Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Liberals pro big business? The facts say it is so

Many liberals (aka progressives) like to say that the democratic party is the party of the people, and the republicans are the party of big corporations. This is what they want people to think, yet the opposite is true.

In fact, liberals are pro big business. They want fewer private businesses, because with few large corporations it's easier for liberals to tell these business owners what they want to hear, and then make laws that favor them, so that these progressives can slowly move forward their progressive agenda.

Of course we know that the progressive agenda is to create "social reform" by creating more state control and regulations. Thus, by the democrats creating more regulations, they are in turn driving out small businesses who cannot afford to pay the overhead. Big businesses, however the corporate bosses like to complain, can afford the new overhead, and are more likely to stay in business and live on.

The first perfect example I can think of is one of the first progressive actions way back in 1906 when Upton Sinclair wrote his book about the poor cases in the meat packing industry. He painted such a bad picture that President Theodor Roosevelt moved to pass regulations that would benefit the people, and force corporations to produce cleaner, healthier foods.

The problem with this picture is that not all meat packers were corrupt this way. In fact, a majority were small businesses that were honest with their work, and sold a healthy product. Yet the few bad big businesses that were out to make money at the expense of a good product were the few rotten apples that spoiled the batch.

So, in the end, most of the the small and (mostly) honest businesses were driven out of business because they couldn't afford to pay the new regulations, and pay to purchase all the new technology to make the product the way the "state" now regulated. So, in the end, the same big businesses that were "corrupt" were the same businesses that stayed in businesses.

Over the years I can think of many examples. The Federal government has created an environment, via high corporate taxes and high cost of regulations, where nearly all small businesses are gone.

As one example, during the hey day of the movie industry, 13,571 of the 18,321 movie theaters were independently owned. Due to regulations, and codes, and taxes, all in the name of making a better product for the consumer, has driven out most of the independent owners. I can drive down downtown Manistee, Michigan and see five buildings that used to house independently owned movie theaters., and down Ludington avenue and see the same, and Shoreline and see the same, and Grand Rapids, and Detroit.

Instead, what you see is one Star theater, or one GKC theater, or another large movie chain. The same is true of grocery stores. Only the big chains are around: Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Prevo's, Plumbs. You don't see many small grocery stores anymore. These are the little people who hire workers, and they were driven out of the market by the big businesses that can afford the high overhead of regulations, taxes, etc.

This is exactly what democrats say they are against, yet they are really for. They want a few big businesses that are easily controlled by the state (the Federal Government). You see, the owners of many of these businesses (see Goldman Sacs) give big contributions to the democratic party to make sure the Federal Government doesn't allow for any more competition for them.

It's the same big business/government collusion democrats hail against. Yet, they are guilty as the fascist government in Germany and Italy back in the 1930s. In fact, back before WWII, both Woodrow Wilson and FDR hailed in favor of what was going on in Europe, and vice versa.

You see, progressives are all about state control. They want to control you, the businesses you buy goods and services from, and the state. They know what's good for you. Yet, one obstacle in their way is the Constitution, which is why progressivism has been slower in the U.S. than in Europe.

Yet, in Europe and in the U.S., to pass the progressive agenda the leaders have to lie. They have to tell you what you want to hear to get their way. A perfect example, "We're going to clean up the meat packing industry for the good of society." Sure they cleaned up the meat packing industry, but at what price?

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