The Chamber of Commerce: Part of the Political Axis of Evil

We all remember the speech that George W. Bush gave, where he described North Korea, Iran, and Iraq as the “Axis of Evil.”

Well, there’s a new “Axis” in town – like three legs holding up the same evil stool.

The first leg is the Democrat Party – the whole lot of them. The second leg is the establishment wing of the Republican Party, which is most of them.

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The third is an organization that many would not expect – the United States Chamber of Commerce and its el Presidente, Tom Donohue.

On January 8, Jim Kuhnhenn of the AP wrote a piece concerning the Chamber of Commerce and immigration (illegal, that is), as well as politics and the upcoming elections.

It is important to know what this “pro-business” organization has morphed into, so I’d like to comment on some of what Mr. Kuhnhenn wrote.

The Chamber in the past was thought of as anti-big government and pro-private industry advocacy organization. It gave voice and power to small businesses. It has morphed into a big-business, crony corporatist, K Street lobbying group.

Mr. Kuhnhenn writes: “The president of the US Chamber of Commerce says the nation’s biggest business lobby intends to ‘pull out all the stops’ to pass an overhaul of immigration laws. That would place the Chamber on the side of Pres. Barack Obama on one of the White House’s top legislative priorities of the year. ‘We are determined to make 2014 the year that immigration reform is finally enacted’, chamber Pres. Tom Donohue said…”Chamber_of_Commerce_building

Right off the bat, Mr. Donohue tells us where he and his group stand. And always remember to insert “illegal” in front of immigration, because that’s what he means. They are trying to remove “illegal” from the debate, so that they all may bash their detractors for being “anti-immigrant.”

The article continues: “Donohue cast his organization as both an ally and an adversary of the administration on Wednesday.”

Okay, I see the ally part, but where’s the adversarial beef? Let’s read on. Maybe we’ll find it.

Mr. Kuhnhenn continues: “He [Donohue] distanced himself from some Republicans by saying he doesn’t envision a repeal of Obama’s health care law…”

Nope. It’s not there. That’s not surprising though. Big business would like nothing more than the dump their employees onto the government health exchanges.

“On politics,” Mr. Kuhnhenn writes, “Donohue said the Chamber would expand its early foray into primary elections this year, saying it would support pro-business candidates who are willing to work within the legislative system. He said the chamber had no interest in backing uncompromising candidates who voice a desire, in his words to ‘burn down the town.’”

So, the Chamber will support only big-government progressive aisle crossers. I guess those radicals like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are just too “uncompromising” and we know, of course, what that means. No conservative ideas or ideals are welcome any longer in today’s progressive Republican Party.

Toward the end of the article, Mr. Kuhnhenn writes: “Responding to Obama’s emphasis recently on economic disparities in the country, Donohue said policymakers should focus on equal opportunities for all Americans rather than equal outcomes. He said the nation needs a revolution in education and training, arguing that if millions cannot properly read, write or count ‘that can be a prescription for permanent inequality.’”

Well, Mr. Donohue, if you’re so interested in education, training and opportunity, why would you support the further dumbing-down of our already uneducated society with millions upon millions of poor, uneducated, non-English-speaking illegals?

It seems within the Chamber of Commerce there’s a whole lot of allegiance and no adversary to this administration or big government in general.

Nice to know you’re looking out for the American small business man and for real American free enterprise.

Where would we be without you? A lot better off!

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