by Mark Rhoads
Dante Aligheri wrote that “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crisis keep their neutrality.” Apparently the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud of raising money under a false flag.
They claim to represent businesses in fighting for free enterprise but when the chips are down and the Obama Administration intimidates them enough, they cave. Today the Chamber is asking the special new Congressional Deficit Reduction Committee to go off on another tangent and overhaul the tax code (re-arrange the deck chairs) but they are proud that they dodge the core issue of whether or not new taxes should be raised as part of a new deal on reducing the deficit.
With friends like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, business advocates who actually love the free enterprise system would be better off with more out in the open enemies instead of “friends” wearing camouflage. Like many business lobbies such as the Business Roundtable and others, the Chamber likes to be too cute by half in their flirtations with both parties. They foolishly believe that flirting with both sides will make them safe just before the Left eats them for lunch.
President John F. Kennedy once warned in 1961 against “those who foolishly seek power by riding the back of the tiger, only to end up inside.” In defense of the Chamber, they have taken a great deal of abuse from President Obama personally since his Inauguration but the storm will not stop if the Chamber hides in the cellar.