One of the amusing aspects of Republican politicians issuing empty threats against corporations who have released statements against their vote suppression efforts is that it’s compelled them to admit that they have always been the uncritical servants of corporate interests:
Yes, you read that right. The Republican posture toward corporations that betray the public trust, Cruz admits, is usually to shrug it off and praise them as job creators. Even corporations that, by Cruz’s account, cheat on their taxes and get unjustified handouts from Congress!
This next passage is even more incredible. Cruz confesses that he accepted millions of dollars of cash from firms, in return for allowing them to attack American values and destroy American jobs:In my nine years in the Senate, I’ve received $2.6 million in contributions from corporate political-action committees. Starting today, I no longer accept money from any corporate PAC. I urge my GOP colleagues at all levels to do the same.
“For too long, Republicans have allowed the left and their big-business allies to attack our values with no response. We’ve allowed them to ship jobs overseas, attack gun rights, and destroy our energy companies.”
I am not exactly a fan of the modern Republican Party, and even I think it’s a little unfair and reductive to accuse them of allowing firms to destroy American jobs simply so they can vacuum up campaign donations. But Cruz is confessing to this. Not on a secretly recorded conversation. In public!
Corporations had better watch it, or Cruz, Hawley and Cotton will have to issue another sternly-worded op-ed before voting against raising their taxes! (By the way, where is all that anti-Wall Street legislation Greenwald assured us that Cruz would propose? MSDNC is probably refusing to tell you the truth about it to protect AOC for daring to question his good faith.)
Anyway, the this remains the best description of the actual position of the Republican Party towards corporate interests:
“I’m not talking about political contributions,” McConnell said during a stop at a Kentucky health clinic Tuesday. “I’m talking about taking a position on a highly incendiary issue like this and punishing a community or a state because you don’t like a particular law they passed. I just think it’s stupid.”
Admittedly, in some cases a Republican who thinks they have a safe seat may ask you to support them solely through unlimited “independent” expenditures instead so that they will continue to keep your taxes and regulatory burden low. Tough life!