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  •  Same with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce... (3+ / 0-)
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    Icicle68, Van Buren, Rube Goldberg

    Used to work for them.  The head of their Public Policy years back was the highest ranking out Lesbian in the Clinton Administration.

    We visited Washington during the Bush II years and I heard the pieces of shit at the US CoC say that Bush's deficits were okay because they were, I don't know the bullshit excuse they used.  But it boiled down to Republicans deficits are fine; Dem deficits are bad.

    We sat in stunned silence.

    •  The local chambers of commerce are (0+ / 0-)

      the offspring of the US Chamber of Commerce and are free to craft any political course they wish.  But the local Chambers get a lot of pressure from the US C of C to support them politically and financially.  And most do, because that means a larger stage.  And plus, they have all the money.

      A good local Chamber is one that really tries to represent the interests of Main Street.  If you're reading this, you know that the interests of Main Street and Wall Street are vastly dissimilar.  It's a distinction that the national Chamber denies, because, hey, they represent small business!

      When the US Chamber started its loud campaign against ACA and all things Obama during his first term, a local city government in these parts considered ending its dues-paying relationship with the very partisan local chamber.  Yep, it's incomprehensible that any government anywhere would pay dues to any business organization, but many local governments do.  Sadly, the conservative members of the local city council won the day, and kept those socialist subsidies going.

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