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Tag Archives: Senate

The Higher Education Monopoly

Does Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) really think that putting government in charge of college accreditation will make higher ed more competitive? Is he that naive?

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Citibank, General Electric, Goldman Sachs lobbyist Trent Lott cuts TV ad for Thad Cochran in Mississippi

Oh Trent Lott, Mr. Superlobbyist and former leader of the Senate is doing his best to help his boy Thad Cochran (who has been in the Senate since the Carter years) beat an upstart challenger from the Tea Party, Chris McDaniel. Lott explains in the ad below that if Thad Cochran doesn’t go back to the Senate all the pork south Mississippi enjoys might be in danger.

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Senator Lee Could Make the Election About Crony Capitalism

Crony capitalism cripples the economy and shuts down innovation. It limits new entrants to the marketplace and new ideas which might change the world for the better. It makes the people and companies with power even more powerful. It makes it harder to create jobs. It enriches the political class. Crony capitalism is a system of legal (for the most part) theft, and it is the system we currently live under.

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Florida beer wholesalers move to crush microbrews with the help of politicians, but are thwarted (Video)

We reported on this last month.

At the time a bill was moving through the Florida state legislature which would require microbreweries to buy much of the beer they produce back from beer wholesalers even though the wholesalers have no role in the distribution of the microbrewery product. Basically if the little beer companies want to sell beer directly to the public for consumption at home they have to pay the beer distributors protection money. They have to do this – at considerable cost – even though the microbrews often are never sold anywhere but at the breweries. There is no distribution. But the distributors get a 30-40% markup for nothing other than having the right friends in Tallahassee?

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