The Government Party
The Democratic party is no longer the defender of “the little guy.”

New Jersey public employee union members rally in Trenton, June 20, 2011.


The Democratic party portrays itself as the defender of the little guy, righteously battling corporate America and other powerful villains. Its appeals used to have a wide resonance, even among some members of my own family. But underneath the rhetoric and media spin, the Democratic party has emerged today as a vociferous protector of three entrenched and powerful groups — Big Business, Big Government (specifically, public-employee unions), and the radical Left — that pursue their own narrow interests at the expense of everyday Americans.

In fact, the name “Democratic” is no longer accurate; the party is now better described as the Government party. Increasingly uninterested in its own stated ideals, the party has as its main function using the government to perpetuate and expand its own power and that of its three dominant backers. This effort, in large part, is funded by mandatory public-employee-union dues — taxpayer money that is taken from union members’ paychecks and given to the unions, which use these huge sums to support the election of more members of the Government party.

In view of its theatrical denunciations of Wall Street and greedy corporations, it may be hard to believe that the Government party is the party of Big Business. Yet under various guises — “stimulus,” “green initiatives,” and “bailouts,” to name a few — the Obama administration and its allies in Congress have poured tens of billions of dollars into corporate America’s coffers. A congressional report even found that billions of dollars in green-energy stimulus funds were given to foreign firms. While Democrats used to denounce this sort of thing as corporate welfare, such payments are now a natural result of the party’s belief that the economy needs to be “managed” by government experts.

Aside from receiving direct government subsidies and loan guarantees, corporations are among the biggest beneficiaries of the Government party’s intrusive mandates and regulations. For example, President Obama advertised Obamacare as a blow against big health insurers, but those very companies will reap tens of billions of dollars a year once the Obamacare mandate forces millions of reluctant Americans to buy their policies. Indeed, throughout the health-care industry, Obamacare will benefit the biggest companies at the expense of smaller competitors.

That’s a common effect of Government-party regulations; with their giant bank accounts and armies of lobbyists, corporations can influence legislation to achieve that outcome. Not every big business wants to play this game, but they all know how easily the government can craft regulations to hurt defiant companies. In other words, if a business is not at the government’s table, it’ll be on the menu.

Public-employee unions are another major beneficiary of the Government party. As the private economy limps along, unionized public employees have emerged as a gilded class that reaps health-care benefits, job security, and pensions at levels rarely found among the struggling private-sector workers who pay their salaries. Dependent on the unions’ political donations and electioneering, the Government party bitterly resists efforts to scale back union members’ lavish perks, even as these enormous expenses ravage state budgets and force spending cuts in other programs. In Wisconsin, Government-party legislators launched a scorched-earth policy against proposed reforms, fleeing the state en masse in a failed effort to block the legislation. Government-party adherents, including President Obama himself, also denounce right-to-work laws, which simply afford employees the choice of whether or not to join a union and contribute dues.

The radical Left is the final component of the Government party’s trinity. Green groups and other left-wing organizations, largely led by rich elites in big cities, back the party in exchange for its support for their agenda and its funneling of taxpayer money to them. In California, these elites exploit the system to protect and augment their own wealth, which allows them to survive the economic damage their policies do to the state. This damage, conveniently, ensures that there will be a permanent group of menial laborers to serve them. And the government’s high-speed-rail scheme will mean that the elites can be served by members of this government-created underclass without having to live in proximity to them.

Under Government-party rule, there is a distinct stratum of winners — unionized car makers, banks and other financial institutions deemed “too big to fail,” money-losing “clean energy” firms, Government-party leaders, union bosses, radical environmental groups, and politically connected corporations. The winners tend to be those who crave power, and in states like California they have accumulated nearly absolute power for the Government party.

But there’s an even bigger group of losers. Topping that list is small businesses, which lack the money and the lobbyists that their bigger competitors use to influence legislation. Another loser is blue-collar workers, whose hours are being cut and whose jobs are being eliminated as firms downsize in order to avoid Obamacare’s employer mandate.