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 Founder of Exelorix Consultants and a senior fellow at Future 500. He is also the author of the book Politicos, Predators, Payoffs, and Vegan Pizza. A graduate of Mary Washington College he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

This is just too damn rich: Brian Williams, that’s right BRIAN “Mr. I was suspended for lying to the American people repeatedly” WILLIAMS, frets about “fake news

I’ve been watching the “fake news” nonsense very closely. It seems to be a mix of partisans looking for a reason, any reason, why so many people just rejected Hillary and by extension Obama when in their opinion Clinton was clearly the superior choice, (Remember the whole email private server thing, and the Clinton Foundation money, and the quarter million dollar “speeches” to the bailout banks, and the get out of jail pass from Comey, and the rigged primaries,

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As Trump contemplates increased military spending let’s take a moment watch this warning from President (General) Eisenhower (VIDEO)

The Pentagon is an area that should see massive cuts. Historic cuts. I say this as a military brat and as one who has  beloved family in the military. The military should be much smaller and much more efficient. As technology has ramped up there are large areas to cut. So cut them.

But you know what should be much smaller still? That massive post military career works program called The Military Industrial Complex. For some reason there is the assumption that after the military military people should work for defense contractors.

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(VIDEO) Mike Pence on why Carrier isn’t crony capitalism – (It is, but it is not a black and white situation)

Tax breaks are better than tax incentives but they can still be be crony capitalism if other firms don’t get the same tax breaks and then are put at a competitive disadvantage. That the future president intervened in the marketplace like he did is also of serious concern. However it appears that Carrier is mostly just keeping its own money (tax breaks) and is seeking relief from some of the very heavy regulatory rules that the Department of Energy handed down under Obama.Trump pledged to roll back this burden.

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Trump Picks Marijuana Opponent For Health Secretary

It’s OK. Life will still go on in a world where pot is totally legal. Business will be done. People will still go to church. Families will still gather for dinner. It will be OK. There will be less crime though.

Cannabis should be legal. I’m sorry my socially conservative friends, but it should be. In a country that prides itself on liberty and freedom no one should be going to jail for weed.

You know who likes illegal pot?

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Trump is meeting with an ex-bank CEO who wants to abolish the Federal Reserve and return to the gold standard

“I would get rid of the Federal Reserve because the volatility in the economy is primarily caused by the Fed,” Allison wrote in 2014 for the Cato Journal, a publication of the institute.

I like John Allison. A few years ago I helped put together a forum on Wall Street in which John Allison participated. Since then I’ve talked with him a couple of times. In another life I worked for BB&T while Allison was CEO of the company.

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Castro is one in a long line of socialist despots, No tears shed at his death here

Lots of cigars in hell.

The pro-Casto eulogies from Mr. Trudeau in Canada, Jesse, Jackson, Jill Stein and others have been vomit inducing. There is a certain romance with Cuba that some statists just can’t shake. They like the image of the guerrilla emerging out of the Sierra Maestra to take Havana and wrestle power away from a US backed dictator. They like that Castro was able to survive in the shadow of the United States and thumb his nose.

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Jill Stein raised $3.5 million for her whole campaign, Now in a few days raises $5.7 for a recount? Did she have help?

It is reasonable to ask whether the Clinton campaign asked Stein to file the complaint and then helped her raise the money to do the recount.* Stein, who the Clinton campaign dismissed and derided (Stein said nasty things about Clinton too) may have been pulled into the fold with the prospect of significant money going to her campaign and party. After the recount the “leftovers” go to Stein and the greens. A nice payday. 

Image: Law Newz

It should be noted also that to our knowledge there has never been such a gap between the popular vote and the electoral college as there was in the most recent presidential election.

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A declining Washington Post freaks out, whines, everyone who doesn’t agree with its heavily biased coverage is a Russian plant

I have serious issues with Warren Buffett but when he sold The Washington Post to Jeff Bezos I sensed that it was probably a good move for Buffett. Originally Buffett bought The Post because it was the chosen news source within the power circles of Washington DC. In addition to this important factor Washpo had a strong readership based in a wealthy city. Good for ad revenue. There was deep value in the publication. But, to Buffett’s credit he probably sensed the winds shifting (even if he did think Hillary was going to win) and sold The Post when he could before the real serious decline in value became too obvious and too expensive even for someone who wanted to revamp the newspaper for delivery on Kindle devices.

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ACTUAL reporter Glenn Greenwald breaks down Trump’s dressing down of the “mainstream” press yesterday

The “mainstream” press, the #oldmedia, the #cronymedia deserved what they got from Trump in Trump Tower yesterday. The level of bias, and let’s be honest it went WAY WAY beyond bias, against Trump in the recent election was unprecedented in the modern political era. Indeed the media we now know openly colluded with Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. But despite this, despite the power the #oldmedia thought they still retained, Trump won. He beat the media partisans badly.

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Big trouble in the Big D: Dallas might go bankrupt in a pension crisis

It’s not just the Rust Belt and California that have issues with municipal pensions. Dallas, deep in the heart of Texas is in the midst of a full blown crisis. And this is really saying something as Dallas is a vital and growing city with lots of prospects.

But the promises made to to municipal employees were too much and now threaten to bankrupt the city. Promises were made by politicians based on unrealistic investment returns and now as the baby boomers hit the retirement rolls the money is simply running out.

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Will Trump nominate an avowed enemy of crony capitalism to the Supreme Court? He just might. Meet Texas Justice Don Willett

The possibility of having a Supreme Court Justice who is explicitly against crony capitalism, for property rights, and for human liberty is a tantalizing prospect.

Below The Texas Observer introduces Don Willett to the non-legal non-Texas world. Known for his sense of humor, his extensive social media following (at least for a judge), his transpartisan friendships, sharp mind, and commitment to liberty, the current Texas Supreme Court Justice could usher in a new era for the Court.

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If you really want to know what Steve Bannon is all about (and why so many fear him) watch this VIDEO

This comes to us from The Future 500, my favorite progressivish Bay Area think tank, of which I am actually a senior fellow (if you can believe it). In the attached video I am moderating a panel at The National Press Club in Washington on “The Future of Conservatism.” Steve Bannon is on the panel. Below Future 500 has isolated Bannon’s thoughts from that afternoon and they are illuminating.

The former editor of Breitbart is a fighter. A fighter who tends to win.

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Dave Chappelle tells some serious truth about Northeastern “liberals” and the reality of the Trump election on Saturday Night Live (VIDEO)

Let me say from the outset that I am a Dave Chappelle fan. I have been for a long time. The reason? He tells real truth often to people who refuse to hear the truth. This skit should be added to his Greatest Hits.

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