eloisel, on Oct 3 2005, 07:34 PM, said:
Now, as to why I believe the Democratic Party
to be anti-corporate:
"give away to corporate America"
"at the expense of the working people"
Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis - Democratic
Speech at the Boston Chamber of Commerce
“President Bush’s give-away-to-corporate-America environmental policies are pointed attacks on the middle-class. Under the Bush Administration, our nation’s most toxic waste sites are not being cleaned up.
Text of John Kerry's Acceptance Speech at the Democratic National Convention
And above all, don't forget the prime directive, the philosopher's stone, the alpha and omega, the answer to every question: never stop cutting taxes on the wealthiest individuals and the most powerful corporations, come hell or high water, in war as in peace, and in debt as well as in surplus.
Kerry Remarks at the UNITY 2004 Conference
And we're going to return to fiscal responsibility because it is the foundation of our economic strength. Our plan will cut the deficit in half in four years by ending tax giveaways that are nothing more than corporate welfare, and we will make government live by the rule that every family has to live by: Pay as you go.
Democrat Clark Targets U.S. Corporate Tax Shelters
That's why John Edwards and I intend to restore fiscal discipline, not only by rolling back the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, but by closing tax loopholes that are nothing more than corporate welfare, and by making government live by the same rules that most families in America try to live by: pay as you go. We will restore that to the American political system.
On The issues - Howard Dean on Tax Reform
Retired general Wesley Clark, on the rise in two recent polls of the Democratic presidential race, on Thursday vowed to end "corporate welfare" by cracking down on the shelters U.S. companies use to avoid taxes and increasing the penalties faced by offenders.
Pelosi: ‘Republican Corporate Tax Bill Uses Tax Dollars to Ship American Jobs Overseas’
End corporate welfare, close loopholes, pay fair share. (Jan 2004)
“This is a blatant example of corporate welfare, full of pork for the special interests. This is not, as the expression goes, “this little piggy goes to market.” This is the whole hog lot goes to the public trough. The oinking is so loud, the Republicans can’t even think straight. If you listen closely, you can hear those hogs oinking. Can you hear them?
Congressman Hilda L. Solis, Democrat
John Kerry - Democratic presidential hopeful
Wesley Clark - Democratic presidential hopeful
Howard Dean - Democratic Party Chairman
Nancy Pelosi - House Democratic Leader
Just bumping this post because it's astounding to me that these statements somehow support Delvo's contention that Democrats badmouth corporations all the time.
Specifically, some Democrats badmouth corporate abuse and corruption. But not nearly enough of them do, as far as I'm concerned.
And if you look past the phrases like "corporate welfare" and look further into the text of, say, Kerry's "Speech at the Boston Chamber of Commerce," then you see stuff like this:
I think it’s urgent that we put in place an economic strategy geared to the huge challenges to our competitiveness.
The obstacles to our competitiveness in the world's marketplace Kerry defines as underperformance of our education system in turning out citizens with the needed science, math, and technical skills; our indebtedness; dependence on foreign oil and lack of innovation in developing alternative energy sources; health care costs, which he says act as a tax on our businesses that their global competitors don't have
The bottom line is: a national budget should reflect your values and priorities, but the choices in our budget today have a dramatic negative impact on our nation’s ability to innovate and compete. This moment is screaming for focus on skills training and technical education. We should ease access to loans, venture capital and R&D. We need trade that protects intellectual property and levels the playing field. We need a tax code that rewards investment in American production and American workers. And instead of more tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, we must make the long-term investments that create wealth in America.
Even oil companies are acting: Chevron has declared the era of easy oil over and is touting conservation in their commercials. But Washington continues its blind obsession with oil, despite the inevitable economic repercussions. You can already see it in the automobile market, where we’re losing the race on hybrid vehicles. The global market for hybrids by one estimate will be 4.5 million units by 2013, perhaps $65 billion in the U.S. If we don't build them, someone else will, and they will take our market share and take our jobs.
It’s long since time to put America on the path towards energy independence. We can create tens of thousands of jobs by focusing America’s ingenuity on new technologies and alternative fuels. We need to create tax incentives that help automakers produce more fuel efficient cars, and reward the consumers who buy them. We must conserve energy and create clean, renewable sources of energy that no terrorist can sabotage and no foreign government can seize.
The stark reality for our economy is that by 2012, health care costs will account for 17.7% of our GDP and, expenditures will total $3.1 trillion. This is an incredible burden on our country – it amounts to a tax our competitors aren’t paying. GM’s health care costs now account for $1,400 per vehicle. Toyota recently put a major new plant in Canada, instead of the U.S because of healthcare costs.
The picture gets even bleaker for small businesses. Only 60 percent provide insurance - and that’s a decline from 69 percent just a year before. I am working on a compromise bill with Republican Senator Olympia Snowe that will fundamentally reform the health care system for small businesses and give them access to a more affordable range of options to care for their employees. We are in the final stages of drafting our proposal and look forward to bringing it to the Senate floor in the coming months. Maybe we can get something done.
Now it's true that he did say this:
If innovative policies are called for, simply dust off every ideological gimmick you can find: vouchers, sub-minimum wages, "ownership" initiatives, corporate subsidies and wholesale abandonment of environmental regulations. And above all, don't forget the prime directive, the philosopher's stone, the alpha and omega, the answer to every question: never stop cutting taxes on the wealthiest individuals and the most powerful corporations, come hell or high water, in war as in peace, and in debt as well as in surplus.
Well, here’s the reality: America simply cannot calmly accept the course we’re on without inviting devastating consequences.
And he was using the government's response to Katrina, which includes amazingly wasteful no-bid contracts to the usual politically-connected mega-corporations and has resulted to date in contracts to only about 6% of the local businesses in Alabama, Missippi, and Louisiana.
But it's a huge stretch to get from this that Kerry is anti-corporate or anti-business.
And I suspect that following the links on Dean and Pelosi would lead to similar conclusions. (I don't know anything about Hilda Whosists.) While they may speak out against corporate "welfare" and abuse, they also usually present alternative plans for incentives, increased competitiveness, etc. In fact, Eloisel, the economic development grants you work with are endorsed by most Democrats. So are enterprise zones, much touted by Clinton and centrist Democrats. They aren't "giveaways" but investments with a good return. In contrast, giving corporations tax incentives to offshore doesn't have a good return for taxpayers, not in the long-run because this is leading to a Wal-Mart economy: low prices and low wages in the face of rising health care and education costs.
Democrats just don't want to look the other way and ignore the apparent reality that merely giving corporations what they want in DC means that we are going to be a stronger, more competitive nation economically.