Monday, October 26, 2009

The US Chamber of Commerce Is Our Enemy.

The White House has taken on the US Chamber of Commerce and with very good reason; it's an enemy of the United States of America and everything this country stands. The Chamber is the biggest lobbying operation in the US, spending billions of dollars to ensure the rights of big business and huge corporations over the rights of individuals and small business. At a time when unemployment rates are at an all time high, we can't afford to allow this monstrosity to continue to work against the interests of the American people and small business, the engine that drives job creation.

Under Chamber President Tom Donohue,

"the chamber transformed. Its annual budget quadrupled in a few years to $200 million today. And it became more aggressive politically, developing such a fearsome reputation that Rahm Emanuel, now the White House chief of staff, told a reporter in 2006 that the group worried him more than the Republican Party did."
Currently, the Chamber is spending more than $100 million to defeat initiatives to protect the environment and provide affordable health care to everyone.

Not only that, the Chamber has deliberately lied, and portrayed the Washington Post as backing a candidate in the North Virginia race for governor, when, in fact, The Post skewered this candidate's "plan, both in that editorial and in a half-dozen others since then, as a sham whose torrent of words tries to mask the fact that it would produce little new money for roads -- this as the state's spending on secondary and urban roads in Northern Virginia is fast approaching zero."
"So not only is the Chamber of Commerce indifferent to the truth; it's also hostile to the business community in the most populous and economically dynamic part of the state. In positioning itself as an arm for the Republican Party, the Chamber has cast doubt on its own credibility."

Stop the Chamber

"Preaching Principle, Enabling Excess: How Tom Donohue Compromised the Credibility of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."


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