Who’s for the little guy?


By Daniel Gardner - Contributing Columnist



Most of my life I’ve heard that Democrats are the party for the “little guy,” and that Republicans are the party of “rich, old, white guys and corporations.” I believe Ronald Reagan said, “You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.” If that’s the case, nobody’s “for” the little guy!

Little guys made America great. Founding fathers crafted the Constitution in a way that would free little guys to do and become whatever they wanted if they worked hard enough and smart enough to accomplish their goals. America is blessed with hundreds of thousands of stories of little guys of all races and genders who have gone on to do great things “against the odds” in every field.

I’ve been reading Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.” According to D’Souza, Andrew Jackson was one of the leading political crooks of his day. That’s disappointing to me since I’ve always admired Old Hickory.

Nevertheless, D’Souza documents Jackson’s effectively stealing land from native Americans at rock bottom prices, then making huge profits reselling the land to white settlers. D’Souza estimated Jackson made more than $100 million in today’s dollars, thus becoming a rich, old, white guy.

In 2008 I read Amity Schlaes’ book, “The Forgotten Man,” documenting FDR’s progressive policies. Schlaes made an excellent case that by enlarging the federal bureaucracy FDR not only made things harder for the little guy — FDR’s forgotten man — but extended the Great Depression well beyond its natural economic lifecycle. Under FDR’s leadership only “rich, old, white guys and corporations” thrived. So much for the little guy.

After the latest Great Recession in 2008, Obama enlarged the federal bureaucracy even further, doubling our national debt to $20 TRILLION, and suppressing the natural lifecycle of the economic recovery to below 2-percent GDP. America came out of the Great Recession in June 2009.

We’ve endured a stagnant economy for seven years. And, guess who has benefitted most from Obama’s progressive economic policies? “Rich, old, white guys and corporations.” It’s time for a change.

Hillary is counting on millions of Americans who have become dependent on the federal government to continue voting for the little guy’s party. She’s planning to make the federal bureaucracy even bigger, raising taxes – yes, she’s campaigning on raising taxes – and essentially doubling down on Obama’s failed economic policies. We’ve been watching this movie for 8 years.

If Hillary’s elected, there will be no “twist.” Spoiler alert: we know what will happen.

In political terms “progressive” and “socialist” are synonymous. Bernie Sanders created a movement among the little guy’s party with his outright socialist promises. Young Democrats in particular are easily lured by socialism’s empty promises of equality and utopia for all.

History is replete with overwhelming evidence showing socialism’s failure in the Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, and most recently in Venezuela. Nevertheless, progressive media outlets refuse to cover atrocities created by socialism in the streets of our neighbor to the south. Why?

To be fair, both Democrats and Republicans have stuck it to the little guy. Establishment politicians in both parties are a main part of the problem in Washington. It’s past time for term limits. I hope term limits becomes an issue this year. It’s one of the few things in Washington that can help the little guy.

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By Daniel Gardner

Contributing Columnist

Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, Miss. He can be reached at PJandMe2@hotmail.com.

Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, Miss. He can be reached at PJandMe2@hotmail.com.

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