Beware the Two Headed Monster… That Blurred Corrupt Line Between Big Government and Big Business
When someone suggested to me recently that the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the Tea Party had something in common, my initial response was “No way”! Tea Party Patriots are, well, patriotic. They love their country. They don’t disrespect law enforcement by defecating on police cars. They are well informed, and their complaints are specific and well articulated. Profligate spending, and an oversized and oppressive government are anathema to the Tea Party.
The Occupy Wall Street minions, on the other hand, are perceived by many Conservatives as lazy, misguided, entitlement driven malcontents with a nebulous agenda, and no clearly articulated goals. Big business was the problem, in their eyes, and big government the solution.
I couldn’t see how they could be any more different. The Tea Party opposes big government and OWS opposes big business. The line, however, between the government and the corporate world has become increasingly blurred. There is no longer a clear distinction between big government and big business because they have evolved into a unified entity. Where they were once distinctly separate organisms in a symbiotic relationship, they now behave like two heads of the same monster. Corporations depend on the government for corporate welfare, bailouts, and favorable regulations. The government depends on big business for tax revenues and campaign contributions. They are completely dependant upon, and beholden to, one another.
Although We the People elect those who run the government, it is really the lobbyists who represent business and special interest groups that pull the strings in Washington. Lobbyists dangle money in front of politicians like a carrot in front of a donkey. They manipulate and coerce our representatives into doing their bidding. As a result, government crafts legislation favorable to the highest bidder, and that is usually to the detriment of We the People. It seems the government and big business are the two faces of evil that rule the world.
For example, big banks make bad decisions and risky loans. Government grants them bailouts and tax write-offs. College students, however, are not permitted the same leniency in discharging their debt as banks are, despite the fact that the economy is in such bad shape that graduates cannot find jobs where they can support themselves and pay off their loan debts. To add insult to injury, young people are herded onto college campuses like sheep, encouraged by easy money in the form of student loans, and the admonishment that they will never be successful if they do not obtain a degree. When they graduate, they get a degree, a large debt to pay, and the daunting task of finding employment. Essentially, banks get a pass, but regular folks are expected to honor their obligations regardless of extenuating circumstances.
Another example of this corporate-government collusion is the relationship between President Obama and the CEO of General Electric, Jeffrey Immelt. GE dodges corporate taxes with impunity by holding $108 Billion dollars in profits overseas. As a manufacturer of solar panels, GE has profited from Obama’s Green Energy initiatives. The most pivotal moment for Immelt, however was his appointment as Obama’s Jobs Czar.
In return, NBC news, which is owned by General Electric, is known to spin news stories in a way that is favorable to Obama. Having a pro Obama news organization to protect the president’s image very beneficial. If you control the media, you control the message.
The two headed monster benefits from the fact that OWS and the Tea Party have failed to recognize its virulent dichotomy. If they were to realize that big business and big government are two faces of the same oppressive evil, and that they may therefore have some common ground in their crusades, it could spell trouble for the powers that be. As long as these movements remain stubbornly myopic and denigrate one another as “Occutards” and “tea baggers”, they may never realize that they are resisting the same evil. The difference is that one group names their nemesis “big business” and the other calls it “big government”. Yet they are the same oppressive taskmaster. If OWS and the Tea Party have little else in common, they do at least share a common enemy. The ultimate irony is that which divides us is the perception of our enemy, and perception is everything.