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We’re All Scared, Rahm

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 5:29 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Washington Post reports on the Obama Administration’s efforts to marginalize the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because it doesn’t support Obama’s policies:

“Instead of working through the Chamber, President Obama has reached out to business executives, meeting repeatedly with small groups of CEOs in his private White House dining room. He also has dispatched top aides Valerie Jarrett and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to corporate boardrooms. Since the summer, the three have met with some of the biggest names in the business community, including the heads of IBM, Wal-Mart Stores, Time Warner, Eastman Kodak, Starbucks, and Coca-Cola.

In the process, Obama is attempting to rewrite the rules of the game in Washington, where the Chamber and other business lobbying groups have long held a highly visible, and powerful, place at the intersection of policy and politics. “

Fox News’ James Rosen also reported today (no link available) that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “scares the [bleep] out of” him. I know how Emanuel feels. Obama’s policies do the same for me.


15 Responses to “We’re All Scared, Rahm”

  1. Time Warner is whores and Walmart is so spineless they sponsor NPR for so maybe the mindless dirty socialist NPR listeners will only rabidly hate them instead of seethingly.

    Starbucks is gay. Coca-Cola makes Diet Coke which is tasty and refreshing.

    happyfeet (f62c43)

  2. Anita Dunn for President of this new ‘Chamber of Commerce’. She and her favorite political philosopher can co-chair the meetings.

    ken bc (f133fe)

  3. They didn’t mention Apple but you know they were thinking it so here is a link to a widely touted iPhone killer.

    happyfeet (f62c43)

  4. Especially the cap and trade bill that will further kill the US economy and kill employment. The Obama administration’s war on the US economy continues.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  5. Obama is making war on working families, or at least the families with a member who still has a job.

    ropelight (cc01c0)

  6. The leader of the most transparent administration in history appoints a know thug as his Chief-of-Staff. He’s transparent alright.

    Terry Gain (4045b4)

  7. First Fox News, then the entire insurance industry, now the ultra-respectable Chamber of Commerce. Our President certainly seems to have plans for those who dare to disagree with him. How sad, that we have come to this from Thomas Jefferson, who once famously said “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” The noble American experiment risks becoming a banana republic; the tragedy is that the President would obviously view that as a desirable outcome.

    Ed Burke (325404)

  8. Depending on who is handing out the bananas, Mr. Burke.

    Eric Blair (c66c5d)

  9. This Administration wants to do its shakedowns one-on-one, behind closed doors, where there is no record of the proceedings.

    Nice company you got there Mr. CEO, be a shame if we passed a law to put you out of business wouldn’t it?

    It’s called having an honest debate, the Chicago Way. Horse Heads in beds are next.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  10. If this nation ever elects a deliberative body and President that adheres to the Constitution and the will of the people ever again — and that’s a big if — at least those elected will have a great, big, honkin’ blueprint of what not to do.

    Ag80 (2a7a2a)

  11. Obama must dream of the type of power that his erstwhile friend in Venezuela has over the press and anyone else who displeases him.

    Dmac (5ddc52)

  12. #11, it’s that pesky Constitution. Which is so obviously an artifact of old fashion politics now acting like a toll both on the bridge to the 21st Century. We need to streamline our access to new and modern methods of transportation and to governing if we’re to successfully meet the demands of the global village, and silence naysayers.

    Now, we all loved the old ’57 Chevy. It was familiar and comfortable and served us well, but today is a new day, and calls for a new vehicle. The old Chevy/Constitution has been patched up so many times it’s almost unrecognizable, and it’s just not sufficiently reliable in an emergency. It’s got too many shortcomings like not being able to venture off-road into unanticipated situations if necessary, and perhaps most importantly younger Americans don’t seem to share our love for familiar antiques, besides it limits our efforts to graft ACORNs onto the tree of liberty.

    So, lets face the bright lights of a new day, let us not fear to trust our instincts, trust our elected representatives, trust ourselves and our neighbors to reinvent the flexible documents which will guide our nation safely across the river of time.

    That’s why we have ignored old fashioned and unprincipled opposition to establish the New America Working Group (NAWG) drawn from SEIU, MoveOn, and the DNC, along with supervisors from The Peoples Republic, Iran, and North Korea to come together free from annoying interference and safely behind closed doors in order to put the Bald Eagle on the Endangered Species List, if you get my drift.

    ropelight (360224)

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  14. To some degree, the Republicans are responsible for this. The tax cuts dating back to Reagan gradually removed low income taxpayers for the income tax rolls. We now have a country that is somewhat similar to the California model, where the government is funded by the well-to-do and the majority do not pay anything toward its upkeep. This results in an insatiable desire for more spending since the recipients know someone else will pay for it.

    This data is 10 years old but shows the trend and it predates Clinton and Obama. Here it is again and it clearly shows how progressive the tax code is yet leftists complain that the rich get tax cuts.

    De Tocqueville clearly saw this risk in 1834.

    A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

    We are there now.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  15. And this is why, from a poli-sci standpoint, the Flat-Tax would be a positive development, in that, it would re-involve people who are not currently responsible for funding the activities that they advocate/vote for.
    It’s called “skin in the game”, and right now, if you’re in the lower half of earners, you really don’t have any.
    For the “Progressives” to complain about “tax cuts for the rich” when the top 10% of earners pay 50% of the income-taxes is pure chutzpah! Particularly when you look at the income levels of members of public-employee unions vis-a-vis their non-public counterparts.

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