"As president of the United States, I will use all the powers of my office to disrupt the political culture of a dysfunctional Washington, D.C. We need to clean house and it must start by eliminating the crony capitalism that is pervasive throughout the federal government. There are tens of billions of dollars of corporate welfare subsidies tucked into the federal budget."
-- Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush who is currently running for President
I sat and read the piece five or six times. Jeb Bush promising to eliminate crony capitalism.....crony capitalism....crony capitalism.
I was probably in my late 20's when I first heard the phrase and read up on the topic. Generally, the best definition of crony capitalism is where business people sleep with government people...in the sense of one having money to spend and the other begging for 'it'. So, you buy five-hundred $700-hammers. Or you buy a bunch of electrical cars which no one really wants to drive and dump them on some poor agency who simply lets them sit in a garage. Or you buy some fantastic missile which works 78-percent of time as advertised......while you don't whine when it fails the other 22-percent of the time.
Here in 2015, there are a lot of things that you can promise, and people might believe in some of those things. Sadly, if you are a Republican over the past decade.....you've been promised a lot and they've mostly failed at delivering anything....so your belief level is about seven-percent of what it was back in 2005.
Maybe if Jeb had promised to build some fence down along the Texas-Mexico border, or promised to fire half of the EPA folks, or promised to defund NPR.....well, people might believe him more. But crony capitalism? No.
Sadly, this soundbite will be kept around and played over and over, with various people having a laugh because they just don't believe these guys anymore. That's how bad things have become.
Maybe at the next Republican debate.....some dimwit reporter will ask each guy.....if he too would like to eliminate crony capitalism, and they could each make the Jeb-vow.