, Ryan Saavedra, on February 19, 2017:

  • According to a recent article from Investor’s Business Daily, chocolate company Nestles is getting out of California by moving its Glendale headquarters to Rosslyn, Virginia.
  • The move will take 1,200 jobs out of the state and move them clear across the country.
  • While the company has said that it is moving to “be closer to its core customers,” that is obviously a sham since its core customers are consumers spread out all over the country and the world, their core customers are not concentrated on Rosslyn, Virginia.
  • Whatever their official reason is, the state of California has lost 1,200 headquarters jobs, jobs that were likely higher than average paying jobs and lost them likely as a result of the anti-businesses mindset of California politicians.
  • This previous assertion is likely correct since according to a report and analysis from Spectrum Location Solutions in 2016, Nestle joins oer 1,680companies that have left California since 2008.
Politicians screwing lives of thousands, so typical.

4) Sometimes government bureaucracies do stuff that make you just shake your head. The Tuscon News, in a February 17, 2017 article by Kristin Haubrich, recently reported on such an example that shows how over reaching government can be so stupid and inane:

  • A local Arizona cosmetology is under government investigation for giving free haircuts to homeless folks in his community.
  • Think about that insanity for a moment: a good Samaritan citizen is helping homeless folks feel a little better about themselves, maybe even giving them a better job at a job opportunity because they have a nicer appearance and the government is upset about it.
  • The gentleman, Juan Carlos Montes de Oca has given free haircuts to dozens of homeless people in a park over the past several months:“Out of the kindness of my heart. Out of the memory of my mom, because she lost her hair,” Juan Carlos Montes de Oca said.
  • Both parties, Mr. de Oca and the homeless customers, enter into this free relationship their own free will, no one is forcing either sider to do something against their will or charging outrageous prices for the service, it is free, out fo the goodness of Mr. Oca’s heart.
  • Mr. Oca was once homeless himself so he probably has an appreciation of what a current homeless person is going through, it is called compassion.
  • But God forbid that an American do something good for others, for free, without a government bureaucracy getting involved since the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology is investigating Mr. Oca for practicing without a license since, according to state laws, “A person shall not perform or attempt to perform cosmetology without a license or practice in any place other than in a licensed salon.” 
  • Which assumes that a homeless person has the money, access to and desire to visit a “licensed salon.”
  • A state bureaucrat tried to justify this insanity by saying giving someone a haircut could be unsanitary and “working outside a licensed salon and using an unlicensed person, is a “real risk.””
Unreal. This is what happens when government bureaucracies get too big and do not have a real function in society. They start to make up stupid stuff to justify their existence. And the obesity of their operation eventually enters the surreal world of idiocy like this example proves. A wonderful person trying to perform a very safe, free,and caring act for those less fortunate is now the enemy of the state.

That will do it for today’s inanity: Arizona government out of control, business flight from California continues, New York City politicians under serious investigation, and another Democrat who does not know how many states there are.

More insanity tomorrow.

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