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  • White House Courts Business On Immigration For Political Purposes

    08/19/2014 4:29:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Imperial Presidency: Secret scheming between the White House and Big Business on immigration is all about political cover for unconstitutional executive action. Cheap labor now isn't worth socialism tomorrow. If high-tech giants such as Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and Accenture endorse President Obama's impending executive orders giving amnesty to multitudes of illegal aliens without congressional assent, America will in essence have become the corporatocracy the Saul Alinskys of the world have always claimed they fear. Politico reports that some of these firms and others are talking with high-ranking Obama aides, the White House's goal being these companies' public backing for...
  • Obama Unfriends Putin on Facebook – Then Gives Him Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    07/30/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Seriously. Things are beginning to look kinda pathetic for the Kerry/ Obama foreign policy doctrine. Just this week Russia violated an arms treaty by testing a new type of cruise missile; and Obama’s response was to send a letter to Vladimir Putin (not joking) explaining his disapproval. Future ramifications might include a new hashtag campaign, unfriending Putin on Facebook, or sending angry text messages late at night. And, really, given the West’s reaction to Putin’s acts of aggression in Ukraine, it only makes sense that the former KGB agent would feel emboldened to disrespect an obscure Reagan era treaty. Vladimir...
  • The Export-Import Bank Bill Exposes the DC vs. America Divide

    07/23/2014 6:47:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Tom Borelli
    The current political battle over the bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank reveals the immense influence the big business lobby has over both political parties. It also explains why this special interest group has declared war on the Tea Party. Big business political influence boils down to financial support for any politician who is willing to bestow huge benefits on certain companies. The Export-Import Bank is a prime example. The Export-Import Bank boosts sales of U.S. multinational corporations by providing government-backed loans, loan guarantees and other credit mechanisms to countries and international companies around the world. The bank is a...
  • HuffPo Attacks Companies for Making Too Much Profit

    07/22/2014 3:33:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Huffington Post is beside itself with indignant rage over companies moving their headquarters overseas to avoid paying the highest corporate income tax in the industrialized world. Feeling that Secretary Jack Lew was onto something when he accused companies of being economic traitors for reducing their tax burden, the HuffPo let loose a string of economic illiterate ramblings about the indecency of corporate profits.Early last week, the drug firm Mylan stomped on the Stars and Stripes as it ditched America for the Netherlands. Then, on Friday, the drug company AbbVie similarly renounced America. For 30 pieces of silver, it will...
  • Eric Holder’s Extortion Racket Targets Another Bank

    07/16/2014 12:30:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    America’s most effective extortion racket, the Department of Justice, just bullied another big bank into surrendering billions of dollars in fines. Citigroup has agreed to pay an astounding $7 billion settlement to the DOJ for apparent wrongdoing leading up to the financial crisis. Why am I suddenly reminded of Al Capone’s observation about government coercion?"A crook is a crook, and there's something healthy about his frankness in the matter. But any guy who pretends he is enforcing the law and steals on his authority is a swell snake. The worst type of these punks is the big politician.” – Al...
  • Target Joins the Anti-Gun Movement

    07/03/2014 7:28:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Well… I’m starting to run out of places to shop. Target Corporation (TGT) made the announcement on Wednesday that they have acquiesced to the Bloomberg fanatics who believe no-one should be armed while shopping. The company (politely) asked customers to keep their guns at home the next time they wander in for a DVD or Cuisinart. Of course, it’s not all bad news. After all, a Target store in San Antonio recently booted anti-gun activists from its store. The Bloomberg inspired group, Moms Demand Action (moms I know carry .380 automatics), was asked to leave the premises as they petitioned...
  • Google Declares War on the Firearm Industry

    06/29/2014 7:26:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Google is taking a Bloomberg inspired step toward “curbing gun violence”. Once again demonstrating the level of ignorance that is prevalent in liberal corporate settings, the software company has decided to expand their ban on firearm-related content. Breitbart reported:According to Google Support's "Dangerous Products or Services" page, the company "[wants] to keep people safe both online and offline, so [they] won't allow the promotion of some products or services that cause damage, harm, or injury." Right. Google (ya know, the company that tracks your every move online) is trying to keep us safe. God bless those left coast liberals who...
  • Eric Cantor was criticized for being too cozy with big business. Who funds Kevin McCarthy?

    06/17/2014 11:41:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/17/2014 | By Chris Moody
    One of economic professor David Brat’s central criticisms of Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor was that the House majority leader was too cozy with big business, leaving him more concerned about his relationships with K Street lobbyists than with his constituents. Although there are many reasons for Cantor’s shocking defeat last week, Brat’s attacks on the appearance of “crony capitalism” do seem to have resonated with voters in Virginia’s 7th District. Cantor’s ouster forced House Republicans to choose a new leader, and all signs suggest that they will choose House Whip Kevin McCarthy, who has launched an aggressive campaign for the...
  • Why Big Business Fears the Tea Party: Dave Brat driving corporate America to the Democrats'

    06/16/2014 3:33:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/16/2014 | Michael Lind
    The primary election defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor by the little-known Tea Party conservative David Brat has shocked business and financial elites as well as politicians and pundits. Conservative intellectuals such as Tim Carney have been arguing for a while that the right should adopt a new populism that targets “crony capitalism” and the collaboration of public and private elites at the expense of workers and small businesses. Brat is the first conservative candidate to have achieved a major electoral success by taking this line. He denounced Cantor for being too close to Wall Street and K Street,...
  • Why Americans Hate Big Business

    06/15/2014 2:09:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Big Business does some things that are utterly necessary in modern society. They build airplanes and cars. They run airlines, phone companies, credit card companies and banks. But there is not a person among us, including employees of big businesses, that has not withered with frustration from confronting these businesses with a problem and then receiving little or no results. Even though big businesses get the most attention, the vast majority of people in the U.S. work for small businesses. Small businesses by nature are more reactive and responsive to their customers. They are closer to the customer and more...
  • Big Business Launches Pro-Common Core Propaganda Blitz

    03/24/2014 5:10:21 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 24 March 2014 | Alex Newman
    Big Business Launches Pro-Common Core Propaganda Blitz 24 March 2014 Big Business and powerful corporate lobbyists are dropping millions of dollars on a massive propaganda campaign aimed at defending Common Core from the intensifying public uproar.... Full Story:http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/17909-big-business-launches-pro-common-core-propaganda-blitz Related Articles:Common Core: A Scheme to Rewrite EducationOrwellian Nightmare: Data-mining Your KidsGOP Blasts Obama-backed National Education StandardsEducators Expose Dangers of Common Core National Education
  • Obamacare - Corporate Wealth Transfer or 'The New Capitalism'?

    01/17/2014 10:24:46 AM PST · by Noremac · 12 replies
    Blasted Fools.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    Does the government reimburse your business when they lose money? Did the government make your business a protected monopoly? Sorry, that's how 'capitalism' works, ol' son.   For some time now I've been attempting to convey the reality that Corporate America, or otherwise casually referred to as 'Big Business', broadly speaking - is not practicing what many of us who consider ourselves conservatives would classify as legitimate capitalism. Corporatism, Corporatocracy, Corruption, Rent Seeking?, yes. Classic capitalism? - no. The obstacle in exposing it is that there is a very vocal sub-strata of so-called 'conservative' personalities – mostly radio hosts,...
  • Middle-Class Heroes? The GOP is often too cozy with Big Business.

    12/31/2013 5:45:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/31/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    Crony capitalism — the highly profitable alliance between Big Business, K Street, and the federal government — is a frequent topic of scorn for Republican critics of President Obama. But while crony capitalism has certainly flourished under the Obama administration, the GOP hasn’t exactly gone out of its way to combat the trend. Many have argued that taking on crony capitalism, and perhaps adopting a more populist tone that emphasizes the needs of working-class Americans, should be an important aspect of the GOP’s rebranded agenda. By advancing a message and a policy agenda that combat the stereotype of Republicans as...
  • The Democratic Party Is Now The Party Of Big Business

    12/02/2013 6:31:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    RCM ^ | 12/02/2013 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    The traditional view of American political parties and their special interest groups is that the Republican Party represents big business and social conservatives while the Democratic Party represents labor unions and the poor. However, evidence suggests that this situation has changed. Labor unions and the poor are still linked with the Democratic Party. Small business is strongly with the Republicans at the moment, thanks to Obamacare, and social conservatives still lean Republican (and certainly not toward the Democrats). However, big business has now aligned itself with the Democratic Party. Big business is working with the Democrats in favor of immigration...
  • Obamacare – Big Business Gets Screwed Again

    11/24/2013 5:55:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    As a columnist I am supposed to dispassionately convey a viewpoint to educate my readers about the topic du jour. But I am hopping mad. Not at Obama or Queen Kathleen because I lost faith and confidence in those two long ago. After the escapades of the last week, my anger is totally focused on the leaders of the businesses who are in cahoots with Obamacare -- either through providing insurance or working on the website. Once again big business allowed their greed to cause them to be exposed to politicians defaming them. After more than three years of working...
  • Don't Get Fooled Again

    11/23/2013 7:21:10 AM PST · by Noremac · 3 replies
    Blasted Fools.com ^ | November 23, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    We're not out of the woods yet on Immigration 'Reform' (Amnesty) - not by a long shot. Dodged all the bullets so far? Yes, but there's more on the way. United States Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue is either bluffing about the hand of cards he's got, or he's been promised something by the pack of traitors we have yet to purge on the GOP side of the aisle. However, I have identified some trends, not just here, but internationally, that if persistent, may render further attempts at flooding sovereign nations with new waves of wage destroying migrants, null...
  • (Big) Business Lobby Seeks a More "Governable" GOP

    11/07/2013 8:55:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 7, 2013 | Geoffrey Lysaught
    Even before Democrat Terry McAuliffe narrowly defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race, lobbyists representing the business community were rethinking their relationship with the GOP and planning to challenge conservative incumbents in next year’s primaries. Their goal: to replace principled conservatives with candidates who will be more protective of Big Business interests. As U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue put it, his group will get involved in primary races to produce a “more governable Republican party.” Which is why the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which says it’s strictly in “the wins business,” is threatening more electoral intervention....
  • Big business declares war on tea party

    10/29/2013 7:26:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Washington Times ^ | MONDAY OCTOBER 28, 2913 | Patrice Hill
    The recent fiscal crisis has opened a major rift between the tea party wing of the Republican Party and business groups that traditionally have backed Republicans, with many business leaders now vowing to get involved more in GOP primaries to try to counter insurgent candidates. Tea party leaders are defiant, saying they will not change course despite criticism from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable and other top business groups. But business leaders argue that the scorched-earth tactics used by tea party Republicans during the 16-day shutdown and debate over raising the federal government’s borrowing limit marked the fourth...
  • "No one is above the law, not even the king" except Big Congress & Big Business under ObamaCare

    09/23/2013 7:04:50 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    9/23/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Whether you realize it or not, that is what is taking place. One set of rules for the elite, but a different set for average Joe Americans - they get no one-year exemption, or a Congressional exemption. With all of this in mind, is it no wonder that Obama, Reid, Pelosi and cowardly Republicans are causing Americans to say to h e double l with it all, and leading some like Cruz, Paul, Lee, Palin and others to take a stand and fight for us?
  • Conservative conference draws lawmakers, picketers (ALEC)

    08/08/2013 3:39:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 8, 2013 5:34 PM EDT | David A. Lieb
    More than a thousand conservative lawmakers and business executives are gathering this week for conference that could shape a new wave of Republican legislation in state capitols pushing for deeper tax cuts, limits on union powers and a private-sector makeover for government Medicaid programs. Attendees at the American Legislative Exchange Council were countered Thursday by a roughly equal number of protesters upset by the close ties between big businesses and lawmakers. … The conservative organization’s 40th annual meeting comes as it is experiencing increased influence due to a growth in Republican-led legislatures and enhanced opposition from liberal-leaning groups that have...
  • DC Politicos Block Walmart, Help Special Interests, Hurt The Poor

    07/22/2013 4:52:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2013 | Star Parker
    Why, when there is no question that nothing has created more wealth and eradicated more poverty than capitalism, do left wing politicians hate it so much? After all, it’s supposed to be the left that cares about the poor. The latest chapter in this ongoing saga of economic perversity is action being taken in Washington, DC, to prevent Walmart from opening stores there. The District’s city council has passed a bill, awaiting signature of the Mayor, specifically targeted to block Walmart. It raises the District’s minimum wage 50 percent to $12.50 per hour only for stores with more than $1...
  • Is Gen Y Loyal to Employers?

    06/12/2013 7:52:31 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 30 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 6-11-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Do 20- and 30-somethings prefer a womb-to-tomb quasi-communist corporate culture like Japan, or do they prefer a less secure, more competitive, corporate culture of modern America? There was a time when Americans worked for a ...
  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sides with business over conservatives

    02/28/2013 9:20:22 PM PST · by Mozilla · 4 replies
    http://www.aei.org ^ | February 27, 2013 | Timothy P. Carney
    "Conservative" does not mean the same thing as "pro-business," as Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has demonstrated. McDonnell -- whose three-year record is mostly characterized by conservative policies -- this week won the largest tax hike in state history and a package of new spending on transportation. Cheering him on was Virginia's business lobby. The tax-hike-and-roads package fits well into a pattern of McDonnell veering from his conservative principles when the business lobby wants more government. McDonnell, for instance, has subsidized favored businesses and industries through tax credits and special incentives. Also, Virginia's dependence on the military-industrial complex and the "Beltway...
  • The Dangerous Partnership Between Big Business and Government

    02/14/2013 7:20:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/14/2013 | Tom Borelli
    President Obama's greatest strategic accomplishment during his first term was his recruitment of big business to join the existing collection of special interest groups within the Democratic Party. The national impact of Obama's collusion with big business can't be overlooked. Big business helped deliver his biggest political achievement, ObamaCare, and it recently contributed to his victories with the fiscal cliff negotiations and the temporary extension of the debt ceiling. The addition of huge corporate lobbying infrastructures to the existing left-wing coalition of unions, environmental activists, minority and feminist interest groups will fundamentally transform the special interest lobbying force in Washington....
  • GE rejects Republicans’ climate change doubts

    03/12/2012 5:22:30 AM PDT · by Jimmy Valentine's brother · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 11 March 2012 | Pilita Clark
    General Electric has brushed aside the doubts leading Republican presidential contenders have raised about climate science. The US industrial and financial conglomerate said it had long seen climate change as a valid concern after an internal evaluation of the scientific case in 2005. (Snip) Observers have attributed the party’s shift since the last election to a range of factors, including the rise of the anti-regulatory Tea Party and fears about unemployment. Others suggest the change is due to fossil fuel interests using so-called super PACs – the new generation of political action committees empowered by a 2010 Supreme Court ruling...
  • Job Creators Fighting Back

    12/14/2011 4:18:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2011 | John Stossel
    Some politicians claim that politicians create jobs. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says, "My job is to create jobs." What hubris! Government has no money of its own. All it does is take from some people and give to others. That may create some jobs, but only by leaving less money in the private sector for job creation. Actually, it's worse than that. Since government commandeers scarce resources by force and doesn't have to peddle its so-called services on the market to consenting buyers, there's no feedback mechanism to indicate if those services are worth more to people than what...
  • A Republican Agenda for Real Change

    10/09/2011 10:07:57 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies
    CATO / Forbes ^ | 2011-10-03 | Doug Bandow
    The desperate search for an acceptable Republican Party presidential candidate continues. Republican leaders apparently are pushing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who previously said no, to jump into the race. The GOP's frustration is palpable. Mitt Romney has been running for four years but generates little enthusiasm. Rick Perry was an instant front-runner before losing much of his support after unimpressive debate performances. Michelle Bachmann briefly streaked across the political firmament but now barely registers in the polls. Newt Gingrich committed political seppuku shortly after announcing his candidacy. Ron Paul's support is fervent but limited. However, the real Republican problem...
  • OC cities paid community development execs $6.4 million(big busines hearts socialism)

    07/14/2011 9:22:21 AM PDT · by mainestategop
    OC Register ^ | 7/14/11 | teri sforza
    Think of the community development department as the place where government and industry must do some serious kissy-face.
  • How anything you've EVER said on the internet could be seen by employers as Feds approve firm

    06/26/2011 8:55:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/26/11 | Fiona Roberts
    The Federal Trade Commission has approved a controversial firm which scours social media sites to check on job applicants. It means anything you've ever said in public on sites including Facebook, Twitter and even Craigslist could be seen by your would-be employer.[Snip]It raises the frightening prospect of any social media posting, even it's years old or was meant as a joke, being used in background checks. Applicants who use online pseudonyms aren't safe, either - the firm uses special software to link those nicknames with real, offline names known to employers.
  • Big Business Watch: Keeping an Eye on Big Business

    06/22/2011 4:58:22 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 1+ views
    Welcome to Big Business Watch Big Business Watch tracks the public policy agenda of big business and aggressively challenges CEOs when their policies run counter to the tenets of free enterprise, limited government and liberty. Big Business has played a major role in passing ObamaCare and some of the largest corporations are backing Obama's effort to regulate energy. We can't ignore the driving force big business plays in public policy. Welcome to Big Business Watch Big Business Watch tracks the public policy agenda of big business and aggressively challenges CEOs when their policies run counter to the tenets of free...
  • High Court Appears Poised to Uphold Arizona Immigration Law

    12/08/2010 4:48:02 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/08/10 | Ashby Jones
    As WSJ Supreme Court correspondent Jess Bravin wrote before the hearing, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had formed an “unusual alliance” with liberal groups hoping to strike down the law, which penalizes employers who hire illegal immigrants. But heading out of the argument, the story has shifted to the case’s probable outcome: that the law would survive the constitutional challenge. According to Bravin, several justices on Wednesday rejected claims that the state exceeded the limited powers Congress left it to enforce immigration policies.
  • John Boehner's "GobGop" Plan to Sell Out the Tea Party in 2013. It Will Begin in January 2011.

    11/06/2010 9:38:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    Gary North's Specific Answers ^ | November 6, 2010 | Gary North
    First, you must understand that Boehner is a GobGop: a Good Old Boy of the Grand Old Party. The GobGops' goal is to keep the present system funded by the Bigs: Big Business, Big Pharma, Big Oil, and Big Banking. If you do not understand this, then you are as naive as a Democrat who thinks Obama speaks for The Common Man.Boehner shilled for Hank Paulson and Goldman Sachs by begging the Republicans to vote for the $750+ billion Big Bank Bailout in 2008. Watch his emotional performance here. "We just have to do it!" No, they didn't. Ron Paul...
  • Steel, glass VW pedestrian bridge approved (paid for by TN taxpayers)

    09/22/2010 10:58:04 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 18 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | September 22, 2010 | Mike Pare
    A $7.25 million, 850-foot pedestrian bridge and guardhouse for the Volkswagen plant won approval from a city panel Tuesday. The steel-and-glass structure, more than one-quarter the length of the Walnut Street Bridge that spans the Tennessee River, will serve as the main entrance to the auto plant. The pedestrian bridge, paid from city, Hamilton County and state funds as part of the automaker’s incentive package, will cross over a stream and one of VW’s vehicle test tracks and negotiate a steep change in elevation at the site, officials said. “It will be an extraordinary bridge,” said Steve Leach, the city’s...
  • Sen. Harry M. Reid building war chest by tapping donors beyond Nevada

    06/26/2010 12:09:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | June 26, 2010 | Carol D. Leonnig and T.W. Farnam
    Harry M. Reid needed money, and lots of it. Last spring, the Senate majority leader was looking ahead to a tough reelection fight. Polls showed that the voters back home in Nevada who sent him to Washington four times had tired of him. Republican Party fundraisers had all but declared him their No. 1 target for defeat. Taking them on would be expensive, and he wasn't drawing nearly enough cash from contributors inside Nevada. So Reid did what politicians in his position do: He picked up the phone. The senator began dialing old and new friends across the country,...
  • My review of Avatar

    02/20/2010 1:19:42 PM PST · by mainestategop · 71 replies · 1,287+ views
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | 2/20/10 | MAINESTATEGOP
    Last week for the Second time, i got to see Avatar. having been watching the blog sphere lately I have been quite surprised by some of the responses to the movie, Allegations that the movie promotes environmentalism, and liberalism. probably the biggest problem I have heard is that the humans instead of the aliens are the bad guys. A major departure from traditional science fiction orthodoxy that is rare. That, and James Cameron has used his fame to attack and ridicule conservatives and libertarians. my review concentrates on some of the ridiculous remarks made against the movie in the blog...
  • Down with Big Business

    12/13/2009 5:23:43 AM PST · by EscondidoSurfer · 4 replies · 466+ views
    Forbes Magazine ^ | December 11, 2009 | Paul Ryan
    crony capitalism is back with a vengeance
  • Down With Big Business (Congressman Paul Ryan, WI-1)

    12/12/2009 1:32:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 588+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 12.11.09 | Congressman Paul Ryan
    In 1979, Robert Bartley's editorial writing at the Wall Street Journal not only garnered a Pulitzer Prize, but also exposed a pernicious threat to free enterprise. In a piece titled "Down With Big Business," which focused on how General Motors was using its muscle and government connections to squeeze out competitors, Bartley concludes we ought not rely on big business to defend free markets. It's up to the American people--innovators and entrepreneurs, small business owners, Bartley's "XYZ Bumperlight Lens Company"--to take a stand. Thirty years later, this crony capitalism is back with a vengeance, accelerated by an aggressive program by...
  • The Real Fat-Cat Party: Democrats run against big business when they are in fact in bed...

    12/09/2009 9:03:50 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 468+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 09, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    December 09, 2009, 0:00 a.m. The Real Fat-Cat PartyDemocrats run against big business when they are in fact in bed with the fat cats. By Jonah Goldberg One of the great frustrations of the libertarian-minded Right is how Republicans got stuck being “the party of big business.” The quotation marks around the term are at least somewhat necessary, because in many respects, it’s not true. The notion that big business is “right wing” has always been more sloppy agitprop than serious analysis. It’s true that historically, big business is against socialism and Communism — and understandably so. Socialism and...
  • The Real Fat Cat Party

    12/09/2009 3:56:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 494+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    One of the great frustrations of the libertarian-minded right is how Republicans got stuck being "the party of big business." The quotation marks around the term are at least somewhat necessary, because in many respects, it's not true. The notion that big business is "right wing" has always been more sloppy agitprop than serious analysis. It's true that historically, big business is against socialism and communism -- and understandably so. Socialism and communism were once close to synonymous with expropriation of wealth and the nationalization of industry. What businessman or industrialist wouldn't be against that? But many of those same...
  • Nuclear Providers Sell out Consumers, Back Cap and Trade

    10/06/2009 1:36:43 PM PDT · by Scott Martin · 15 replies · 807+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | 10-6-09 | Scott Martin
    When Big Business tells the federal government "yes, tax us more please," you can be pretty confident something shady is going on, and that the consumer will not be the beneficiary of it. In this case it's ownership of major energy providers backing the Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade bill, the proposal that would effectively cap American productivity by trading on fear of global warming. In the past few weeks both Exelon, the nation's largest gas and electric utility, and PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) have backed out of the Chamber of Commerce over the business lobby's refusal to bend over...
  • Industrial Policy or Economic Democracy?

    08/31/2009 5:49:42 PM PDT · by Delacon · 1 replies · 665+ views
    The Independent Institute ^ | Aug 31, 2009 | Randall Holcombe
    Japan’s historic election Sunday gave the Democratic Party an overwhelming victory over the Liberal Democrats that have dominated Japan’s government for 55 years.  The Liberal Democrats oversaw Japan’s industrial policy that supported Japan’s dominant firms during Japan’s rise as a major economic power during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.  Indeed, many American economists argued the U.S. should do more to emulate Japanese industrial policy and have the government actively involved in supporting dominant corporations to enhance their international competitiveness.American support for industrial policy, where the government actively picks the winners in economic competition, died off in the 1990s when the...
  • Et Tu, Big Business?

    06/19/2009 4:18:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 1,532+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    What did you do when capitalism died, Daddy? I won't be surprised to hear that question from my daughter by the time she gets out of college, or should I say the State Mandatory Voluntarism Training Facility. When liberals hear conservatives decry the death of capitalism, they titter and roll their eyes. "Oh, you paranoid right-wingers! You see Bolsheviks around every corner." But such exasperation is the exhalation of concentrated ignorance. The absence of free markets isn't necessarily Bolshevism, or even socialism. Capitalism's death can come in many forms, by many different hands. After all, not all of Julius Caesar's...
  • DeMint: GOP should end affair with corporate elites [Ron Paul mentioned]

    04/28/2009 11:08:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 53 replies · 2,685+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-04-29 | U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina
    Earlier this month, the United States Chamber of Commerce handed out its annual "Spirit of Enterprise" awards to those members of Congress who voted with the Chamber 70 percent of the time on its most important legislative initiatives of 2008. The only four Republican senators who did not receive the award were Jon Kyl, Jeff Sessions, Jim Inhofe and me - four of the most conservative members of the Senate. What were the conservative offenses? We opposed the failed bailouts and stimulus. Which explains why many liberal Democrats scored higher, including Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Republican who...
  • The big business/big government axis of evil

    04/17/2009 5:46:25 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies · 752+ views
    RenewAmerica.Us ^ | 4/15/2009 | Chuck Baldwin
    Self-proclaimed "conservatives" love to tout themselves as ardent supporters of the "free enterprise" system. In the name of "capitalism," they support any and every piece of legislation or governmental decision that caters to business — especially Big Business. Favorite policies of these folks include anything and everything that calls itself "free trade." Furthermore, these same "conservatives" will support just about anything and everything that is said to advance the so-called "global economy." Needless to say, in the name of "free trade" millions of American jobs and thousands of American manufacturing plants have been outsourced to foreign countries and interests. And...
  • Democrats and businessmen, sitting in a tree ...

    04/11/2009 2:33:00 AM PDT · by bluejay · 348+ views
    National Review (Print) ^ | April 6, 2009 | Goldberg, Jonah
    ... We fight for free-trade agreements and tax cuts, and they repay us time and again by jumping into bed with Barack Obama. And they don't even bother to wash off the smell of his cologne.
  • Immigration reform hopes pinned on new administration, Congress [amnesty redux]

    10/04/2008 9:42:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 407+ views
    After the November election, business advocates hope to rekindle their push for a guest worker program and legal status for some illegal immigrants already in the U.S. Their hope is that immigration reform will have a better chance under a new president, whether it be John McCain or Barack Obama, and a new Congress in which Democrats are expected to gain seats. Both McCain and Obama support a guest worker plan and some kind of legal path for illegals in the U.S. and congressional Democrats tend to be more supportive of immigration reforms than Republicans.
  • It’s time to end the Government Property Lease Excise Tax

    04/22/2008 11:02:56 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 1 replies · 89+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | April 22, 2008 | Michelle Bolton
    It’s time to end the Government Property Lease Excise Tax Michelle Bolton, Goldwater Institute Daily Email, April 22, 2008 Fair and equitable taxation is key to economic freedom and prosperity. Rules that favor a few special interests create an un-level playing field and put other businesses at a disadvantage. The Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET) is a case in point. It allows cities to take title to land and buildings and then lease them back to a private company for a nominal fee. These businesses then pay a fraction--often one tenth--of what their property taxes would otherwise be. GPLETs...
  • Rubin to Back Clinton (new head of Citibank)

    11/07/2007 3:44:04 PM PST · by rocksblues · 24 replies · 116+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 7, 2007, 3:48 pm | Patrick Healy
    Aside from Al Gore, the biggest presidential endorsement prize that is still up for grabs from the Clinton administration is Robert E. Rubin, the former Treasury Secretary and deficit hawk who remains one of the most admired economic stewards in Democratic politics. Mr. Rubin is now ready to go public: Despite some early misgivings about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy, he is scheduled to headline a major fundraiser for her on Dec. 13 in New York City, according to a memo describing the event. Democrats close to the Clinton campaign said today that he may appear at additional events, with her...
  • Perry should back up eminent domain talk

    06/22/2007 12:51:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies · 833+ views
    thefacts.com ^ | June 22, 2007 | Chris Greene
    Gov. Rick Perry’s veto this week of an eminent domain bill designed to protect landowners left a lot of Texans scratching their heads, and you can lump us in with those feeling dumbfounded. Perry — who was among those making political hay when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that cities can seize homes under eminent domain for use by private developers and made the issue an emergency item in a special session that same year — had a chance to back his tough talk and posturing on property rights with action. But when push came to powerful shove...
  • Farmers upset over Perry veto of eminent domain bill

    06/18/2007 5:18:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 984+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 18, 2007 | Betsy Blaney (Associated Press)
    LUBBOCK, Texas — One Central Texas farmer said Monday he was "dumbfounded" by Gov. Rick Perry's veto of an eminent domain bill designed to protect landowners when the state wants to take their property. Robert Fleming is not alone in an area worried about the massive Trans Texas Corridor proposal. The planned route cuts through Fleming's Bell County farms. He's bewildered by Perry's veto. "We were so close to getting something done," Fleming said. "We've worked hard trying to get private property rights." Perry vetoed the bill, and 48 others, Friday. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kelo...