Key Component of Actually Free Trade: Punishing Bad Actors

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We have long roundly ridiculed what has passed for “free trade” in Washington, D.C. Where we remove nigh all of our government impediments to the goods and services of every other nation on the planet. And nigh no other country returns the favor. Nations the world over impose all sorts of tariffs and regulatory impediments […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Another Day, Another DC Crony Lobbying for Continued Protectionism

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It’s a day with a “Y” in it (check not your calendar – I’ve already checked mine). Which means in many places throughout $4-trillion-per-year Washington, D.C., there are recipients of massive cronyism – looking to keep their gravy trains a-rolling. They’d ordinarily take for granted that the cronyism would continue – and be looking to […]