Monday, October 19, 2009

Quotes of the Day: Dissing Chamber of Commerce Goes Mainstream

Turns out people are catching on to the antics of the Chamber of Commerce, from the media to Capitol Hill. And now we are seeing comparisons that the group probably would rather stay away from (via Politico):
“There’s a strong, very conservative ideology there,” said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). “They’re more like The Heritage Foundation then they are like an economic association.”
Besides being punching bags for the never-shy Barney Frank, here's something else the Heritage Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce have in common: Big Oil money. ExxonMobil alone has contributed more than half a million dollars to the Heritage Foundation, and while the Chamber of Commerce's much-ridiculed $100 million image blitz claiming its support for same reckless de-regulation policies that helped cause our economic crisis has been bought and paid for by Big Oil, Big Tobacco and Big Pharma.

Perhaps not surprisingly, then, Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett was just as scathing in a Politico interview:
“We’re seeing very prominent members resigning from the Chamber, so our question is, ‘Well, then does it still represent the community’s interests?’” she said

“We prefer the approach — particularly in this climate — where the actual people who are on the front lines, running businesses, trying to create jobs, come and advise us on policy.”
Probably why that Chamber plan to "create 20 million jobs" has gone over so well:
"Last week, [Tom] Donohue appeared on MSNBC’s 'Morning Meeting' to promote the Chamber’s new $100 million 'defend free enterprise' campaign only to have host Dylan Ratigan tell him: 'You talk nonsense.'
If Ratigan's going to keep covering the science-deniers and Big Oil cronies who are crowding their way into the clean energy and climate debate, he's going to have to up his tolerance for nonsense... just sayin'.

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