Who Does The Chamber Of Commerce Represent?
My six year old just entered his comic book phase (which, if he is like his father, could last ten years). So when I hear “Chamber of Commerce” I think of a band of supervillains (like these guys). Of course that makes me feel bad because I know that Chambers across the country help small businesses and their communities. But Mother Jones reconciles these conflicting emotions for me.
But there’s no denying the divergence of views within the Chamber’s ranks on health care. It’s just the latest reminder of the gulf between the Chamber’s unapologetically conservative views and those of the small businesses that it purports to represent. Though the Chamber portrays itself as the country’s leading voice on Main Street, one glance at the national organization’s donor base and leadership show an organization dominated by major corporations.
The Chamber readily decries the Affordable Care Act (and climate change legislation and worker protections and . . .) as hurting small businesses. But remember, what the Chamber really cares about is big businesses; seeming to care about small businesses just makes a more sympathetic face for public consumption. Supervillains at their finest.Click here for reuse options!
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