My blog Jimspolitcs.com, subtitled Politics & Prosperity is based on a lifetime of studying the outcome of economic policies mostly in the U.S. but also the 180 countries where we have good information.
The blog assumes the struggle for power is a basic human drive, and that power is its own reward. A proof of this philosophical position is that we rarely find a CEO of a large corporation over the age 70, but it is not difficult to find elected officials in their late 80’s and even the early 90’s. In the U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd and a Federal Supreme Court Justice worked in to their early 90’s.
The first time I began to suspect the U.S. democratic party was using government power to suppress per capita income was in studying the TV and VCR business in the middle 1960’s at that time U.S. corporations had invented both the TV and VCR, and they were being manufactured in Ohio and Indiana and other mostly Republican states.
When Japan and South Korea began to flood the market, the governors went to the Democratic controlled Federal government for help in protecting manufacturing jobs. The leadership of the Democratic Party provided no protection for these jobs.
I believe the reasoning was if we help Republican states it will be harder to win the Presidency. So began a long deterioration in the U.S. manufacturing industry resulting in the Democratic Party carrying Ohio and other formerly wealthy manufacturing states in the 2012 Presidential election. In fact I believe the very narrow win by Mr. Obama was the direct result of the Democratic Party’s anti-business policies beginning shortly after the Democratic losses in the 1952 and 1956 Presidential elections.
The 1960 Democratic win by Mr. Kennedy was also very narrow with Kennedy losing many of the industrial states. After the 1968 and 1972 Presidential elections the entire liberal community saw prosperity was their political enemy. A host of environmental groups were founded after Mr. Nixon carried 49 states in 1972.
I believe at least 80% of the environmental movement subsequent to 1972 are devoted Democrats using the environmental movement to suppress economic growth. Lower income lower asset people are more likely to vote Democrat.
Also, the feminist movement is in part suspect because much of the Literature was written after the 1952 and 1956 Democratic defeats. In the FDR and Truman years the Democratic Party was perfectly happy with the policies that prevented women from CEO and other high positions. As soon as the Democrats saw women voting slightly Democratic they rediscovered the feminist movement big time.
In fact after the 19th amendment was passed many Democrats thought they would win more elections, but the women wisely voted Republican causing many tears for the Democratic party leadership.