To Fight Cronyism, We Need a Separation of Business and State Posted on August 29, 2017 8:50 am by Azrael 1 Comment In my 30-plus years in Washington, I’ve lived through some very bad pieces of legislation. George H.W. Bush’s betrayal of his “read my lips” promise with the 1990s tax increase. Bill Clinton’s 1993 tax hike, which OMB admitted 18 months later was a failure. All sorts of bad policies under George W. Bush, starting with the no-bureaucrat-left-behind education bill.