Crony Capitalism

CONGRESS:: Cronies ’R’ Us | WeeklyStandard

By at May 24, 2012 | 1:00 pm

CONGRESS:: Cronies ’R’ Us | WeeklyStandard

BY ANDREW FERGUSON -- We were struck last week by a pair of instances of Republicans doing what Republicans do—one encouraging, one not so much. On the encouraging side, we had Sen. Tom Coburn, who never fails to lift a faltering conservative heart. He gave an interview to a blogger for the Washington Post, though we won’t hold that against him. In it he said many ... Go To Article

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YUVAL LEVIN:: Our Age of Anxiety | WeeklyStandard

By at May 20, 2012 | 8:42 am

YUVAL LEVIN:: Our Age of Anxiety | WeeklyStandard

MAY 28, 2012, VOL. 17, NO. 35 • BY YUVAL LEVIN There is something very strange about the 2012 presidential race so far. The election comes at a time of extraordinary public unease, which clearly demands some response from the political system, and especially from the men running for the highest office in the land. But the two presidential candidates are both running ... Go To Article

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VDH’s PRIVATE PAPERS:: Cabinets Gone Wild

By at May 12, 2012 | 12:35 am

VDH’s PRIVATE PAPERS:: Cabinets Gone Wild

By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, May 11, 2012 - We've had some unusual Cabinet secretaries in past administrations — Earl Butz, John Mitchell and James Watt come to mind — but never anything quite like the present bunch. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has overseen some $5 trillion in new debt. To help pay for it, he wants the rich — the top 1 percent already ... Go To Article

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WARREN BUFFETT’S latest tax dodge | WashEx

By at April 15, 2012 | 2:10 pm

WARREN BUFFETT’S latest tax dodge | WashEx

BY Barbara Hollingsworth, Local Opinion Editor, April 15, 2012, WASHINGTON EXAMINER President Obama’s favorite billionaire, Warren “Tax Me More” Buffett, likes to portray himself as a hard-charging capitalist who made his bundle on Wall Street and now just wants to give something back to the country that helped him become one of the world’s richest men. But ... Go To Article

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GOP must decide: Reject Dems’ CRONY CAPITALISM? | WashEx

By at March 19, 2012 | 1:25 pm

GOP must decide: Reject Dems’ CRONY CAPITALISM? | WashEx

Conn Carroll Senior Editorial Writer, WASHINGTON EXAMINER, 3/19/2012 When President Eisenhower appointed General Motors CEO Charles Erwin Wilson to be Secretary of Defense, many people questioned whether he could objectively serve in Eisenhower's administration, considering his close ties to GM. Wilson told the U.S. Senate not to worry "because for years I thought ... Go To Article

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GEORGE F. WILL:: Export-Import Bank’s damage to American firms – WaPo

By at March 18, 2012 | 12:53 am

GEORGE F. WILL:: Export-Import Bank’s damage to American firms – WaPo

By George F. Will Sallie James was born in Australia on July 4, 1976, which suggests that Providence planned what happened 30 years later: She moved to Washington. She studies trade policy at the libertarian Cato Institute, and her report “Time to X Out the Ex-Im Bank” illustrates how corporate welfare metastasizes as government tries to rectify the inevitable ... Go To Article

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CRONY CAPITALISM:: Review & Outlook: SENATORS AND SUBSIDIES – WSJ

By at March 14, 2012 | 12:54 am

CRONY CAPITALISM:: Review & Outlook: SENATORS AND SUBSIDIES – WSJ

Perhaps you've heard that the U.S. has a budget problem. Well, you wouldn't know it from Tuesday's votes in the Senate, where Members of both parties went on record in support of taxpayer lucre for big business. Thank heaven for the filibuster. Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow rose first to increase tax subsidies to green energy sources, including a provision to ... Go To Article

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TEAM OBAMA hires lobbyist again, ethics be damned | WashEx

By at March 12, 2012 | 12:09 am

TEAM OBAMA hires lobbyist again, ethics be damned | WashEx

Revolving-door lobbyist Steve Ricchetti, Vice President Biden's new top aide, exemplifies President Obama's farcical crackdown on lobbyists. Ricchetti and his K Street firm also embody another core trait of this administration: using big government and populist rhetoric to enrich politically connected companies. Bailout recipients like General Motors and Fannie Mae ... Go To Article

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MICHELLE MALKIN:: Colorado’s Own Green-Loan Sinkhole – NRO

By at March 10, 2012 | 12:49 am

MICHELLE MALKIN:: Colorado’s Own Green-Loan Sinkhole – NRO

There’s no escaping Solyndra Syndrome. Here in my home state of Colorado, citizen journalists have uncovered our own gaping government-green-loan sinkhole. The stench of Chicago-on-the-Potomac is fouling the fresh Rocky Mountain air. Meet Loveland-based Abound Solar, the lucky winner of a $400 million federal loan guarantee from the Obama administration. Earlier this ... Go To Article

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CRONY CAPITALISM:: The Export Subsidy Boomerang – WSJ

By at March 5, 2012 | 12:13 am

CRONY CAPITALISM:: The Export Subsidy Boomerang – WSJ

If you thought Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Solyndra would teach Congress a lesson about politicized credit, think again. The federal Export-Import Bank is up for reauthorization, and the only question seems to be how much more taxpayer money Washington wants to put at risk. If the GOP wants to have a principled battle about fiscal waste and market distortions, this is a ... Go To Article

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