Government is not the enemy of small business, as the Republican candidates for office would have you believe. Government subsidizes the cost of labor even as it requires businesses to pay a minimum wage. Today on Cape Cod, most minimum wage earners also receive food stamps, housing assistance, subsidized healthcare, and or free job training. All of which supplements the wages businesses pay.
The biggest abusers of the minimum wage and the accompanying subsidies however, are big businesses; the ones with many employees, in big box or chain stores. They are more likely to offer lower wages and fewer hours; and of course no benefits. Big business’s employees consume the greatest amount of government subsidies.
Big business is the enemy of small business. Big business is small business’s competition. This is who they fear when they come to town; not the government, big or otherwise. Next time you hear a Republican candidate like John Chapman tell you that he’s going to get government off small businesses back, you might ask, “Who then will protect them from big business?”
It’s unfortunate that otherwise smart men and women resort to following a playbook set out by a political party with a national agenda of enriching the few, using code words like Obamacare or dog whistles like “illegal immigration”. John Chapman, Republican candidate for Congress, adds nothing, parroting only the party line in return for enough campaign funding to be viable if not competitive.
New to the district, Chapman lives between Brookline and Chatham, he seeks to tap into the Cape’s reservoir of conservative voters, compared to the rest of the state. Scott Brown and Gabrielle Gomez did well here. However, this will not translate into success for John Chapman. Both of those candidates still lost to the likes of Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey. Unlike the other two Republicans, Chapman has to run against someone who lives in the district.
There is nothing that John Chapman offers the conversation that hasn’t already been rebutted before, while attempting to gain favor with disingenuous promises like “I will not allow Congress to vote themselves another pay raise if elected”. Not only will he vote with the Republican majority if they deem it possible to vote themselves a raise, Chapman will accept the pay gladly.
We endorse Keating for Congress
Bill Keating, the incumbent Democrat, has been a stalwart for issues that drive Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts, jobs, housing, healthcare, and the environment. As well at the national issues that we send a Congressman to Washington for, national and economic security. Keating supports raising the minimum wage. Chapman does not. Keating supports Cape Wind. Chapman supports the Keystone Pipeline.
Whether he is voting to protect the environment from climate change that may extinguish the Cape, or to protect the fisheries and fishing families from extinction, Bill Keating brings credibility to the table. When our government was less than forthcoming on national security questions, like airport security, sharing of intelligence information, or even the safety of nuclear power plants, Bill Keating, ever the prosecutor, ferreted out the answers for himself.
Now it’s our turn to help our Congressman put those answers into action and hold the government accountable. Not let them off the hook, as the Republicans would.