Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and possible Republican candidate for president, pointed out the contradiction in one of the Democrats’ traditional criticisms of the Republican party. In a recent speech in Iowa she said:
“Liberals call us the party of big business, but then, they continue to increase the burden and the complexity of taxes and regulations until only the big and the powerful and the wealthy and the well-connected can survive.”
In an interview by Martha MacCallum on Fox News yesterday, she continued describing the plight of small businesses:
“Seventy per cent of small business owners describe government as ‘hostile’ to them. We are now destroying more businesses than we are creating for the first time in U.S. history.” She reminded the viewers how detrimental this is to our economy as “small businesses create 2/3 of new jobs.”
… But wasn’t the Obama Era, now in its seventh year, supposed to reverse the severe recession caused by the supposedly insensitive Republicans and their greedy comrades?
This Administration is Making a Habit of Catering to Big Business
In addition to creating an environment which is toxic to small businesses, we must also recall the President pulling a 180-degree on his party’s anti-big business philosophy when it came to Obamacare. He guaranteed the insurance companies that the American public would bear the brunt of ¾ of their losses as a result of the new health care law.1 Remember, these are big companies. These are the same ones which are viewed by the Democrats’ as their enemies when it comes to social policy.
And let’s not forget Common Core. While not officially an Obama project, it is being pushed along through Race to the Top money, etc. courtesy of the Department of Education.2 In this social engineering experiment, millions stand to be made by textbook and other producers of educational material and tests. Of course, there’s additional money to be made as “Dozens of the nation’s top CEOs will meet to set the plans for a national advertising blitz that may include TV, radio, and print.”3 Don’t expect any “Mom-and-Pop” companies to receive a significant piece of this.
Looks like the only hope for the little guy in 2016 is that the Republicans defeat the Democrats, the real Party of Big Business.
1 – Not only that, but “As Laszewski explains, Obamacare contains a “Reinsurance Program that caps big claim costs for insurers (individual plans only).” He writes that “in 2014, 80% of individual costs between $45,000 and $250,000 are paid by the government [read: by taxpayers], for example.”
“In other words, insurance purchased through Obamacare’s government-run exchanges isn’t even full-fledged private insurance; rather, it’s a sort of private-public hybrid. Private insurance companies pay for costs below $45,000, then taxpayers generously pick up the tab—a tab that their president hasn’t ever bothered to tell them he has opened up on their behalf—for four-fifths of the next $200,000-plus worth of costs.” From ”Bailing Out Health Insurers and Helping Obamacare,” by Jeffrey H. Anderson, http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/bailing-out-health-insurers-and-helping-obamacare_774167.html, 1/13/2014
2 – A 5-part analysis of Common Core, its deceptions and pitfalls will be posted later this month on http://www.ohioconservativereview.com
3 – “The Problems with the Common Core, by Stan Karp, http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/28_02/28_02_karp.shtml, winter 2013/14