Some CEOs don’t like that cronyism is increasingly under the microscope

“The precipitousness of the political debate is a little scary right now,” said Jim McNerney, who served as chief executive of Boeing Co. until last year and as chairman until February, at a recent industry conference.

“Anti-business” and “anti-market” are 2 very different things.

Many feel frustrated these days. There is the sense that there is an agenda and that everyday people are not part of that agenda.

Many people have been under considerable economic pressure since the Crash in 2008,

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Russia banned a Polish board game that simulates Communist-era shopping

This is pretty great. Apparently it’s a hit. Who ever thought a game about standing in line to get old potatoes would be well received?

Perhaps some people know how important it is to never forget.

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Libertarian Gary Johnson in double digits in race against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump: poll

This is an interesting development. And Johnson’s an interesting guy. He’s climbed Mount Everest. (And I think – though I’m not sure – the highest peak on each continent.)

If he’s at double digits consistently I think they have (yeah right) to let him into the debates.

I say let the Greens come to the debate too to make things fair. (Because that is what American politics is all about. “Fairness.”)

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Bernie Sanders defender of gun rights?: ‘What You’re Really Talking About Is Ending Gun Manufacturing in America. I Don’t Agree With That’

This is an interesting wrinkle in the debate between Mr. Sanders and Ms. Clinton for the Democratic nomination and it speaks to which club each belongs to.

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Congressman Thomas Massey reports weighs in on the election, prospects for the future, and for liberty (VIDEO)

Reason does so many great interviews. We really do appreciate what they do.

Below is Thomas Massie, a young congressman from Kentucky who in our opinion is one of a few really sharp and good guys on the Hill. His perspective is always welcome here.

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The world can’t afford another financial crash – it could destroy capitalism as we know it

This is an issue which we need to revisit soon, and we will at greater length. And there is is some validity to this fear.

First, the Crash of 2008 was a crash caused by central planning. It was the Federal Reserve which created the necessary climate for the Crash. The planners screwed up royally. They kept interest rates too low for too long and everyone came to believe that there was a “Greenspan Put” built into the stock market.

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Chuck Todd asks Senator Ben Sasse: What is a conservative? (And are American “conservatives” really conservative?)

I have become a big fan of Senator Sasse. His definition of “conservative” is I think right on the money. Though I would say that the term “conservative” doesn’t really feel right to me these days. I would argue that what is today called conservative, very limited government, rule of law, generally an affirmation of The Enlightenment in many respects, is actually quite forward thinking and not retrograde as the term “conservative” implies. I don’t think most “conservatives” want to conserve the massive and intrusive state which this country has been saddled with since the Wilson administration.

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Goldman (Government) Sachs Says It May Be Forced to Fundamentally Question How Capitalism Is Working (Funny, Goldman doesn’t like capitalism anyway)

Goldman was President Obama’s number 1 private contributor in the 2008 election.

Goldman should be dead. Door knob. A chapter in American finance history, but a chapter about the past. It should no longer exist. It is not an example of American capitalism. It is crony capitalism at its worst. It is a bailout bank. It took from you because of its mistakes and “profited” with ill gotten funds. You kept Goldman Sachs alive. The government gave you no other choice.

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Americans are increasingly aware of crony capitalism, and it is changing politics as we know it

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.

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Sanders Camp: Microsoft working with DNC in Iowa, Can caucus app be trusted?

Image: Twitter

The Sanders folks are wise to keep a particularly close watch on how votes are tabulated in Iowa, of course. But they are also right to concern themselves with the involvement of Microsoft in the Iowa caucuses. Could Microsoft influence the results?

It seems very unlikely. But one can never be too sure, particularly when going up against a candidate like Hillary Clinton in whom many very powerful interests have invested. Politics can be a darn nasty business.

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