Tucker Carlson Slams Corporate America - 'Progressive Lunacy'


With Democrats having lost control of the presidency and Congress, and with their dominance of the judicial branch growing weaker, some on the left have turned to corporate America for assistance in forcing their progressive agenda on the American population in lieu of executive actions, judicial rulings or legislation.

The increasingly liberal tilt of major corporations in America came under fire by Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday’s program, and he held nothing back in ripping “activist corporate America” for soaking American taxpayers while funding and supporting leftist causes that are detrimental to the country, according to Breitbart.

Carlson called out the liberal billionaire owners of three major corporations and noted that while the owners lived a life of luxury, their low-paid workers were often living in near-poverty and required the assistance of welfare programs to help get by in life, a fact that would seemingly undermine the left’s claims that they support workers and despise rich business owners.

Carlson first set his sights on Amazon founder and The Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who is reportedly worth about $150 billion, a sum which makes him the richest man in the world and presumably would mean his employees are the highest-paid with the best benefits.

But alas — “A huge number of Amazon workers are so poorly paid, they qualify for federal welfare benefits. According to data from the nonprofit group New Food Economy, nearly one in three Amazon employees in Arizona, for example, was on food stamps last year,” said Carlson.

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“Jeff Bezos isn’t paying his workers enough to eat, so you made up the difference with your tax dollars. Next time you see Bezos, make sure he says thank you.”

“Same with the Waltons. The Walton family founded Walmart. Collectively they’re worth about $175 billion,” Carlson continued. “That’s more than the entire gross domestic product of Qatar, the oil-rich Gulf state. The Waltons could certainly afford to be generous with their workers. Instead, they count on you to take up the slack. In 2013, taxpayers sent more than $6 billion to Walmart’s workers, for food stamps, Medicaid, and housing assistance.”

Carlson then called out the owner of Uber, Travis Kalanick — a young man reportedly worth upwards of $5 billion — but whose drivers often earn less than minimum wage.

Some drivers even lose money while working for Uber.

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“That’s not a sustainable business model. The only reason it continues is because of your generosity,” Carlson said. “Because you’re paying the welfare benefits for Uber’s impoverished drivers, child billionaires like Travis get to keep buying bigger houses and more airplanes. He’s someone else who definitely owes you a thank you note.”

Carlson lamented that the corporate market system as it currently operates is unfair and “indefensible,” and explained, “Conservatives, like us, support the free market, and for good reason. Free markets work. But there’s nothing free about this market. A lot of these companies operate as monopolies. They hate markets. They use government regulation to crush competition.”

“There’s nothing conservative about that, just as there’s nothing conservative about most big corporations. Just the opposite. They’re the backbone of the left,” Carlson said. “Pick a left-wing cause that you think is hurting the country. Check the donor list, and you’ll find the name of some corporation, often many corporations. Corporate America enables the progressive lunacy you see every night on this show. They’re funding the revolution now in progress.”

Carlson suggested that prominent liberals rarely criticize the leftist billionaire owners of liberal-leaning corporations who are “soaking the middle class” because they have essentially been “paid off.” He pointed to the Walton’s of Walmart again, and noted that despite the fact their customer base is largely conservative, the Walton’s themselves mostly supported the Democrat nominee in 2016 and donated upwards of $700,000 to the Democrat Party in that cycle, same with most of the millionaires and billionaires in California’s ultra-wealthy Silicon Valley.

Ironically, Carlson noted that the one politician in Washington who was raising the alarm about this was socialist-leaning independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who Carlson characterized as “wrong on pretty much everything else. But this is a weird moment, so you take allies where you can find them.”

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Sanders has put forward legislation that would force major corporations to refund to taxpayers the taxpayer-funded benefits their workers received, though Carlson noted it wasn’t a “perfect solution” nor was it likely to be passed into law by Congress. He also pointed out that few liberals in Congress would support such legislation, as their loyalties lie with corporate owners instead of the American people.

“But at the very least it might awaken a sleepy population to the new reality of activist corporate America. And that’s a good thing,” Carlson said. He concluded by noting how much America has changed in recent years, and said, “A lot of people you thought were your allies are in fact working against your interests. They have contempt for you and your family, your customs and your faith. Included in this group, I’m sorry to say, are a lot of big corporations. They have no use for you or the country you grew up in. Stand in their way, and they’ll crush you.”

Sadly, Carlson is absolutely right about the leftward shift of corporate America and its subversive allegiance to the progressive cause, which is undermining and threatens to destroy the country and systems that allowed those corporations to become hugely successful in the first place.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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