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April 10, 2021

What We’re Standing For

What We’re Standing For

Standing up to the corporate mob 

Quick summary: Woke corporations have become the new liberal mob. Big companies are caving to pressure from the far-left and trying to bully legislators to do the same.

What happened? Last month, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA) signed an election integrity bill that helps protect elections from fraud and expands voting options. Liberal activists called the bill “racist” and a “blatant attack” on voting rights—even though Georgia elections are less restrictive than elections in many blue states. Corporate CEOs quickly denounced the bill, and the woke crusade came to a climax when Major League Baseball took Joe Biden’s advice and pulled its summer All-Star Game from Atlanta.

What else do you need to know? Conservatives quickly called out the MLB, Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, and other companies for their virtue signaling and blatant hypocrisy. 

  • The MLB announced its Georgia boycott the same week it signed a deal with a technology firm backed by the Chinese Communist Party. 
  • Delta spoke out against Georgia’s law after the company had initially bragged about the role it played in crafting the bill. 
  • Coca-Cola is one of the major sponsors of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing—where elections don’t exist and the government is committing genocide against its own people.
  • MLB headquarters is housed in New York, a state that limits absentee voting and has fewer early voting days than Georgia. 

Why is this bad? More than a year ago, Nikki Haley warned about the danger of big businesses exerting their influence in politics: “If companies jump into politics, we’ll get more corruption, more collusion, and more corporate welfare, not less .… Businesses should stick to business.” She’s right. 

The American people elect representatives and senators—not CEOs—to represent them and protect their interests. Corporations are using the power of their size to browbeat lawmakers and subvert the will of the people. This is not the first or the last time we will see this kind of corporate activism. Major corporations are facing intense pressure to denounce election legislation in Texas and Arizona, and surely others will follow. 

What can we do? Conservatives are fighting back. Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC) is drafting legislation to remove the MLB’s federal antitrust exemption. Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) turned down an invitation to throw the first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ game. The Georgia state House passed a bill to strip Delta of beneficial tax breaks it has long enjoyed. 

Ultimately, the best thing we can do is to not be silent. Corporations will continue to cave to the left because it’s the path of least resistance, at least until conservatives start resisting.

→ Read more: Not business as usual: Corporate America turns away from GOP (Washington Examiner)

→ Read more: CEOs’ selective virtue signaling (Wall Street Journal)

what we’re standing against

Biden’s fake infrastructure bill

Quick summary: President Joe Biden proposed a $2.25 trillion infrastructure bill that is almost entirely devoid of … well, infrastructure. Less than 6% of the bill’s funds would be spent on bridges, highways, and roads that need repair. The bulk of the bill funds far-left projects like Green New Deal policies and union bailouts

What else do you need to know? Democrats are redefining “infrastructure” to mean almost any liberal pet issue. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) tweeted: “Paid leave is infrastructure. Child care is infrastructure. Caregiving is infrastructure.”

Biden’s fake infrastructure bill

What’s in the bill? 

  • Green New Deal funding: The bill allocates more money for electric vehicles ($174 billion) than roads and bridges ($115 billion).
  • More funding for things that aren’t infrastructure: If passed, the bill would dish out hundreds of billions for corporate giveaways, social welfare ($400 billion to expand Medicaid), a “Civilian Climate Corps,” and more.
  • Tax increases: Biden’s bill would increase the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%—making America’s businesses much less competitive than other countries. (Communist China’s business tax rate, for the record, is 25%.)
  • Union bailouts: The bill endorses the Democrats’ PRO Act, which would overrule right-to-work laws in 27 states and force workers to join unions against their will.

How will the bill impact Americans? If the Democrats pass Biden’s bill, America’s workers and businesses will suffer. 

  • Tax hikes kill jobs, lower wages, hurt competition, discourage investment in American companies, and would slow down our economic recovery. 
  • The PRO Act eviscerates workers’ rights and forces workers to pay union dues that can be funneled into political activities—like donating to Planned Parenthood and the Clinton Foundation
  • With the largest price tag in American history, the bill would balloon our national debt even further, which will hurt our economy long-term, and result in even more tax increases or inflation. 

Will it pass? That’s a tough question. In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) can only afford to lose two votes at the moment due to vacancies … In the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) plans to use the budget reconciliation process to jam the bill through with only 51 votes instead of 60. The problem? Not all Democrats are on board. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) already balked at massive taxes on businesses, saying the bill “needs to be changed.” 

What are people saying?

  • Republicans have rightly called out Biden’s infrastructure package as a “big mistake,” a “partisan proposal” that would “burden the American economy,” and a “wrong turn down a dead-end street.” 
  • The White House is still saying there is a “bipartisan path forward” on infrastructure, but no one is buying it. Chuck Schumer appears to have the green light to pass the bill on a party-line vote, and other Democrats are eager to go along

→ Read more: Biden’s unnecessary infrastructure binge (National Review)

→ Read more: Biden’s infrastructure proposal is another unaffordable gift to the education establishment (Heritage Foundation)