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Democrats label business as ‘one per-centers’ exploiting the little guy

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Few Democrats at the national or state level consider the “business community” to be a significant constituent. They like us at campaign time because they want to climb into our wallets, but the rest of the time the Dems seem to believe the primary role of business is to pay more taxes to fund their projects. We get lip service from too many Dems, who want to “put us in our place” which is somewhere near the bottom of their political totem poles.

You see, most Democrats see us as “one per-centers” who exploit “the little guy”, or as employers who don’t pay workers enough, or the Simon Legrees who get richer off the backs of the downtrodden.

This year, after our nation was hit with the pandemic, millions of American businesses had to shut down. And then as conditions began to improve, most Dems popped out of their basements to push against business reopenings across the nation. Hundreds of thousands of businesses have given up, gone under, after being forced by governments to keep their doors closed. Most of the vocal anti-business pressure came from Democratic officials.

What these same officials should have done instead was to pass laws giving businesses protections and legal rights to post and enforce rules for imposing restrictions on customers, such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and other requirements. But no. Instead, leftists advocated a system that forced millions of businesses to lock their doors and lay off employees.

For sure, closing down businesses prevented some citizens from catching the Chinavirus. But at what cost? Evidence is significant that locking up businesses has harmed American citizens in a much bigger way, by denying employers and employees of livelihoods, paychecks, and a means of support. Personal depression, psychological problems, and domestic violence has run rampant, suicides are up, robberies have proliferated as some former employees have turned to crime to get their hands on some money. A substantive argument can be made that unbridled shutdowns of businesses have harmed far more Americans than exposing more of them to the virus.

The current anti-business campaign has the Dems now calling for Congress to force break-ups of “Big Tech”. This is the most recent in a long line of Democrat “Bigs”: “Big Oil”, “Big Pharma”, “Big Sugar”, “Big Banks”, “Big Tobacco”, “Big Soda”, etc. When they’re going after some industry to cripple it, the Dems like to put “Big” in front of industries, to make business people look like the giant bully who must be toppled.

This Dem campaign against the Technology industry once again shows their closeted anti-business colors. Democrats in the House want to use the all-powerful legislative arm of government to force radical break-ups of firms like Amazon, Google and Apple, who became highly successful because they had better products, were smarter than the competition, and knew how to run their businesses in a profitable way. But success is being penalized.

The Democratic anti-business mindset is that, if a business is highly successful it must be because you cheated, or committed unlawful or unethical practices, or that you engaged in anti-competitive behavior. In this new cockamamie age of democratic “equality for all”, if you’re successful and the next guy isn’t successful, you must have engineered an unfair advantage.

This isn’t all the Democrats are doing to control our lives and businesses. If they make a sweep in the upcoming elections, the Dems will make fundamental changes in the structure of the third branch of government— they will “pack” the Supreme Court so they can control it and turn the U.S. Constitution into a “living organism”, not a legal document.

The Dems want to add new states to the United States, so that additional Democratic Senators and Representatives will be added to Congress. They’re not doing this because it’s the right thing to do, they’re doing it for dominant political power. Pelosi and her House Democrats are now floating a coup d’état to harm businessman Trump by claiming he is “physically or mentally unfit”.

Democrats want “universal” ballot mailings. Such ballots, indiscriminately mailed to include millions of Americans on voter registration rolls that are often inaccurate, mean ballots will be mailed to people who died or moved away, leading to voter impersonations, coercion, dead people voting, and potential fraud.

The principles that made America great are on the left’s chopping block. Enough already. Let businesses prosper.

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
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