from the American Spectator:
Cronyism: Immune to Elections
Whether Russian or homegrown, it finds a way to hang on.
Last week’s elections changed a lot of things. Trump no longer has the support of both chambers of Congress. Leader McConnell will now be fighting for bills to move further right than left. And, of course the fight over recyclable plasticware in the House will be back in full force — LONG LIVE STRAWS THAT DON’T MELT.
However, one group of people who won’t go away just because of an election are the cronies.
From fishing to taxes and energy policy, cronies want to manipulate legislation of all shapes, sizes, and budgets. While Trump campaigned on draining the swamp, and could probably drain it more than anyone else, the business model of cronyism will never go away — the money at stake in the U.S. economy is too big.
In fact, the money affected by the actions of the government is so big that even foreign governments engage in cronyism — or at least use crony tactics — to manipulate our system to help out their economies.
As I mentioned in an article a few weeks ago, the Russians are currently attempting to use the crony-business model to defend their economy by pushing a climate-change agenda aimed at stopping fracking in the U.S. The Chinese are in on the game as well. And not to be outdone, even Michael Bloomberg is in on the game — although his motivations aren’t as clear as Russia’s. (Unless it’s to make a joke of our legal system.)
Cronies like Bloomberg have pretty much mastered their business model, but even a billionaire activist can’t compete with the resources that a nation state can bring to bear on a public policy debate. That means that the threat the Russians pose to public policy in the U.S. is significant and should be considered a big deal.