crony capitalism

Washington Cronyism Costs You – Big Time

Yesterday, the Charles Koch Institute hosted a panel discussion on the cost of government cronyism – and the numbers were truly astonishing. Yet, the consensus or “top takeaways” of the panel were that taxpayers have no idea what government cronyism really costs them, how pervasive it is and how it distorts the economy by using politics and political connections, instead of free markets, to pick winners and losers.

Crony Capitalism Pays Big For Democratic Donor Elon Musk

Billionaire tech mogul and pop technologist Elon Musk says none of the taxpayer incentives his businesses receive are necessary, "but they are all helpful." Helpful might be an understatement, with its lobbying expenses and Musk’s campaign contributions, SpaceX will enjoy more than a 3,000 percent return on its investment in Texas’ political process if it decides to build its new launch facilities in Brownsville – not bad in an environment where beating a 6% rate of return is considered very difficult for the average small business.

Lobbyist Advises GOP to Spend Big, Think Small

Streiff, Red State

What GOP estab. lobbyist and consultant John Feehery is not-so subtly pushing is a program of increased gov't spending that Obama will sign into law. He has editorialized in favor of crony capitalism. He's not interested in the future of the U.S. or the GOP. He's interested in lining his wallet.

Pre-Election Conservative Agenda Item: Stop Ex-Im Bank Extension

Special interests, such as the US Chamber of Commerce are furious with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, claiming he is “appeasing the Tea Party” by joining the opposition to extending the Ex-Im bank, conservatives must work to hold and firm-up his support for our position. Tell Kevin McCarthy to oppose the reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank: sign and share our petition now.

Levin: US Chamber Run By 'Big Gov't Statist'

Breitbart TV

Mark Levin slammed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over their backing of D's in several races. “The Chamber is run by a chameleon, Tom Donohue. He supported the stimulus, defends major parts of OCare, supports deficit spending, raising the debt limit, & TARP. He's a crony capitalist of the worse kind."

Politicians Befriend Big Business, Undermine Free Markets

Eric Cantor's defeat is a useful reminder that even the political class is ultimately accountable to the people, but only by sharing that message widely do we have any chance of rolling back the rampant political privilege and cronyism which dominates Washington today.

Can Anti-Corporatist Populism Save the GOP’s Electoral Fortunes?

Brandon Finnigan, The Federalist

A Republican Party that taps sentiment against government-business collusion can get its groove back.

Crony Capitalists Seek Protection

Angelo M. Codevilla, Library of Law and Liberty

Mitch McConnell confessed to big business bureaucrats that he and other Establishment R's want to remain their link to gov't money and favors. He asked them to open their wallets lest his kind be overwhelmed by Tea Party conservatives — the real threats to the gov't spending and regulations by which big business thrives.

Will The Tea Party Strike Out Crony Capitalism in Atlanta Braves “Grand Scam?”

Secret negotiations, misuse of public funds, politicians funneling money to favored businesses, and purposely keeping the public in the dark -- it sounds like just another day in Washington. Yet, the latest shameful misdeeds involve the big government establishment Republicans who run Cobb County, Georgia and a pricey Major League Baseball stadium.

Even Jeb Fighting Crony Capitalism

Tal Kopan, Politico

Jeb Bush, speaking as the honoree at the annual Jack Kemp Leadership Award Dinner, laid out ways conservatives can advance the “American idea” that the dinner’s namesake advocated. Bush advocated free market principles, especially in energy policy, and repeal of OCare.

GOP’s Future in Libertarian Hands

Anthony Furey, Human Events

Beating back big government is the message the party can use to win over a skeptical electorate.

Republicans Attack Corporate Pork

Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner

Republicans have finally gone beyond mere talk in addressing the problem of crony capitalism.

Conservatives Need to Fix ‘The Game’

Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner

The wealthy and well-connected prosper with big government, so R’s need a populist response.