One of America's leading authorities on technology and telecom policy, Motley is a writer, television and radio commentator, political and policy strategist, lecturer, debater, activist, and policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.
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Look, we get why Democrats want to use the giant-ness of the federal government to punish their enemies and reward their friends. Crony Socialism is in their ideological DNA. And they grow government as huge as possible – to then have the largest possible weapon to wield.
But why would Republicans help them with any of this? They are (allegedly) the Less Government Party. The side representing the Little Guys against the Bigs – Big Government and Big Cronyism. As the late, inordinately great Ronald Reagan observed:
You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.
But more and more Republicans look less and less like what they pledge to be.
The examples are now, sadly, myriad. To cite but one huge one: There are 93+ million Little Guys out of the U.S. workforce. Unable to find a gig – or out so long and so discouraged that they have given up even looking.
Why then are so many Republicans joining with Big Government Democrats in calling for amnesty for 11-20 million (or more) illegal aliens – here taking jobs and driving down wages? Because Republican-dictating Big Cronies like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce want it.
Big Government means Big Cronies trump the Little Guys.
And so it is yet again – with Republicans bizarrely leading the charge.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman and chief sponsor of the Innovation Act Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) praised today’s Committee vote.
With this, Republicans are helping perhaps the biggest Big Crony of them all. A Crony that has almost always sided – with Democrats. It’s mega-company Google – and they are licking their chops.
Posted by Michelle Lee, Head of Patents and Patent Strategy.
Michelle Lee – that name sounds familiar….
Of course. Why did President Barack Obama have Lee and Google so exquisitely positioned at the forefront of his mind?
Search giant averages a White House meeting a week during Obama administration.
Of course. All of which certainly helps explain this:
Google has been of massive assistance – to President Obama.
Google has been of massive assistance – to Democrats.
So why on Earth are Congressional Republicans leading the charge to help Democrat Big Crony Google?
Google’s Political Action Committee (PAC) donated 55% of its money to Republican candidates between July and October (2010), The Hill reports. (Democrats got the rest.)
This is a big change: In the previous filing on Google’s donations, Democrats got 58% of the money.
Google has upped their Republican donations – all they way to Democrat parity. And presto – we now miraculously have this bipartisan, terribly bad, Big Government patent “reform” bill. That Big Crony Google loves.
Who doesn’t love it? The Little Guys.
Patent reform will give too much power to big companies….
I think Google qualifies as a “big company.” Don’t you?
So on whose side will Republicans be?
The biggest Big Government Big Cronies of them all? Or the Little Guys?