More Proof of the GOP’s Control by Big Business

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A revealing story in the Washington Post a few days ago (though maybe not all that revealing if you’ve been following this issue for the last year or so) shows us one more example of how wealthy business interests have bought out GOP-controlled state legislatures, much like they have the U.S. Congress.

A growing number of states are stripping cities of their power to regulate minimum wages. Alabama is just the latest.
Gov. Robert Bentley (R) signed such a restriction into law on Thursday, blocking attempts by the state’s largest city, Birmingham, to impose a $10.10 hourly minimum wage.
“The governor believes the minimum wage should be uniform across every area in Alabama,” spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis told the Associated Press after he signed it. It “was the right call for both employers and workers,” State Sen. Slade Blackwell (R) said in a Saturday editorial published on AL.com. They’re not alone.

 

Now hopefully most of you who read the comments above by Republican State Senator Slade Blackwell will have at least raised one eye-brow.  Preventing the workers in Birmingham to work at a higher wage is the “right call” for them and other workers across the state?   Well perhaps if you’re an imbecile this line makes sense and I suspect that this is who Blackwell was referring to.

cronycapitalism But such distortions and obfuscations are common for politicians, perhaps more so today and primarily within GOP ranks than at any other time in our history.  This practice is often referred to as doublespeak, an Orwellian concept from the book, Nineteen Eighty-Four, which depicted years ago how in the future wealthy special interests would control not only politicians but media outlets and present the public with only those views that would at a bare minimum not expose them in any negative way.  Certainly not the random corruption that pervades much of big business today.

It’s amazing too how corporate-friendly politicians distance themselves from unfair business practices that make a joke of free market competition when big box stores like Walmart, with their heavy volumes, come into communities and at losses to themselves will under price smaller locally owned businesses, which of course shuts these smaller operations down.  Ironically those who lose their businesses, along with their employees, are often forced to work for these corporate giants at lower wages than they previously enjoyed.  A classical example of how the deck is stacked against middle class working families.

The power of corporations to influence state legislatures has a deeper impact however as this story shows.  Since states tend to have the higher authority over cities, they can dictate what cities can and can’t legislate.  We experienced that here recently in Denton, Texas where Big Oil and Gas had Austin legislators, with their GOP majority, enact a bill that prevented Denton from banning fracking operations within its city limit.  Similar actions have occurred in Florida and Nevada where GOP politicians under Big Oil and Gas influence have made it difficult for individuals to purchase solar power units.

This comes from conservatives within the GOP who have callously exploited the libertarian ideology of the Tea Party which is in strong opposition to government overreach.  And though serious libertarians get the connection they still fail to support Democrats in their states who oppose corporate-friendly Republicans.  They appear to be so locked into to the idea of a tax and spend Democratic Party that they are blind to the abuses of the GOP candidates they helped put in office.

There is an old Southern tradition where mourners, upon hearing of the death of someone close to them, will cover all mirrors in that household, believing that if the deceased sees themselves in the mirror they will become trapped in it and will be unable to move on.  It’s a shame this tradition in symbolic gesture didn’t happen with conservative voters when the traditional Republican Party died off shortly after Reagan’s inauguration.  They are forever now trapped in a state of mind that prevents them from seeing how their earlier choices have led them to destroy the equality gained by our parents and grandparents who had well-paying jobs and where labor played an important role in our economic growth.

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10 responses to “More Proof of the GOP’s Control by Big Business

  1. at least Bernie is showing that a campaign can be successful without the influx of corporate cash….and the GOP is destroying itself and any idea of conservatism…..this election is revealing a lot if one has the time and inclination to look beneath the media hype…..good post Larry chuq

  2. These same “pols” are all in favor of letting the states do things without the feds butting in because the states are the “laboratories of democracy.” But, of course, the shoe is on the other foot when they are sitting in the catbird’s seat (if I may mix metaphors). It is all a matter of perspective … the perspective of the plutocrats that is.

  3. Buying state legislatures is a very wise investment strategy. It’s the wholesale warehouse of politics. Real bang for the buck! You can buy an entire state legislature for the cost of just one DC politico!

    It’s also the “Buy low. Sell high” of politics, since these minor leaguers all have dreams of making it big in the Washington big leagues. Buy them now and you’ve got them for their entire careers.

    • “Buying state legislatures is a very wise investment strategy”

      It’s not hard either since they were essentially funded initially by special interests early in their careers. This grooming starts from the very beginning. Because of it we have state houses full of Tin Men.

      • I’ve got to say this about Trump, at least he hasn’t spent the last 25+ years being purchased. It’s been key to his current success. He can propose whatever he wants without running it past his owners first.

        I can’t help but wonder if this is exactly what The Founders actually had in mind. Rich, white, property owning, racist, men (Orangutans?) with the freedom to propose anything while running for office.

      • I’ve got to say this about Trump, at least he hasn’t spent the last 25+ years being purchased. He can propose whatever he wants without running it past his owners first. It’s been key to his current success.

        I can’t help but wonder if this is exactly what The Founders had in mind. Rich, white, property owning, racist, men (Orangutans?) beholden to no one and with the freedom to propose anything while running for office.

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