By John J. Duncan Jr.
In my focus column last week, I mentioned the last national news article written about my career in Congress.
Published in December of 2018 in news magazine The Week, it said: “He looked out for the interests of Main Street instead of Wall Street….”
I certainly tried to vote and speak out in that way because I believed for many years that this country has been and still is governed by a big government, big business duopoly.
The best one-sentence description of this was written by my fellow Focus columnist, Dr. Jim Ferguson, in the March 28th issue: “We are seeing a dangerous merger of crony capitalists, Tech Lords, and government agencies to suppress freedom.”
Then, on Tucker Carlson’s April 4th program, he reported that Parag Agrawal, who was made the CEO of Twitter a little over four months ago, said in 2020 that the company is “not to be bound by the First Amendment.”
Also, a little over 10 years ago, Agrawal once forwarded a comment made by a panelist on the Daily Show that “all white people are racists.”
Twitter is now one of our most powerful companies, especially in regard to free speech, and those two quotes show exactly what Dr. Ferguson meant when he wrote about the danger from our “Tech Lords.”
In my Focus column of Feb. 1, 2021, I wrote that President Biden “showed in his first days in office that he will be the president for wealthy liberal elitists and extremely big business men and women. He showed that the persona he claims of being for the ‘little guy’ is nothing but false campaign rhetoric.”
He did this by signing executive orders stopping President Trump’s order making drug prices cheaper and shutting down the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The first made Big Pharma happy and the second destroyed 11.000 good jobs and helped drive gas prices higher, make environmental radicals happy.
I predicted in that column written after Biden’s first week in office that “ultimately, this and other re-regulation efforts by the Biden Administration will drive gas prices back up.”
Another order that first week placed us back in the Paris Climate Agreement which would cost us big money, hurt small businesses, and give a competitive advantage to companies from China, India, and other developing nations.
With the far left, everything is about control. Big Business loves big government because it drives many small and medium sized companies out of business and most of the tax breaks, government contracts, and favorable regulatory rulings go to the big giants in any industry.
Unelected bureaucrats favor big business because it is easier to work with a few giants than hundreds of small businesses. Plus, the bigger government becomes it always means more money for the bureaucrats.
And the lobbyists get their biggest money from the biggest companies. The biggest companies all hire former high-level bureaucrats.
This is most obvious in the many retired admirals and generals hired by defense contractors, the so-called “revolving door” of the Pentagon.
The high levels of the Biden Administration are filled with former high-tech executives.
This cozy relationship between big government and big business has caused six or seven of the counties that surround Washington D.C. to be among the 10 wealthiest counties in the U.S.
The problem for the “little guy,” the average American, is that big government socialism works only for the elitists who control the government and the businesses who become partners with that government.
It wipes out the middle class. Big government means few at the top, many at the bottom. A small national government, such as we had in the 1950s, meant very few at the top, very few at the bottom, and the biggest middle class in the world.