Monday, September 5, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention Part 369

“Crony Capitalism” Edition

Christopher Horner, at Big Government:
“Sarah Palin weighed in with a very important point in the policy debate about the role of government. Her Saturday speech, among other things, took a swipe at the country’s dilemma of booming crony capitalism... Immediately, the media and other Democrats, as well as some Republicans, pointed out that this label sticks to Texas Governor Rick Perry just as it does to President Obama and that, assuming Perry is the Republican nominee, it will have limited resonance in the 2012 debate... There is an element of truth to this, though that seems to be as much an effort to dodge discussion (or Obama’s record) as it is to accurately represent matters... That Perry, like it seems most politicians, has some things to answer for on this front seems hardly enough to neuter Obama’s awful exposure to the charge... It is axiomatic that crony capitalism and similar corruption is rampant, in many forms, among businesses that would not exist but-for largesse transferred to them, by politicians, from taxpayers. Such industries, and the practice of propping them up in the name of one or another fads or theories, invite this.”
Michael Moriarty, at Big Hollywood:
“I don’t think Sarah Palin has any alternative but to run in the 2012 Republican primary. Her clearly stated analysis of ‘Crony Capitalism’ in Iowa yesterday places her in her own, wonderfully unique territory for a Republican candidate”
Shane Vander Hart, at the Des Moines Register:
“Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin attacked the political establishment and ‘corporate crony capitalism’ in her speech at the Restoring America Tea Party of America rally on Saturday. She also, In light of Barack Obama’s jobs speech to take place this week, presented a contrasting jobs plan. She said that her plan about empowerment, ‘empowerment of our states, empowerment of our entrepreneurs, most importantly empowerment of you – our hardworking individuals – because I have faith, I have trust, I have respect for you.’ Her plan...”
Abie Rubin, at Conservatives 4 Palin:
“Palin has never allowed herself to be beholden to donations of large corporations who expect payback for their support.”
Jennifer Rubin, at The Washington Post:
“Perry’s campaign should take note. Perry’s name is quickly becoming linked to ‘crony capitalism,’ so that voters and media assume an attack on the latter is actually an attack on Perry. His camp will want to quickly end that word association. Palin’s theme — both directly anti-Obama and subtly anti-Perry — makes sense substantively as well as politically. Palin is right that trading Obama’s green-jobs racket for the sort of tech funds Perry championed in Texas wouldn’t be much of an improvement. And her call for an end to corporate loopholes and corporate welfare... is a cogent free-market argument that identifies targets for debt reduction. Politically, this line of attack is effective because it smudges Perry’s Tea Party image. If Palin does want to get into the race or even if she just wants to preserve her own primacy as the true Tea Party champion, she’ll need to keep throwing darts at the man who would be king, or at least leader, of both the Tea Party and the GOP.”
Stacy McCain, at The Other McCain:
“Palin has specified September as her deadline for making a decision, and there are three debates in September — Wednesday at the Reagan Library in California, Sept. 12 in Tampa and Sept. 22 in Orlando. If Perry underperforms in those debates, Palin may see the front-runner’s weakness as an invitation to enter the race.”
Roderic Deane:
“I didn’t expect it to take long for the media to begin asking the Republican presidential candidates about Sarah Palin’s proposal to eliminate all corporate taxes. In fact, I talked about it on The Roderic Deane Show today, stating that I thought it would be a topic of conservation on the Sunday news shows. It didn’t take long to be proven right. What I find interesting about Michelle Bachmann’s comments is that she just can’t quite jump onto the ‘no corporate taxes’ bandwagon and I know why. She’s a tax attorney!”
Jim Geraghty, at NRO's The Campaign Spot:
“Sarah Palin’s speech yesterday... reads like a pretty darn fine speech, at least as a diagnosis... of what is holding America back... it was a better mix of plainspoken arguments and one-liners than we’ve seen from anyone else on the trail so far this year.”
Kempite, at White House 2012:
“Sarah Palin remains the biggest influence on and in the G.O.P. field to date. Despite Romney’s money and frontrunner status, regardless of Michele Bachmann’s win in the Iowa Straw Poll and Rick Perry’s last minute entry into the race, Sarah Palin still remains the elephant in the room. Her Labor Day weekend speech in Iowa was probably more watched than the campaign announcements to run of all the other declared presidential candidates combined... But one of the most immediate effects of Palin’s speech will be seen during this Wednesday’s presidential debate... A most natural question to ask the candidates that comes from Palin’s speech is whether or not they agree with her proposal to eliminate all corporate taxes... Apparently, Sarah Palin is ready to lead on the issue.”
Sheila Marikar, at ABC News:
“Sarah Palin’s Iowa speech sounded a lot like a stump speech.”
“Yesterday, in rain-drenched Iowa, former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin gave a stemwinder of a speech, which left several ‘conservative’ Pundits grasping at straws for something…anything…that they could attack her with. Of course , a lack of anything substantial did not stop them. By perusing the internet yesterday afternoon, one could find criticisms of the crowd size, her yellow outfit, and even her voice... Gov. Palin spent at least 30 minutes out among the crowd, talking to people, just like her, as if she had no other place where she would rather be. She spoke to families with special needs childen, military families, and teachers: just plain ol’ average folk. She posed for pictures and helped shoot videos for loved ones... Y’know, somehow, I just can’t see Romney doing that.”
John Stevens, at the Daily Mail (UK):
“Some supporters had traveled thousands of miles to see Mrs Palin speak [Saturday] afternoon.”
Mark Whittington, at Yahoo! News:
“I finally had the opportunity to see ‘The Undefeated,’ the documentary on the life and career of Sarah Palin, on pay for view. It is as moving and as awesome as other reviewers have suggested it is. A lot of people with PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome) have sniffed that the title of the movie is a misnomer, that in fact that Palin was defeated in the 2008 election. Leaving aside that 2008 was McCain's defeat, the question does deserve a little examination. The key to understanding the title and the idea that Palin has not, after all, been defeated is the inclusion of a haunting Celtic ballad called ‘The Minstrel Boy’ in the soundtrack of ‘The Undefeated.’ ... As the song suggests, the Minstrel boy is not only defeated in battle, but is killed in the process. But there are defeats and there are defeats... ‘The Minstrel Boy’ in this case is not Sarah Palin, but the cause of American liberty and exceptionalism that she is fighting for. 2008 was a defeat for that cause, however Palin, among millions of Americans, refused to accept the verdict of that defeat. One can only be defeated, in a sense, if one chooses to acknowledge it.”
The Right Scoop:
“For anyone who has watched Palin: Undefeated, it’s clear that she made the right decision in stepping down. Personally, I’ve always believed it, but seeing it explained more deeply in the movie just solidified it even more for me.”
Patrick S. Adams, at Patrick's World USA:
“Only Sarah Palin can be the point guard for plan. Only she can deliver on what she said yesterday. In order to do so, she will need all of us; but one of us going to have to have a title to implement it. Ronald Reagan stepped up for us and delivered on the message with the help of his army. He and his supporters together led our country into prosperity and ended the Cold War. Without Ronald Reagan, the conservative movement couldn't have done it. Without the conservative movement, Reagan couldn't have done it. But we needed him to take the pen and make it happen. He could have never done what he did without a title. Call it political blasphemy if you want, but there were times that I swore it was Ronald Reagan speaking yesterday. Her mannerisms, delivery style and substance were every bit as equal to that of Ronald Reagan... Governor Palin, we need you. Run, Sarah, run.”
Exit Quote - Don Boudreaux, at Cafe Hayek (h/t: Bruce McQuain):
“Crony capitalism” has as much to do with real capitalism as praying mantises have to do with real prayer.”
- JP

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