Clinton’s Cronyism is the Bridge to the 20th Century

Hillary Clinton is no Bill Clinton. Not even close.

When President Bill Clinton was running for re-election in the summer of 1996, he proclaimed his could help construct a “bridge to the 21st century.” “Hope is back in America,” he said. [W]e are on the right track to the 21st century. Our strategy is simple but profound: opportunity for all, responsibility for all, a strong American community where everyone has a place and plays a role.”   By contrast, in a recent speech, Hillary Clinton attacked 21st century technologies like Uber and Arbnb,  suggesting its better to construct a “bridge back to the 20th century,” where not everyone has a place or a role to play.

President Bill Clinton, at least in his rhetoric, embraced technology, trade and progress. He campaigned on the idea that “it’s the economy stupid,” yet this has been lost on Hillary. Hillary Clinton seems to be running a campaign that has jumbled Bill’s mantra into the idea that we need a “a stupid economy.” One that rejects progress and attacks the most successful new technologies.

In short, Hillary Clinton has become anti-progress and anti-technology.  She has chosen to embrace old models and technologies rather than allowing progress to move forward.  Unfortunately, she is not alone in her quest to hold back time.  Corporations who fail to adapt to change often find themselves turning to their friends in Washington to get government to stand in the way of progress.  Mrs. Clinton has chosen that path.  While Clinton might have singled out taxi services for her example, a cottage industry of lobbyists are using Washington to conduct a similar jihad against change.

Standing up for the established order is easy and profitable for politicians.  The Taxi Cab union has set their sites on the destruction of Uber and Lyft, the preeminent alternatives to the highly regulated taxi industry.  They are joined by taxi cab company owners.  Both ply politicians with campaign cash and foundation contributions who are eager to take up their cause.

The same holds true for other industries.  The hotel and lodging industry’s profits have been undermined by aggressive competition from third-party travel websites.   Consumers looking for a deal will look at websites beyond the large corporate names.  ReservationDesk.com, for example, has proprietary technology to help consumers find the deals on the best travel destinations and deals.  Faced with the option of having consumers paying full freight for their room or a discount rate, the hotels would much prefer to later.  Instead of offering incentives to consumers to book directly, lobbyist for the big hotels have turned to government and politicians to pad their bottom line.

Five members of the Arizona congressional delegation sent a letter the Department of Justice asking for an investigation into third party travel sites.  The hotel lobbyists also convinced Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to send a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to harass third party providers under the claim their websites look similar to those of Marriot and Hyatt.   These harassment tactics or no different that of Hillary Clinton and her assault on Uber.

Technology is advancing.  Email is replacing snail mail.  The cell phone has replaced the landline.  The computer has replaced the calculator which replaced the abacus.  The cpu in your phone or tablet is more powerful that the total computer technology that took us to the moon.  Hotels, taxi and other industries that won’tt change and  turn to government to protect their profits will suffer in the end.  Consumers embrace technology even if corporate dinosaurs do not.  Politicians should be assure enough not to falls for their crony crocodile tears.

 

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