government cronyism

Ted Cruz just upped the populist ante for 2016 Republicans

by Tory Newmeyer, Fortune

Ted Cruz just raised the bar for Republican presidential hopefuls angling for the fiery populist mantle. In a 40-minute speech delivered to a friendly crowd at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, the junior senator from Texas inveighed against a corrupt alignment of corporate and political power that he shorthanded as the “Washington Cartel.”

Cruz: It’s Time to Break Washington's Crony Cartel

Senator Ted Cruz has weighed in on Washington cronyism with a powerful speech at the Heritage Foundation that we think every American should see. “Washington has done a great job of one thing – picking winners and losers,” said Senator Ted Cruz, “except it’s clear each time who the losers are: it’s American families... What’s happening in Washington is no accident... It is a concerted effort by corporate lobbyists and establishment politicians. Lobbyists and career politicians make up the Washington Cartel." 

Washington Cronyism Costs You – Big Time

Yesterday, the Charles Koch Institute hosted a panel discussion on the cost of government cronyism – and the numbers were truly astonishing. Yet, the consensus or “top takeaways” of the panel were that taxpayers have no idea what government cronyism really costs them, how pervasive it is and how it distorts the economy by using politics and political connections, instead of free markets, to pick winners and losers.

Lee: An Issue That Should Bring Libs & Conservatives Together: Fighting Cronyism

Sen.Mike Lee, Heritage Foundation Blog

An artifact of the New Deal, the Ex-Im Bank now exists to dole out taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to foreign buyers of American goods. Anti-cronyist reform is at once pro-growth, principled, and popular. It's essential to transforming our movement into a majority.