Tag: cronyism

Quote of the Day: Competition vs. Cronyism

 

“There are really only two types of people: those who want to win in competition, and those who would prefer to shut competition down. The former are the strivers and entrepreneurs; the latter the monopolists and cronies. Philosophically, which are you?” -– Arthur Brooks

This divide defines today’s America. Red-state governors like Noem and de Santis, are in the former category. Blue-state governors, like Newsom and Cuomo, belong in the latter category. If you are the former, you voted for Trump in November. If you are the latter, you voted for Biden.

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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Jon Rauch’s ebook and Atlantic article defending political machines are eye-openers. Did it ever occur to you — and I assume you are not a paid political consultant — did it ever occur to you that there was other than a post hoc defense for political secrecy and cronyism and back-room deal-making? That “if you […]

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Cronyist Deregulation

 

As conservatives and free-marketeers, we’re familiar with the way large businesses and entrenched interests weaponize political power by passing new regulations. Given enough time, skill, and sleaze, they can use government to keep all would-be competitors at bay and achieve de facto monopolies. But there’s another model of regulatory abuse that often gets less attention and is actually more insidious: Getting tailor-made, exclusive exemptions from general laws for oneself while leaving everyone else stuck with the old system.

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So what do people think the DNC/Clintons are offering Trump to run this campaign of his?  I can’t imagine what he wants that a Clinton Administration could offer him.  Could it be as simple as crony financial and regulatory favors?  Any ideas?  I’m starting to get worried.  Trump’s ‘Colbert routine’ is starting to teeter a […]

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The Democratic Party is working hard to make America a land ruled by an elite kept in power through fraud and coercion; a land in which people are fired for their personal beliefs; a land in which individuals are denounced if they contribute to causes opposed by those in power; a land in which private […]

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