Skip to comments.DeMint: ‘Big Business Is No Friend of Conservatism’
Posted on 04/08/2014 11:27:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Former Sen. Jim DeMint, the president of the Heritage Foundation, writes in his new bookFalling in Love With America Againabout the cozy relationship between big business and big government.
Almost all big corporations benefit from, advocate for, and downright like big government, DeMint writes. [ ]
These big companies like to write regulations that make it harder for the smaller companies to compete with them, DeMint said. The large companies can deal with a regulatory maze much better than the small companies can. Like the big tobacco companies wanted the FDA to regulate cigarettes because they knew the smaller companies could not get approval to ever introduce a new brand.
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This was one of the shocking things that I learned 40 years ago.
Because of the media, I had come to believe that corporations were conservative and capitalist and pro-business, but during the Nixon administration, I learned that they are against much of what I believed in.
The giants soon learned that government interference and affirmative action, regulation, etc. was protecting them as giants, and burning the ladder behind them to kill the smaller competitors and keep out competition.
There is in fact also a revolving door between big business & big government.
DeMint on-target as always. He was born too late...
Follow the money.
particularly big pharma, and any highly govt-regulated business category.
I saw a documentary on The Smithsonian Channel about ketchup and it noted H.J. Heinz supported the idea of a Food Act to regulate ketchup and other food products because it would put many of his competitors out of business.
Not only this angle but many big companies are run by leftists.
And by extension, Steve Forbes was right. Yes his Flat Tax idea was the political equivalent of your daily fish pill. However, the Corporatist as Mark Levin calls them divine a lot of their power and edges via the Tax Code and or Ear Marks etc. Neuter the Tax Code via ultra-simplification and see if K-Street just dries up and goes away. IMHO maybe even Gay Marriage would have never been an issue if the code was more neutral, a long story behind that comment that involves a chance meeting with an originator of the Hawaii effort in the late 90’s that led me to that conclusion.
Most large business’s support amnesty of one form or another. I was just talking about this the other day with a friend, (yes I have them).
Why? We win with a candidate who can articulate what constitutional conservatives want for the US. That can only be with someone who believes it themselves.
I have had this conversation with Libs. They hate big business but when I ask “isn’t big government dangerous too.” They respond that with big government they can vote. I say “they voted in the soviet union also”
But they don’t have a thinking camp.................
I was issued mine in grade school but I don’t think they do that any more.
I have been criticized here on FR for saying big business is as dangerous as big government. They go hand in hand, one needs the other.................
It's like I said during the bailouts, a company that is "Too Big To Fail" is in essence a Government company because the taxpayers are on the hook if it fails. That's why I am all for rigid enforcement of Anti-Trust laws. And the Government has been asleep at the switch for decades.
You get to a certain level of bigness and you become more LIKE a government. I work for a big corp and the red tape and “this is the way it’s done even though it’s stupid” is really horrible, plus they pile on liberal “culture” that’s at times vomit-inducing. I only took the job because I can’t drive in the dark anymore and it’s close to home. I’ll be moving to a nice, small town in a much more conservative state at the end of the year, thank goodness!
This would include big talk radio.
Seems this day and age, “capitalism” is uttered when “corporatism” is meant.