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When the new Congress sat, it quickly repealed the act. That salary makes them the second-highest-paid legislators in the world--Japan is number one. Luckily for our legislators, their contracts don't include pay based on performance standards. For many, serving in Congress is the best job they will ever get. Besides the income, they are rewarded with power and responsibility. But increasingly, members are leveraging that power and responsibility to create wealth, too.
Crony capitalism unites these politicians with a certain class of businessmen who act as political entrepreneurs. They make their money from government subsidies, guaranteed loans, grants, and set-asides. They seek to steer the ship of state into profitable seas. Twenty-first-century privateers, they pursue wealth through political pull rather than by producing new products or services.
In addition to these political entrepreneurs, big investors turn to lobbying and insider information from their sponsored politicians to make their investment decisions.
And business is very good. Political contacts, inside information, financial connections, and influence are increasingly replacing open competition. Hard work and innovation should be driving the American economy, but in Washington, crony connections have thrown these stable economic helmsmen overboard. Under crony capitalism, access to government officials who can dole out grants, special tax breaks, and subsidies is an alternative path to wealth.
So how does it work? In his novel The Reivers , William Faulkner describes an entrepreneurial scoundrel who uses his mules and plow to make a boggy road even less passable. When the main character's car inevitably gets stuck there, the scoundrel shows up with a mule and offers to pull the car out--for two dollars, a hefty price in Shift the scene to Washington, and this form of extortion becomes a much bigger profit opportunity.
And it's the political class that muddies the road before charging to pull us out. The new crony capitalists use several kinds of mud. They obtain access to initial public offerings on the stock market that can often be lucrative. They make their investment decisions and trade stock based on what is happening behind closed doors in Washington. This might entail buying or selling stock based on what they know to be going on, or they might "prime the pump," trading stocks based on legislation they have introduced.
Politicians are often extraordinarily good investors--too good to be true. They may not have figured out how to help our economy prosper, but the Permanent Political Class is itself prosperous to a degree that should make us all suspicious. Perhaps it is because they have relatively more power and therefore greater access to market-moving information.
As the researchers put it, "Members of Congress seem to benefit as investors from knowledge of companies to which they are politically connected and particularly those headquartered in their districts , and they appear to take advantage of this knowledge by investing disproportionately in those companies. That's one side of the crony-capitalist spider web.
On the other side are the political entrepreneurs and private investors. There is disturbing evidence that politically connected hedge funds perform dramatically better than those without Washington contacts. If you have a seat at the table, you are in for a feast. If you don't have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu. Exactly how crony capitalists are consuming public wealth and fattening themselves is the subject of this book.
Ideology and political philosophy matter in Washington, but often less than you might think. Honest graft is generally bipartisan. Complex bills that are hundreds or even thousands of pages long can contain a single sentence or word that translates into money and that can influence how a politician votes. One study by scholars at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and the University of Chicago found that during the critical votes on the subprime-mortgage bailout and subsequent matters related to the financial crisis of , a key factor in how members of Congress voted was whether they held stock in banks and in the financial sector.
Personal equity ownership also influenced congressional committee decisions on the amount of bailout money particular financial institutions received and how quickly they got it. Apparently the vote had less to do with your politics and more to do with your pocketbook. But hasn't it always been this way? Graft has a long and sordid history in America.
In , Alexander Hamilton, the first U. The deal was preceded by massive insider trading in federal and state government bonds. Members of Congress were among the speculators who traded these bonds, based on advance knowledge of the Treasury's intent. According to Senator William Maclay, Democrat of Pennsylvania, speculators sent people in stagecoaches all over the country to buy up federal and state notes at a fraction of their face value.
The amount of money to be made is much larger. And the opportunities have become more frequent.
In fact, it is now threatening the health and integrity of our entire economic system. Now the label can be applied to many sectors of our economy.
It is an important part of the reason we face the economic crisis that we do. One of the best-known chroniclers of crony capitalism in the nineteenth century was one of its participants.
George Washington Plunkitt was a party boss of the infamous Tammany Hall, the corrupt political machine that ruled New York City for decades. Plunkitt was born in poverty, in a squatter's hut in what is now Central Park. He left school at the age of eleven and became a multimillionaire through elective office. He explained quite candidly in a series of newspaper interviews in the s how he did it.
Plunkitt's philosophy was that politics is a business. How did he begin his career? I wasn't such a fool. What I did was get some marketable goods. What do I mean by marketable goods? Let me tell you: I had a cousin. I went to him and said, 'Tommy, I'm goin' to be a politician, and I want a followin', can I count on you?
I'd have even tolerated Yoko Ono. Who would do such a thing? This was the best time to get out of my mom's way and tirade. Tracy and I carefully stepped over the mess on our front stoop.
Parkview was a relatively safe town. Originally it was just something I did for myself, a way to get over Nate Taylor, my former childhood crush and boyfriend who decided that dating me wasn't enough. I caught him cheating on me. I felt used. I was devastated. My heart was broken.
My solution? Put my friends and myself first. Oh, and stop dating boys entirely while in high school because they are so not worth the trouble.
Never did I think that anybody would want to join me. Then Diane Monroe came along. Diane used to be my best friend. We went way back. Like, we were in diapers when we became friends. Yep, you'd think that kind of friendship could withstand anything. But not when it came to guys. As soon as Diane started dating Ryan Bauer in eighth grade, she became that girl who gave up her friends when she had a boyfriend.
So it didn't really surprise me that much when she wanted to rekindle our friendship after they broke up this summer. Of course she wanted me back; she didn't have a boyfriend anymore.
But I was hurt from the horrific summer I'd had, and Tracy who had a case of the boy-crazies herself refused to understand why I would choose to not date. So I let Diane in. And Tracy finally caved.
From there, the Club steadily grew. A few new members here, a sophomore or a girl from Spanish class there. A couple of weeks ago, our school paper, the McKinley Monitor, featured an article on the front page about the Club.
A revolution had started and now every Saturday, the Club meetings have gotten bigger and bigger. Sure, there were some people who thought we were crazy mostly the guys at school, especially Todd Chesney. But what did we care? They were silly, little boys, and we were women forging real relationships: A smile spread across my face when I opened the door to the diner to see twenty girls who have quickly become a second family.
I always felt uncomfortable being pegged the "leader" of the group, even if I was the one who had formed the Club. Diane got up from her seat to give me a hug. She looked as gorgeous as ever, even with a baseball hat covering the pin curls I knew had taken hours.
The entire basketball team decided to dress as the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League players from the s. Let's do this thing. Their jaws were almost on the floor. Tracy wasn't one to back down from challenges, even ones made in jest. It was Amy, covered head to toe in shaving cream and dressed in what used to be a Harriet the Spy costume. At least that was coming off easily. Her hair was going to be a different matter. A little voice in my head said to cross the street, but that's ridiculous.
Why should I be worried about a bunch of kids? Oh, he is going to pay for this. It was understood. You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us. The high school parking lot was full of cars and people in costumes on their way to the haunted house. Student Council was one of the many school organizations Diane took part in.
She was just the insider we needed to pull this off. We got out of Tracy's car and waited for the other members to arrive. It was honestly shocking that he hadn't turned any of us off to the male species altogether. I see you dressed up as an imbecile. Brian and Don, with their respective girlfriends, Pam and Audrey. The word "respective" was only in reference to which girl dated which guy, since, by their outfits, there was absolutely no respect going on.
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