"Fascism and communism both promise "social welfare," "social justice," and "fairness" to justify authoritarian means and extensive arbitrary and discretionary governmental powers." - F. A. Hayek"

"Life is a Bungling process and in no way educational." in James M. Cain

Jean Giraudoux who first said, “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”

If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. Sir Winston Churchill

"summum ius summa iniuria" ("More laws, more injustice.") Cicero

As Christopher Hitchens once put it, “The essence of tyranny is not iron law; it is capricious law.”

"Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan

"Law is where you buy it." Raymond Chandler

"Why did God make so many damn fools and Democrats?" Clarence Day

"If I feel like feeding squirrels to the nuts, this is the place for it." - Cluny Brown

"Oh, pshaw! When yu' can't have what you choose, yu' just choose what you have." Owen Wister "The Virginian"

Oscar Wilde said about the death scene in Little Nell, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

Thomas More's definition of government as "a conspiracy of rich men procuring their own commodities under the name and title of a commonwealth.” ~ Winston S. Churchill, A History of the English Speaking Peoples

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” ~ Jonathon Swift

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Information Overload on Steroids Going Nowhere - Think Tanks

Have you ever joined a Think Tank, especially a Washington Think Tank?
I joined a few over the years. You get to hear speeches, see famous people, go to lunchens in opulent locations, formal banquets and listen to policy. Endless Policy. White Papers, Pamphlets, Magazines and Books that accompany membership drives and fees and donations. There is a constant flow of paper to you and constant requests for funds.
There are great resident scholars and experts; endless research studies, events, blogs and commentary. It is all great stuff, but overwhelming and overloading. 
The officers and resident members have calls to action and submission of documents to influence legislation. Little seems to come of it. 
But are they just another link in the elite chain that contains, maintains and locks in the Washington establishment?
For all the thinking, so much of it seems to just be in the tank. m/r
"... think tanks as part of a Washington culture that has failed to implement good governance, while becoming beholden to donors."
By Josh Rogin ThPublished Jan. 17, 2017

 For decades, Washington think tanks have been holding pens for senior government officials waiting for their next appointments and avenues of influence for sponsors of their research. Donald Trump's incoming administration is bent on breaking that model. 

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