Republicans’ newest target? Big business

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Timothy D. Easley

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the media at a COVID vaccination site at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky., Monday, April 5, 2021.

MADISON, Wis. — Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell is threatening corporations that don’t support his party’s nationwide effort to curb voting rights with “consequences.”

Georgia Republicans have voted, in the Assembly, to strip Delta Airlines of fuel tax incentives because the company is unhappy with Georgia’s decision to make voting more difficult for many minority group residents.

Across the country Republican politicians are vowing to strip Major League Baseball of its anti-trust protections because the sports executives moved the All-Star game from Atlanta.

For a century, Republicans have been seen as the party of big business and big money. That was yesterday.

Now it seems to be an open question of who bought who.

Is big business beholden to Republicans for generations of tax breaks and corporate privilege? Or are Republicans beholden to big business for generations of contributions and lucrative post-politics jobs?

If I had money, I would place it on the side of big business because I don’t think the Republican threats are real.

McConnell is a toothless tiger. For years, he has maintained power by his ability to stop anything from happening – except for tax cuts aimed at enriching those who already have money.

That’s pretty much true of his entire party. Republicans have controlled Wisconsin’s legislature for a decade. Can you think of one positive thing they’ve done with that power?

I can think of a lot of positive things Tommy Thompson did with his power when he was governor. I guess by “positive” I mean things that arguably helped people who couldn’t return the favor.

Now that he’s head of the University of Wisconsin, he’s coming up with more positive ideas. But Republicans in general are now best known in Wisconsin for fighting measures aimed at keeping people from being killed by Covid-19.

The reason I’d bet on big business in a fight with nihilists is that corporations have to look to the future and determine what they must do to survive in a changing environment.

Voter suppression policies may work in the short run but are deadly in the long run.

This country looks different than it did even a few years ago. It will look more different tomorrow.

I don’t see McConnell changing that.