Crony capitalism is a concept with which the typical informed American voter is now familiar. We are very proud of our contribution to this awakening and it is gratifying to see candidates of all stripes having to defend their current crony arrangements with donors, past crony deals, or alternatively to see them go on the attack against cronyism. That Cruz won the Iowa Caucuses despite an explicitly anti-ethanol subsidy stance is no small feat.
Mr. Soros makes another appearance. He’s got money and he’s happy to spend it. If anything, the man does know how to invest in the crony capitalist economy.
2 days ago we reported that Washington DC went on a parking ticket writing spree during the recent blizzard. The city took the storm as an opportunity to generate cash, over $1 million in fines. We argued that maybe instead of going nuts on the ticket writing front the District should have instead been more lenient if anything during a time when parking was severely restricted due to the piles and piles of snow.
We apparently weren’t the only ones who thought this and as such the city has voided many of the snow storm parking tickets.
Let me say from the outset here that the issue here is not abortion, an issue we will let our readers debate and explore in other venues. What is at issue here is that an organization which receives half a billion dollars in taxpayer money each year is openly endorsing a political candidate and amazingly even pledging $20 million – which is essentially money received from US taxpayers* – to support the election efforts of a presidential candidate.
Van, Van, Van, you’re still around? It is interesting to see you floating these smoke signals.
But don’t worry, he explains, Clinton will still win.
Way to put it out there big guy.
How much weirder is this election going to get? If history is an indication (and it usually is) probably weirder still.
Looks like the old FBI is expanding its investigation into Ms. Clinton’s time as Secretary of State beyond her email issues.
It’s true I’ll bet and sad.
I love that the the Clinton campaign is concerned about a DATA BREACH.
Judge Napolitano weighs in on whether Ms. Clinton will even make it to the convention next year. It’s hard to imagine the FBI blowing up Hillary’s candidacy especially given the current executive. But who knows. It’s been a strange race.
Not the Laugh Factory
I’m sorry, but is this Cuba, or Prague circa 1980? Since when is it OK for presidential candidates to come after comedians who make fun of them? Even Nixon went on Laugh-In for crying out loud.
Intimidation is a key tool used in crony systems.
PJ O’Rourke, that paragon of wit and good hearted political pessimism which makes for some of the most interesting small government people, weighs in on the current presidential race. Surprise, he’s not feeling too good about things.
Sometimes wheeling and dealing isn’t always the best way. At least for those of us with very wealthy parents who are inclined to start us off with a nice pile of money.
So what’s up with this Bernie?
Lessig is one of my favorite liberals. I disagree with him on many many things, but he is not a lockstepper. He has done excellent work on the issue of Internet freedom (though he threw in with the Net neutrality folks) and the Democrats would have done well to have included him in the debates. Heck, Lincoln Chafee got to be in the debates, surely Lawrence Lessig should have been included.
But I’ll bet the possibility of Lessig bringing up the suicide of Aaron Swartz (founder of Reddit and friend of Lessig’s) while being harassed by the Obama Justice Department scared the party a bit.* Anyway,