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Senator Marco Rubio published an important Op-Ed Monday titled, “Corporations that undermine American values don’t deserve GOP support.” I read it in the NY Post but it may be syndicated elsewhere. We have been seeing an astonishing change in the mindset of corporations over the last 20-plus years. For most of the previous century, corporations tried to remain politically neutral, and if anything they leaned to the right. Rubio starts with that premise:
“What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” This was a defining American adage in the last century, because it was true: US corporations helped to make our country the most prosperous in the history of the world. But with the profits came a corporate duty to care for the strength of the nation and its citizens.
But something has changed in the last couple of decades. Rubio identifies two trends, both of which stem from an internationalist perspective on the part of the CEOs. “It became trendy for executives to view themselves as ‘citizens of the world.’ Love of country, free speech and traditional faith and other bedrock American ideals became unfashionable.”
The two trends are insidious. First, the corporations offload what used to be American jobs to other countries, especially China. Second, they criticize the American public who hold traditional views, support every woke endeavor, and get involved in legislation they don’t agree with. I’m only summarizing. You’ll have to read the entire article.
But Rubio puts these CEOs on notice:
As our corporate leaders care less and less about the strength of our nation, the policy advice they give lawmakers makes less and less sense for our country.
Cutting corporate taxes, and especially investment taxes, makes sense if US companies are going to invest in American industry. But if they’re instead prioritizing offshoring operations or simply returning windfalls to shareholders, then policymakers are going to start being more careful in how we structure tax cuts.
I completely agree with Senator Rubio. For most of my conservative life I have supported business in general. That impulse needs to be tamed. These CEOs have become internationalist sophisticates and do not have the American people as part of their interest. Sure, corporate interests are not always in harmony with every national interest, but they shouldn’t be in opposition to American interests.Published in