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Tag Archives: cronyism

Political entrepreneurs vs the real entrepreneurs

We are regulating our economy to death. One of the main reasons why there is an increasing disparity in wealth in this country is that the crony class is wrapping the middle class and the merchant class – the entrepreneurial class – in red tape. Pay a tax here. Pay a fee there. Do you have a license to do that?  It is harder and harder to build a business – something which is plenty hard to do without the crushing weight of the state.

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Boston Globe: Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

I was recently talking with senior wonk in Washington DC about this very issue. Why was it for all the think tanks, all the white papers, all the fits and crying in the media about this issue and that, that policy on the big issues hardly ever changes to reflect the will of the American people?

My friend thought basically the same as the author interviewed in the attached article. There is a surface level government and then there is the “deep state,” a place where massive power is housed, and wielded by largely faceless and mostly unaccountable managers who have agendas which are often very different from what you and I might want.

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GOP Michigan Governor bans Tesla direct sales, GM smiles

Crony capitalism is deep in the DNA of both major parties. Republicans do it. Democrats do it. This is a case in point.

GM is a cronyism vortex. The closer one gets to the company the stronger the crony force is. Taxpayer dollars disappear into it and are gone forever. Common sense too. The free market and genuine innovation? They long ago passed over the event horizon.

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The market is rigged? No : ‘Plunge protection’ behind market’s sudden recovery

The “plunge protection team” (PPT) used to be something which was whispered about. Now it’s openly discussed in the New York Post. Hell will become a frost covered plain before the New York Times  will ever mention the PPT of course.

As I have written before, there is an understanding among traders post-2008. If the market heads into a nose dive the Fed will intervene. It will actively buy futures (and likely whatever else it has to) in the market to buoy the market.

The PPT is kind of like the Israeli nuclear program. No one acknowledges it officially but almost everyone thinks it exists and as such this impacts markets.

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The crony casino move against online gambling

Gambling is not a particularly good thing. But it is something which millions, if not billions of people enjoy responsibly. Many of those people go to casinos now. The casinos however are afraid that if gambling is legalized online in the USA many of those customers will never again walk through casino doors. As such the gambling industry has mounted an anti-online gambling campaign in Congress.

But the tack the casinos have taken is just insulting. Their argument is that online gambling will increase moral depravity and encourage the vice. The CASINOS are making this case.

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Pro Publica: When U.S. Companies Help the NSA

We have long covered what happens the in the shadowy alleyways where the NSA and corporate America have gotten together in their unholy unions. Sometimes these unions are voluntary. We have seen also that many of these relationships were not and that companies have no choice but to work with the NSA.

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