On Morning Joe today, Sam Stein, Al Hunt, Andrea Mitchell and a few others talked about Bloomberg's latest poll that shows Obama winning by 13 points. It's truly fantastic that Obama has made such progress in a week. I'm impressed to the point of disbelief.
What really impressed me this morning is how much time shows like Morning Joe spend on the ins and outs of politics, and how they talk about very little about fundamental problems. Morning Joe did have Ron Paul on the show, and he discussed fundamental problems and solutions, and I give them kudoes for giving Paul a voice.
Earlier in the show, though, they showed a clip from the Jamie Dimon congressional hearing in which a representative asked Dimon why the government should allow JP Morgan to grow so big. Everyone talked about Dimon's intelligence and skill dealing with political matters, but no one addressed the mindset behind the representative's question, and Dimon's answer fot that matter -- why should government allow a private business to grow that big? Dimon answered that being big helps Morgan do what government wants it to do. This is where we have come -- no one thinks this conversation is at odds with America's past embrace of free market principles.
We now accept without question that government has the right to decide how big a company can grow -- it allows or disallows a company to grow. And the business community accepts that it's okay for a private company to do the bidding of the government. This government/corporate enmeshment is so complete that large corporations have become a part of the State machine. This is a fundamental problem, and it's one big reason why our economy has stalled, why there is high unemployment, and why we're drowning in debt. We desperately need a separation of State and Economy, but government is going full bore to gain more control over the economy and thus expand the power of the State. Central management of the economy through political means is destroying our nation, as it's destroyed much of the EU, and as it will eventually destroy the bubble being created by China.
Later in the show, Mika had her dad back on the show to give his views some exposure and to help him sell his new book. Mika's dad, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is lot like Scarborough -- they sound reasonable until you listen closely. ZB says that America should not enter into a war with Syria or Iran. Yes, good, let's get out the mideast and let them take care of their own problems -- but, wait, that's not what ZB wants to do. ZB is okay with controlling Iran and Syria, as a long as it's done in concert with other nations. As we know from the recent past, starting wars with the support of other countries means that we have a fig leaf covering us, and in the end, it's America's war. No, ZB, you should stop at America has no business intervening in Syria or Iran. Plus, when will we learn that the violent mideast dictator we want to overthrow is most times protecting himself from all the competing violent would-be dictators trying to kill him? And when will we quit pretending that a country like Iran is an actual threat to our country. These big-mouth, blustering, tin-pot dictators have blackmailed us for centuries, and we continue to give them credibility -- if we leave them alone, they will fall apart.
It's just like Scarborough writing why he voted for Ron Paul. That's good -- Scarborough is a libertarian -- no, wait, he's not. Scaroborough doesn't want to end the Fed, and Scarborough is not for separating the State and the Economy by creating a true free market. Scarborough just wants to cover all his bases, so at some point he can say he relates to Tea Party types, Centrist types and libertarian types, but at heart he's just a statist with a pragmatic/political bent, pure and simple.