Crony Corner
by | Jun 6, 2019

It’s amazing what can be done to a cause in a mere four years. Back in 2015, there was widespread agreement in Congress that the Export-Import Bank — the U.S. government’s export credit agency — was nothing but a crony…

by | Apr 4, 2019

It seems an easy enough case to make. Patrick Shanahan, acting secretary of defense, came to the Pentagon from Boeing, where he worked on commercial planes, military helicopters and missile defense systems. President Trump is said to favor him in…

by | Feb 25, 2019

The other week Airbus SE announced the demise of its 380 aircraft, after 13 years in service. Launched with about $4 billion in government developmental aid in 2000, the program was from the start a vanity project, intended to show…

by | Jan 31, 2019

Sacramento When asked about his ultimate goal, a union president reportedly offered a simple answer: “More.” Public-sector unions always are pushing for higher pay and benefits and more protections for members. Getting more is a journey. There is no end game….

by | Jan 30, 2019

When Super Bowl LIII takes places in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday it will occur — stop us if you’ve heard this one before — in the house that taxpayers built. In an ever-growing race to offer bigger subsidies…

by | Jan 21, 2019

Even though it’s jam-packed with internet options, Traverse City, Michigan, wants to use millions in taxpayer money to build its own broadband network. It’s a foolish plan for a number of reasons, from the plethora of existing competition to the…

by | Jan 16, 2019

The struggle for the rule of law in Ukraine is an important and far-reaching topic. The rampant abuse of power in that country, as well as the corruption within the prosecutorial ranks of its justice system is not news. Truth…

by | Jan 15, 2019

More reports of troubled Defense spending have arisen. Project on Government Oversight (POGO) recently wrote about the inability of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to complete an independent audit for the second straight year. The government watchdog pointed out that…

by | Jan 15, 2019

The American sugar program is a strong contender for the poster child for crony capitalism. And this year, it’s up for reauthorization. The sugar program in the United States is cronyistic in four main ways. First, the federal government sets…

by | Jun 27, 2018

Public sector union members can put their money where their mouth is, or isn’t.

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