Dollar General’s Startling Admission: Half Of U.S. Consumers Are Feeling More “Dire” Than Ever

SNAP is a strange animal. On the one hand it does help some people who are in very troubled circumstances. On another hand the program is also widely abused and everyone knows it. And on still another hand SNAP is big time crony capitalism with taxpayer money barely stopping in recipients accounts before being funneled to companies like Coca-Cola and General Mills.

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Language in Politics: How Bureaucrats Use Poorly Defined Terms to Expand Government Power (VIDEO)

This video only scratches the surface.

And it’s not exclusively government power that is expanded. Bureaucrats also use language to expand the crony capitalist system as a whole.

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Another Socialist Hellhole: Armed Gangs Are Taking Over Hospitals in Venezuela

Funny, the statists always warn that without big intrusive government societies go haywire. But we have seen over and over and over that this is simply not true. In fact where government has a light hand and the rule of law upheld the typical result is prosperity.

However what we also see over and over and over is that countries that embrace big government have a tendency over time to turn into hellholes. The Soviet Union,

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Why are Our Urban Areas so Dysfunctional? Truth is Some Politicians Want Their Constituents Trapped in Poverty

As we said in a recent video, there are many reasons why much of urban America is an economic wasteland. We site 2 main reasons however, big government, and cronyism.

Cities are often not very good places to do business. They are typically high tax high regulation zones. Cities often look at businesses as little more than revenue streams. And what can’t be extracted from business via taxes can be regulated out of businesses with laws.

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US law professor exposes system that makes a profit from poverty

Consider that one of the classic forms of “welfare” in this country is also absolutely a form of corporate welfare too – food stamps. Many big corporations owe a large part of their bottom lines to these programs. In some places one can even buy McDonalds and other fast food directly with EBT cards. Years ago we did a story on how JPMorgan has EBT servicing contracts with states worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Add in Walmart and other discount stores that see immense flows from government programs and one begins to see the picture.

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End crony capitalism to end global poverty

If we ended crony capitalism (a good goal, but it likely it can only be reduced – but perhaps drastically) it would indeed help the plight of the global poor. Countries which are poor are always rife with cronyism. The established powers that be, which control the government, loot the rest of the country. It is the natural tendency of humanity, but this natural tendency must be fought. If we want broad prosperity cronies must be brought to heel and hiding places for cronies eliminated.

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What CEOs Should Be Saying About Inequality

Is inequality bad? It is assumed that it is for some reason. And to the degree that it is caused by the already powerful gaming the system it is absolutely a problem and one we examine closely here. (That the big banks have access to the Fed window and that the Fed backstops the bankers is a good example of unjust inequality of wealth.) But what of an inventor who made the world a better place? Should a person or company who cures cancer for instance feel bad in any way about the vast sums which would likely follow such a cure?

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