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Barton Hinkle of the Richmond Times has a magnificent column on this deep-seated problem. Both parties have been doing it for a long time. Republicans often say they’re for free enterprise and limited government, but then ladle out tax dollars to favored companies. Democrats often say they’re “for the little guy” but what they really want is support from business fat cats.

Whoever opposes Obama ought to pledge to veto any legislation with federal money for any business.