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by | Jun 29, 2018

Someone asked to make a list of lobbyists with the worst reputations on Capitol Hill probably wouldn’t add “the catfish lobby” in a million years. In fact, “the catfish lobby” sounds much more like the entrance to an exhibit at…

by | Jun 14, 2018

Commodity programs are cronyism run amok. Government subsidies (paid for by your tax dollars, of course) protect farmers from reduced crop yield and changing market conditions, at a rate of $2.20 for every dollar they pay in. And that’s not all…

by | Jun 11, 2018

A few weeks ago, we looked into the state of commodity programs from the perspective of farmers. We found that farmers tend to make a great deal of money off these “insurance” programs, as they are designed to function more…

by | Jun 4, 2018

Coal and nuclear power plants have good friends in the Energy Department. And they’re hardly afraid to cash in on those friendships. FirstEnergy Solutions has asked the Energy Department to utilize emergency powers under Section 202(c) of the Federal Power…

by | Jun 1, 2018

This morning, President Trump announced that he was imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. That in itself would be nothing new, but the targets of these tariffs were what made Trump’s announcement surprising. They were none other than Canada, Mexico,…

by | May 29, 2018

As the battle over the Farm Bill has raged in the background, we’ve been spending the last few weeks looking at the cronyism that is the country’s current agriculture program. We’ve looked at sugar cronyism benefiting a few large producers…

by | May 25, 2018

Bad news: there’s another national security crisis. And no, it has nothing to do with cancelling the Iran deal or the Singapore summit. It’s cars. We don’t make enough cars. Or something like that. At least, that’s the rationale the…

by | May 10, 2018

Remember “got milk?” That charming advertising campaign is one of the most famous of all time, not to mention having a laudable goal in advocating for children’s nutrition. On the other hand, it’s a product of a cronyist scheme to…

by | Apr 26, 2018

There are very few winners in a trade war, but there are always clear losers. One of the clearest losers from the Trump-initiated “trade skirmish” (which threatens to escalate into a full-fledged trade war) has been American farmers. Unfortunately, these…

by | Apr 24, 2018

One of the most pervasive myths in politics is that all big businesses want government to be smaller. Policymakers and commentators often misinterpret big business support for regulation as being the ultimate vindication of their beliefs — the need for…

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