Democrats: The Party of the Little Man?


I use that headline because an old friend of mine, a former union man, told me some years ago that he voted D for that reason. He has since awakened, but that fiction lives on in the minds of some people. I say it’s a lie.

Case in point: The news out of blue, blue IL.

As proof of the misguided, counterproductive policies of Illinois, Governor Quinn hiked corporate incomes taxes to bail out a state deep in fiscal trouble, (it did not and will not work), now grants corporations hefty incentives to not move to Texas.

The Chicago Tribune reports $100 million keeps Motorola Mobility in Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn put up more than $100 million in financial incentives to persuade smartphone company Motorola Mobility to keep its corporate headquarters in Libertyville — the largest package he has offered a company to date and a signal of how badly the state wants to hold on to high-tech jobs.

To persuade the maker of mobile devices and cable TV set-top boxes to stay, rather than move to California or Texas, state lawmakers sweetened terms of its tax-credit incentive program as it has for automakers, including Mitsubishi, and truck- and engine-manufacturers, including Navistar International Corp.

Navistar landed a $64.7 million package last year to keep its headquarters in Illinois, the second-largest deal during Quinn’s tenure.

The deal, announced Friday, breaks down to about $34,750 for each of the 3,000 jobs Motorola Mobility has agreed to retain, considerably more than the $15,000 to $20,000 per job that is more typical when the state awards tax credits to keep or attract businesses.

“We don’t want folks to leave,” Quinn said. “We want them to stay and grow with great companies like Motorola.”

Inane Actions Hurt Small Businesses Most

Note the silliness of Governor Quinn’s explanation. “We don’t want businesses to leave”.

If Quinn did not want corporations to leave, then why did he hike the corporate tax rate to an effective 9.5% thereby giving businesses a huge incentive to leave?

Who gets the tax? All businesses too small to purchase a waiver from their governmental overlords. If Mom and Pop’s donut shop only has 15 workers, you think the state of IL is going to give them a tax break? Let alone a tax break of $35,000 per employee?

The big boys? The companies who are large enough to put a head lock on Gov. Quinn and take his lunch money? No taxes for thee. The little guy? Taxed to oblivion. The party of the little man? I think not.

Next example: Black youth unemployment. Minority workforce employment levels are right at 50% now. Their employment numbers have been decreasing since the Democrats took control of Congress and increased the minimum wage. Walter Williams discusses it.

Call it the law of unintended consequences, but often times government policies that are intended to help people wind up hurting them in the long run.

That’s the case made by George Mason University conservative economist Walter E. Williams in his new book “Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?” On the Fox Business Network Wednesday Williams explained how minimum-wage laws prevent the employment of black teenagers.

“Many times we have a lot of economic policies that are based on intentions and I ask people to look at effects,” Williams said. “And the minimum-wage law is one of those policies that has a very, very harmful effects and you see the effects if you put yourself in the place of an employer and ask, ‘If I must pay $7.25 an hour to no matter whom I hire, which is minimum wage, does it pay me to hire a person who is so unfortunate that has skills that would only enable him to get $4 or 5 of worth of value an hour?’ And for most employers, they would see that as a losing economic proposition. So, the minimum-wage law has the effect of discriminating against the employment of low-skilled people and it happens that many, many of low-skilled people are black teenagers.”

He continues to point out that unions are the most vocal supporters of increasing the minimum wage, in spite of the fact that their members make wages far in excess of that amount. Why?

“Why should they be concerned about a $5 or $7 wage? It turns out the minimum-wage law helps eliminate some of the competition.

Watch the video here:

Host Charles Payne asked whether Williams was inferring that unions have been part of a “covert plan” to keep black people from getting the better paying jobs? Williams said yes.

“Well, they always have done that,” Williams said. “If you look at the justification for the David-Bacon Act, which is the federal minimum wage or super minimum-wage if you look at the legislative debate in 1931, unions were major supporters and they want to protect white workers from having to compete with black workers in construction.”

You have to remember, at the time of the first debates over the minimum wage, the South was still trying to recover from the devastation of the Civil War. The North had infrastructure but the South had cheap labor, so the South was able to lure business growth with their labor advantage. The Northern Congresscritters tried to make it sound like they were just looking out for the little man, but in real life, they were destroying the Southerners’ chance to market the only asset they had.

By their actions, they drove the South into the pits of a Great Depression from which they have still not completely recovered. And to make sure they never do, Congress continues their same policies, which sound good to vulnerable ears, but are destructive to the very people they purport to help.

Great Depression
Bud Fields and his family. Alabama. 1935 or 1936. Photographer: Walker Evans

And don’t try to tell me the Ds in Congress don’t know this. They are the Evil Party, we’re the Stupid one. Democrats in Congress are just keeping their plantation of poor, uneducated, hopeless people fully staffed.

And don’t even get me started on Democrats’ heroic efforts to prevent any and all educational system reforms. The teachers’ unions own them, lock, stock and barrel. There is no way they’re going to consider the needs of poor, inner city children when there are union dues to be harvested.

The Party of the Little Man my ass.

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Queen Hotchibobo
I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and I grew up in a house on Saginaw Bay. My daddy was a poor, hardworking Saginaw fisherman. Too many times he came home with too little pay.

Naw, not really, but it sounds more interesting than the real bio, so there you are.
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May 13, 2011 5:54 am

Super story. Those who lived thru the Depression gave FDR all the credit, never knowing he strung it out almost 10 years just to put Big Government in place. But he and his party was the party of the “Little guy”. The truth is out. Thanks

May 13, 2011 10:20 am

Super job Hotchibobo. The Donks are the party of the plantation state and Crony capitalism.

Get out of the way Donks and turn the people loose!

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May 13, 2011 10:30 am

Love this article, Queenie! The poverty pimps and social justice hustlers have had the podium far too long. Between His Lieness and his handmaiden, Big Union, the little man is being evaporated one regulation and tax at a time.

May 13, 2011 11:24 am

What excellent points to make, Queen Hotchibobo. I have friends who also wish to keep believing that old canard about the Dem Party being all for the little guy. While the GOP is all about nothing but rich folks and big business. But when I asked the few I still speak to “Who employs you? Poor people? People with no business?”, they are left stammering. When I ask them how come so many Wall Street types and billionaires contributed to and supported Obama’s election, they are equally at a loss for an answer that makes any sense. One of them… Read more »

May 13, 2011 1:17 pm

Well done Queenie.

May 13, 2011 5:01 pm

Good work Queen! And still they shriek ‘tax cuts for the rich’, never answering the question ‘have you ever been hired by a poor person?’

May 14, 2011 8:18 pm

I wonder if the Democrats ever considered the “Little Man” would end up being “President Little Man”? Just how little” man” do they want in their leaders?