Nick Sorrentino

About Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant whose clients have spanned the political spectrum, his work has been featured at Chief Executive MagazineBreitbartReason.com, NPR.com, Townhall, The Daily Caller, and many other publications. He has spoken at CPAC, The Commit Forum, The Atlas Summit, The US Chamber of Commerce, The National Press Club, and at other venues. Sorrentino is the CEO of Exelorix Consultants and a senior fellow at Future 500. A graduate of Mary Washington College he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

A collection of VA scandals over the past few years (Too many to list in one post)

This is not exhaustive but in light of the recent statement by the Veterans Affairs chief comparing waiting for treatment at VA hospitals to waiting in line at Disney World we figured we’d post some of the other VA stories we’ve done relatively recently. The level of dysfunction at the agency is remarkable. This is what “single payer” healthcare looks like, slow, red tape, top heavy crony administration, people dying waiting for treatment.

 

307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care,

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European Union co-funded Cannes winner “I, Daniel Blake” (A subtle propaganda?)

Cocktails and only the right kind of politics please.

I have to say that I was not in Cannes this year as I had kids to take care of, the dog needed a bath, and my Learjet is in the shop. (Maybe next year.) Nor have I seen I, Daniel Blake. (Which I have no doubt is extremely well done.) But it is interesting that the most celebrated movie of the festival was funded to some extent by the European Union.

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What the hell is wrong with Google? Today it honors an apologist for Bin Laden and Mao

“I consider Osama bin Laden as one of the people that I admire. To me, he is in the category of Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Patrice Lumumba, Fidel Castro, all leaders that I admire.” – Yuri Kochiyama in The Objector

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Did Paul Ryan just agree to a bailout of Puerto Rico?

As we’ve said before Puerto Rico is Detroit with palm trees. Its massive patronage system, its army of “public” employees and big government generally bankrupted the island. Now the Dems want the government employees to get the pensions for which there is no money, all the while stiffing the people who lent Puerto Rico the money it now owes.

There are pretty much no good guys here. The government workers are to blame. The bondholders knew they were buying sketchy stuff but assumed they’d be indemnified.

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1968 REDUX? Democrat establishment scared of Bernie’s people, Boxer, Feinstein, Reid freaking out

Chicago 1968, Philly 2016?

Check out what Barbara Boxer had to say about the dissent in Nevada;

“I was not able to stop these people for doing what they did,” Boxer, a Hillary Clinton supporter, told CNN. “Apparently they’ve done it before. …. This group of about 100 were very vocal, and I can’t describe it — disrespectful doesn’t even explain it, it was worse than that.”

That sure sounds like “round ’em up”

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Some personal thoughts on socialism

Socialism and crony capitalism go hand in hand. The bigger the government the more crony the government. The more powerful a government the more likely it will be that corporations, unions, special interest groups, and individuals will want to buy it. You think corporations don’t like regulations? Au contraire mon frere. They often love them. Much more often than not. Heck, they often even write the regs themselves. Do you really think that General Electric wants a small government for instance?

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Zuckerberg Denies Facebook Targets Conservative News, Vows To Meet With Those Concerned

This is a step in the right direction. Again, Facebook is a private company and it can do what it wants with its platform. However in the interest of good business it is wise to address this issue openly and honestly. Facebook is a great company and for it to remain so people of every political persuasion need to feel that it is open to them and that they aren’t being gamed.

For the record, though we are not a “conservative”

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Socialism fails yet again in Venezuela: Looting breaks out as inflation rises, bread disappears

The French Revolution (and others) was tied to hyperinflation and a shortage of wheat. When people are hungry they get desperate. There is no reason why anyone should be hungry in Venezuela. It’s a verdant country. Yet the socialists have so mismanaged the economy that even here, in a veritable Garden of Eden, people are hungry. Even here, a country which sits on massive oil reserves nearly unrivaled in the world there is not enough energy to keep the lights on.

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The Brazilian Crony Scandal Takes Down the Socialist Prez, Dilma Suspended, Economy in Shambles, Olympics Only A Few Moths Away, Zika

That’s Dilma on the left.

Brazilian president and Marxist Dilma Rousseff has been suspended by the senate. Her crony dealings with Petrobras, the state controlled oil company, have found her (along with many other politicians in Brazil). And despite political bobs and weaves in the past few weeks she is now suspended for the duration of her impeachment trial. (Which likely means forever.) She has protested that the suspension constitutes a “coup.” But what else is she going to say?

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Why in the world does Twitter consider THIS “sensitive material”?

We did a similar story on this sort of thing a few months ago but in light of the recent Facebook flap over “conservative” news we thought we’d post another one about Twitter.

In my Tweetdeck feed this tweet came through tonight. I don’t follow this person. He just used a hashtag I follow.

I decided to see what was so offensive that it needed a trigger warning so I clicked on “view content.”

This is what the uncensored tweet looked like.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio urges New Yorkers to boycott Chick-fil-A

As a long standing libertarian I have absolutely no problem with gay marriage. As a long time fan of chicken sandwiches I have no problem with Chick-fil-A. As a long time fan of liberty I have no problem with a private company like Chick-fil-A opposing gay marriage. Also as a long time opponent of political busybodies I oppose Bill “the red” de Blasio’s grandstanding.

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Chicago’s corruption tour for tourists

This guy (or someone like him) should set up one of these in Washington DC. I’ll bet it would do serious business. No joke. I’d go on it and I go to DC all the time. Just start at the Watergate and work one’s way to the Capitol.

As for Chicago it’s pretty amazing the amount of corruption which comes from the place. Some people even believe that Nixon would have been president in 1960 if it were not for vote rigging in the city.

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The real reason everyone in the media is unloading on Larry Wilmore for his White House Correspondents’ Dinner address

I watched the whole bit on Saturday night and I thought it was actually pretty darn good. (Saying this I fully acknowledge that comedy is a very subjective thing.)  Wilmore hammers the media and gives Obama a good ribbing too. Mrs. Obama was the only one who got out unscathed. It really is worth a watch.

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More implosion in Detroit: City closes 94 schools due to teacher sickout

At least it’s warm in Puerto Rico.

4 years ago we argued that Detroit ought to just declare itself a “free zone.” Cut taxes to nothing. Make the city a business friendly place in stark contrast to what it was before. The former metropolis literally has nothing to lose. Big government failed (as it always does eventually), let free enterprise come in and maybe there is a chance for something like a renaissance. A chance. (Which is more than the place has now.)

We knew of course that our calls would likely not be headed,

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Puerto Rico default possible, What to do?

The refrain from politicians and Wall Street has now become all too familiar.

Bail us out or the world will blow up! Financial dysfunction will catch like wildfire. If you don’t give us piles and piles of money (taxpayer money of course) you may just wake up to a world which is a smoldering cinder. It will be Mad Max in the streets. The sun will go down and never come up. In short, do YOU Mr.

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