Friday, October 4, 2013

Big Business Really Is Out to Screw the American People

People who believe that government is always wrong and businesses are always right are wrong.

That’s right. Ms. Conservative herself just said it, and I’ll say it again: Businesses aren’t always right.

Sorry Ayn Rand.

While it’s true that politicians are rarely correct, that doesn’t mean businesses are always the victims. Too many of our top-notch companies are in bed with Washington. They figured out long ago that the easy road runs through D.C., and they’ve shamelessly traveled that route, adding immensely to America’s problems as they go.

Take pharmaceutical giant Merck, which is laying off 8,500 employees on top of the 7,500 it already cut earlier this year. According to the Washington Examiner, that’s one out of every five workers.

Now I’m not saying that Merck doesn’t have the right to do exactly that. And I’m not even suggesting that it’s wrong to pursue different ways of protecting its profit.

However, it is wrong to then push Congress to soften America’s already excessively lax immigration policies in order to hire cheaper labor.

Merck isn’t the only one to pursue that course. Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, United Technologies, American Express, Procter & Gamble, T-Mobile, Archer-Daniels-Midland, Cigna, Texas Instruments and a whole slew of other big businesses signed their names to the same exact letter, which was sent to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last month.

These businesses have long been meddling in national affairs, schmoozing politicians of all political stripes in order to bend them to their will. They’ve encouraged Washington towards financial and moral bankruptcy by clamoring for legislative favors and special attention instead of pulling their own weight.

Please don’t think I’m defending D.C., because it's even more culpable than its big business backers.

All I’m saying is that big business has a fair share of blood on its hands too.

And apparently it’s looking to get dirtier going forward.

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