Democrats and the Party of Big
July 24, 2018
Despite all Obama’s efforts to vilify America’s wealthier citizens, the embarrassing truth Democrats don’t want to address is why the rich got richer and the poor got poorer under his presidency.
After all, it’s Republicans who are generally pigeon-holed as the party of the rich. Well, no more.
Because the result of all Obama’s big government regulation and punitive taxation actually hurt small businesses far more than their bigger cousins. The big corporations could afford to hire countless accountants, lawyers, administrators, and bean counters to comply with all the government’s new regulations.
Small business could not. Instead, historic numbers of small businesses closed their doors. And that hurt the poor to an inordinate degree because most of the jobs available to poorer Americans were made available by small businesses.
Today the Democrat Party has become the Party of Bigness. Big government. Big business. Big labor. Big regulation. Big poverty.
How’d that happen? Simple, Democrats realized that a very positive consequence of more regulation was that it gave big businesses a competitive edge over their small business competitors. That resulted in more campaign contributions from business executives and the labor unions their companies deal with.
For Democrats, It’s win-win. They get more money to improve their election chances and big corporations don’t have to compete with smaller, more nimble companies that charge less or innovate more aggressively.
That’s all a far cry from the party of John F. Kennedy. The Democrat Party is no longer the party of reasonable government, strong defense, and concern for the working person.
Today’s Democrats don’t follow Kennedy’s mantra: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Instead, they’ve discovered they get more votes if they can find ways to make various groups of Americans dependent on government handouts.
Another thing Democrats don’t do today; they don’t set heroic or lofty goals like putting a man on the moon. They settle rather for smaller things like catering to teacher’s unions, or expanding the population of illegal aliens.
It all proves that times change. Parties change. Even fundamental beliefs change.
For those of us who once respected the Democrat Party as the party of working families, their slide into cynicism and power at any price isn’t just sad, it’s catastrophic.
John Philip Sousa IV is an entrepreneur, political activist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.