Old habits die hard, and now it’s time for the GOP’s habitual support of big business to die, and to die hard.
Look around – the corporations have decided it’s a great time to use their power against us. There used to be a kind of gentleman’s agreement – they stay out of our business and we stay out of theirs. But they broke that agreement. They decided to go all in. And it’s no coincidence that the political positions they have taken conform exactly to those of the Democrat Party. So, the hell with them.
This change has been coming for a while. We need to understand the nature of the old Republican/big business relationship to see what happened. The companies were never with us culturally – they wanted fewer regs, lower taxes, open borders, and docile workers. They didn’t care about social issues. They stayed out of it. But a few decades ago, when those icky evangelicals and others who actually worshipped something besides the almighty dollar showed up, the corporate types got restless. After all, it made for awkward convos at the country club when you were allied with the Jesus gun people from out there in Americaland. So, today, they have intervened in favor of our enemies, but they expect us to sit back and pretend it’s 1987.
Why did they go with the liberal establishment? Because that’s who the multinational bigwigs are, and always have been. It’s always about class, and the class these robber barons circulated within looks down on regular Americans. Hence the current virtue signaling, where you have airlines and shaving cream companies telling us we’re racist. It’s all about the execs making sure everyone knows whose side they are on, so the message to their brethren and sisteren and otherkin is, “Hey, we’re not like those people. Not at all.”
But what’s hilarious is how they still expect us to go to bat for them against the left, just like before. It doesn’t work that way. Relationships are about give and take, and we’ve given our support to the big companies when it comes to taxes, regulations, and the like. But what have we taken? A lot of crap from woke jerks.
It’s not even just the lectures about how we are all the -ists and all the -phobes. The corporations have fought for open borders. They have sent our jobs overseas and killed small businesses at home by leveraging the government to favor the Walmarts and Costcos over the mom and pops. Why do you think your little shop (not to mention your church) had to close because of Covid, but the big boxes were wide open and packed?
They are not our friends. They are not even our allies. They are the enemy, and until now they have successfully used the GOP as their defense against the Democrats even as they clink Chardonnay glasses with the libs on Park Avenue.
Time to rethink our coalition.
Time to think about our coalition without the huge anchor of the big corporations weighing us down.
And they do weigh us down. It’s not just that we get a big, fat nothing from our relationship. It’s that we end up buying all their corporate depredations. How many times have we had to take the hit for the damage the giant companies have done? The Democrats use it to pummel us every election cycle, alienating natural allies of every race and ethnicity in return for…what?
What, exactly, do we get out of the big companies?
Donations? Take a look at the numbers, because those fat checks are heading left. Big business not only funds the Democrats. It funds their commie outside agitators, like BLM. Even the Chamber of Commerce went full on liberal last time, firing the last Republicans left on its staff.
Oh, now the Chamber of Communism is making little whiny noises about the huge taxes the Democrats are planning. And big business is going to turn to us to once again help it stop the bloodbath.
It needs to be greeted with a middle finger.
They want to play politics? Well, dudes, here’s politics. Good and hard.
Raise the corporate rates, but only for companies of over $250 million.
Tax them on worldwide income, not US net, to ensure they can’t off-shore their gains or pay zero taxes.
Don’t raise the minimum wage though – big companies will absorb that and laugh as little companies die. Small business will be starved of workers. Instead, stop the Walmarts and the rest of the big companies from sticking us taxpayers with the living wage bill by directly taxing the ones grossing over $250 million in income per each employee to pay for the Section 8, Medicare, and food stamps their workers need and that Uncle Sucker provides.
And end all the sweetheart tax breaks. Bye-bye carried interest deduction – guess you hedge fund creeps shouldn’t have carried so much water for the Dems.
We know the upside of breaking up with big business – we get more tax money, we lose the corporate stooge albatross, and we punish our enemies. But what’s the downside? People who treat us like garbage don’t get us doing their dirty work? Not much of a downside.
Now, this is where the “principles” thing comes up. Apparently, some alleged principle out there requires us, as true conservatives, to be corporate shills with no ROI for all eternity. We could do that, or we could not get shafted by ingrates who hate us.
I like the principle of not getting shafted by ingrates who hate us better.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: There is no valid conservative principle that requires you to be less free. But trashing our rights is what woke corporations using their power against us as Democrat catspaws do. It’s unclear why they are morally free to exercise their political will indirectly as liberal cut-outs, yet we can’t exercise ours directly through our elected officials.
But, the Fredocons will whine, what about the corporations’ rights?
Well, here’s my deal, take it or leave it, no negotiation, final, best offer: I will care about their property rights exactly as much as they care about our civil rights. And that should scare the hell out of them.
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