Tim Carney | Republicans are becoming the anti-cronyism party

Tim Carney, Washington Examiner:

The Republican Party, judging by the latest presidential debate, is now the party positioned against crony capitalism and corporate profiteering through government.

So far, this shift is mostly rhetorical, but even that puts many of them on the record. It still represents progress for a party that has historically been more pro-big business than pro-free enterprise.

Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and other GOP hopefuls all decried corporate welfare in the latest debate. The candidates also made a crucial case against over-regulation, an argument most Republicans ignored in past years: regulation and government complexity fall heaviest on Mom & Pop businesses, thus protecting the big guys from competition.


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