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Post Headline Declares Obama Winner With Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, 22 July 2010 04:58
But the article did not quite support the headline. Businesses always want more from the government. As the article points out, the Chamber of Commerce has won some big battles in limiting aspects of the financial reform bill, the health care bill, and other pieces of legislation. Naturally, the Chamber will complain about its losses and insist that business is being attacked, but this is a political tactic, not reality. The Post's headline writers should know this.
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written by izzatzo, July 22, 2010 7:37
Quotes from the cited article, italics added:

... the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent nearly $3 million a week ... placing a political bet ... losing battles ... how well the gamble has paid off ... The business lobby ... has also struggled to pick winners ... has had success in blocking ... shaping the final bills to the group's liking ... the Chamber has helped stall ... greater disclosure of political spending by corporations.

"They have in fact sought to defend and act from the principles which they believe in," said Dirk Van Dongen, president of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors and a longtime GOP lobbyist. "I think that's gutsy -- win, lose or draw. . . . My gosh, we are not here to wind up in the Rose Garden as trees and shrubs for signing ceremonies of legislation that we oppose."

What guts. What bravery. What leadership. What rare honesty and straight shooting from those willing to sacrifice their own occupational security to tell it like it is, to take such heroic chances in the cruel competitive world of winning and losing.

So many lessons to be learned about true capitalism from the Chamber of Commerce. Where to start? Let's see, why do the same ones keep winning? Right, somehow they're endowed with perpetual superior performance over all the others due to free markets.
written by fuller schmidt, July 22, 2010 11:25
There must be a parable about the right's propaganda. Perhaps "The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf"?

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