Sunday, December 04, 2016

Credit to Sarah Palin; She's Against Crony Capitalism Again

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.


MAX Redline said...

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.

Who created the Department of Education and the Department of Energy?

Who is mandating that employers pay unskilled workers exorbitant "minimum wages", provide paid time off, provide health insurance, eliminate flexible employee scheduling (which that idiot Dembrow plans to introduce in the next legislative session), and wants to impose gross receipts taxes on businesses in addition to the taxes and fees that they already pay - in order to force them to "pay their fair share"?

Who doesn't understand businesses in any way, shape, or form?

What is the name of a system of government that purports to allow private ownership of business, yet controls every aspect of operations?

T. D. said...

Both Republicans and Democrats feed those Departments. Palin famously was going to dismantle the Department of Energy if she headed it up. Though I don't remember her dismantling any Alaska state agency when she was governor.


MAX Redline said...

Correct. It's long been a source of annoyance that once elected, Republicans often immediately begin to behave like little Democrats.

Fascism is also the correct term, and it seems to be where we're headed.

T. D. said...

Max, you do know that not an insignificant part of what I post I learn from your posts and links. Though I did know Fascism from political science classes. Heh.

MAX Redline said...

Here at the Center for the Easily Amused, we strive... ;-)

T. D. said...

You aim to interest and hit teaching as well. Score!

OregonGuy said...


C'mon, guys.

We know, don't we, that Governor Palin broke the grip of one of the toughest cabals known, in Alaska?

There have been a ton of posts throughout the web, that I haven't posted comments to. It's not my job to remedy yourself from your beliefs. It got so painful, that at times, I just ignored the interwebs, since the acrimony of sites that I felt were sharing much of the viewpoints that I espoused were moving in a direction that was creating schisms amongst us, we who despised the statism that was imbued within the democrats and especially, the Clintons.

I don't own your websites. And to intrude--as I've seen too often--with correctives didn't seem polite. Now, that we're watching the transformation of politics, we can address issues and people, like the Governor.

I think you know that I was a Ted Cruz guy. You can fix things by fiat in the short-run, but not in the long-run. That requires systems. The law is a system. The Constitution is a system. Few of the candidates this year recognized the overall value of systems. Kasich? Bush? Rubio? Seventeen candidates, and none of us saw a Trump win.

If you don't read Scott Adams' blog, I recommend it. To paraphrase Adams, if you are in a room with another person and someone sees a purple elephant, one of you is hallucinating. If you see the elephant, chances are, it's you.

Not every fight, or disagreement, requires vitriol. Patience, consideration, not needing to win every battle...sometimes not needing to win is a better strength than exerting an effort that requires the other to give up their stance. And the chance that we're all seeing purple elephants at the same time?

Could be.

Remember when Obama was elected. I posted my faith in the process. And unfortunately, Obama under performed from my expectations. I thought he would mature, grow and learn. Watching his speech today, the man spent eight years in the office of a lifetime, and learned nothing.

You and I learn every day. For that we can mutually be thankful for. And thank God.

Both of you, thanks. And Merry Christmas. As we approach the celebration of Christ's birth, let me tell you, I had my eldest and his wife, my youngest and his girlfriend, for Thanksgiving. I'm still living off that high.

Peace be with you.

T. D. said...

OG, Merry Christmas to you too!

I think it's really hard to learn in the midst of success. Abraham Lincoln is so great because he learned from painful failure. Obama has had too much personal success. It remains to be seen if Trump can do the very difficult thing of learning in success.

And the hardest thing of all is to take the long view in the heat of life's battles. I value your insights and Max's to help me take a longer view than is either natural or learned. Blessings on you and your family. And please share your insights. That's one of the main things friends give to one another.

This post shows my basic view of Gov. Palin. You know that since 2008 I have admiringly celebrated her personally as well as her staunch anti-government interference stance. I was dismayed to hear nothing of limited government from her during the 2016 campaign. This is a step towards her previous principles. I'm waiting to see if she cares about fighting government overreach as much when her guy is president as she was when her opponent was president. I doubt it, but I hope I'm wrong. And whenever it comes to my attention that she is standing by small government principles as regards the Federal government, I will try to draw attention to that and commend it. It would be wonderful if my 2017 posts on Palin would be as full of praise as were my pre-2016 posts.