Crony Capitalism

If Democrats Truly Wanted To Level the Playing Field, They'd End Crony Corporate Handouts

They give an edge to big companies that have no problems accessing capital and whose executives are often well-connected with politicians.

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How to best ensure substantial long-run economic growth should be a question on everyone's mind. Its benefits can't be overstated, and it's undeniable that the lack of growth is a root contributor to many seemingly disconnected economic and social problems. That's the central theme of a recent podcast discussion between The New York Times' Ezra Klein and George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen.

They both expressed support for reforms to make government less bureaucratic and more agile. For example, Cowen cited the Food and Drug Administration's recent failure to approve COVID-19 treatments quickly enough, while also getting in the way of COVID-19 tests' development and distribution. In an ideal world, Cowen's sensible observation should lead to serious reform of the FDA along with other alphabet agencies that fail the American people through slow and counterproductive processes. During ordinary times these bureaucratic problems loom large enough; during a pandemic they're devastating.

My issue, however, is with Klein's suggestion that changing the status quo requires conservatives and libertarians to stop denouncing Uncle Sam for big fiascoes like Solyndra, the solar company that infamously went under shortly after receiving a $538 million loan guarantee from a green-energy program under the Obama administration. Denouncing such waste, Klein insists, only serves to embarrass the government for its failures, thus prompting it to be more cautious. As such, Klein would like "to somehow quiet these players looking to point out every failure."

That's wrong. Klein misunderstands why I and other free-market proponents fight against private companies receiving government-granted privileges—which is called "cronyism." It's not the wasteful spending that I mostly focus on; it's the unfairness.

Before I explain, I want to state for the record that it's not the role of government to prop up private companies, even green ones. Nor is it the case that the FDA screws up because conservatives and libertarians don't miss a chance to criticize government failures. Bad government, political incentives, and repeated lack of accountability are all alone to blame for this mess. Besides, if pointing out that the government fails and wastes taxpayers' money were such a powerful way to embarrass government into exercising undue caution, we wouldn't continue to see this administration double down on interventions where others have failed before.

Now, consider the Department of Energy's Section 1705 green energy loan program, which gave us failures like Solyndra, Abound Solar, and others. The program started under former President George W. Bush but hit its stride during Obama's presidency. It was allegedly designed to incentivize banks to lend to riskier green companies that wouldn't get access to capital otherwise, bolstering innovation in the process and boosting growth.

While it did lend to risky Solyndra, a vast majority of the loans primarily went to large, well-financed, and established companies that already produce green energy. Take NRG Energy Inc., for instance, one of the program's biggest recipients. As its then-chief executive, David W. Crane, explained to the Times after securing $5.2 billion in federal loan guarantees, plus hundreds of millions in other subsidies for four large solar projects, "I have never seen anything that I have had to do in my 20 years in the power industry that involved less risk than these projects," and "It is just filling the desert with panels."

That story repeats itself throughout the program. Contrary to the program's goal, the 1705 loans didn't incentivize new market entrants. They instead subsidized big and powerful market incumbents. Under these conditions, it's not surprising that on paper and to untrained eyes the overall program seemed to be fairly low-risk, even successful, and led observers like Klein to dismiss Solyndra's failure as a cost worth paying for an otherwise good program.

That's the wrong conclusion, of course, if one understands how incredibly unfair such handouts are. They give an artificial competitive edge to big companies that have no problems accessing capital, and this comes at the expense of smaller and truly innovative competitors, of consumers and ultimately of the integrity of our markets and political system. Adding insult to injury, the companies' executives are often well-connected with politicians or with White House officials—as were Solyndra executives. This recipe is hardly one that produces innovation and growth.

The incentives within government decision making processes are such that this same pattern exists in most programs where government extends handouts to private businesses, which explains why I oppose all subsidies and loan guarantee programs. It's a barrier to the growth that Cowen and Klein want to boost, and it's profoundly unfair.

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  1. That’s the central theme of a recent podcast discussion between The New York Times’ Ezra Klein and George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen.

    They both expressed support for reforms to make government less bureaucratic and more agile.

    When Ezra Klein wants to make the government more agile and less bureaucratic, what he means is give the President more power, cut congress and the legislative process out of the picture, and just do everything with a pen and a phone.

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  2. “How to best ensure substantial long-run economic growth…”

    Here’s an idea:
    Leave the money with people who have proven they are good at creating economic value (i.e. billionaires), so they can create more.
    Instead of taking it from them to give to Pelosi and AOC to hand out to companies that can’t compete or to mandate benefits companies can’t afford yet.

    1. A robber baron is one of America’s successful industrialists during the 19th century, which was also known as the Gilded Age. A robber baron is a term that is also sometimes attributed to any successful businessperson whose practices are considered unethical or unscrupulous. This behavior can include employee or environmental abuse, stock market manipulation, or deliberately restricting output to charge higher prices.

      1. I can copy and paste too:

        Many so-called robber barons—James J. Hill, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and John D. Rockefeller—became wealthy entrepreneurs through product innovation and business efficiency. Of the goods and services they provided, supply grew, and prices fell rapidly, greatly boosting Americans’ standards of living

        1. “How to best ensure substantial LONG-RUN economic growth? I was pointing out that in the LONG-RUN the robber baron would not work out…your 5 companies would end up with everything and one of them would become a dictator and control everything as Trump wanted to, although he hasn’t been a billionaire in decades, only a money launderer thru the Deutsche Bank for Russia. Anybody who thinks he could run anything larger than a kool-aid stand is brain damaged. His whole family couldn’t run a charity, which a 5th grader could do easily. Casino? HAHA

        2. A couple of those guys got rich of of real estate speculation tbh. Vanderbilt for sure.

  3. If Democrats Truly Wanted To Level the Playing Field

    Is this supposed to be a joke?

    1. It isn’t clear that Reason writers are sentient or self-aware.

  4. It’s called Crony Socialism. Let’s call it right.

    1. Just plain Cronyism will do.

    2. +10000000000000000000000

  5. If Democrats Truly Wanted To Level the Playing Field, They’d End Crony Corporate Handouts

    Funniest thing I’ve read in Reason today.

  6. Are Democrats claiming that they want to level the playing field? That’s the first I’ve heard.

    1. What do you think all this equity shit is? Harrison Bergeron has been the socialist game since the beginning. Beat everyone down into one homogeneous mass, easier to control. Individualsim is their second worst enemy, after reality.

      1. “Individualism is their second worst enemy, after reality.”
        ^THIS EXACTLY…

  7. I come here for the lolz and this headline was the first thing I saw. Brilliant.

  8. Is this supposed to be some kind of fantasy that democrats give two shits about this stuff. They are treasonous piles of meat bags posing as humans.

    1. Sending love letters to COMMUNIST Kim Un, who now has Nukes that can reach every US city. Dozens of illegal Secret meetings with COMMUNIST Putin and preferring his word over our 17 Intelligence agencies. Took notes from Interpreter after meeting with COMMUNIST Putin. “Russia (COMMUNIST) if you are listening”. Hired COMMUNIST Manafort to run his campaign. People in his campaign lied on their SF-86s about COMMUNIST Russia. His Att. Gen. Sessions lied to Congress about COMMUNIST Russia an his job is literally to put people who lie to Congress in jail. Cleared out the WH of all Americans and brought in COMMUNIST TV to brag and confess to a COMMUNIST that he had illegally fired his FBI Director who was investigating him and his COMMUNIST ties. Then he gave the COMMUNIST Ambassador Top Secret information, throwing our ally under the bus. Perfect call delayed help to Ukraine in war against COMMUNIST Russia. Investigation of Ukraine attack of US election helped COMMUNIST Russia who actually did it. Making up dirt on Biden helped Trump re-election who is a COMMUNIST Russian puppet. Eric: “We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of (Communist) Russia.” 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies were indicted on conspiracy charges, with some also being accused of identity theft. A total of 272 contacts between Trump’s team and COMMUNIST Russia-linked operatives have been identified, including at least 38 meetings. At least 33 high-ranking campaign officials and Trump advisers were aware of contacts with COMMUNIST Russia-linked operatives during the campaign and transition, including Trump himself. None of these contacts were ever reported to the proper authorities. Trump was told that everyone should wear masks and he said he was not going to because he meets with COMMUNIST Dictators. Allowed Communist Putin to put $100,000 bounty on our troops. Did not believe our 17 Intelligence Agencies about Communist Russia interfering in our election but instead believed in Communist Putin. Instead, the Trump team tried to cover up every single one of them.

      1. A total of 272 contacts between Trump’s team and COMMUNIST Russia-linked operatives have been identified, including at least 38 meetings.

        HEY – RUSSIA COLLUSION IS JUST DEMOCRAP CT!

        TRUMP WAS CHEATED OUT OF HIS PRESIDENTCY!

        1. Are you trying to push Trump Properties mass marketing emails as links between Trump’s team and Russia-linked operatives, again?
          You Soros flunkeys sure know how to stick to a fraud once you’ve conjured it, huh.

          1. Trump has always been a con man. That is his business plan. Everyone in NY knew it. He couldn’t get a loan from a NY bank. They knew he is a grifter.

            After 30 years as a “business man” no other company asked him to join their BOD.

            Because they know he is shit.

            1. Blah blah blah.

            2. “Oh fuck, I don’t want to actually talk about the Soros/McCain Russia fraud, I better just rant about Trump in general”

              Okay, Shrike.

            3. How to spot a TDS-addled sh*t. And a [WE] gang partisan member.
              Personal Attacks instead of job-related attacks…

              Ironically; Even if the Trump administration did meet with Communist Russia – You’d have to be a complete idiot to think Trump pushed more communism than Biden is CURRENTLY doing.

              1. I will bet my house that
                biden has not and never will kick all Americans out of the White House and bring in nothing but Russians with Russian TV and no US TV. He would not give Top Secret info to the Russians and throw our allies under the bus. Biden will never send Communist N. Korea a love letter written on White House stationery. I will wait for your deed to your house in the mail. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/trump-russia-meeting-american-reporters-blocked.html

                1. When can we move in?

                  Not that you have a house.

                  1. Not ONE word of my post was refuted or even responded to. I am waiting for the deed to come in the mail. Life gets better every day due to all the houses that I will be receiving.

                  1. Failed Fact Checks
                    “5.7 million — that’s how many illegal immigrants might have voted” in 2008. – False
                    Taxpayers paid $4 million for President Obama to play golf with Tiger Woods. – Mostly False
                    Christ Church “ripping out” a plaque dedicated George Washington because it might offend people. – Mostly False
                    In passing H.R. 1 in March 2019, House Democrats voted in favor of allowing non-citizens to vote. – False
                    Then-Vice President Joe Biden publicly revealed the special-operations unit’s identity responsible for Osama bin Laden’s killing during a 3 May 2011 speech at the Atlantic Council Awards Dinner. – False
                    Did the U.S. Department of Homeland Security say that they fear illegal border crossings may increase the novel coronavirus spread? – False
                    Did Joe Biden say he attended college at HBCU Delaware State University? – False
                    A facial recognition software company identified Antifa supporters at the Capitol Hill riots. – False

        2. Trumps whole life is cheating people out of their money. It is a culmination of a 6 year crime spree breaking every law possible in the Constitution…..High Crimes, Misdemeanors, Treason, Emoluments foreign and domestic, Hiring illegals, Bribery, Election payoff, Obstructing Justice,
          Hush money, Abuse of power, Obstruction of Congress, Tax Fraud, Misappropriating government funds, Lying to the American People, Aiding and abetting in the murder of thousands and Rendering himself obnoxious. EMOLUMENTS domestic and foreign…The emoluments clause, also called the foreign emoluments clause, is a provision of the U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 8) that prohibits federal officeholders from receiving ANY gift, payment, or other thing of value from a foreign state or its rulers, officers, or representatives. The Constitution also contains a “domestic emoluments clause” (Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 7), which prohibits the president from receiving ANY “Emolument” from the federal government or the states beyond “a Compensation” for his “Services” as chief executive.
          Trump hotel income jumped from $33.8 million in 2016 to $60.5 million in 2017.
          Various Trump properties banked at least $720,000 from Trump’s own campaign events.
          After Trump was elected, Mar-a-Lago doubled member fees to $200,000 before taxes.
          Secret Service golf-cart rentals alone cost taxpayers $137,000 in nine months. $650 a night rooms in his property.
          The Republican National Committee (RNC) spent over $300,000 at Trump properties in 2016 and 2017. Disclosures reveal 2017 real estate income at $168.5 million, the highest amount recorded of any listed year.
          The Trump Org. opened an online store in Nov. 2017. Buy a non-USA made polo shirt that says “Trump” on the front… $90.
          Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s party tickets jumped to as much as $750 per person in 2017.
          Saudi Arabia paid (Ghosted) for 500 rooms at Trump’s hotel after 2016 election (never stayed in)
          His campaign illegally paid $22 Million, with foreign govts. and Special Interests spending $Millions too.

          1. Get a load of the rube.

            1. Thanks….I usually don’t win debates that easily.

              1. “debates”

                That was pretty funny. Stay in this lane.

              2. You’re welcome. I’d say I don’t usually respond to head cases who post the exact same thing two days in a row under different names, but I do.

                And get up off of your damn knees.

                1. dbruce? The only name I use. Are you seeing double? I am glad you agree with everything I posted under dbruce and dbruce.

            2. Not sure if it’s a Sqrlsy parody or not.

          2. Biden’s (and the entire left Nazi-Regime) whole life is cheating people out of their money.

            LET ME SPELL THAT OUT FOR YOU –> Tax Increases!

          3. Dbruce, are you the new lucid sqrl sock?

      2. Rachel, don’t you have a show to tape?

      3. D+. No point being a parody if all you post is a wall of text that nobody is going to read. Keep it pithy. Also, don’t use the same word in all caps so many times. Too obvious, you’re giving the game away.

        1. I didn’t know there was a punctuation policeman on this page.

          1. Punctuation militia. It’s a libertarian website, dumb fuck.

          2. We are capitalists. Not CAPITALISTS.

            1. How about CAPITOLIZATIONISTS?

              1. CAPITOLIZATIONISTS aren’t domestic terrorists. “capitolsists” are. Apparently.

                Fortunately, our 16 or 17 or 62 intelligence agencies have protected the “Levers of Power” by changing the password from “password12456” to “password1234567”.

                Got ’em!

  9. FYI, are we going to get a deep dive on the Clinton/Russia collusion in the 2016 election, or we just going to whistle past that graveyard?

    1. They have to focus on current stories they have to cover up.
      I mean, cover.

    2. Why yes, The Durham Report. Mikey has been touting that one for two years. Why is the lamestream media not reporting on it?

      1. The ones that aren’t DNC corporate subsidiaries are.

      2. Why didn’t the Soviet media not tell people they were torturing Sakharov?

        1. Because it was deemed misinformation.

  10. Lol, if politicians weren’t hacks they wouldn’t act like hacks.

    If they were honest they wouldn’t lie so much.

    QED

  11. The bureaucracy is sclerotic and ossified and incapable of doing shit because about 95% of them are paper-shufflers whose only goal is to do the least amount of work possible while getting as big a paycheck as possible. Oh, sure, they all work hard, but they’re all doing work that doesn’t need to be done. The bureaucracy needs to be constantly expanding because new departments, new agencies, new programs, and new employees will actually perform well for a year or so until they figure out the scam and realize the only reason they exist is to do the job that the older ones are failing to do. It’s Pournelle’s Iron Law and Systemantics – the primary purpose of the bureaucracy is to protect and serve the bureaucracy. Any benefit to the public is purely coincidental.

    1. Now now…in fairness, the workers in a bureaucracy have plenty of goal-oriented work to do: Prevent efficiency (could reduce staff size and budget), create action items to avoid reducing or solving the problems the department/bureau/agency was formed to reduce or solve; consult w/ legislators to identify beneficiaries of departmental largesse and targets of regulatory attack…plenty of work, all of it bad, counterproductive and/or plain old evil.

      The world won’t get fucked by itself, we’ll need bureaucrats.

  12. “If Democrats Truly Wanted To Level the Playing Field, They’d End Crony Corporate Handouts”

    If they ended crony corporate handouts, the democratic party would cease to exist.

    1. Republicans would?

      1. Well color me shocked that sarc said both sides.

        1. He is still drunk.

          1. …As is his wont.

      2. Just end the crony handouts and find out instead of pretending to know the answer… I’m afraid the BIG FAT BUDGETS of the Democrats put’s them probably more liable from the sheer basics of math. But really; who cares which party — JUST END IT already.

        1. No argument here.

  13. See, this is something that could earn the Libertarian Party some votes. Here is a problem – incompetent, sclerotic, overly bureaucratic government – that most people want to see changes to, but Team Blue and Team Red have no real plan for solving.

    Team Blue of course, when they are not putting their heads in the sand on the issue, wants to create an Imperial Executive to rule by decree.

    Team Red, they SAY they want to cut government, but never get around to doing much cutting at all; and even still, just cutting government doesn’t get to the root problem in this particular case, which is not that the government is too big (that is a separate issue), it’s that the government in general just does a bad job no matter how big or small it is.

    Perhaps Team Libertarian could come up with a few ideas on how, not ONLY to shrink government, but to come up with ways to take the government that we all ought to exist – national defense, roads and bridges, etc. – and make it more *effective*. If we’re going to have public roads, we should have public roads that *work*. If we’re going to have a publicly funded fire department, then we should have a fire department that *works*. That sort of idea.

    1. *to take the parts of government that we all agree ought to exist

      1. government in general just does a bad job — Understanding their (the feds anyways) JOB is defined by the U.S. Constitution would be a very GOOD and lawful start. Demanding they obey the people’s law over them…

        And the premise of that ‘people’s law’ is their only purpose is to ensure Individual Liberty and Justice (at the federal level) by means of National Defense and State-to-State fair trade policy. The feds are a government of the State’s Union.

        The ‘feds’ weren’t granted authority in anything but the establishment of public (and only postal route) roads – not the maintenance, building or others that are left to the State, County or City. Main purpose of the power was to have a way to deliver mail.

        Restricting the ‘National’ government to it’s defined job instead of establishing a Nazi (National Socialist) job would be a HUGE step.

        1. That ship sailed a century and a half ago. That’s when The United States went from plural to singular.

          1. That’s when The United States started it’s path to self-destruction.

        2. Umm…make sure the incentives for the various bureaucracies and departments are set up to actually solve problems rather than create more and better jobs for the people IN the departments.

          Of course, in “the swamp”, political power revolves around having control of budgets and executive patronage positions, so, the more the merrier, so the incentives are fucked from top to bottom.

          A Note From Fantasyland: Departments should be set up with concrete goals and limited time spans. After the period of “X” years, the Department is disbanded and the problem re-assessed. There can be NO incentive to extend and expand the problems.
          If necessary, create a new department to deal with new (or at least reconfigured) problems.

    2. No libertarian has run and won national office in 50 years. It’s not just because of ideas, you have to have the funds and actually convince people you’re not insane.

      Anyway your both sides argument is flat because the GOP is not in the majority nor in the white house. And the GOP while making many mistakes over the years is not batshit insane like the democrats.

      1. Right now Senile Joe has nominated an actual Soviet communist to be comptroller of the currency. A woman who thinks the Soviet economy was better than the US. That’s just so fucking stupid and wrong, yet here we are because people didn’t like the mean tweeter and believed the grifter persuasion of the left.

        1. Right now Senile Joe has nominated an actual Soviet communist to be comptroller of the currency. A woman who thinks the Soviet economy was better than the US.

          These two sentences right here just perfectly encapsulate right-wing demagoguery in the modern era.

          Dr. Omarova was born in the former Soviet Union. For that, she is called “an actual Soviet communist”. It is just meant to scare people into thinking she is something other than what she actually is.

          And about the Soviet economy, this is what Dr. Omarova wrote:

          ‘Until I came to the US, I couldn’t imagine that things like gender pay gap still existed in today’s world. Say what you will about old USSR, there was no gender pay gap there. Market doesn’t always ‘know best,’’

          And on the one narrow measure of ‘gender pay gap’, SHE’S RIGHT. That doesn’t mean that the Soviet economy wasn’t awful in a million different other ways. She’s not defending the entirety of the Soviet system. She didn’t say “the Soviet economy was better than the US”. But that is what her statement was twisted into, in order to engage in a little red-baiting.

          And by the way none of the above should be construed to represent support for her IDEAS. She wants the Federal Reserve to be everyone’s personal banker. I think that’s a terrible idea. She wants the government to regulate bitcoin. I also don’t think that is such a great idea. But at least I am capable of enunciating her actual policy ideas and stating my opposition TO HER ACTUAL IDEAS, instead of engaging in cheap demagogic red-baiting.

          This is the type of shit that I argue against here on a daily basis. NOT in support of Team Blue, but AGAINST the ridiculous rhetoric that spews forth from Team Red on a daily basis. It tells me that Team Red is actually not very confident in their ideas. That in a battle of wits against Team Blue’s ideas, they fear that they would lose. They can only ‘win’ by fear, demagoguery, and in this case red-baiting. They can’t win by intellectual persuasion, they can only ‘win’ by stoking fear and hatred of the other. It is very sad to see.

          1. Jesus you are such a fucking idiot. You don’t know a damn thing except you’re willing to go to bat for for Senile Joe who you voted for. You’ll accept any level of this as long as you get to claim “both sides”.

            Fuck you shitstain. Put me on mute you fucking coward.

            1. If anyone puts you on mute it’s because you’re an antagonistic asshole who adds nothing but personal attacks to a conversation. Shit, you’re worse than Nardz.

          2. Jeffshitstain voted for Senile Joe, and doubles down on it by supporting the far left, and blames others for their wrongdoing.

            It’s Russian collusion all over again.

          3. This is the type of shit that I argue against here on a daily basis. NOT in support of Team Blue, but AGAINST the ridiculous rhetoric that spews forth from Team Red on a daily basis.

            To the pea-brained conservative trolls, arguing against Team Red equals arguing in support of Team Blue.

            Binary thinking.

            You know this.

          4. What her words have “been twisted into by right-wing demagogues” can hardly be worse than the accusation that she’s an economist who believes in “the gender wage gap”.

            Are you fucking kidding? She may be signaling that she’s willing to lie, she may be signaling she’s willing to pander, but she can’t possibly be signaling that she has a sub-80 IQ. Can she?

            The “gender wage gap” should be an early lesson in “Misuse of Statistical Methods 101”. Clear and obvious creation of a false narrative, that just barely uses any numbers at all, and only enough math to challenge an Oregon high school grad.

          5. And on the one narrow measure of ‘gender pay gap’, SHE’S RIGHT.

            She is! Turns out that when performance or productivity don’t matter, you can pay everybody the same amount! Of course, a few decades later, your country implodes.

            TO HER ACTUAL IDEAS

            Her actual ideas are socialist, individually and taken together.

      2. Called Pleasure Ca….Paradise, Ca. Said they needed to rake more. Clorox kills covid in one minute. Why can’t we nuke the hurricanes? Find 11,780 votes. I came up with the vaccine. Let’s put alligators at the border. Cheated on all his wives and called Esquire and other to put him and his latest slut on the front page. Obama born in Hawaii. repeated story about Gen who pigs blood on bullets against Muslims. said 200 of his friends died on 9/11. Saw 1000s of Muslims cheering on roofs on 9/11. 362 more….

    3. Umm…make sure the incentives for the various bureaucracies and departments are set up to actually solve problems rather than create more and better jobs for the people IN the departments.

      Of course, in “the swamp”, political power revolves around having control of budgets and executive patronage positions, so, the more the merrier, so the incentives are fucked from top to bottom.

      A Note From Fantasyland: Departments should be set up with concrete goals and limited time spans. After the period of “X” years, the Department is disbanded and the problem re-assessed. There can be NO incentive to extend and expand the problems.
      If necessary, create a new department to deal with new (or at least reconfigured) problems.

    4. Here is a problem – incompetent, sclerotic, overly bureaucratic government – that most people want to see changes to, but Team Blue and Team Red have no real plan for solving.

      Neither do libertarians.

      Perhaps Team Libertarian could come up with a few ideas on how, not ONLY to shrink government

      Sure: voluntarism, agorism, new technology, emigration, civil disobedience.

      None of them involve trying to make “government work better”.

  14. If Democrats Truly Wanted To Level the Playing Field

    As should be abundantly clear to anybody with half a brain, that is not, and has never been, their objective.

  15. Its cute that Veronique thinks the Dems want to level the playing field.

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