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Who Needs Markets?

Ed Driscoll notes an interesting AP “news” “report” by Donna Cassata complaining that “conservatives make it rough for business“. Granted the assumptions of the piece (by “business”, Ms Cassata means a Global MegaCorp CEO with an established market dominance, half the cabinet on speed dial, and a couple of former administration heavyweights on the payroll as “vice-president, government relations” or some such), it’s still impressive that even an American J-school gal can type the following with a straight face. Writing of the “roadblocks” “thrown up” to “industry’s top legislative priorities”, Ms Cassata says of Republicans:

They and their ideological leaders argue that the marketplace should dictate what businesses thrive and falter, not Washington.

But governing “dictating” whose company gets to succeed is entirely non-ideological? In Communist Hungary, there was a socialist operetta with the stirring title of The State Department Store. Maybe Ms Cassata could write an English libretto.

Jim DeMint has a good line on where cronyism leads:

The South Carolina lawmaker warned that the combination of big government and big industry is creating a nation that is becoming “too big to succeed.”

One of the few heartening trends of this election season is the conservative opposition to cronyism. The micro-regulatory state is, by definition, a hierarchy of privilege – but at AP they’re complaining that representative democracy is getting in the way of backdoor lobbying. A Big Government/Big Business alliance promoted by what’s left of Big Media.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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