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Crony Capitalism

Decoding Romney

Paula Gordon | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Financial engineering of the type Mitt Romney represents is not going to fix our problems -- it is what got us into this godawful mess.

Crony Capitalism's Unofficial Mascot Rails Against... Crony Capitalism

Posted 09.10.2012 | Business

It’s time to put an end to crony capitalism, says huge beneficiary of crony capitalism. Charles Koch, the CEO of the notorious Koch Industries, ...

Dan Wang

New Jersey Land Grab: 'It Was Like Being In A War Zone' | Dan Wang | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Santos Cruz still remembers the first time he heard the demolition crews. "They came without any warning at 6 a.m. outside my home," he said in a rece...

Romney Campaign Ad: Obama Used Stimulus Money To Reward Cronies

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

The Romney campaign continued to accuse President Barack Obama of crony capitalism with the release of a new television ad on Wednesday. The ad, wh...

Romney Aide's Hypocritical Attack on Obama "Crony Capitalism"

David Halperin | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
David Halperin

Although the Obama administration has indeed sometimes cozied up to special interests, it is Mitt Romney's policies that are audaciously skewed to favor his campaign donors.

Sheila Bair as Vice President. Governor Romney, Are You Listening?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Romney is identified hand and fist with Wall Street's interests. Yet it is still early in the campaign. It would be a coup were his campaign to look to that singular personage in government who fought tooth and nail for the interests of everyday America.

The Death of Economic Liberty and the Birth of Crony Capitalism

Trevor Burrus | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Trevor Burrus

The history of crony capitalism didn't begin when big businesses and billionaires began spending fortunes on lobbying and campaign contributions. It began when the New Deal-era Supreme Court stopped protecting fundamental economic liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.

Draft Hillary for 2016 Bid

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Re-elect Barack Obama in 2012 and draft Hillary Clinton for 2016 to achieve an era of reform and realignment that will powerfully change history.

Adam Smith Would Be Appalled

Allan Brawley | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Adam Smith would be appalled by the behavior of those who justify their selfish actions by citing his name and the economic rules that he supposedly espoused.

Two-Party Economic Betrayal of the Working Class: The Need for a Grassroots Progressive Campaign

Michele Swenson | Posted 06.05.2012 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Election year choices are increasingly disconnected from most people's lives, controlled by the Democratic-Republican duopoly in thrall to corporate megabucks that buy off government, and covered by corporate media like a horse race.

Let's Stand With Working People Against the Crony Capitalists and Their Political Lackeys

Allan Brawley | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Early union struggles need to be remembered and appropriately re-enacted if we are to take the country back from the corporate interests that again control it, their political and judicial allies, and the complicit mainstream media.

On Behalf of the 1%, the Best Bargain Since Manhattan

J.H. Snider | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
J.H. Snider

Unmentioned is that the payroll-tax cut bill, by bipartisan agreement, sets in motion a much larger transfer of public assets to the top 1%.

Jason Cherkis

Let The Mud Fly: Read Texas Dems' 500-Page Rick Perry Opposition Book | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Running for the 2008 GOP nomination, John McCain's campaign team pulled together 200 pages of dirt on his 2008 rival Mitt Romney, posted...

Is Crony Capitalism Wrong?

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

What do we stand for and how much of this can we stand? What are we willing to tolerate or not tolerate from our public servants? Where did we go so wrong that congressional staffers imply that crony capitalism is business as usual?

'Run Sarah Run!'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

A new political ad is urging former part-time Alaska governor Sarah Palin to reconsider her decision not to run in the 2012 election. The ad from the ...

Fairness and the Occupy Movement Revisited

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

Across the ideological spectrum, we all agree on the need to end crony capitalism. But let us also work together not to cripple government but to make it work for all Americans.

The Climate Post: 'Crony Capitalism' Alleged Behind Tar Sands Pipeline Review

Mason Inman | Posted 12.07.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request imply the State Department -- charged with evaluating the pipeline -- may have worked closely with TransCanada to help the plan win approval.

Corporate Capitalism is Still Incredibly Broken

Damien Hoffman | Posted 12.06.2011 | Business
Damien Hoffman

It's time we address it: the shareholder, employee, and entrepreneur class must eliminate the system of corporate cronyism acting as a malignant cancer in our economy.

Jason Cherkis

Rick Perry Faced Federal Scrutiny For Insider Trading, Criticism For Land Deals | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since announcing his run for the presidency, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has had to fend off allegations of crony capitalism. Such cri...

Rick Perry, the Man from Huawei

Ian Fletcher | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Rick Perry cannot be held responsible for everything the Chinese firm Huawei does, or might do, all over the world. But equally, his intimate involvement with them doesn't exactly show good judgment for someone who aspires to be commander in chief of America's national security.

Jason Cherkis

Perry Administration's HPV Emails Raise Questions Of 'Under The Table' Input, Merck Involvement | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON--The day before Texas Governor Rick Perry issued his now-controversial executive order mandating the administration of the HPV vaccine, an ...

What Gardasil Says About Perry's Concern for Our Daughters' Welfare

Amy Siskind | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Amy Siskind

While conservatives and progressives will clearly disagree on the government's role in mandating vaccines, here's what we can agree on: Rick Perry did not have the best interest of our daughters' in mind at the time of his executive order.

Contrary to Gladwell, NBA Owners Do Get to Have Their Cake and Eat It, Too

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 10.24.2011 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

Owners in all of the major sports have shown an unwavering desire to make as much money as possible precisely by taking advantage of the fact that sports are not ordinary businesses.

Inflation: Where Cronyism Meets Poverty

Robin Koerner | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Inflation is built into a monetary system that is designed, so it seems, to help political and financial classes exercise power over ordinary citizens, and to make us pay for the privilege.

The F Word: Corruption and Inequality Begin at Home

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The U.S. media seems to have found a new language for the economy. There's been talk of "solidarity" and even "class war." The only problem? They're talking about Egypt.