Monday, October 21, 2013
Assorted Stuff for October
That Unfortunate Website
Well, the federal ACA website has bombed big-time. The O is taking the heat, but we should remember he's not personally responsible for everything. On the other hand, his people did sign the contracts with the private sector contractors who screwed it all up.
Unfortunately, we no longer are allowed to create federal agencies to take care of such major efforts. We have to divvy up the money to be made on such projects among private sector contractors, probably because the public sector doesn't have enough lobbyists.
Holderman v. Dimon
It appears that J.P.Morgan-Chase will be paying 13 billion bucks to resolve most of its liabilities from the mortgage crisis. Maybe it's not entirely fair, because Dimon's bank didn't own WaMu or Morgan-Stanley when they racked up lots of the losses.
What the hell. J.P.Morgan-Chase picked up WaMu and Morgan-Stanley at bargain basement prices. Dimon didn't have to be goosed along too hard, and at the moment, it seems that his farts still don't stink.
The whole thing is making Holderman look better than usual — to wit, he's doing something other than chasing down leakers. Is 13 billion enough? Who knows?
As in Iraq, we're having problems leaving troops behind after the scheduled "withdrawal," because we want our troops to be immune from local and national law. Murder? Rape? Really, we'd rather try them back home.
Personally, I don't see the problem. Afghanistan is so corrupt, it should be fairly inexpensive to bail the naughty boys out of their trouble, not that I necessarily approve. On the other hand, some Special Forces asshole could wind up being a political asset for whoever happens to replace Karzai.
If we don't leave any troops behind, it is quite likely that Congress will decide to stop financing the Afghan military. That's okay by me. They hate us and our imperialism pretty much all over the world, so Afghanistan should not be especially "special."