If this be fascism, make the most of it:
True or not, what’s undeniable is that the federal government has burrowed its way deep into the quotidian workings of American capitalism.
The true-or-not part:
“Anything the federal government, or any government, sticks its nose in fails or makes things worse,”
said by factory worker Dennis Davis, who
recently stopped at the Cabela’s store here [Hamburg, Pa.] to buy a $90 carrying case for the long-barreled Contender pistol he uses to shoot pesky groundhogs at his brother’s farm. He paid with a store-issued credit card.
The U.S. government helped finance the transaction. Earlier this year, it recharged the credit-card operations of the Nebraska-based retailer of hunting and camping gear with nearly $400 million of federal financing.
Pesky groundhogs, yes. But what of pesky U.S. government burrowing into private enterprise. It’s got Mussolini beat for subtlety, such as it is, I’ll say that much.
And how will Cabela’s people vote, Dem or other? With their pocketbooks, one might guess. Answer:
Increasingly, companies big and small are competing on the basis of their ability to tap government money. A divide is opening between gets and get-nots.