When the United States government goes shopping for contractors, there is an inherent tension between two competing desires for whom the Feds hire.
You’d like to see the gigs go to American companies and people. But you’d like the taxpayers to get the best deal – and that might mean non-American companies and people.
But there’s a superseding factor – that trumps this inherent tension…and everything else Corruption. If one of the bidders is corrupt – it doesn’t matter if they’re foreign or domestic. They are out of consideration.
“The T-X program has been established to enable the United States Air Force to buy a new two-seat jet trainer for fast-jet training to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon; the average age of the T-38 fleet is over 50 years. About 350 aircraft are expected to be ordered to replace the T-38, but further purchases could push the overall purchase to over 1,000.”
Ok – it definitely sounds like its time for some new planes. Who’s seriously in the running for the gig? (more…)
There’s a little Internet company known as Amazon (market cap: $919 billion).
Owned by a slightly rich guy named Jeff Bezos (net worth: $150 billion).
This plucky little Bezos with his plucky little Amazon company – is REALLY good at securing government cronyism…from any and every level of government.
While we ordinarily loathe cronyism – we do like to foster the growth and development of plucky little companies like Amazon. So if Bezos can secure for his Amazon advantageous government thumbs on economic scales – who are we to complain?
We kid. We’re kidders. Bezos is the richest man in the history of the planet. His Amazon is almost certain to be the second $1 trillion company (after Apple).
Yet governments everywhere are throwing tens of billions of our dollars at Bezos’ Amazon. (more…)
I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I have been that more Americans do not better understand how awful global trade – as constituted for decades – has been for Americans and America.
I thoroughly understand how anti-knowledge our government schools and colleges are. And our nation is chock full of victims of these institutions – so their ignorance is certainly understandable.
But as I write this, I realize the knowledge divide yet again seems to exist – at Washington, D.C.’s city limits. The Amercian people in the hinterlands are their usual good-common-sense-selves. It is the DC “experts” who are yet again struggling with Reality.
The Donald Trump Administration incursion into our nation’s capital – is injecting some American know-how into DC’s know-nothingness. Hence all the disruption and discontent we’ve seen amongst The Elite.
The Swamp’s #Resistance to the clean-up is angry, screechy and often violent – but in a sense understandable. They’ve been living high on our hog for decades. When We the People finally call for an end to the Gravy Train – its passengers aren’t going to disembark quietly. (more…)
The Left loathes those who lobby Congress. Well, those who lobby Congress for less government. The others – not so much.
The Left loathes these Congressional lobbyists…almost certainly because they are expressly defended in the Constitution – and we know the Left isn’t at all fond of the Constitution.
For the government school victims in our midst, here’s the Constitution’s First Amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
For the benefit of the government school victims in our midst – we bolded the pertinent parts. (more…)
Network Neutrality is absolutely awful policy. It is a huge government imposition on the entirety of the Internet. It has zero business being even considered – by any nation laying even the remotest claim to being a free market economy.
Net Neutrality is a ginormous Fourth Amendment violation. Private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have spent more than $1 trillion building their Web networks. Net Neutrality mandates nigh limitless government access to – and control of – those networks. Net Neutrality is no Probable Cause, no Warrants – just one humongous, all-encompassing, infinite Unreasonable Search and Seizure.
Net Neutrality is a ginormous First Amendment violation. Private ISPs can assemble – or not assemble – their private networks…any way they wish. Completely free from government interference or imposition. And in those privately assembled spaces – speak any way they wish. Completely free from government interference or imposition. Net Neutrality dumps all over all of this.
You don’t hear too many anti-Net Neutrality, free market, defenders-of-Reality people – make these particular Constitutional cases. I believe this has been a giant mistake. Constitutional rights should always be expressly defended – whenever they are under attack. (more…)