Corruption is easy.

Step one: raise lots of money for winning presidential candidate.
Step two: get lots of tax money back from winning presidential candidate.

Real life example: George Kaiser is a billionaire and campaign donation bundler for Obama; his “family foundation” owned 1/3 of Solyndra; Solyndra goes bankrupt after getting $528 million from Obama administration.

The more power the government has, the more it will give away in exchange in for political favors.

The notion that “getting money out of politics” will stop the corruption is well-intentioned and completely wrong.  As long as the government has power to dole out favors, someone will be willing to bid for those favors. The more rules and regulations instituted to prevent this exchange of money for political largesse just means more lawyers and financial advisers get paid to find the loopholes.

More campaign finance rules discourage honest people from getting involved. No honest person wants to run afoul of regulations and subject themselves to government sanction. Dishonest people are not subject to the same concerns.

Campaign finance rules do nothing but make it harder for small groups and individuals to engage in the political process. They actually make more and more money necessary to participate, thereby defeating their purpose.

The only way to effectively limit corruption is to limit the power of the government to grant favors. The less they can dole out, the better.

“Green” corporatism is just as bad as any other corporatism.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is undaunted by the federal government’s massive and costly failure in subsidizing Solyndra.

He is still pimping out the “progressive” green corporatism of giving tax money to company’s that can not otherwise raise capital.

He thinks thin-film technology used in solar panels has “huge market potential.” No, Mr. Chu, if it had huge market potential, the market would fund it.

What the technology has is huge political potential. By giving tax money to private companies, private executives can buy beach houses and boats. Then those same executives can afford to support more politicians who, in turn, will give them more tax money for a mountain condo and a Mercedes.

It is beautiful in its corrupt simplicity.