One of the frightening dangers of crony capitalism is that a favored business or industry gets special treatment because they are favored.
The result can turn out to be that laws are enforced or not enforced based on whether the company has special contact with those who make decisions or is favored for other reasons.
So here’s the question: Should the decision whether you get a pass or get hammered be based on whether you broke the rules or whether you do or don’t have special access?
Two posts at my other blog look at the selective enforcement in play for harming migratory birds and eagles:
- You can apply for a federal permit to kill a bunch of eagles
- Selective enforcement for killing protected birds
The so-called “clean energy” industry is visibly getting special treatment because they are a favored industry. The so-called “brown energy” sector, companies that produce that icky, dirty, messy oil that happens to run our economy, gets enforcement.