After making no criticisms during the last year about Trump plans to punish Carrier for moving its jobs to Mexico, Sarah Palin has finally discovered that government interference with Carrier policies via threats or bribes might be crony capitalism.
Foundational to our exceptional nation’s sacred private property rights, a business must have freedom to locate where it wishes. In a free market, if a business makes a mistake (including a marketing mistake that perhaps Carrier executives made), threatening to move elsewhere claiming efficiency’s sake, then the market’s invisible hand punishes. Thankfully, that same hand rewards, based on good business decisions.
But this time-tested truth assumes we’re operating on a level playing field.
When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent. Meanwhile, the invisible hand that best orchestrates a free people’s free enterprise system gets amputated. Then, special interests creep in and manipulate markets. Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail. (emphasis added)Palin calls such government interference "corruption" and "socialism". And says government interference in homes, schools, churches and businesses "is never the solution. Never."
However well meaning, burdensome federal government imposition is never the solution. Never. Not in our homes, not in our schools, not in churches, not in businesses.
Gotta’ have faith the Trump team knows all this. And I’ll be the first to acknowledge concerns over a deal cut by leveraging taxpayer interests to make a manufacturer stay put are unfounded – once terms are made public.Though Palin has faith that the details of the deal will show that Carrier wasn't offered tax rewards not available to other businesses, it's obvious her faith in Trump and his team has been misplaced all this time. Let's hope she finds her way back to conservative and freedom loving principles.