Big Labor and Big Business are teaming up to protect Big Government. As Greg Sargent put it yesterday, in describing the budding alliance between the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce: “The two groups rarely agree on anything, and frequently target each other in the harshest of terms, but one thing they agree on is that they don’t want the House GOP to make good on its threat to subject highway and mass-transit programs to budget cuts.”
I guess this just doesn’t strike me as crony capitalism. When I think of crony capitalism, I think of the incestuous relationship between retired military officers working for defense contractors and using their relationships at the Pentagon to get bids. I think of the revolving door between government and Wall Street. But this just strikes me as two entities advocating for their interests.
And I reject the notion that the government building roads is “Big Government.” Do we really not even agree anymore that one of the unarguably legitimate roles of government is to build roads, bridges, etc? But then again, this is Jennifer Rubin, who thinks the only legitimate role of the US government is the defense of Israel.