Sources: Lamar Smith, Harry Reid, NPR [$1 lobbyist = $222 tax breaks]
quote: I've seen several articles using the term "populist; where I believe a better word would be "popular". Is it a conscious choice?
quote: I agree that populist can have the meaning you imply, but it does have some negative connotations, especially for a European such as me (demagoguery & anti-intellectual). But if you stand by it and by your post I can see you do, then you're certainly right.
quote: It's ironic... Adam Smith said the government should stay out of business... but what he failed to predict was the dangers of the reverse occurring... big business financially fondling for favors the government.