If this blog were more explicitly political – rather than being chiefly about economics as well as political ideas – I’d start a series entitled something like “Repeat After Me: Republicans Are No Good Friends of Free Markets.” (Republicans are indeed pro-business, just as are Democrats. But Republicans are emphatically not reliably pro-free-market. Having said that, I will admit that the number of Republican politicians who come – for politicians – respectably close to supporting free markets is larger than the number of Democratic politicians who do so. The number of Republicans today in this lonely camp is tiny, but it is, if just barely, positive; the number of Democrats in this camp is, by my count, zero.)
An entry into this series would be this report on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) support for that great geyser of cronyism, the U.S. Export-Import Bank.