Timothy P. Carney helps direct AEI’s Culture of Competition Project, which examines barriers to competition in all areas of American life, from the economy to the world of ideas. Carney has over a decade of experience as a journalist covering the intersection of politics and economics. His work at AEI focuses on how to reinvigorate a competitive culture in America in which all can reap the benefits of a fair economy.
Democrats have a neat little two-step when it comes to money in politics: First, they malign Republican policies by noting that rich people favor Republicans. If you point out that rich people are just as likely to favor Democrats, as I did in my most recent column, they respond that their rich people aren’t seeking personal benefit.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker is under investigation, and he is reviled by the largest political force in his state. But you’d never guess that by watching him amble through the stalls at a central Wisconsin dairy farm.
Republican Party leaders, every two years, explain that they need to increase Hispanic outreach. That outreach usually begins and ends with an “immigration reform” proposal that conveniently lines up with the desires of the business lobby.
Flood Wall Street organizers proclaimed on their website that U.S. corporations “are profiting from the climate crisis.” Here’s the twist: Much of Wall Street, and big business broadly, also want “to regulate” the energy sector in the name of fighting climate change, because they will profit from climate regulation.