8 posts categorized "Wealthfare"

May 17, 2018

The Farm Bill: Where Wealthfare Meets Welfare

The US Farm Bill is bipartisan swamp cultivation at its worst. Democrats and Republicans come together and eagerly and equally trade their “principles” for election support and campaign contributions. Most of the money in the bill is for food stamps (urban votes) but there is plenty of money, man More...

February 13, 2018

A Surprising Letter from David Koch

Recently we got a letter from David Koch. As you would guess, it is a request for support for Americans for Prosperity (AFP), which he co-founded. What I wouldn’t have guessed before reading is that there is nothing in the eight pages I disagree with and much which is compelling.

Some of More...

September 12, 2017

Both Parties Lost the Last Presidential Election

Will that loss put a dent in hyper-partisanship?

The Republican establishment lost during the primaries. Whatever Donald Trump may be, he is not an establishment Republican. Bernie Sanders came damned close to knocking off establishmen More...

March 31, 2017

Constructive Compromises for a New Center Coalition

Until recently, a center coalition ruled Washington civilly. Trouble is that the coalition agreed mainly on mutual back scratching and became the creature of lobbyists and interest groups. It tried to appear to do something for everyone but we ended up with crumbling infrastructure, feckless fore More...

January 19, 2017

Things to Hope for in the New Administration

Granted, there’s plenty to fear from the new administration, the temperament of the president-elect not the least. But I hope Trump will succeed; I also hoped Barack Obama would succeed.

The resentments that led to Trump’s narrow victory stem from these legitimate grievances: 1) the wealt More...

May 11, 2011

Dems Call GOP Bluff on Oil Subsidies, Deficit

In his 2012 budget plan, President Obama proposed taking tax subsidies away from oil and using the money to subsidize "renewables". Further subsidies for the renewable energy industry would have been relatively easy for Republicans to vote against. But now Democratic Senators Robert Men More...

May 10, 2011

“Government Economic Development Program” is an Oxymoron

"I can't believe I'm hearing that from a Republican," said Ann Cummings (D - Montpelier), Chair of the Finance Committee of the Vermont Senate.

"As I said, Madame Chair, I'm speaking only for myself," I responded; "grants and loans from the government More...

April 26, 2011

The Pickens Plan Bill: The Wrong Way to Get the Right Result

Getting government to pay your customers for buying your product is no substitute for creating compelling value. A marketplace dominated by political decision making will result in neither innovation nor wealth creation. So why is American business allowing itself to succumb to the weakening infl More...

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