A Guide to the Big Three Democratic Party Special Interests

A Guide to the Big Three Democratic Party Special Interests

Photo: AP

The Democratic presidential candidates railed against Republican special interests on Tuesday evening. But while the GOP is far from perfect, Democrats should have a little humility. Consider how three top Democratic special interests hurt the American people.

1

Union Bosses

National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks in Portland, Ore., Monday, May 18, 2015, about the organization's concerns over the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty that President Obama is pushing. Trumka's visit comes as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on so-called fast-track legislation that would let Obama pursue the 12-nation trade deal.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

(AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka | Photo: AP)

What do they do for Democrats?

They raise money on a massive scale. Just consider the fundraising charts. Enabled by archaic rules that allow union bosses to coerce workers into donating to political campaigns, folks like Richard Trumka are Democratic Party kingmakers. Just look at Hillary Clinton’s flip-flopping on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal: she was for the deal as secretary of state, but today in a Democratic primary, opposes it.

What do Union Bosses get in return? Why is it a problem?

First, they get political protection against common-sense reforms to check their power. The bosses also receive Democratic advocacy towards massive, wasteful government spending programs. Infrastructure spending, for example, disproportionately benefits inefficient unions. Taxpayers are also hit with unaffordable government outlays for spending on pensions (union pensions are bankrupting California and Illinois), and other contracts. But this obstinacy doesn’t just hurt businesses and those looking for employment opportunities; it hurts the most vulnerable. Contemplate the negative impact of the teachers’ union in Philadelphia, for example.

2

Celebrity multi-millionaires and billionaires

Tom Steyer

(Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer | Photo: AP)

What do they do for Democrats?

Centered primarily in Los Angeles and New York, celebrity liberals remain a powerful force of influence on the Democratic Party. Flush with money, good intentions, abundant arrogance and absent knowledge, these individuals like to throw money at liberal policies. There’s George Soros, who funds Democrats across the country in support of a European Union-style social welfare state (he’s backing Hillary Clinton). There’s Tom Steyer, who wants to destroy America’s job-boom energy revolution in favor of a green-energy Ponzi scheme. Then there are the Hollywood celebrities who like to throw money around in order to massage each other’s moral egos.

What do these celebrities get in return? Why is it a problem?

They get politicians pursuing pet-projects dear to their hearts. The problem with this narrow-issue advocacy is that it disrupts the public interest. The unemployed father or mother with two kids cares about getting a job. If they can get a well-paying job in an energy company, they don’t want to learn that the job is no longer available because a billionaire is trying to impress his friends at a catered dinner party in Malibu.

3

Trial Lawyers

Democratic Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley speaks to supporters during a campaign stop, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Ottumwa, Iowa. Braley is running against Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst for the U.S. Senate seat of Tom Harkin, who is not seeking reelection. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Trial lawyer and failed Senate candidate Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) | Photo: AP)

What do they do for Democrats?

They raise lots of money. And as lawyers, they have disproportionate influence over the functions of government. According to fundraising records, after unions and Tom Steyer’s company, the American Association of Justice, a trial lawyer advocacy group, is the largest organizational donor to the Democratic Party.

What do they get in return? Why is it a problem?

For a start, they get ever more regulations from which to spark lawsuits. As an extension, trial lawyers obstruct reforms to America’s truly ludicrous tort-law system. As someone who went to law school, I can attest that, with a few exceptions, trial lawyers have little regard for justice. Instead, they worship at the altar of perpetual litigation and the money such litigation earns them. Consider the origins of Obamacare. Although President Obama claimed his landmark law would serve the public interest, it included no reforms to medical-malpractice lawsuits. This proved that when it comes to the most defining questions of the Democratic Party and morality, the trial lawyers get to arbitrate. Had President Obama reformed tort law, doctors’ insurance premiums would decrease and patients would thus have access to more affordable and efficient care. The problem with trial lawyers runs deeper still. They use litigation to intimidate businesses into settlement payouts. After all, trial lawyers know that many businesses will pay hefty out-of-court sums to long and unpredictable civil cases. And remember, these costs are transferred us: the consumers.

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Conclusion? If you think special interests are a Republican problem, think again.

Tom Rogan is a contributor for Opportunity Lives and writes for National Review. He is a panelist on The McLaughlin Group and a fellow at the Steamboat Institute. Follow him on Twitter @TomRtweets.