October 26, 2009
"outside the Democratic norms of our society"
The United States Chamber of Commerce is being subjected to unprecedented attack by a variety of forces on the left.
Its crime? Refusing to go along with the monstrous cap-and-trade scheme which would destroy what's left of the economy. Here's the organization's position on cap-and-trade, as well as carbon emissions:
2. The Chamber's position on Waxman-MarkeyThey have also called for hearings on the scientific theory behind climate change, which is considered a form of heresy by the left. In typical hit piece fashion, Mother Jones has called the Chamber of Commerce the "Chamber of Carbon."
And the very shameless Eliot Spitzer (whose hatred of the free market even extends even to persecuting the type of businesses he frequented) is trying to bully companies into silencing the Chamber of Commerce.
Disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer thinks people who own shares in mutual and pension funds should pressure the directors and executives of America's great corporations to silence the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Spitzer, aka the "Client Number Nine" who famously kept his socks on while dallying with Emperor Club VIP hookers, now accuses the chamber of misrepresenting its members. How? By lobbying against "the reform of markets, health care, energy policy and politics that we have all been calling for."The Chamber has also been targeted by highly professional left-wing pranksters, who issued false statements in support of cap-and-trade which purported to emanate from the Chamber of Commerce.
Then there's Valerie Jarrett. Described as one of the most influential members of Obama's inner circle, she's a protege of SDS leader (and Ayers friend) Marilyn Katz, and President Obama cannot say no to her:
An Obama 2008 campaign official told the New York Times, "If you want him to do something, there are two people he's not going to say no to: Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama."Through Valerie Jarrett, the White House plan is to "neuter the Chamber," which Charles Krauthammer described as "outside the Democratic norms of our society," and which the Wall Street Journal called "The Chicago Way":
A White House set on kneecapping its opponents isn't, of course, entirely new. (See: Nixon) What is a little novel is the public and bare-knuckle way in which the Obama team is waging these campaigns against the other side.Old school, eh? I'm wondering whether Ms. Jarrett believes the free market economy is old school. (If so, then the CEOs really are in need of "protection.")
Warns author Kim Strassel,
The Oval Office might be more concerned with the long term. It is 10 months in; more than three long years to go. The strategy to play dirty now and triangulate later is risky. One day, say when immigration reform comes due, the Chamber might come in handy. That is if the Chamber isn't too far gone.Bare knuckles Chicago-style politics is one thing. But to see it directed at the Chamber of Commerce, from leftist radicals in the White House, is quite another.
I'm glad to see that so far they haven't caved to pressure. My worry is that the reason the Chamber of Commerce is being so viciously targeted might involve more than just playing the game by Chicago politics.
I worry that the target is the free market system itself.
How many Obama voters thought they were voting for that?
UPDATE: My thanks to Glenn Reynolds for linking this post, and a warm welcome to all.
Comments welcome, agree or disagree.
MORE: A website dedicated to stopping Valerie Jarrett has been created.
posted by Eric on 10.26.09 at 10:38 AM
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