July 1, 2010 Leave a comment
Why not coin a new word for the Republicans excessive love of corporations. It’s really pretty ridiculous. It’s from a while back, but Kevin Drum has a nice summary of some of the ridiculous statements made in support of BP (and it’s not just Joe Barton). When one considers just how irresponsible BP has been, the Republican fealty to their corporate overlords is unreal (and ultimately, I think should hurt them). Here’s a nice post from ThinkProgress on Oklahoma’s Republican gubernatorial candidate on this:
Instead of placing blame on BP for the massive environmental and economic disaster that it has caused in the Gulf of Mexico, Brogdon claimed that government is “the problem” and that the spill is a “perfect example of why government should never be involved in the private sector”…
Of course, BP’s oil disaster may have resulted from too little — not too much — government involvement. Although the exact cause of the disaster is still unknown, there is a growing mountain of evidence that suggests BP’s own corporate negligence, combined with Bush-era regulators turning a blind eye to safety violations, are what created the environment that led to the oil spill.
It would be interesting to know exactly what Brogdon means by saying the oil disaster proves that the government should “never” be involved in the private sector. Does Brodgon believe, for example, that BP’s malfeasance should end government regulation of child labor, the minimum wage, food and drug safety, and airline travel?
In truth, the Republican opposition to cap and trade actually fits this theme. Cap and Trade is a market-based solution. But, the Republican party has shown itself time and time again, not to be pro- free market, but pro-corporation/pro- big business. There’s a big difference. Here’s Jonathan Chait on their latest intellectual incoherence:
The Democratic position in this debate is to establish a price on carbon and let the market find the most efficient way to provide clean energy alternatives. The Republican position is to have the government determine which technologies and industries should provide clean energy, and subsidize them. It can’t stand up to any economic scrutiny. But it suits GOP needs by avoiding a direct tax, and allowing the party to directly subsidize favored industries like nuclear power that would otherwise have to compete on even terms.
There’s a lot to be said for being pro-market. I truly wish the Republicans were, because I think that’s a very useful counterpoint in American politics. Alas, I don’t think there’s a lot to be said for being pro-big business.