Tag: corporatism

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Remember when the Left was ranting about Koch Brothers cash, Halliburton, etc. buying foreign policy? Most of us dismissed it – especially since the Left seemed to ignore the windfall of cash they received from Soros and Steyer. If people wanted to support more free market government, that’s great. What if we were missing something? […]

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Nicole Gelinas joins Howard Husock to discuss the resolution of Amazon’s year-long “HQ2” competition. This week, the Internet giant announced that it would open new offices in Crystal City, Virginia—near Washington, D.C.—and New York’s own Long Island City, Queens.

Located just across the East River from midtown Manhattan, Long Island City had struggled for years as a post-industrial neighborhood until the early 2000s, when rezoning allowed the construction of dozens of luxury residential buildings and modern office towers. The neighborhood still faces challenges, however: it’s home to some of the city’s largest public housing projects, and its schools are poorly run.

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shutterstock_202875223My wife and I have different approaches when it comes to the kids and dessert. She, in some attempt to instill “discipline,” rations out the sweets as if we were under a medieval siege. I — being a liberty-minded person, as well as a spineless spoiling squish — play the part of Willy Wonka without the army of creepy Oompa Loompas. There are good reasons for my approach. For one, I figure there is only going to be enough money for one of us in our old age and I don’t want the kids voting me into the government-run home. Second, my childhood meals were a bit like Lord of the Flies (without the bloodthirsty murders) and I was allowed to consume Pixy Stix as a palate cleanser in between courses of Fun Dip. This contributed to my juvenile cavities, but has turned me off to sugar to the point that I’ll opt for an after-dinner drink over any sort of sweet (though this comes with its own risks, as quickly-ordered slices of cake are less likely to run to $65 each than certain kinds of cognac).

Even as someone who passes on dessert, however, I can’t help but have my blood sugar boil over America’s sugar tariffs. These ridiculous taxes began in the late 18th Century — talk about a government program we can’t get rid of! — and have resulted in U.S. sugar prices often being twice what the rest of the world pays. Now, you might think, “Who cares, Pants? I can see the size of those pleats, and you don’t need any additional cheap carbohydrates in your diet.” Fair enough. But in typical government fashion, this market distortion causes inefficiencies and makes artificial winners and losers. The winners are the roughly 5,000 U.S. sugar producers ,while the losers are the remaining 319,995,000 or so of us. The worst hit are U.S. candy manufacturers and those who they’ve laid off since moving their factories overseas, where sugar can be purchased at market rates. Add to this all the bakers, corner candy stores, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, and kids who just want to enjoy a Twinkie between their extremely low-calorie, public school-sanctioned lunch and their fifth period class on historical grievances, and you can see how the losers in this game pile up.

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shutterstock_112358291I recently returned from a trip to Denmark, which is probably the most socialist country in Europe. Danes pay very high taxes and receive generous welfare benefits in return. They acknowledge that there are trade-offs, but — in general — seem happy with the deal they have voted themselves over the years. No one there pretends that they are a center-right country, or a right-right country. It’s a socialist welfare state, and everyone knows it.

Here in the US, we all feel the increasingly heavy weight of the government boot on our necks, all the while pretending that we live in a center-right free market democracy. We are in 12th place in the Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Index of Economic Freedombelow Denmark, and rated only as “mostly free.” (Canada is #6.) Every indicator is moving in the direction of a tyranny incompetent to govern, but brilliant at demagoguery and coercion.