crony capitalism

Something is Rotten in the State of New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald October 19, 2016

MANCHESTER – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) highlighted a disturbing pattern of cronyism in state government that arose over the past week.  Last Thursday, the public learned that the Agriculture Commissioner, who is lobbying hard for a bailout of dairy farmers, would be a top recipient of taxpayer funds under such a bailout.  […]

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Data Point – Crony Capitalism’s reliance on lobbying shrinks the Free Market

by Skip July 24, 2016

“Ugh, what a dismal observation on the state of our economy. Companies are almost making as much money from manipulating Washington as they earn from serving consumers. Heck, just consider the way politically connected financial institutions tilt the playing field for unearned goodies.” (H/T: Dan Mitchell)

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“… the character of the government under which we live…”

by Skip July 8, 2016

“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small,but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.” – President Obama, Inauguration (2009) That title from Kevin Williamson on the criminal nature of the […]

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Data Point: Obamacare Insurace Company Participation

by Skip March 27, 2016

In more than by a 2 – 1 (21 vs 10) margin, more insurance companies stopped offering /refused to issue coverage than those starting. This is recognition that when you try to compete in an artificial marketplace when Govt makes the rules, only Govt can win (unless you are part of the Crony Govt/Company Capitalism) […]

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“The New Hampshire Health Protection Plan is the largest corporate welfare scheme in New Hampshire history”

by Steve MacDonald March 3, 2016
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There is a great Editorial in the Union Leader today on why Health Care giants support extending expanded Medicaid in New Hampshire: It’s a taxpayer-backed gold mine for them. We “subsidizes mediocre health insurance plans for low-income able-bodied adults without children” and the Health Care giants get paid. Plus, there’s no guarantee it will save people paying for […]

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Liberty – lessened when Crony Capitalism meets Crony Government

by Skip February 24, 2016

Here in the land of “Live Free or Die”, we still have this Liberty that others have been denied: The federal seat-belt-law mandate was the result of a 1980s deal between Reagan-era Transportation secretary Elizabeth Dole (proof, long before Mayor Bloomberg, that nanny-state tendencies transcend partisan labels) and Detroit automakers, who calculated that regulating their customers […]

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Guest post by Betsy McCaughey: Obama is looting the Treasury

by Skip February 22, 2016

Obama is looting the Treasury to pay off insurers The Obama administration will tell any lie and break any law to prevent the president’s signature health-care program from collapsing.  Insurance companies such as UnitedHealthcare and Aetna are losing billions trying to sell ObamaCare plans, and the risk is they’ll drop out at the end of […]

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Crony Capitalism

by Skip February 22, 2016

We’ve talked about this topic a lot – when Government gets too big to be honest and open, you can bet your bottom dollar (if Govt hasn’t taken it yet) that it has become too big for we citizens to adequately patrol it.  Which means that it is just right for those who wish to […]

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“Take the money and run…”

by Skip February 16, 2016

With all due respect to the Steve Miller band (…take the money and run…), Carrier, is.  Yes, go for one of those seemingly “bottomless pit” grants after promising one thing – but just like Solyndra (the failed solar panel maker that Obama gave $500 million to and then ran away (albeit by going under)), we […]

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Communitarianism vs Free Market

by Skip December 20, 2015

Yes, once again I trekked over to Treehugger for a post that complained that IF Congress failed to renew the wind and solar tax credits, up to 100,000 jobs would be lost.  Well being the Free Marketeer that I am, I could not let that go and waded into the comments.  A couple of them […]

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Under the veneer of “the market”, the socialist appears – Lurch

by Skip December 12, 2015

Ah yes, John Kerry, US SecState, extols “the market” as it adapts to “the signal”.  Well golly, he sounds like an Austrian economist, doesn’t he, as he pontificates while at COP21, the big UN sponsored wealth redistribution fest under the umbrella of saving the planet. But I guess he thinks we all be stupid, eh […]

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Socialism: the epitome of income inequality – a Venezuelan observation

by Skip December 11, 2015

I just don’t understand the hoo-ha over Bernie Sanders who is about as Communist / Socialist that has run for US President since Eugene Debs (even as Hillary is trying hard to out-Left him).  Socialism has NEVER worked, but I guess that with the “divide everyone” war on American citizen by Obama and the nonstop […]

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Yet again, no response from the email originator

by Skip September 28, 2015

Ah yes, another email example.  Just like with my reply to the NH Rebellion email missive (here), I got one (actually, I’ve gotten a whole SLEW of them) from a group that wishes to keep the Export-Import alive (or in reality, back from the dead as its authorization has already passed) has not been returned.  […]

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Yet another example of Government thinking it can better the marketplace

by Skip August 19, 2015

The American marketplace is the amalgam of hundreds of millions of people making multiple decisions on the products they want and at the price they wish to pay.  Inferior and overvalued products and services languish on the shelves – people need to have the sense of obtaining more value for their money than the value […]

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Senator Rand Paul on The Clintons

by Steve MacDonald August 14, 2015
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c/o Paul Rowan Brain |  The Federalist “A lot of the people who have influence in Washington are either wealthy corporations or wealthy people and they buy their way, they buy access. You may have heard about the Clintons. They sell the access, all right, so they have become worth hundreds of millions of dollars over […]

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Crony Capitalism – so, Rusty McLear & Alex Ray want taxpayers to do their advertising for them?

by Skip April 25, 2015

UPDATE:  I knew I forgot something – from the NH Constitution: [Art.] 10. [Right of Revolution.] Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; … ******** Crony Capitalism – the combination of […]

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GrokTALK! April 25th, 2015 – The Videos

by Skip April 25, 2015

Yes, tech problems this morning galore and as a result, the video from the first segment on GrokTALK! with NH State Rep Max Abramson on a Legislative Update was lost (the livestream cam kept cutting out – sorry Max!). However, we marshalled on and hopefully next week, things will go a bit better. Segment 1b – […]

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‘Balsams Boondoggle’ continues with hearing on Senate Bill 30

by Kimberly Morin April 22, 2015

Yesterday the New Hampshire House Finance Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 30 (SB 30). The bill is “AN ACT relative to the establishment of redevelopment districts in unincorporated places.” It also changes the amount of the bonds the state can guarantee from $25,000,000 to $28,000,000 (the exact amount “needed” for the Balsams […]

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GrokTALK! April 18th 2015 – The Videos

by Skip April 18, 2015

Well, no Pre-Show this week as the livestreaming software decided to be quite contrary and refused to start a few times.  But, a good show with Max Abramson, Jorge Mesa-Tejada, Carly Fiorina, Pete Ingemi, and Kevin Bloom all giving up a part of their Saturday morning to be with us – and you! Segment 1a […]

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Whereby NH Rebellion misses the obvious answer to their question

by Skip January 16, 2015

THE LONG MARCH CONTINUES. The NH Rebellion walk to draw attention to the role of big money in politics has four routes this year: Dixville Notch, Keene, Nashua and Portsmouth. The finish line is at the State House on Jan. 21 — in celebration of the late Doris “Granny D” Haddock’s birthday — but the […]

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I guess he doesn’t see the irony in his company’s name and his words…

by Skip September 8, 2014

Owner of Liberty Bell Cabs in New Orleans, Tony Makhoul, called Uber a “cyber terrorist organization.” Liberty Bell – that artifact, that symbol, from our past – a symbol of our Independence and our Freedom.  Freedom for our lives and freedom in our marketplaces.  Or rather, the freedoms we used to have.  You see, Makhoul […]

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Shame on AFP / NH for getting partisan in the NH Republican Gubernatorial Primary

by Skip September 2, 2014

Yeah, this is a “bite the hand that fed ya” type of post – I was named AFP’s National Activist of the Year back in 2011 and Steve was named AFP’s National Blogger of the month in December 2012.  I would like to point out that this post also shows that while we have friends, we must […]

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Democrat Innovation – ‘Make Appliances Unaffordable For Most Americans’

by Steve MacDonald September 1, 2014
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The Obama Administration is convinced that their latest planned regulatory regime for everyday appliances will put more money in people’s pockets by forcing changes meant to reduce the cost of operating them. People who can’t afford a car do save an awful lot of money on gas.  I suppose we could apply this same thinking […]

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Data Point – Small Business Friendliness (or is that friendless?)

by Skip August 8, 2014

“…Thumbtack, a website that matches customers to businesses, and the Kauffman Foundation, a think-tank, asks thousands of small businesses annually about local requirements for hiring, regulations, zoning, licenses, health insurance and training. They have enough data to compile (somewhat subjective) “business climate” grades for 38 states and 82 cities. One surprising finding is how little […]

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Jeanne Shaheen – Jack-In-The-Box

by Steve MacDonald August 5, 2014
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From Citizens for a Strong NH Jeanne Shaheen – Jack-In-The-Box

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The Measure of the Man: Walt Havenstein

by Tom July 13, 2014

It goes without saying that you can tell a lot about a person by the political contributions they’ve made. There are many, many candidates and political organizations (PACs) to choose from, and people obviously tend to favor those that most closely align with their passions and principles. We give our precious time and money to […]

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So why aren’t the US Senate Republicans saying much about our foreign invasion, Kelly Ayotte?

by Skip July 7, 2014

Re: here.  Here’s a GREAT reason why and it has nothing to do with being intellectual, being ideological, or philosophical.  And it COMPLETELY explains…. Many people are wondering why Republicans are not doing more to stop the Illegal Alien influx, and more specifically not stop President Obama’s approach.   We can answer that question….. This guy, Tom […]

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From Public Servants to Rulers

by Skip June 20, 2014

Sadly, we see in this Obama Administration (but starting before it, I’m sore afraid) another instance of public servants now believing that they are above “their” law and have become Rulers when their illicit behavior affects those of us who are just law abiding – a double standard. From Betsy’s Page: This gives the scandal […]

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Workforce Housing – Bob Ward: “YOU HAVE YOUR FUTURES! YOU HAVE YOUR AGENDA 21s!!!”

by Skip May 19, 2014

That would be Bob Ward, the SanborntonTown Planner screaming those words at NH State Rep Jane Cormier when the Planning Board held an “information session” on May 1st on six amendments that wound themselves making more of the town open for workforce housing.  It was obvious that actually educating folks as to what was really below […]

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Here is a great example of Rent Seeking

by Skip February 22, 2014

Rent Seeking: An example of rent-seeking is when a company lobbies the government for loan subsidies, grants or tariff protection. These activities don’t create any benefit for society, they just redistribute resources from the taxpayers to the special-interest group. Among those industries that are most apt to seek demand tax relief for what is just […]

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