Chamber of Commerce threatens GOP on amnesty

Breitbart reports on the muscle-flexing threats issued by the left-of-center U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which now takes responsibility for the mid-term GOP sweeps and thinks it controls the agenda of the Republican Party.

What the Chamber does control are the bundles of money it dumps into campaigns, nationally and locally, through its state organizations.

A sensible rule for any conservative voter is to watch closely which candidates flaunt Chamber endorsements and use that as a red flag to get satisfactory answers as to the association or withhold your votes.

The Chamber views the expanded Republican majorities though its skewed lens of an “enlarged moderate GOP wing” it feels will make it easier for congressional leaders to negotiate with Obama. It’s clear by his bypassing of congress and issuing unilateral executive actions, fast tracking the vast illegal population that has invaded our nation, that Obama is not interested in dealing with anyone other than the face he sees in his mirror each morning.

For its part, the Chamber’s main thrust is pushing amnesty, to provide low wage workers for their members, which the group’s Chief Executive Thomas Donohue calls a ‘business priority.”

This past August we noted that Donohue favored raising the gas tax on American drivers,  referring to the U.S. Chamber as a massive liberal entity —- not a benign business group —- displaying an immense disregard for Americans, many still struggling in a sagging economy.

In a platitude-laced screed, the Chamber remained supportive of a continued flood of illegals to compete with American citizens for fewer jobs, advocating for earned “lawful status for the undocumented with no future bar to citizenship.”

We previously posted, “Continued U.S. joblessness? Chamber’s answer: import workers.”

It’s no secret the Chamber desires a continued flood of low-cost labor, regardless of the consequences to American workers. In May, Donohue issued a threat and ultimatum to the Republican Party: Either pass amnesty or don’t bother fielding a presidential candidate in 2016.  Rick Moran covered Donahue’s blatant, partisan extremism for PJ Media.

The Chamber’s post election wish list may end up flying in the face of what those same Republicans campaigned on. Few, if any, of them were singing the praises of Obama’s unilateral action on immigration, Dan Riehl writes. But damn the voters, apparently; the Chamber seems to want what it wants, and the voters who elected Republicans can go hang. Perhaps those same voters will let the GOP go hang next election if they turn out to be little more than shills for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

On a related issue, Arizona’s minimum wage will increase from $7.90 to $8.05 on Jan. 1, 2015, pursuant to yearly increases indexed to the cost of living imbedded in state law, passed in 2006 as Prop. 202 — the Arizona Minimum Wage Act.  Scroll through the link to see who supported and opposed this job killing measure. The minimum wage works for the entry-level jobs it was intended to cover. Raising the minimum wage has proven to a job killer for low skilled workers, according to this recent study by Jeffrey Clemens and Michael Wither at the University of California, San Diego.

15 Responses to Chamber of Commerce threatens GOP on amnesty

  1. William Heuisler says:

    Ancient History: The Chamber opposed a Proposition 13 Tax Initiative (a copy of California’s very successful Initiative) in 1980 with Babbitt, Barr, most Democrats and a few Republicans.
    The AZ Chamber has never been Conservative.

  2. Seen It All says:

    Notice that Kory Langhofer, the rogue lawyer threatening to sue conservatives at every turn is on the Chamber’s Board of Directors, along with Doug Yonko of the McHensley beer distibuting company. The members include everything from Health care honchos to Media moguls and is filled with McCain allies. When these folks support candidates beware of what the candidates have to consent to.

  3. ZOO says:

    These greedy, arrogant bastards. They now take credit for your votes and boosting the GOP back in control of Congress. These domestic terrorists control the Republican party, as they have seemingly forever. The November votes which empowered the GOP were to stop Obama, stop amnesty, stop Obamacare, stop Common Core, and so on, and are now being used as propaganda.

    “…If we don’t at least make a down payment on solving the problem and rationally dealing with the 11 million [illegal immigrants believed to be in the U.S.], if we become the party of self-deportation in 2015 and 2016, then the chance of winning the White House I think is almost non-existent…” – Lindsey Graham – December 28th.

    It will only take about 3-5% of Republican voters to walk away, and Graham’s premonition will come true. That is something that the CoC’s big bucks (or Graham) cannot control. The GOPe fears Mexicans and the Chamber, not party donors, party volunteers, or the “legs” of the party that make it functional. Which way to turn? The GWB legacy has come home to roost and painted die Partei into a corner. How deserving.

    • PV PC says:

      Once again, you “get it” and deliver your findings with clarity and unrestrained force. Thank you, ZOO. All the best in the coming year.

      • ZOO says:

        Thank you, PV PC. I’m beginning to wish I didn’t ‘get it.’ The way things are unfolding, I feel we have failed our descendants. Kudos to you and other PCs who are fighting right from wrong on the front lines.

    • azgary says:

      “‘Rain Dance’: GOP Leadership May Be Developing Plan To Solidify Obama’s Executive Amnesty”
      “Here’s the architecture of the coming sellout: there will be a show vote on defunding exec amnesty—either as a stand alone or part of the DHS bill,” a congressional GOP aide told Breitbart News:

      But once they’ve let members vote on it, it will fall away. Instead, they’ll attach the McCaul “border securit”‘ bill—what we’ll call free rides for illegal aliens to a city near you. The McCaul bill will follow the Pete Sessions’ rule: no illegal aliens will be deported. No e-verify, no welfare stoppage, a free pass for the 12 million here to stay here. It will just be more money for King Obama to use to help illegals enter the country and get a free education. The White House will play along, pretend it’s a tough bill, and then eagerly sign it—locking in the amnesty and taking real enforcement off the table (they’ll say it’s all done now). Then will come the gifts for the corporate sponsors.”
      http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2014/12/29/rain-dance-gop-leadership-may-be-developing-plan-to-solidify-obamas-executive-amnesty/

      after amnesty is official I will vote against every republican, in every race, at every opportunity.

      • William Heuisler says:

        Although I understand and share your anger, my friend, what you suggest is merely surrender. Never surrender. We must fight back by informing businesses their C of C membership is poison. We must recall RINOs. Do you know how easy it is to amass recall signatures? Recalling McCain, for instance, is doable with effective leadership. Hell, if JD or someone else doesn’t run, I’ll even give McCain a primary at my age – just to cost him money and annoy him. I might even win half the Repubs in Pima County. Pride is a bitch. But we MUST take back the party rather than commit suicide. Bill

      • azgary says:

        you are committing suicide by continuing to support your destroyers.

        your entire establishment argument that is repeatedly spewed is a tool to try to guilt us into self immolation and why we are where we are today.

      • ZOO says:

        Allow me to remind you Bill, that is was George W. Bush (the Father of Illegal Immigration) who was the first sitting president to regularly stump for amnesty at every turn, and also ushered in over 9 million illegal Mexican aliens in his first 5 years in office.

        “Jobs Americans won’t do.”
        “Bring them out of the shadows.”
        “A path to citizenship.”
        “Family values don’t stop at the border.”

        All of this was cheered on by the 2001-2007 Republican-controlled congress. Also, it was Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) whose amendment to a DHS bill that KILLED funding for the Secure Fence Act of 2006.

        I’ll be hoping to win a lottery by the time the GOP pushes amnesty over the finish line – that way I can give huge contributions to Democrats along with my votes.

  4. Wants Accountability says:

    The Arizona Chamber of Commerce endorsed and financially supported the campaigns of a number of Republicans running for state and district offices this last election cycle. One was my state senator and a really good guy. But I well know that “$upport” comes with strings and he skirted the issue when I asked about it, which disappointed me. The Chamber endorses Reublicans to give them (the Chamber) credibility and because we hold the majority in both the AZ House and Senate.
    Is yours here?
    http://www.azchamber.com/news-and-resources/press-releases/2014/arizona-chamber-of-commerce-releases-2014-endorsements-for-legislature.html

    • Hagar says:

      The Chamber put up one of its toadies (i.e. an employee) Taylor McArthur to try to unseat our conservative LD16 State Senator David Farnsworth, but its money couldn’t buy the election. Farnsworth was outspent by about $140K to $32K, yet prevailed because the LD16 voters could not be duped. McArthur wasn’t even an elected PC when he ran, although he did get himself appointed. He seldom attended a LD16 Republican meeting from the time he was appointed.

  5. jon jensen says:

    chamber of commerce understands demographics and must protect their future. they can’t move to idaho. 30,000 hispanic kids turn 18 every year in arizona add undocumented its 45,000. chamber must protect itself

    • MacBeth says:

      Your ‘reasoning’ is nonsense. The jails and prisons are filled with those who disregarded our laws. Does the Chamber also “protect itself” by giving them credibility? What a ridiculous thought process you exhibit. I decided this last cycle to withhold my vote from candidates who wave the Chamber endorsements as what they consider to be a badge of honor.

  6. Vince says:

    Walter Williams got it right with his column “Politics and the Minimum Wage.”

    http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2014/01/08/politics-and-minimum-wage-n1772533/page/full

  7. SuzanneC says:

    The Chamber put $120 thousand bux in Taylor McArthur campaign against Kelly Townsend for a Legislative job and lost. I do not know their record for supporting candidates but by that campaign it was not good. Maybe what we need to do is look for the CofC sticker on windows of businesses and don’t shop there.