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Speaking at The Heritage Foundation this morning, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) denounced cronyism in both the Republican and Democratic parties. He called it a “Washington cartel” and identified four programs that are symptoms of big-government cronyism in Washington:

  1. The Export-Import Bank hand-picks which well-connected companies the government will give billions of taxpayer dollars in loans to.
  2. Renewable-energy mandates distort energy prices and benefit special interests like corn farmers.
  3. Sugar subsidies inflate the prices of food and cost food-manufacturing jobs for the benefit of a small group of farmers.
  4. The proposed internet sales tax threaten to diminish the opportunity of small business to use the internet to compete with large companies.

How do you think cronyism in Washington is hurting our country? 

Comments (25)

Judith McKnight - June 26, 2015

Our countru is being destroyed

Judith McKnight - June 26, 2015

Our country is being destroyed. We must get some honest true conservitives in leadership roles

Ken Wicker - June 26, 2015

Import Export Bank should not be funded.

Phil McConathy - June 26, 2015

Cronyism has become one of the most hideous examples of what is wrong in DC today. It seems to me that no matter what “We the People” desire in our government this group of elitists are hell bent on doing what is best for THEM and their big political donors.

Lee Estabrook - June 26, 2015

I agree, and I am sure there are more, i.e. ethylnol

Carolyn Goodin - June 26, 2015

Badly, but the way things are nothing is going to change.

Robert - June 26, 2015

The Federal Government needs to get out of everything except the security of our country! Social Security, Medicare, the Vets needs to be handled by the private sector. No collage loan guarantees, not mortage guarantees and on and on and sure as hell no bailouts of anything, including states that don’t know how to handle money. I am extremely pissed of at the waste, horrible management and excessive spending on millions of reducilous things. I want a report card for politicians and if they don’t make the grade and are kicked out. This would include the president. I wish my jobs would have given me a private jet and 10 million dollar vacations for running the business into the hole by 10’s of trillions of dollars. What the hell in going on here?????

lynn hillman - June 26, 2015

Cronyism gives us government by and for a small group who disregard the interests of everyone else. Cronyism among a closed group of government and others leads to decision-making and favor-sharing by and for that group. Other voters in general are excluded from control and benefits. Their votes are meaningless.

Gerald Dominick - June 26, 2015

Absolutely! There is not doubt about it. I stand with Ted Cruz.

Nelson Whipple - June 26, 2015

Cronies are OK. They reduce jobs and create more need for welfare. they drain moneuy from the middle class

Nelson Whipple - June 26, 2015

I detest this uncorrectable block.

SARA TUCKER - June 27, 2015


SARA TUCKER - June 27, 2015

When there is MORAL ROT within a nation its government topples easily.

Robert J Sonnelitter - June 27, 2015

I think that cronyism dampens the effect of individual opinions on government which then reduces individual liberties. Cronyism also impedes the development of new businesses and is therefore an assult

Robert J Sonnelitter - June 27, 2015

Again, ignore the above. I’m finding this website to be to sensitive since it sends messages before I’ve finished with them.
Cronyism dampens the effect of individual opinions on government which then reduces individual liberties. Cronyism impedes the development of new businesses and is therefore an assault on capitalism. Freedom with capitalism have historically resulted in greater economic prosperity primarily because they better recognize human nature.

Chan Bailey - June 27, 2015

Ted hits the nail on the head. Less government equals lower taxes and a better economy.

Richard Holley - June 27, 2015

This is the most important thing to me about our government. Our gov. has been taken away by special interests and donations to elected officials. We are being sold down the river for a few pieces of silver.

Ann Hilburn - June 27, 2015

I wish there were some way that the majority of people could be told which politicians are being paid (whether directly or indirectly) by lobbyists, lawyers, etc., so we could find out who is selling their vote.

Henry C. Holder - June 28, 2015

It biases decision making it possible to neglect the way things should be done, it creates waste to the tax paying public

Henry C. Holder - June 28, 2015

It biases decision, making it possible to neglect the way things should be done; it creates waste to the tax paying public; it picks winners and loosers; and makes certain people richer at the expense of the taxpayers.

Catherine Townsend - June 29, 2015

Ted Cruz is correct. For the most part, I think the White House and Senate need to be replaced. Certainly the RINO leaders need to go.

Catherine Townsend - June 29, 2015

I never understood loaning foreign countries billions to buy equipment etc. Maybe years ago it was equipment made in the USA, but I don’t think it is now. I worked at the Export Import Bank for two years, so I know exactly what they do. It was the most political branch of the Federal Government I saw in my career. (I was not a political appointment bust most there were).

Bill Coates - June 30, 2015

Aside from wasting a lot of tax money, this tends to keep large inefficient companies in business and inhibit the growth of small innovative companies.
Any government with so much power that businesses can or must lobby it to inhibit competition is a government that will become corrupt. When it assumes such power it must be opposed, preferably by candidates for office who can give examples of its misuse..

Janice lewis - July 2, 2015

It boggles the mind to think how many of our senators and congressmen have been doing their “jobs” for so many years that they can;t see what is happening right under their noses and somehow just don’t seem to care. There are so many long time cronies in office and they need to go ASAP.

Gary Elliott - July 5, 2015

Cronyism takes the power from the people and puts it in the hands of special interest groups. It means you have to buy your representation. You have to contribute more to re-elect your guy than special interests do. We already pay these people, but it seems it’s not enough. Conservatism in today’s party has steadily declined. I believe the decline, at its’ core, is due to pressures and monetary compensation applied by interest groups. For a House member or Senator to be swayed to forego his principles in favor of campaign contributions shows a serious lack of integrity. Term limits will help.

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