Levin: Trump's support for ethanol is crony capitalism at its worst



Conservative talk show host Mark Levin accused Donald Trump of "buying votes" with his support for ethanol mandates.

Ethanol drives up cost of food and energy, and is stealing from Americans to subsidize its industry. So why doesn't Donald Trump get this? It's a tax. So your taxes are used to support activities that drive up your costs. That's what government does. That's what conservatives oppose. I am deeply troubled by a candidate going into Iowa and saying he's going to increase subsidies to the ethanol industry to the detriment of everyone else. That to me is political vote buying. Why would you empower the EPA to go even further than Barack Obama? That's what Trump said today, that he's go even further than Barack Obama when it comes to ethanol. Is that anti-establishment? Is that pro-free market capitalism? That's not conservative. That's not capitalism. That's a disgrace.

Trump said "Establishment people are contacting us left and right about joining the campaign and these are serious establishment types." Why would establishment types be contacting Donald Trump?

Trump said "You can't call people liars on the senate floor when they're your leaders". Cruz called out McConnell for cutting a deal with Obama. Why are you [Trump] attacking from the left? Why are you now defending Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment if you're an anti-establishment candidate?

The answer is that Trump isn't. He's a crony capitalist. Trumps always brags how he made donations to liberal politicians because he was a "world class businessman". Not true. He made donations to get political favors because he was a "crony capitalist businessman".

In the 1990s, Trump asked Connecticut’s government to use their power to condemn five Bridgeport businesses so that he may use the land to build “a $350 million combined amusement park, shipping terminal and seaport village and office complex on the east side of the harbor.”

Around the same time, Trump tried to buy an Atlantic City woman out of her home so that he may build a parking lot and waiting area for his hotel’s limousines. The widow refused to sell her property, so Trump spent years under the guise of “eminent domain” trying to get the government to pry the woman’s land for his private use.

Trump tried to bribe politicians to use the force of government to confiscate private property he could not get freely on his own. If that isn't crony capitalism, what is?

Trump is actually proud of his record of donations to politicians and favor-seeking. He should be ashamed of it.

Can we really nominate someone with a record of cozying up to the establishment, and buying political favors? There seem to be no limits for Trump--he associated with Hillary Clinton and her accused rapist husband because, hey, he's a world class businessman. Only two years ago he was saying what a great guy far-left NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was.

I think it is possible to be a "world class" businessman without bribing politicians to get special favors and cozying up to extreme leftists and accused rapists.

If Trump were a Supreme Court candidate and we saw who he was associating with only two years ago, no principled conservative would support him. But he's a candidate for a far more important office, and for Trump supporters, his past, even his recent past, is irrelevant. But I fear if he is elected president (highly unlikely, given his unpopularity among independent voters), he will continue to be a crony capitalist as President much like Hillary Clinton was as Secretary of State, accepting donations for her "foundation" while doing favors for donors. Trump will impose new taxes on us (which may have other names like "mandates" or "tariffs") and reward large corporations with our money, just as he is doing by supporting ethanol.



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