From Wiki: "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is staffed with policy specialists, lobbyists and lawyers. Politically, the Chamber is generally considered to be a conservative organization, but supports candidates from both parties. The Chamber is one of the largest lobbying groups in the U.S., spending more money than any other lobbying organization on a yearly basis."
|At 1 PM PST on Fox News Eric Bolling was berating the Occupy Wall Street crowd for marching on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, saying "96% of its members are small businesses."|
And Bolling also kept calling them all "anti-capitalists", which they are not...they're
just "anti-corporations". On the bottom of the TV screen Fox News put
Eric Bolling also criticized the OWS crowd for "bashing banks" -- but aren't you a very tiny minority if you're NOT bashing the banks these days?
But what Eric Bolling (as a Fox News corporate spin merchant) failed to mention was that only 11% of all small American businesses actually belongs to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
From the U.S.C.C. web site: "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. More than 96% of U.S. Chamber members are small businesses with 100 employees or fewer."
From the government's Small Business Administration's website: "In 2009, there were 27.5 million businesses in the United States, according to Office of Advocacy estimates. The latest available Census data show that there were 6.0 million firms with employees in 2007 and 21.4 million without employees in 2008. Small firms with fewer than 500 employees represent 99.9 percent of the total ( employers and non-employers), as the most recent data show there were about 18,311 large businesses in 2007." - Source: Office of Advocacy estimates based on data from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau, and trends from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Business Employment Dynamics.
Karl Rove can also incorporate himself as a "small business" and join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Does that mean he speaks for America and most small businesses?
And the U.S. Chamber of Commerce promotes "free trade" for "free labor" in countries overseas (see my post about slave wages and sweat shops: America's Race to the Bottom). Meanwhile most of us want "fair trade" with "fair" wages here at home in America.
But most informed people already know that Fox News and their commentators
like Eric Bolling are all full of crap anyway. So maybe this post wasn't needed after all.
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