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.