Hillary-Jeb BushClinton: Politics as Usual, With an Antidote

I was scanning the Drudge Report, checking on today’s stories, and came across this Daily Beast article which details how certain mega-donors are giving to the campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.  I’ve known for years that this is actually a common practice among the super-wealthy business types.  Giving to multiple candidates in an election cycle is a way of hedging bets, as it were.  From the Daily Beast:

After all, why support just Hillary Clinton or just Jeb Bush when you can hedge your bets and donate to both? This seems to be the thinking of a group of powerful men and women—racetrack owners, bankers, media barons, chicken magnates, hedge funders (and their spouses). Some of them have net worths that can eclipse the GDPs of small countries.

Nothing to see here, right?  Well…..

John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods, is a long-time—and promiscuous—political player. This year alone, his company spent half a million dollars lobbying Congress on everything from immigration reform and fuel taxes to food safety regulations. He himself has given $25,000 each to the political action committees supporting Clinton’s and Bush’s 2016 candidacies, according to the data parsed by Vocativ.

In the late 1990s Tyson was embroiled in political scandal when then-Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy was accused of illegally accepting gifts from major food corporations—several of which were given by Tyson, then a senior employee. Espy was acquitted, and John Tyson was granted immunity in exchange for his cooperation.

Yeah.  There’s more at the Daily Beast.  Follow the link and read the whole sordid story.

Y’all, what we are talking about here is the worst sort of crony capitalism.  Y’all know that I’m a free-market capitalist, which is a totally different animal.  I think most of y’all are free-market folks, too, and y’all would like to see cronyism die.  So what are we to do?

First of all, politics-as-usual isn’t working.  We know this.  We also know the answer to our problems is more freedom for the individual created by a true level playing field.  Leveling the field means getting rid of the massive amounts of government regulation that have been secretly (and sometimes not-so-secretly) put in place by mega-corporations to protect their interests by restricting competition.  In order to do that, the Hillary Clintons and Jeb Bushes in the political process have to be defeated.

The task is daunting; really daunting.  I know.  We don’t have the luxury of lying down and being passive anymore.  To help cheer y’all up, I’m embedding a video below of the Trifecta crew discussing the means to make a big change.  Watch it, and take heart.

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