I’ve frequently corrected my progressive/liberal friends who claim that folks like me are pro-business with all of the negative things that might imply. I’m not. I’m pro-markets. And those are two very different things. Although I really appreciate much of what businesses and entrepreneurs provide for me and the rest of society at some risk, when they engage in rent-seeking behavior, I jump off the bandwagon.
David Boaz has an interesting post on the Chamber of Commerce that makes a similar point in reference to its “Spirit of Subsidy Awards” “Spirit of Enterprise Awards”!