crony capitalism

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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The KRONIES! The evil intersection of Big Government, Big Politics, and the US Chamber of Commerce (aka Big Biz)

by Skip January 27, 2014

Sadly, this cartoon parody is true – Crony Capitalism is not capitalism at all, merely the collusion of politicians willing to “listen” to Big Biz’s / Special Interest Group’s lobbyists to influence legislation in rent-seeking “favors” that distorts the true marketplace and shift the advantages to themselves. Go over to for more and find […]

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President Obama complains about Income Inequality. How about your Cronies?

by Skip January 7, 2014

We all know that President Obama hates rich people (“I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money“) and he sees “income inequality” as something to be done in additional to use as a political campaigning club.  Instead of trying to lift up the poor, he’s all about redistribution in a retributionist fashion […]

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A fact – but not an answer

by Skip December 29, 2013

Advantage Guinta in the “Answer the Question” category.  Host of WMUR’s Closeup, Josh McElveen, asked what I thought was a simple straight-forward to US Senator Kelly Ayotte:  Is there a collective unity or is it still as fractured as it was Nov 7? Well, you know, just like any place, there are divergent views within […]

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From the Crony Capitalism Files: Michelle O’s CGI Connection

by Scott Morales October 26, 2013
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It was only a matter of time after the hysterically botched launch of that the repugnant stench of crony capitalism would seep through the cork and its putrescence would pall over the nation like a smog of rotting fish shrouding commuters on a crisp afternoon in Beijing. A stench so steamy and acrid that […]

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Taxpayer Overcharged Again? Fisker’s Default Of $168M Mostly Written Off – Part Two

by Skip September 23, 2013

But WAIT!  There’s MORE!  Mike had this post concerning the demise of Fisker Automotive – one of the failed “green” attempts of the Obama Administration in trying to show that his Smart People could pick industries and anoint individual winners better than the venture capital pros who do this for a living.  Of course, they’ve […]

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An excellent example of “rent-seeking” and “Crony Unionism”

by Skip September 12, 2013

Rent-Seeking: The expenditure of resources in order to bring about an uncompensated transfer of goods or services from another person or persons to one’s self as the result of a “favorable” decision on some public policy….Examples of rent-seeking behavior would include all of the various ways by which individuals or groups lobby government for taxing, […]

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I dream of Jeannie Shaheen too – and it’s a nightmare.

by Skip August 11, 2013

Once again, WMUR’s Closeup – this week’s edition where Shaheen was the subject of two of the three segments.  I listened and just have to make some comments She makes the claim that the Senate has passed more bills than the House.  Actually, the House has passed more bills than the Senate, but I guess […]

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Hey, I thought Dems were against Corporations making political pronouncements!

by Skip June 30, 2013

Johnson & Johnson, Ascension Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, H&R Block, NFL, NBA, PGA, NASCAR, MLB Who else?  Who DON’T we know about? As I mentioned here, it seems that the Federal Government has such a vested interest in Obamacare that they are willing to go after “the most vulnerable amongst us” – […]

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Data Point – Nowadays, it seems that Crony Capitalism pays

by Skip May 16, 2013

“In 2009, Strategas Group realized there was going to be a lot more government intervention into the economy, and stocks of companies that exhibited “the greatest lobbying intensity” might outperform the broad market. So the firm created a 50-stock “lobbying index.” …My take: Two ways to make money in 2013 America: add value or have […]

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Where Treehugger doesn’t add the 1 + 1

by Skip May 1, 2013

(H/T: Treehugger) As most readers know, I used to go over Treehugger a lot and bring back “stuff” as a Doodling – rather easy when they have a big slant for Progressivism, Urbanism, and UberEnvironmentalism all wrapped up into a single package.  However, since they’ve been purging of the likes of ‘Grok commenters Cris P […]

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Crony Capitalism

by Susan Olsen January 17, 2013

The State Employees Association of NH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Service Employees International Union, is set to open talks soon with Governor Hassan. For those of you private sector pukes still workin’ for the man, I have three words, well, actually more than that, taken from the existing SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement (which can be read […]

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Environmentalists who love crony capitalism

by Skip September 20, 2012

Because they can’t stand seeing their fellow citizens ignoring their bleats of “You shouldn’t do that” in some cases (like, you know, use electricity to live a modern lifestyle, or be allowed to drive a car that can, like, you know, can actually hold all of your family members and the grocery bags needed to […]

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What $6.6 Million In Campaign Donations Buys You In Obama-Land

by Steve MacDonald September 14, 2012

Jeffy Katzenberg bundles 6.6 Million for Campaign Obama and, coincidentally, manages to get a meeting with the Communist Chinese Vice President, after which Katzenberg is allowed to build a Studio in China.  But it gets better.  Apparently Obama is not the only socialist whose pockets he is lining.  The SEC is investigating whether Katzenberg may […]

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Grover Norquist Shills for Obama Crony’s Wireless Boondoggle

by Mike February 16, 2012

I got an email – below – from Grover Norquist at ATR requesting the recipients take action and sign a petition to free up spectrum for wireless expansion. All well and good, but the thinly veiled subplot was to demand that Congress force the FCC to permit Obama cronies Lightsquared to use spectrum adjacent to the GPS […]

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Obama – every day…

by Skip January 29, 2012

(H/T: RedState)

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With Obama canceling the Keystone pipeline, I guess Obama’s economy is running out of gas…

by Skip January 22, 2012

Yup!  Running the car out of the ditch but into that renewable tree is going to do LOVELY things for Obama’s economy.  Our economy runs on oil, and only God knows why Obama thinks that the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada is not in “the nation’s interest”.  His, maybe.  Environmentalists, maybe.  And Warren Buffet’s?  Certainly […]

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Stonyfield CEO In Line For Another Pile of Taxpayer Cash?

by Steve MacDonald October 25, 2011

The question should not be if Stonyfield Dairy CEO and prolific Democrat donor Gary Hirshberg gets another pile of taxpayer cash, it should be “how much is he going to get?”

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Will Hillsborough Three Let Themselves Be Rail-roaded?

by Steve MacDonald September 15, 2011

Leishman embrace the lefts genderless society, he voted against repealing the house weapons ban, against allowing spending caps, then Rep Leishman voted for the Tent Tax, and we even have some insider, crony corruption to go along with it. He had used his position in the House, knowing he was part of the relevant committee, to propose a bill whose passage would favor his own personal business interests.

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