Mark Kirkorian pointed out what I think was a neat idea from David Frum.
Yeah, I know; you think Frum is stupid and hate him. Shut up; I still think he has a good idea.
Anyway, Frum suggested a law forbidding campaign contributions by officials of companies in which the federal government holds an ownership stake. I would go even further, though, to separate companies held up by the government from real companies. You see, a lot of the failures are being blamed on capitalism when really the companies failing are government backed and don’t compete in a real market so it’s more of a failure of capocialism. Companies that get government backing should have to have an asterisk or some other symbol next to their name so every knows it’s not a real company and can be disdainful of it. They should be pariahs, and if someone is known to run one of these phony companies, everyone should be like, “Guess he couldn’t run a real company.” And someone else will be like, “I hear he’s a homosexual.”
Anyway, I think this would be a good way of separating out capitalism from faux-capitalism. Plus, I like coming up with new reasons to make fun of people.