He also touches on the strange relationship between Big Government and Big Business. For example, the strange relationship between Wall Street and the Democrats. Wall Street gives far more money to Democrats than to Republicans and was particularly generous to Pres. Obama when he was candidate Obama. Yet, the Democrats continue to insist that it is the Republicans who are in bed with Wall Street. Could it be that the Democrats love to flog Wall Street publicly (because that’s good politics, making the people think that the government is their only protection against large and uncaring business), while protecting the large firms on Wall Street through their legislation?
Sure, it’s a sick and dysfunctional relationship. It’s exactly the relationship that Big Government would want with Big Business. When everything becomes political–when the government gets into the business of choosing winners and losers through regulation and taxation–businesses must do whatever they can to come out on the “winner” side of the ledger. This means lobbying–throwing money at politicians in order to influence them to choose your business or industry as the winner. Who can lobby effectively when the question is who can throw more money at the politicians? The bigger the business the better. Politicians know their bread is buttered by the big businesses, and big business knows that, if the price to be paid is being insulted publicly (plus a bunch of cash donations), but what they get in return is ultimately protection from market forces and competition by those who wield political power to select winners and losers, it’s still a good deal for them.
This sick relationship is the result of Big Government picking winners and losers with regulation and taxation. Naturally, it kowtows to other big money lobbyists too, namely unions and environmentalists. It seems to me that the people left out are the majority of us who work in small and medium sized businesses and just want to go about our lives without having them politicized and having Government interfere with our personal and economic freedom. The Government tries to romance us with sweet words about how they’re on our side, but we ultimately have little influence on them until we get to vote… a vote politicians hope is influenced by the campaign money they spend that was contributed by those hoping Government chooses them as the winners.