Why ‘Crony Capitalism’ is as American as Apple Pietnr.com
Made popular 1356 days ago in Opinion
tnr.com — Conservatives are supposed to cherish tradition, to draw on customs and policies which worked well in the past to guide what office-holders ought to do in the future. So it is ironic, if not hypocritical, that they constantly peddle a notion about the separation of business and government that has no basis in American history. “The voters,” asserted Mitt Romney, after his victory in the Washington caucuses, “want a conservative businessman who understands the private sector and knows how to get the federal government out of the way, so that the economy can once again grow vigorously.”

In fact, the Republican nominee-to-be is distorting a long and bipartisan tradition of government support for big business in America. Conservatives now object to “crony capitalism,” but for much of U.S. history, businessmen have been hungry for it. Since the early nineteenth century, the government has helped fuel economic growth and corporate profit-making, and savvy businessmen and, recently, businesswomen have lobbied hard to keep those benefits coming.

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Posted 1356 days ago
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What a shocker!!!!

What many people on the Right consider Crony today, has been exercised for couple of hundred years by both sides of the isle.

It's just when you put American & Apple Pie with Crony people get offended.
Posted 1356 days ago
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Using this argument murdering an unfaithful spouse is as American as apple pie as well. The Left is going off the cliff, no pun intended, for sure!

Wrong is wrong no matter how long it's been going on. According to your proposal -- let's keep crony capitalism because it's been going on since the early days of the country.

Given that ridiculus logic, would you defend the return of my family and me to some North Carolina tobacco farmer as his slave?

Where would you have to return to? Not America, for sure!
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