Seton Motley | Less Government |


If there is government – there is nigh always cronyism. The more government spends and does – the more room for cronyism there is. The Feds spend $4 trillion per year, and regulate to the tune of another $2 trillion per annum – which is a LOT of space for cronyism to thrive.

But the Feds absolutely do not hold a monopoly on it. And just as at the federal level – state and local government size matters. The bigger the government – the more likely more cronyism is going to occur.

On the main, the Democrat Party is much fonder than the Republican Party of bigger government. As you examine the nation’s state governments – this is largely borne out. States under Democrat thrall have their governments spending and regulating much more than do Republican-led states. And with that – comes greater cronyism.

A serial state-level beneficiary of that cronyism – is power company Exelon. Who describes themselves thus: “Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Wherever we are, we work with local employees, customers, government officials and the public to design strategies that leave each community better than we found it.”

A more accurate self-assessment would be “we work with…government officials…to design strategies that (allow us to) leave each community better (off our own selves) than when we found it.”

They are about to do just that in oh-so-Democrat New York: “The unelected (New York Public Service Commission) PSC will unilaterally raise taxes by $8 billion…(The tax) money will go to plant owner Exelon, a Chicago-based Fortune 100 company with annual revenues of over $34 billion.” More