The American Nomenklatura
Liberty Minute October 16 2014
Author P.J. O?Rourke has defined politics as the process of obtaining wealth and power without merit. It is also a singularly lucrative racket for those who are related to people in positions of political power.
Andrew Jackson famously referred to this arrangement as the ?spoils system.? In the Soviet Union, the entrenched, self-sustaining elite that enriched itself through government was called the Nomenklatura. A new study from the public interest group CREW ? or Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington ? describes, in nauseating detail, the creation of a fully realized American nomenklatura.
Nineteen members of Congress employ family members on their staff, which isn?t surprising. The rate of compensation, however, is stunning: $6.8 million in salary for these beneficiaries of nepotism. A total of 298 members of Congress have earmarked roughly $3.8 billion for organizations connected to themselves or their relatives. Eighty-five relatives of incumbent members of Congress are registered lobbyists involved in $1.2 billion in lobbying contracts.
Virginia Democratic Congressman James Moran describes Congress as ?the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.?
Unlike private corporations that manufacture goods or provide services, the economic entity Moran describes makes nothing of value, and serves only itself.
Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.