I made the point in this earlier post
that the Democrats lost their way when they abandoned their traditional roots of supporting the "little guy" and began to serve the political interests of large organizations, including large corporations, who naturally benefit from larger government. In an even earlier post
, I made the related point that in strategy like serves like, that is, that size alone necessarily makes big government an ally of big business, not the antidote of corporate power. Though many supporters of big government see themselves as anti-corporation, their support of big government power leads in to entrenching the power of existing large corporations.
Now it is official. Contrary to the common wisdom (i.e. the standard media cant), this report by the Capital Research Center
proves that the big corporations almost exclusively support the leftist political interests that support various forms of larger government. See page four for the bottom line that shows the 94% of corporate giving is aimed at leftist causes that often portray themselves as "anti-corporate" when, at least in the calculation of the large corporations themselves, these organizations are really promoting the policies that support the big and established over the small and innovative. Corporations understand what most of these causes fail to understand: government regulation tips the economic playing field in favor of existing large corporations because they can deal with big government regulation much more easily than their smaller, nimbler competitors.
As the Republicans have settled into power in Washington DC, they too have begun to think in terms of the value of bigger government. This is only natural is you work in DC. Everyone working inside the Beltway offers a constant argument for extending government control as a solution to every problem. The reason is simple: everyone inside the beltway--politician, NGO, special interest, and corporate lobbyist alike--benefits from larger government. Meanwhile the millions of small businesses and the vast majority (over 70%) of workers who are employed by them, are increasingly hurt by growing government. This is why the grassroots Republicans, who come primarily from these small, local businesses, are increasingly frustrated with their representatives.
The surprising (to most people anyway) fact the big business primarily supports leftist causes creates a potentially powerful argument for a candidate such as Mike McGavick who is certain to be attacked for coming from a big business background and being a Republican. AsI point out in my upcoming book on speaking, Making Money by Speaking, nothing is more interesting to an audience, or the general public than proving general assumptions and widely held stereotypes untrue because most people see the world through the lens of those stereotypes.