For those who missed it Hawkeye State Governor Terry Branstad may have given Americans the most easily understood lesson in Election 2016 of the true workings of America’s Corrupt Crony Crime Culture, aka “politics.”
Branstad told CNN News during the Iowa caucuses why Iowans should not vote for Ted Cruz. “He’s opposed to the wind energy tax credit. He’s opposed to ethanol and biodiesel. And we have tens of thousands of jobs and a lot of farm income dependent on that. And I know there’s a lot of people working in those ethanol refineries and farmers that are not going to vote for somebody that opposes something that’s so important to our state’s economy.”
It doesn’t take a linguist to translate Branstad’s Public-Speak into Backroom Political Speak: “Don’t vote for Cruz because he won’t be digging his paw deep into the federal treasury honey pot and pulling out big fat gobs of taxpayer-funded subsidizes for the people in Iowa who own me: Big Ethanol, Big Biofuel, Big Wind Energy, Big Ag.”
He might as well have been saying “Bribe me with federal money and I’ll support you!” The same article, after all, reports that Donald Trump has been “hitting Cruz hard for his opposition to ethanol subsidies,” explaining why the Iowan Insider tax-grabbing Governor loves Trump so much.
Branstad also called Cruz a “big oil” candidate. If all the other politicos in all the other states are a reflection of Branstad – and virtually all are – it shouldn’t be hard to hear the unified cheerleading coming out of Oklahoma and Texas: “Cruz, Cruz, he’s our man; if he can’t keep the Big Oil subsidizes coming nobody can!” And that’s the way it works all across the Psychopathic Politicized Feudal-States of Crony Corporatist Bankster America.
The Lords of Louisiana yelp “Keep our tax-payer funded sugar payoffs coming or we won’t vote for your pet projects in DC” and the Tobacco State Stooges demand “Keep our tobacco bribes coming” and the Masters of New Mexico (2015’s most dependent state on the federal government) mandates “Keep our Military-Industrial Complex cabbage coming” and Alabama’s Oligarchs insist “Keep the payola coming to the most poverty-stricken population in the nation so us Southern Scions can keep living high on the Hog’s back.”
And don’t forget the Kings of Crony Corporatism that pump millions into your politician’s pockets in exchange for their political plotting that enables the CEOs to bank billions. The Top 5 Crony Corporatists for gorging on “state subsidies; federal grants and tax credits; and federal loans, loan guarantees and bailout assistance” are Boeing, Ford Motor, General Electric, General Motors and JPMorgan Chase.”
The only difference between Branstad and his fellow political plunderers is that Branstad went public.
Cruz, according to Politico, was unable to mount a defense against Branstad other than to call him a “crony capitalist who is part of the GOP establishment.” This is actually hilarious considering that wife Heidi has deep cozy ties with both Goldman Sachs and George W. Bush, making Cruz himself a crony capitalist and GOP establishment insider via marriage. Can’t you just hear the schoolyard comeback, “Nya, nya, that’s your name but what is mine?”
And people call libertarians “idiots” for wanting to replace this grotesquely corrupt system with the non-aggression principle and a voluntary laissez-faire free market.