This is an excellent report from Good Jobs First, a “good government” advocacy group, which also maintains the very useful SUBSIDY TRACKER tool. The report breaks down crony game since 2000 quite nicely.
Corporate welfare in this country is massive. (As we illustrate day in and day out.) In many respects it puts regular welfare to shame.
The spirit of the free market is alive and well in many parts of the world, including in many places where free markets have long been denied. Brazil for instance.
Where there is capitalism, where there are free prices and free markets wealth is created. Where the state sucks like a leach off of the population enriching the political class and placating the poor, wealth is destroyed.
For those who believe in work, in innovation, in liberty, in human potential, indeed in justice, free enterprise is the way forward. It is not in socialism and crony capitalism. Those are the paths of economic death. The Soviets showed us this not so long ago.
Free prices and free minds. Let people be what they can be, and watch the economy blossom. Kim Kataguiri understands this and increasingly so do the people of his homeland.
Way to go Mr. Kataguiri. Take it to the streets. We are watching. The world is watching.
It was supposed to be all private money but alas even in death Teddy Kennedy has found a way to take from the American taxpayer. That the money is going to his own self aggrandizement would have pleased him. That the money came from “defense” would have pleased him even more.
Interesting that the author of the attached article so closely associates the battle to end the Import-Export Bank (Boeing’s Bank) with the Kochs.
To be sure the free market folks in the Koch world have been adamant in their opposition to Ex-Im but this is a anti-crony thing not a Koch thing.
It’s good to have friends in the State Department, particularly if that friend is Hillary Clinton. It’s also good to have friends in the shadowy underworld of private international intel, particularly if that friend is Sidney Blumenthal – apparently. Remember him from the 90s?
Google is a highly politicized company. An ardent supporter of the current president, members of Google’s senior staff even helped Obama get elected in 2012. This would be bad enough if Google was in the business of oil, or cars, or even jet fighters. But Google is in the business of INFORMATION.
The truth is some (many) people just want someone to make decisions for them. I am unsure if it is a genetic disposition or whether it is socialization or whether it is both. All I know is some people do not want to control their own lives. They are more comfortable with someone at the helm. They are comforted by a horizon which is limited and defined by others.
Strangely these same people also want to limit the lives of those who prefer to be free.
As a navy brat I moved around a lot. Sometimes we moved across oceans. Millions of other people have done the same thing. Most of us did not get a quarter of a million dollars to relocate however.
Yeah, Senator Graham somehow inserted himself into this story.
This has been one weird day in the Senate and this is the 3rd post we’ve done today on Rand Paul and his military funding proposal.
Though we have said that we were not pleased with Rand Paul’s amendment, at least it called for cuts (if future cuts) to other spending. Rubio just wanted to spend money on defense whatever the cost to taxpayers and future generations. Cruz sided with Rubio. But in the end neither Rand’s or Rubio’s proposals got past the Senate floor.
This is a pretty interesting list. I particularly like the following;
7. Payments to dead federal workers cost more than NASA’s mission to Pluto