When will liberals stop falsely claiming to be battling Big Business? 

Change.org is telling its supporters, “Stalling climate and energy legislation would be a big win for oil companies like BP, but a huge loss for the rest of us.” The problem, as Iain Murray points out at our Opinion Zone blog, and as I’ve written about repeatedly, BP supports the pending climate and energy legislation, and stands to profit from it.

But Change.org’s false claim is an easy one to make if you believe that Big Business always hates regulation. It’s the sort of claim Democrats — including our President — have been making falsely for the entirety of the Obama administration. It also looks like it will be the Democrats’ message for 2010 and beyond.

Here are some highlights of Democrats and liberals rolling out the Big Lie in the face of confirmable facts to the contrary:

  • President Obama claimed he signed a tobacco regulation into law despite “despite decades of lobbying and advertising by the tobacco industry,” but Philip Morris — which controls a majority of the U.S. cigarette market and spends more on lobbying than the rest of the industry combined – had supported the bill for more than a decade.
  • Obama lauded the Senate for “standing up to the special interests” by passing the health-care bill, even though drug lobby PhRMA — the largest single-industry lobby in the country, leading the industry that outspent every other on lobbying — endorsed the bill, as did the other biggest health-sector industry groups.
  • Getting more specific and more demonstrably false than Obama, Washington Post liberal columnist Katrina vanden Heuvel wrote “Missouri’s Roy Blunt, among others, stood with the insurance and drug companies against health-care reform.”

There are plenty more examples, but you get the idea. Many folks on the Left are either serially ignorant of who their allies are, or perfectly willing to be dishonest about it.

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