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Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA07) Endorsed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce in...

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The following press release by the Abigail Spanberger campaign is verrry interesting. Note that the usually pro-Republican Chamber of Commerce endorsed 23 freshman House...

Video: Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows, Virginia Energy Policy Edition

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As you can see from the following video of a vote in Senate Commerce and Labor Committee earlier today, politics in general - and...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President to Teapublicans: Raise Debt Ceiling or...

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I'm certainly no fan of the anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-progressive U.S. Chamber of Commerce or its right-wingnut president Tom Donohue. But I definitely enjoyed this one, in a warped sorta way:
In one of the funnier moments during his Rotary talk, Donohue was asked if Congress was going to raise the debt ceiling.

Yes, it will be raised, Donohue answered, mainly because the country can not afford to not pay its bills. To those newly-elected representatives who say they aren't going to raise the debt ceiling and will shut down government, Donohue said the U.S. Chamber has its own message: "We'll get rid of you."

OK, just for the moment, let's leave aside the issue of how powerful corporations can "get rid of" representatives who are theoretically elected "by the people" and "for the people."  Let's also leave aside Donohue's breathtaking arrogance in general. Other than that, he's right on this one: there shouldn't even be a question, not two seconds of debate, on whether we raise the debt ceiling limit. The fact that there has been question and debate over this, and for far longer than two seconds, demonstrates wild recklessness, woeful ignorance, and crazed ideological extremism, among its many miserable qualities. In the real world, of course, raising the debt ceiling is a simple, but extremely important, technical matter, essential so that the United States of America stays fiscally solvent. It has nothing whatsoever to do with causing the rising national debt, or with solving the problem of deficits and debt, and anyone who thinks it has anything to do with those things is absolutely, wildly wrong. Sad to say, based on the polling I've seen, that's the majority of the American people, in its infinite wisdom. Sigh...

Anyway, back to Donohue's remarks about how he'll "get rid of" any Teapublican member who fails to raise the debt ceiling or attempts to shut down the government. Again, I find this level of corporate power to be disturbing, disgusting, deplorable -- possibly worse than the infamous Robber Baron era in our history. Having said that, I guess I have to (sadly) agree with this commenter at the Atlanta Business Chronicle who writes, "If Donohue's checkbook can bully know-nothing far-right congressmen into avoiding a US default, I guess he's good for something." Now, if only Democrats would call these people out for who and what they are, demand that we deal with the deficit by repealing the $4-trillion-per-decade Bush tax cuts, add on a carbon tax, wind down our two unpaid-for wars (or pay for them!), get spiraling healthcare costs in check (preferably by instituting a public option or, even better, single payer system), etc., we'd be in great shape. The chances of that happening, unfortunately, are not high, as courage is in short supply in Washington, DC today, as it always has been. But we can always hope things will change, right?

h/t Brad DeLong

New Numbers Show Private Sector Job Growth Continues

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One thing (of many) the media has been unable to separate during the Obama administration -- corporate whining that Obama is mean to them from objective analysis of the impact of progressive policies on business. Over at Washington Monthly, Steve Benen separates the wheat from the chaff, creating this chart looking only at private sector job growth during the Obama administration:

Do businesses really want to go back to the red days? Or maybe a better question: Are policies advocated by umbrella business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about what's good for all businesses? Or just about what's good for a handful of the Chamber's biggest donors?

Corporate Tea: Who’s Who

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This is not a tea party - it's a corporate riot.  

The media's myth of the Tea Party as some sort of grassroots "people's revolution" continues to fall apart as it becomes clearer and clearer that an election that was supposed to be driven by angry housewives and farmers is actually being purchased by very well-heeled corporate interests.  The real story continues to unfold - with many players hiding in the shadows behind tax laws and the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, allowing untold millions to be anonymously donated.  

Who's who?  To help you keep track of the eager prospective purchasers of a Republican House and Senate, here are just some of the key players, from A-Z - follow the money:

- American Crossroads & American Crossroads GPS:  This is one GPS leading you in the WRONG direction.  Karl Rove's new enterprise (after his last one, the Bush presidency, was such a smashing success) now aims to spend a total of $65 million on this election.  Oh, by the way, as Greg Sargent and Kos point out, much of the what they say about Democrats in their ads has been documented as factually incorrect.  Big money plus big lies - a match made in Hell!