“There’s no way that someone dealing with a Trump business doesn’t think, the guy behind the name is sitting in the White House,”

Going forward the Trump needs to be held accountable. With properties and projects around the world there are and will be many opportunities for crony capitalism to sprout within the new administration. It is incumbent upon those of us who believe in free markets and a non-crony economic system to hold the new administration’s feet to the fire. Cutting the federal workforce is excellent. Handing out subsidies to favored businesses would be very very bad.

Trump has an historic opportunity to rise above the crony temptations which are now laid out before him.

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The ACTUAL ‘Fake News’ list

You have probably seen the list of “fake news sites” created by Merrimack College assistant professor Melissa Zimdars that has been making the rounds. But it isn’t a list of “fake news” sites, it is a list of sites that challenge the official narratives put forth by outfits like The New York Times and PBS. At least this is true for many of the sites.

For instance sites like Zerohedge and LewRockwell.com were both on the list which is total nonsense.

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Top tax-writing Republican says TPP trade deal not dead in Congress

This is one people need to watch closely. The Trans Pacific Partnership was a deal done in secret that represents managed trade, that is trade for large vested interests, not “free trade.” One does not need an agreement for free trade. Just let companies trade with one another across borders. Simple. (We are very much for real free trade.)

No, Hollywood, Pharma, many other interests want a trade framework which they can control and that is what the TPP appears to be.

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Feigning Reform, Dems Recoup With George Soros and Wealthy Donors

This picture just says so much.

Some legitimately good advice for Democrats looking to the future. The Dems right now are the party of corporatism (though there’s plenty in the GOP too of course). The Clintons are a big reason why this is. The Democratic Party has a chance to clean house a bit here. Trump may have actually done the Democrats a favor.

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We Should Take Our Cues From Markets — Not Politicians

By JP Cortez

 

I grew up a block away from the 7-train, where I’d take a short ride from the 90th Street station to the Willets Point—Shea Stadium station to watch my favorite team, the New York Mets.

Sitting in the stands as a young child, I learned quickly that there were a number of ways to obtain and interpret information.

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It’s Time for the Right to Get Serious about Tackling Cronyism

There are lots of people who are already very serious about tackling crony capitalism. We certainly are and have been for a long time. But always good to see people joining the ranks.

(From The National Review)

Indeed, an anti-cronyist agenda is implicit in much of the conservative reform agenda of our time, across a broad range of issues. But it is important that conservatives make it much more explicit. This would help to clarify both the substantive centrality and the political necessity of the fight against cronyism for our larger cause,

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Congress: Shut Down Government Until the New President Restores the Republic

Some good ideas here. Restoring the Republic should be THE goal.

The author focuses on one area of concern but there are many other areas of policy that deserve the same treatment.

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As Day In Court Looms, Corzine Tries To Settle MF Global Fraud For Just $5 Million

Ah yes, Mr. Corzine. We haven’t seen much of you these days. Of course we didn’t summer in the Hamptons this year.

$5 million is slightly more than a speed bump for Mr. Corzine. But just barely.

Here’s a little refresher on what happened at MF Global.

(From Zerohedge)

Five years after MF Global’s collapse after big, levered bets on European bonds blew up leaving a $1.6 billion shortfall in customer funds,

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Excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s Paid Speeches to Goldman Sachs Finally Leaked, Trump hit with self inflicted right cross

One particularly remarkable thing about these speeches is that it took Wikileaks to get them out to the public. Clinton gave dozens of speeches after her failed 2008 run and yet no recording or partial recording of these speeches emerged to our knowledge. No one had their phone on? No one?

Regardless the details are out now and they reveal about what many people expected, someone who is very cozy with the banking industry and who seemed to take some pride in the fact that her (mostly) newly amassed wealth (largely from speeches for $200,00+) separated her from the petty middle class.

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