A greener shade of crony corruption — er, capitalism — courtesy of the Obama administration.
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Most liberals still believe targeted government investment in renewable energies and other emerging technologies is both environmentally sound and essential to a positive, jobs-creating economic program. They don’t see how the corporatist intersection between government and big businesses like GE and GM, which they distrust, is related to the green jobs movement they think is a worthy public endeavor. Similarly, many conservatives still wrongly conflate a reflexive defense of business-no matter how dependent on government a particular business may be-with defending free markets.
On the right, government boondoggles undertaken in the name of national security often elicit insufficient scrutiny. On the left, such projects undertaken in the name of environmentalism attract almost nonexistent scrutiny. Many people across the political spectrum appear to believe that the solution to crony capitalism is to even further entangle government and business, described by the Wall Street Journal editorial page as demanding “capitalists to be more answerable to the politicians”-something that inexorably leads to more cronyism.
Crony capitalism isn’t an inherently liberal problem. But it is at best a design flaw and at worst a deliberate feature in the economic and environmental policies of this administration, supported by most liberals. In pronouncing the Obama White House scandal-free, the columnist Jonathan Alter argued that the greening of crony capitalism didn’t really count as a scandal. To paraphrase the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, this seems like defining scandals down.
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