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June 14th, 2021
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earl wattL&T Publisher Earl Watt


Apples and oranges. False equivalencies. Straw man arguments.

There are plenty of phrases that can be used to explain the intentional comparison between to concepts that force an either/or decision.

Several issues have reared their ugly heads and may just be realigning the political landscape.

We keep hearing President Joe Biden talk about the rich paying “their fair share,” and this concept has led to a strange convergence.

There used to be a division between businesses trying to keep their costs low so they can compete in a global marketplace that now exists, and the ever-growing costs of government which made global competition more difficult for American businesses.

Business interests used to lean Republican because they favored a small-government approach to social challenges. This meant businesses wouldn’t be funding unnecessary and unwanted federal programs.

That idea still exists on Main Street. But big business interests no longer feel the need to reign in big government. 

For one, they benefit by selling many of the supplies to big government spending. And huge companies have learned that they have been given major influence in social engineering which allows them to continue to dominate in fields with little to no competition.

Big government guarantees big business gets bigger at the expense of small business.

Big government regulations, for example, may increase the cost of a good sold by a big business, but those regulations make it impossible for small business to keep the doors open. With fewer players in the marketplace, big business swallows increased market share which more than covers any additional fee requirements of big government.

At the end of the day, Big Government and Big Business have found a beautiful partnership where they both grow and benefit together.

No longer is the day where the two competing entities battled one another.

Now, they work together in what would be considered collusion if the government wasn’t involved.

Someone has to lose, and it has been the consumer and small business.

Politically, those who seek big government solutions claim to rail against corporate officers and fat-cat CEOs. Politicians still talk the lingo, but their actions are much more friendly to big business and hostile to small business.

Facebook is a prime example.

The social media giant recently upheld a ban against Donald Trump because the company disagrees with his political views, and that has many on the left cheering. At the same time, there is no real alternative to Facebook, making it somewhat of a monopoly, much like the Bell telephone company in the 1980s.

But when Bell was broken up, customers saw better service, lower prices, and the age of the cellular phone emerged.

Facebook, by its sheer power to limit political views and having no other like alternative, has demonstrated its monopolistic ability, and it should face the same break-up that Bell faced.

But isn’t that a Big Government solution?

Absolutely not. 

Founder father Thomas Jefferson said, “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

When a company grows to the point it can influence public policy rather than public policy influencing it, that is not the free society the Founders envisioned.

No one is limiting how much private business can earn, but private business cannot become an aristocracy unto itself with the power to direct public policy.

When organizations become so large they use their power to cause financial harm to a state because of political positions on issues, they have outgrown the free society we all enjoy.

When private business grows to the point of limiting the ability of dialogue by demanding compliance with one political view, it is not considered “big government” to reign in what has essentially become government, which is big business setting the rules of society without due process of law.

And that is why we have found a new partnership between those who prefer big government and big business.

In many ways, the people would reject their positions and policy proposals. That’s why big business and big government supporters have found themselves in a new partnership against the principles of a free society.

Kansas has seen a similar bullying tactic which led to a partnership between big business and big government. 

The Kansas Legislature passed a bill that would protect girls sports for females only. But Governor Laura Kelly vetoed the bill, and the reason she chose to use to support transgenders participating in girls sports was the fear the organizations like the NCAA would pull events from Kansas.

That fear led to a handful of lawmakers voting against an override of her veto, all because the massive influence of the NCAA.

In Georgia, after their Legislature passed voter protection laws, Major League Baseball pulled the All Star Game from Atlanta and moved it to Colorado instead.

The purpose was to punish Georgia for laws big business didn’t like, even though those laws had nothing to do with the operation of their business at all.

When laws are influenced because of the size of business, we no longer have a free society but are allowing those with the biggest influence to also set the rules.

While conservatives believe in free enterprise, they also believe in the founding principles that allowed America to flourish for people of all classes, not just the influential aristocracy.

Government cannot take too large a role in our lives, nor should big business be able to do the same.

It comes as no surprise that the biggest challenge to freedom comes from a small number in the ruling class and a small number of big business oligarchs trying to dictate policy for the entire nation.

We, the people, must stand against the tyrannical arms of both by protecting competition among companies that prevents the political power of any one company from being able to dictate policy to the people, and we must also reject government elites from partnering with big business to use fear and intimidation to dictate what rules we use in voting or whether or not transgenders should compete against females.

Like Jefferson said, big business should not dictate the rules of the people. If we are truly a nation dedicated to the people, then the power must rest in all of our hands, not a select few.

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