Obama at the US Chamber of Commerce

From HuffPost:

President Obama’s visit to the Chamber of Commerce always seemed bizarre. Reaching out to the US Chamber isn’t like reaching out to business. Under the guidance of Tom Donohue, the Chamber has become less a business association than a right-wing lobby operation that makes its money selling its services to entrenched corporate interests (the health insurance companies, Big Oil, the drug companies) that prey on taxpayers and pay dearly to protect their privileges. The Chamber is shedding board members and local affiliates because of its zealotry — most notably in joining the no-nothings on global warming in return for Big Oil contributions. The president was warmly received by a grateful Donohue eager to revive the threadbare myth that the Chamber represents US business. The president said he was being neighborly and wished he had brought a fruitcake over earlier. That led wags to say, “No worry, the Chamber is already chock full of fruitcakes.”

Progressives panned the president for making the visit; the press reported it as a “charm offensive,” part of his calibrated “move to the center.” And no doubt, the president ladled out the pander, promising to reduce burdensome regulation, reform and lower corporate taxes, pass corporate trade accords, and do whatever is needed to help business compete. (more…)

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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