As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Membership Has Its Privileges

I've seen three of these articles in the last 24 hours.

"Many of the pundits attacking government health insurance rely on government health insurance for their own families."

That includes all the older pundits who are eligible for Medicare, the former lawmakers like FreedomWorks' Dick Armey who have government pensions, academics at public universities, etc.

" Subprime Lenders Getting U.S. Subsidies"

The lenders who fueled the bubble by giving away loans with almost no standards for payback are reaping billions from the government's foreclosure prevention program, getting subsidies to lower loan terms for their borrowers.

"The CIA's post-torture profits"

I'll just blockquote this one:

Adding insult to injury, some of those responsible have been rewarded with lucrative careers in the private sector. (George) Tenet, for example, is making millions of dollars in the intelligence business, including as a board member for defence contractor QinetiQ. And Jose Rodriguez, the former director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service who ordered the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes, works with former CIA director Mike Hayden at the oddly named National Interest Security Company, an intelligence contractor. It's shameful that people responsible for one of America's darkest chapters are so richly rewarded.

It's a very familiar pattern, as you can see. DC takes care of DC.

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