Bottom-Up Cronyism – No Better Than Top-Down Cronyism

Government cutting special deals for special friends – is always obnoxious, obnoxiously bad policy. It takes a lot of money from innocent, unwitting citizens – and hands it to politically-connected cronies. It warps functioning marketplaces – when governments place their massive thumbs upon the scales to tilt the system. We’ve just narrowly escaped the Barack […]

Left and Right United Against Cronyism – Save for a Few Wobbly Republicans

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist made an excellent recommendation as to how best to oppose the old school crony government pork known as “earmarks” – which was district-specific spending, benefiting that district’s Congressman. Getting riled up at that Congressman was a waste of time. He was the vote-buying beneficiary of the government money. […]

Free Market Energy Vs The Big Government Cronyism and Subsidies Merry-Go-Round

How we power our nation should be, like everything else, as free market as possible. May the most effective, cheapest energy sources win. No government intervention or imposition. That means no subsidies or regulations playing favorites – picking losers at the expense of winners and warping and distorting how we choose. Because market forces lead […]

Will the Weak, Wobbly GOP Ever Show Any Spine – Anywhere? On Anything?

The late, inordinately great Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of Great Britain (the last time Britain was Great) – and a towering historical figure.  She possessed the spinal strength of ten Mr. Olympias.  When once conversing with…lesser fortitude-possessing United States Republican President George H.W. Bush, Thatcher famously uttered “Remember George, this is no time to […]

As Always Everywhere, ‘Green Energy’ Is Killing New York’s Economy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to loathe actual energy.  You know, oil, gas, coal, etc.  The sources of energy that actually produce energy – cheaply and efficiently. And instead has an incredible affinity for fake energy.  You know – wind, solar, ethanol, etc.  The alleged “green energy” – which is neither green nor energy.  […]

NY’s Over-Reaching, Micro-Managing Governor: From ‘Green Energy’ to…Charity Milk

When politicians are over-reaching, micro-managing busybodies, they are over-reaching, micro-managing busybodies on…everything. Not a sparrow falls from the sky without a Leftist politician – who had been regulating its flight – imposing the death tax upon its grounded corpse. When government is so huge – nothing is too small to escape its attention.  It’s as […]

The 1994 Republican Revolution’s Lesson for New York Republicans

It must be difficult to be ensconced in an entrenched minority.  Day after day, year after year – toiling away, knowing you may never see the majority light of day.  It would be understandable if certain psychological results result. Stockholm Syndrome is a possibility: “(A) condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with […]

Sometimes, When Everyone Is Lining Up Against It – You Should Stop Doing It

There is an argument oft posited in politics that if the Left and Right are both opposed to what you’re doing – you must be doing something right.  That you have found the sweet spot of policy excellence – betwixt and between the ideological bounds that surround you. And occasionally, that is the case.  But […]

Finally, FINALLY, a Democrat Breaks Lockstep Unity Ranks with the Party

Give Democrats their due – they don’t deviate from the Party line.  No matter how absurd the things they’re defending are, no matter how insane they look doing it, no matter how much damage they incur in doing it – they do all of it together.  They are the Lemming Party – marching in lockstep […]

NY’s Legislators Rise Up Against Governor Cuomo’s Crony ‘Green Energy’ Boondoggle

(At least ) two notions from famous Americans come to mind when contemplating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $8 billion flight of unilateral crony “green energy” fancy. Playwright George Bernard Shaw noted: “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”  And American social scientist William Graham Sumner […]