Sunday, May 5, 2013

U.S. Chamber Report Has A Deeper Meaning For Walker

Mike Ivey of The Cap Times reported that shortly after Scott Walker appeared before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber issued a report that shows that the Walker agenda is not working (emphasis mine):
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this week for America’s Small Business Summit, an annual event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

There, Walker appeared on a special panel titled “How to Lead Enterprising States,” joining with the governors of Maine and Pennsylvania.

“I participated in a good discussion about what we’ve done, and what we can continue to do, to help small businesses grow and thrive,” Walker said in summing up the trip for his weekly radio address.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Chamber, in a report released at the event, didn’t share Walker’s enthusiasm.

Its annual scorecard on state economies ranked Wisconsin 44th for overall economic performance and 50th — as in dead last — for short-term job growth as measured between September 2010 and November 2012. It also has Wisconsin 39th in “business climate” — on par with the state’s ranking under Gov. Jim Doyle.
Ivey further reports on how Wisconsin has lost over 1,000 jobs in the past couple of weeks. He also cites Jack Norman who points out that Act 10 is indeed not working and plays a large part in the downfall of the state's economy.

But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's report has much more significance than just the fact that Walker's agenda is an epic failure of Biblical proportions.

A year ago, I reported about another one of Walker's trips to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In that article, I informed the gentle reader of the Powell Memo, also know as the Powell Manifesto, which came to be the playbook of the Chamber:
In 1971, Lewis Powell, then a corporate lawyer and member of the boards of 11 corporations, wrote a memo to his friend Eugene Sydnor, Jr., the Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The memorandum was dated August 23, 1971, two months prior to Powell’s nomination by President Nixon to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Powell Memo did not become available to the public until long after his confirmation to the Court. It was leaked to Jack Anderson, a liberal syndicated columnist, who stirred interest in the document when he cited it as reason to doubt Powell’s legal objectivity. Anderson cautioned that Powell “might use his position on the Supreme Court to put his ideas into practice…in behalf of business interests.”

Though Powell’s memo was not the sole influence, the Chamber and corporate activists took his advice to heart and began building a powerful array of institutions designed to shift public attitudes and beliefs over the course of years and decades. The memo influenced or inspired the creation of the Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the Cato Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Accuracy in Academe, and other powerful organizations. Their long-term focus began paying off handsomely in the 1980s, in coordination with the Reagan Administration’s “hands-off business” philosophy.

Most notable about these institutions was their focus on education, shifting values, and movement-building — a focus we share, though often with sharply contrasting goals.
The Powell memo covered a lot of ground. It not only set several ambitious goals but explained how these goals could be met. Some of the goals, which we are unfortunately seeing happening in real life today, include:
Per Sourcewatch, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a powerful business lobbying group in the United States that "has become a fully functional part of the partisan Republican machine" since CEO and president Thomas J. Donohue took office in 1997. Prior to Donohue's tenure, the Chamber "used to be a trade association that advocated in a bipartisan manner for narrowly tailored policies to benefit its members." The Chamber's 2010 budget is approximately $200 million, but as a trade organization, its donors can remain anonymous.

The Chamber claims on its website that its mission is to "advance human progress through an economic, political and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility." It describes itself as "the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region."

Despite these claims, the New York Times reported in October 2010 that half of the Chamber's $140 million in contributions in 2008 came from just 45 big-money donors, many of whom enlisted the Chamber's help to fight political and public opinion battles on their behalf (such as opposing financial or healthcare reforms, or other regulations). The Chamber is "dominated by oil companies, pharmaceutical giants, automakers and other polluting industries," according to James Carter, executive director of the Green Chamber of Commerce.
To put it mildly, they are one of the big hitters in the corporate fascism world.

For Walker to get called out by them as badly as he did would be like an inept front line worker of a major company getting called on the carpet by the CEO.

It is like having the Archbishop address the wayward behaviors of an extremely wayward parishioner.

It is like a misbehaving child being called to the superintendent's office.

You get the idea.

Walker has done screwed up royally.

Oh, the Chamber or Commerce isn't really upset about the job losses.  They don't really care if us little people have jobs or not.

And they're not really upset about Walker's job performance.  He's been following their agenda almost to the letter.

Their problem with Walker is that they spent so much money on getting him to where he is and were grooming him for a run for the presidency, and he is turning out to be even more inept than Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in showing that their austerity agenda is not only not working, but that it is detrimental to everything people hold dear.

In other words, Walker is a flop of a salesman and has set their cause backwards as much as anyone.

And Walker knows it too.

Why else do you think he blew off the NRA convention and everything else he was supposed to do this past weekend in order to work the crowd at the WISGOP convention, trying to sell things that no one is buying.  Things like the voucher program or that he is "making it easier to get a job."

Walker is in a tight place.

If he keeps up with his austerity measures, he knows that his odds of being reelected, much less being elected president, will drastically decrease.

On the other hand, if he doesn't keep up with the austerity measures, and sell them better than he has been, he will lose the funding and support from the Teapublican machines like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce he needed to win the governorship and to survive the recall.  And without that support, he will end up being a more laughable presidential candidate than Tommy Thompson or Michele Bachmann.


  1. Check the tightness of the tin foil cap today capper.

    1. Prove me wrong, if you can.

    2. He can't, and that's why he's pissed off.

      Walker's policies are abominable failures. He's an inept leader. No basis in reality for his "budget" numbers or plan. No concept of how to govern people rather than dictate.

      Walker is nothing more than a sociopath and a pathological liar.

  2. When the US Chamber of Commerce puts out facts that Walker's governance has proven to be incompetent, then there is compelling evidence that Walker is incompetent. Even the state Republican leadership sees that.

    Dan, how delusional are you?

  3. Looks to me like Walker is being cast aside by his users, like a child casts aside an old toy for a new one. Walker has served their purpose, but proven to be an abject failure via the people he has around him, and therefore serves no purpose to the elites. Either that, or they were finally able to meet his derpiness, and were just floored at his stupidity.

  4. Waiting with bated breath......May 6, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Dan were are relying on you to prove Capper wrong.

    Plain and simple we know you've got it in you.

    Just lay out the case step by step point by point.

    While you work on that.......

    ..... well I'm going to pop some popcorn while I wait for you to formulate your smack down. This is going to be golden.

    Capper why not take a couple of days off and rest up. This could be brutal.

    Danny boy we're counting on you. Tick...tick...tick.

  5. Walker will double-down on failed policies. He always has and always will. He will never admit failure as this is impossible for psychopaths. It doesn't matter to him if the Wisconsin economy is wounded for decades because if all else fails, the plutocrats will provide him with a secure, highly-paid job as a knob polisher.

    He will never become President. He won't even come close. He is a joke.

  6. Waiting with bated breath......May 6, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    "Dan May 6, 2013 at 1:44 AM"

    Come on Danny boy we are waiting .... TICK..... TICK...... TICK

  7. Dan's still trying to look up the Chamber of Commerce's donor list to "prove" they're not a corporate GOP front group. I won't tell him if you won't....