Politicians say "we're all equal" and pretend that they represent everyone. But in fact, they constantly pick winners and losers. America is now like the place described in George Orwell's book During the "fiscal cliff" negotiations that
* Algae growers got
When America's going broke, how do moviemakers get a special break? By lobbying for it. Movies are a sexy business, so 42 states offer film producers "incentives" to film there. (State legislatures are as shortsighted as
The U.S., which used to pride itself on being more free-market than
Politicians everywhere are always eager to help out people who helped get them elected. In the U.S., labor unions were big supporters of
Congressional staff got a special exception, too. Funny how many of these laws are supposed to be great for all of us but, once passed, look ugly to the privileged class. So they exempt themselves.
Even the crusade to save the earth is captured by the "special" people. Subsidies for "green energy" were supposed to go to the best ideas. Yet somehow your money went to companies like Solyndra, whose biggest shareholder just happened to be an Obama backer who bundled money for the president.
On my TV show this week, progressive commentator
I say it's one more reason to keep government small.
Politicians doling out favors quietly shift where society's resources flow, who gets employed, what ideas are pursued.
It distorts the economy and the culture -- and it turns us into a nation of favor-seekers instead of creators and producers.
What about all the new businesses that would have gotten investment money but didn't have Gore on their boards? What new ideas might have thrived if old industries weren't coddled? We don't know. We will never know the greatness of what might have existed had the state not sucked the oxygen out of the incubator.
Because of government's favor-granting,
As long as government has the power to grant favors, cronies and their lobbyists will seek those favors out.
The privileged win. The people lose.
Politicians say "we're all equal" and pretend that they represent everyone. But in fact, they constantly pick winners and losers. America is now like the place described in George Orwell's book
During the "fiscal cliff" negotiations that