The essence of Big Gov and its evils is found in its collusion with Big Business. Wall Street cronies are forever taking the chance of cutting deals with politicos on the chance that they might be given a special advantage over the competition. There are pitfalls. For example, take the instance of a fascist Mafia Presidency making private business an offer it can’t refuse….then welching on its end.
Prominent running shoe outfit New Balance has come out with the news that it was bribed with promises of government contracts in exchange for dropping its public opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an Obama administration showcase project. Too bad those contracts never materialized, and now New Balance has gone back to its original position.
A good precedent. For all those on the Left screaming about keeping Big Money out of politics or touting the righteousness of separating Church and State, we suggest equal fervor for a separation of Wall Street and State. Without that link, we’d have the semblance of a free, competitive market place. Perhaps businesses should just take their stands where they please and let consumers decide who gets their business, not Big Brother. I can dream, can’t I?