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    Selling green cronyism, ignoring the poor

    That was the theme of my most recent newsletter, and it has been an ongoing subject of mine for years. Right now the green expensive electricity energy lobby is out in force working to get lawmakers to think of electricity generation as a jobs program, to support…
    Jon Sanders, April 10, 2015
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    ‘Democracy’: Green cronyism

    Triangle Business Journal reports on a “five-year $10 million U.S. Department of Energy grant” (i.e., something no elected representative of the people voted on and over which no public referendum was held) for a proposed program in Raleigh that it would help people get rooftop solar installation. The report…
    Jon Sanders, November 18, 2013
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    What’s worse than green cronyism? Green colonialism.

    What is green colonialism, you ask? It is Western elites deliberately keeping the world’s poor festering in dark, dank premodernity just to keep them from “polluting” in their climb up to a higher standard of living: On July 18, the Ex-Im Bank’s board of directors voted to halt…
    Jon Sanders, August 9, 2013
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    Medicaid fraud scheme uncovered in Greensboro

    The best description I have heard of for describing Medicaid and Medicare fraud is it’s like playing whack-a-mole: you can find one bad actor and then three more pop up. Fraudsters can fairly easily defraud Medicaid and Medicare if they want to. I have posted about this…
    Jordan Roberts, June 17, 2019
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    Medicare, Medicaid breed cronyism and fraud

    Another day, another massive fraud scheme where private companies scam unaccountable public health programs and profit off of taxpayer dollars. This time the culprit is Walgreens: NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc will pay $269.2 million to settle two whistleblower…
    Jordan Roberts, January 24, 2019
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    Tesla’s reliance on cronyism

    Susan Crabtree of the Washington Free Beacon details Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s continued reliance on lobbying to prop up his electric car company. Tesla Inc. has spent more than $100,000 lobbying specifically on issues related to electronic vehicles and $450,000 lobbying the federal government overall over the last…
    Mitch Kokai, June 6, 2017
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    Nothing says ‘courage’ like cronyism with poor people on the hook

    What passes for courage these days? [email protected] WRAL #ExecExchange Grant Goings City Manager “It takes political courage to be in front and lead an issue, to be proactive” — CLIC (@Localnetchoice) November 4, 2016 This is at the “Growing a gigabit…
    Jon Sanders, November 4, 2016
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    Municipal broadband—another case of media love for cronyism

    The media oppose government getting cozy with big business. They tell us so. But when it happens, and it happens a lot, they tend to like it. Media actually upholding their principles against cronyism is, like the old Danish King’s Rouse, “more honor’d in the breach than the observance.” Take WRAL…
    Jon Sanders, October 17, 2016