Keyword: cronyism

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  • AMERICAN AIRLINES UNVEILS PLAN TO IMPROVE DIVERSITY [Gutless Company Buckles to NAALCP]

    12/01/2017 2:28:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    American Airlines has announced an aggressive plan of action to improve diversity and inclusion... “We’re seeing individuals removed because they’re wearing a headscarf,” said NAACP Legal Defense Fund Senior Counsel Ajmel Quereshi... Thursday, the airline announced a plan of action to make American a more diverse and inclusive company....
  • Whirlpool's Dirty Laundry

    11/21/2017 3:32:42 PM PST · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 29 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 20 November 2017 | Andrew Wilford
    Despite Whirlpool’s arguments being the corporate equivalent of a child who wants dessert but not to clean his room, the ITC sided with Whirlpool and is now considering which “remedies” to impose. Whirlpool, for its part, suggests a prohibitively high 50 percent tariff on washing machine imports from LG and Samsung. Implementing this tariff, even in a temporary manner, would harm opportunities for thousands of American workers. Samsung is already in the process of building a washing machine factory in South Carolina, expected to employ nearly 1,000 American workers. LG is constructing a factory in Clarksville, Tennessee, which would employ...
  • Tax Cuts Can't 'Pay For Themselves'? No Place To Cut Government? This Man Says 'Hogwash!'

    11/14/2017 8:54:08 AM PST · by sloop3 · 16 replies
    Politicians on all sides insist that we can’t have those big “beautiful” tax cuts originally promised by Donald Trump because the cuts have to “pay for themselves.” What they’re really saying is that tax cuts can't be large enough to curtail the government spending. Tax cut opponents like to create the impression that Big Government’s current spending is so critical to our national welfare, it’s simply not feasible for cuts to be made—anywhere. Really? Free Market Central spoke to Adam Andrzejewski, Founder and CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, the non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission for the last six years has been to...
  • How Little-Known "CON" Laws Are Bad For Your Health

    Politicians often insist government is the only way to increase access to health care. In fact, the opposite is true: For years,“certificate of need” laws at the state level have prevented much-needed medical facilities from being built across the country.
  • Paid Patriotism - How the DOD paid NFL teams for flag ceremonies

    09/27/2017 7:35:18 AM PDT · by RinaseaofDs · 23 replies
    Truthdig ^ | 9/26/17 | Emma Niles
    Unfortunately, contrary to the public statements made by DOD and the NFL, the majority of the contracts—72 of the 122 contracts we analyzed—clearly show that DOD paid for patriotic tributes at professional football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer games. These paid tributes included on-field color guard, enlistment and reenlistment ceremonies, performances of the national anthem, full-field flag details, ceremonial first pitches and puck drops. The National Guard paid teams for the “opportunity” to sponsor military appreciation nights and to recognize its birthday. It paid the Buffalo Bills to sponsor its Salute to the Service game. DOD even paid teams for...
  • Economic Development: The Joke’s on Us

    09/22/2017 12:28:52 PM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | September 21, 2017 | Jon Cassidy
    In the HBO show Silicon Valley, there’s a running joke about server farms as gulags. The data center on the show is utterly removed not just from the currents of innovation and finance, but from normal human contact, and it’s managed by a character borrowing his affectless demeanor from Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Even if you know nothing about tech, the vast rows of servers unattended by humans give you all the visual information you need for the setup — these places have all the glamour of storage units. The payoff comes when the developers learn that...
  • There is No Proper Mix of Government, Community and Business

    09/21/2017 8:17:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2017 | Scott Rasmussen
    I grew up in suburbia, and have spent various parts of my life in small towns, a Southern city and in rural Indiana. Moving may be a hassle, but new experiences in new locations provide wonderful opportunities to learn and explore. That's certainly true as I adjust to life in New York City, a vastly different environment than anything I've tried before. Living in the city, my wife and I have encountered government as never before. We rely on the subway to get around, enjoy strolls through Central Park, routinely see police officers and traffic cops and have heard about...
  • Crony defense budget hands SpaceX a monopoly - why?

    09/12/2017 6:40:49 AM PDT · by 54fighting · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/12/17 | Ron Paul
    Behind the high-minded rhetoric surrounding many government programs, there often (or even usually) lies some grant of special privilege to a powerful business interest. The most well-known example, of course, is ObamaCare’s individual mandate creating a guaranteed market for insurance companies. However, the most common hiding place for corporate welfare is the Pentagon. Hawkish politicians love sticking gifts to big corporations in the yearly National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). So it is no surprise to find an example of cronyism in the Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA, which the Senate is expected to vote on this week.
  • 3M CEO Inge Thulin Just Became the 7th Executive to Leave Trump’s Manufacturing Council

    08/16/2017 10:05:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    Fortune ^ | 8/16/17 | Lisa Marie Segarra
    President and CEO of 3M, Inge Thulin, announced Wednesday he is leaving President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Council. "I joined the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative in January to advocate for policies that align with our values and encourage even stronger investment and job growth — in order to make the United States stronger, healthier and more prosperous for all people. After careful consideration, I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals. As a result, today I am resigning from the Manufacturing Advisory Council," Thulin said in a statement posted to 3M's Twitter account.
  • CEOs Rethink Alliances With White House

    08/16/2017 3:33:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8/15/17 | Vanessa Fuhrmans
    President Donald Trump’s response to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va., has sparked a new round of soul-searching in U.S. corporate boardrooms over whether they should keep working closely with the White House. On Tuesday, the number of members who have withdrawn from a White House advisory council grew to five, and executives including Wal-Mart Stores
  • Man gets $650K payout after fighting Los Angeles parking ticket

    08/04/2017 7:08:21 PM PDT · by Mark · 28 replies
    Fox L.A. ^ | 8/3/17 | Foxla.com
    LOS ANGELES (FOX 11 / CNS) - The City Council on Wednesday approved a $650,000 payout for a man who successfully fought how the city of Los Angeles processes challenges to parking tickets. Cody Weiss, who sued the city in 2014 after he received a parking ticket, argued that the city unlawfully allows a private for-profit company to process challenges to tickets. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in his favor last year, and the decision was upheld by the Second District Court of Appeal. City Attorney Mike Feuer petitioned the California Supreme Court to review the appellate decision,...
  • The Weekly Fix: Double Standard

    07/30/2017 1:08:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | July 28, 2017 | Adam Brandon
    The fix is in. Did you know, corporations like General Electric Co. (GE) spend more money on lobbyists than they pay in taxes? The federal government currently taxes corporations at 35 percent. While many argue the rate is too high, you don’t hear companies like GE complaining about it. That’s because they aren’t paying it. Over the past 15 years, GE’s federal income tax rate averaged only 5.2 percent. General Electric paid no federal taxes in 2010, despite earning $5.1 billion in U.S. profits. Instead, the company claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion. Meanwhile, GE executives awarded themselves more...
  • Republicans are about to kill a bank that's been around for 80 years — at least for a little while

    06/24/2015 7:50:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/24/2015 | ERICA WERNER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Congressional Republicans are poised to deal a sharp blow to their traditional allies in the business community by allowing the federal Export-Import Bank to go out of business at the end of the month. But it may only be temporary. The 81-year-old bank is a little-known federal agency created during the Depression that makes and guarantees loans to help overseas buyers purchase US products, from airplanes to bridges to baby clothes. Over the past year it's also become a surprising test of GOP purity, as tea party-backed lawmakers and outside conservative groups have denounced the bank as crony capitalism and...
  • Cronyism Kills Capitalism

    05/31/2017 11:15:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/17 | Megan Barth
    Cronyism is alive and well in the Swamp. “We The People” who resoundingly voted to “Drain the Swamp” will lose if the status quo is allowed to win. “Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.”—Ronald Reagan Crony capitalism is defined as an economic system characterized by close, mutually advantageous relationships between business leaders and government officials. Many of our nation’s biggest companies come to the Washington Swamp, to hire lobbyists to preserve tax breaks, to use the power of government for competitive reasons or to secure government money for corporate projects. And Elizabeth Warren is happy...
  • Catching Up With Valerie Jarrett

    04/03/2017 8:54:43 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 3, 2017 | Lynn Sweet
    It’s now public on Monday: Jarrett, who has homes in Washington and Chicago, is working with the Chicago-based Obama Foundation in an advisory capacity. The foundation now has a branch office up and running in Washington — in the same building where former President Barack Obama has his official government post-presidential office. Jarrett, I am told from one of her advisers, “will work with President Obama and the foundation leadership, including Chairman Martin Nesbitt and Chief Executive Officer David Simas, to help support the foundation team’s work as it develops the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park on the South...
  • Judge orders Ohio village to pay back $3 million to lead-footed drivers

    02/13/2017 7:05:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | Brooke Singman
    Speed cameras became a cash cow for the small village of New Miami, Ohio. The town, with a population of about 2,200, collected over $3 million in revenue from heavy-footed motorists after it installed stand-alone speed cameras along one of its major throughways, US 127. The speed cameras in New Miami, which is less than one square mile, automatically fined motorists $95 if they drove faster than 50 miles per hour. It proved to be a lucrative venture for the village just 35 miles north of Cincinnati. Flush with cash, it raised its annual budget from roughly $1.5 million to...
  • Music Rights Orgs Hoping Trump Won’t Hold Hillary Donations Against Them

    11/25/2016 7:10:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    Donald Trump put fear in the hearts of the left before the election, but since then, his opponents have gone completely off the deep end. They’ve marched through the streets. They’ve destroyed property. They’ve beaten Trump supporters and lashed out at his vice president after he attended a Broadway play. They fear – correctly, it seems, judging from the appointments and other decrees emanating from Trump Tower – that, unlike the current occupant, Trump looks at the presidency as something to do, not something to be. He’s not thinking about having Jay-Z and Beyonce at the White House or which...
  • Cronyism in Space?

    11/24/2016 8:14:53 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/16 | Megan Barth
    Make no mistake and don’t be fooled by her rhetoric, Garver is a committed liberal who will bring NASA towards cronyism and liberal policies. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” was the phrase that defined a historic event—a global, scientific breakthrough which defined American ingenuity and exceptionalism. A generation of innovators, explorers, and scientists were inspired by this new world which had opened because of the ingenuity and talent responsible for completing NASA’s core mission: deep space exploration, aeronautics and science. However, deep space exploration of this new world has not been fully funded by the...
  • Socialists and their routine famines [aw!m vanity]

    10/29/2016 12:07:08 PM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 21 replies
    Communism, socialism, progessivism -- it's really just 'cronyism'. And so is Keynesian economics -- just the same trick with a different name. Famines are the most brutal kind of math and nearly impossible to hide. And the mathematics of famines proves something time and again: If you don't have a merit-based economy then your natural resources rarely mean anything. If you don't know about the Pilgrims' communism-induced famine just tune into Rush Limbaugh before Thanksgiving. Venezuela is the most recent example. Up until very recently its farms were privately owned. Not anymore. Recent headlines [*a*] 1. Venezuela Is Collapsing and...
  • An Explanation of How Clinton, Inc. Raked in Cash Through Cronyism

    10/27/2016 2:26:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 27, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The WikiLeaks dump today has something incredible in it and one of the things I like to try to do each and every day is take the complex and make it understandable. Sometimes it's challenging to do because in order to take something complex and make it understandable, the people to whom you're speaking have to have at least a quasi-foundation of understanding of the subject matter. And I think in this case most every one of you do. The specific leak to which I'm referring is a series of emails that show the absolute connection between...