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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 02:44 PM
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Richard Trumka:The Chamber of Commerce's Jobs Deception Campaign
Richard Trumka

The Chamber of Commerce's Jobs Deception Campaign

Unions are popularly known as "the folks who brought you the weekend." In contrast, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has the distinction of trying to take away the weekend--along with overtime pay, the minimum wage, Buy America rules, workers' freedom to form unions, child labor standards....The list is long and ugly.

So it's farcical that today the Chamber launched a campaign estimated to run in the tens of millions of dollars to promote job creation.

The Chamber's campaign originally started out as an attack against financial regulation--until the Chamber found out how strongly U.S. taxpayers support reigning in Big Banks and the financial industry's widespread shady practices. So the Chamber conveniently changed the packaging to purportedly focus on jobs, which in fact the American people desperately need.

Look at who accompanied the Chamber suits while they were announcing their Orweillian-named "free enterprise campaign." As Sam Stein reported here:

Many of the individuals featured on Wednesday are long-standing donors to Republican candidates and groups that have fought efforts to enhance regulation. And, in one case, the business leader appearing alongside (Thomas) Donohue to decry the interference of government in the market place received business through the benefit of government contracts.

Yet, while millions of America's workers struggle to find jobs in an economy where there are more than six workers searching for every one job, the Chamber repeatedly opposed extending unemployment insurance. Can't have government interference in the marketplace, after all. Or aid to jobless workers. The same workers the Chamber's smoke-and-mirrors campaign is supposed to be all about.

The Chamber also is joining with Big Banks and financial giants to try and kill a proposed agency that would protect U.S. consumers from being preyed upon by unscrupulous banks, mortgage lenders and many of the same financial institutions that helped create our nation's economic disaster. The Obama administration's proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency, which this week is being considered in the House Financial Services Committee, would regulate products such as credit cards and home loans, while ensuring the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission oversaw the $450 trillion "derivatives" market that sunk the world economy.

The Chamber is spending $2 million in attack ads, claiming that the new agency would hamstring even your local butcher from extending you credit for a week. It's the same sorry effort at deception and outright lies that the health insurance industry now is trying to pull in the debate over health care reform. Tell enough lies and hope someone believes you.

As President Obama said in response to the Chamber's distortion:

"We've made clear that only businesses that offer financial services would be affected by this agency. I don't know how many of your butchers are offering financial services," Obama said to laughter.

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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 06:34 PM
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1. No comment? n/t
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 06:35 PM
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2. Thank you , Richard Trumpka!
The US chamber of commerce has been evil and now they're just being stupid ..denying Global Climate Change.
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 07:20 PM
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3. Didn't catch much of it, but Dylan Ratigan really took it to Thomas Donohue today.
Donohue was not amused, but MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan could not have cared less.
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Hutzpa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 07:44 PM
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5. heres a link for you
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-16-09 10:13 AM
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8. Thanks, Hutzpa! AIG gave Chamber $20 to fight financial regulation. Priceless!
Edited on Fri Oct-16-09 10:21 AM by flpoljunkie
And, thanks Dylan, for calling Donohue out!
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Hutzpa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 07:42 PM
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4. I watched with glee
as Dylan Ratigan took Tom Donohue apart this morning, that rat was sooo

shaken by Dylan that all he could uttered is, "well when you get on this show

it's really hard to get four words in without hearing six more" and Dylan's

response was "yes it is, especially when you talk nonsense" :rofl: love it,

love it, love it.... this guy actually thought he can walks on Dylans' show

and spew bunch of fuzzy numbers to impress Dylan not knowing he was setting

for his ass, gotto love Dylan.

One look at the guy and you know he is full of shit.

Was fun...
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 08:00 PM
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6. Chamber of Commerce goes from 3 million members to just 300,000 in one day.
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Kdillard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 08:03 PM
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7. Ouch. They needed to be called out for consistently being on the wrong side
of many issues.
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