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The US Gang Problem

Business Journals seem to be publishing articles that are downright liberal recently. One interesting example is this article — “The four business gangs that run the US

No, two of them are not the Democratic and Republican parties. We’re talking about the gangs with real power. Here they are:

  • Military-industrial complex – Fifty years ago Dwight Eisenhower tried to warn us about this one, but did we listen?
  • Wall Street-Washington complex – That’s right, the “too big to fail” Wall Street gang. We cry out that we are out of money and that we have to fight deficits, but no check is too big to write to these masters of our universe.
  • Big Oil-transport-military complex – the folks that brought you two stupid wars (at least) in the middle east, suppressed most public transport and non-oil energy sources, got us to ignore climate change, filled our world with plastics that never degrade, invented planned obsolescence, and got the government to build one of the most socialistic things they’ve ever done: the federal highway system.
  • Healthcare industry – the people who swallow up an enormous 17% of our GDP and in return give us some of the worst health results in the developed world, and still somehow manage to convince a large number of Americans that this is a good thing.


  1. Jeff wrote:

    I agree with this completely. These groups have a lot more influence over our national politics, social policy, and way of life than we give them credit for. Just tackling one of these groups, forcing some regulations on them, and breaking up the monopoly they hold on private enterprise in their respective field would go a long way.

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4:32 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    Obama is villified by these groups and yet, and yet…….., he keeps getting his way. I just love watching it unfold, starting in 2004 when he gave his speech at the Democratic convention. And this is why the moderate Republicans (now gone from Congress) encouraged Obama to run.

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:02 am | Permalink
  3. tmf wrote:

    You can probably make a case for the newest gang – The geeks that control information technology

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink
  4. Jeff wrote:

    You could also add the corrections industry and it’s impact on immigration reform.

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink