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Republican lobbyist warns conservatives:
´Big Business´ might ´change sides´

Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney

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Posted By:mikkins2, 7/18/2014 6:53:08 AM

Some Republicans are beginning to extend their free-market, limited-government beliefs to include opposition to corporate welfare, like the Export-Import Bank. Many conservatives hate the idea of centralized education standards driven by a coalition of unaccountable bureaucrats and big business. K Street lobbyist and former GOP congressional aide John Feehery warns that this is a dangerous for the Right to walk, asking: What would happen if Big Business decided to change sides? What would happen if the Chamber of Commerce suddenly stopped being a huge fundraising machine for the Republican Party and started financing pro-business Democrats?

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Mr.Freehery seems to not understand that the logic behind the words that come out of his mouth is not as intelligent nor earth shattering as he thinks it is.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/18/2014 6:56:12 AM     (No. 9929798)

IF Big Business does that,...this country´s future is doomed and we´re leaving USA for good.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 7/18/2014 6:56:59 AM     (No. 9929801)

Earth to Feehery. Big Business switched affiliation to the Democrats years ago.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: yo-yo, 7/18/2014 7:02:18 AM     (No. 9929807)

Oh well!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Catherine, 7/18/2014 7:04:02 AM     (No. 9929810)

I don´t know about big business but I know I´m close to changing sides. Not to democrat. To anyone who is proud to be American and believes in the rule of law and protecting our boarders. Is there anyone in Washington like that?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 7/18/2014 7:12:59 AM     (No. 9929821)

Sadly ´big business´ has been infiltrated and taken over by the Left as was the media, schools and mainstream religion.

Board rooms and executive suites are filled with activists who care more about race, environmentalism, social justice and personal enrichment than customer service or return on investment for shareholders.

It is bad in NY and DC. The K Street lobbyists worship money and activism and couldn´t care less about the future of the country.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/18/2014 7:29:55 AM     (No. 9929845)

I´ll say it again. When Libtards are in power, USA experiences economic disasters. The middle class is about to be wiped out. How then will Big Business continue to be Big and for how long? Reasoning skills are no longer working in the minds and brains of those in control. Look at the mess of this country right now....what are they doing about it? Supporting this? and WHY?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 7/18/2014 7:31:02 AM     (No. 9929846)

Call you local C of C and express your disgust with this. Also, ask them to provide a list of current members. Not a boycott- let´s just call it a ´warning´.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 7/18/2014 7:35:47 AM     (No. 9929854)

Might?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/18/2014 7:39:28 AM     (No. 9929859)

#7, do you understand that your "local C of C" will have members such as your barbershop, the little bookstore on the corner, the best grocery store in town, the tire store down the street, your sister´s favorite dress shop across town, and so forth. The Chamber of Commerce is not simply made up of "Big Business".

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pursuitoftruth, 7/18/2014 7:54:32 AM     (No. 9929879)

Laughable! Big Business has been playing both sides for years. Their God is their money and they care not from whence it comes. Cut ´em lose and let God deal with them.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 7/18/2014 7:55:41 AM     (No. 9929882)

#9, you seem to be missing #7´s point. He seems to me to be well aware that most members of the local C of C are small businesses and do not support the corporatist positions of the national C of C. He just thinks they may need a reminder that they need to pressure the C of C to support THEIR interests, not those of mega-corporations.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/18/2014 8:04:21 AM     (No. 9929894)

ANYONE who can continue to interchange Republicans/Conservatives...shows his stripes that he is NOT a Conservative thinker.

MISSISSIPPI! Etch the state in your memory and your brain. These are not our friends!!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Kerryman, 7/18/2014 8:09:25 AM     (No. 9929905)

Big Business loves Big Government. The beauty of this is that Big Business can only give money and doesn´t vote. They also carry a lot of baggage. Slowly but surely we are building a good ground game through the myriad of Tea Parties. A good ground game with a good candidate and enough money will always beat big money and no ground game. Look at Brat vs. Cantor.

Bring it!!!

Semper Fi

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Reply 14 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDC, 7/18/2014 8:14:51 AM     (No. 9929918)

Hmmm... Money and no votes, or votes and no money.

What´s a Republicrat to do?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 7/18/2014 8:35:35 AM     (No. 9929950)

"Also, ask them to provide a list of current members. Not a boycott- let´s just call it a ´warning´."

No, that point can´t easily be missed, #11.

Far better to contact the national offices of the Chamber of Commerce if you want to issue a "warning".

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 7/18/2014 8:40:55 AM     (No. 9929957)

Despite the usual patronizing response from the GOP cheerleading squad, I think #7 makes a good point. Putting pressure on local businesses and C of C chapters will roll up to the national level.

There is no single magic solution to the GOP Establishment corruption, but there are multiple ways to apply pressure. This is one way we can all help the cause.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: BruisedOrange, 7/18/2014 9:12:28 AM     (No. 9930009)

If the Chamber wants it that way, then we (rightly and accurately) label and publicly protest them as a fascist organization, so loudly and constantly that no "local" business would dare remain associated with them. We wouldn´t need national media coverage to destroy them (or their members force them to desist) nationwide, city-by-city. I´ve been to monthly Chamber meetings in our mid-size city. The reporters assigned to cover them are bored and would jump all over that story! (They also tend to be a bit more wonk-ish, more likely to get details beyond "dissatisfied" and "tea party.")

Between "corporate welfare" and "political correctness" we need to quickly educate the public to what fascism really is... before the Che posters in university and bureaucrat offices are joined by posters of der Fuhrer in three-color silk-screen.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dman, 7/18/2014 9:25:21 AM     (No. 9930037)

Not only does this expose the fallacy that ´Big Business´ is conservative (large corporations donate heavily to both ´big tents´), but John Feehery has it backwards: ´Big Business´ had better worry that conservatives may ´change sides´ and form a party of their own. Conservatives might recruit former Reagan Democrats and shift power away from crony capitalists in the two ´big tents´. Conservatives might finally institute true tax reform that would stop the bleeding of America´s wealth, energize the middle class, and encourage entrepreneurs and small business to compete with the ´bigs´.

Yes, we are the ones who should ´change sides´.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Clinger, 7/18/2014 9:32:10 AM     (No. 9930050)

Rather than fret over which corrupt party is favored we need to understand that favor can be purchased, and will be purchased by people acting in their own self interest which we should expect them to do.

When the government governs far, far more via agencies, regulations and the tax code than it does by the congressional legislative process and the regulation application, enforcement, and tax rates are subject to those who purchase favor, we get a radically different government than outlined in the constitution.

We have the highest corporate tax rate on the planet causing business to flee, but GE pays no federal tax? Our politicians get filthy rich in office, why? Because the corporations can purchase favor because we do not function by the rule of law applied equally.

When the argument centers around which corrupt party is worse we really aren´t getting to the point.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: rushie, 7/18/2014 9:35:40 AM     (No. 9930057)

My husband is an independent contrator. We get emails to save our country from the CofC, and of course send donations. My response is still "got tea"? When the RNC emails for money I have added "Mississippi"

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 7/18/2014 11:06:34 AM     (No. 9930206)

About one half of big business is already on the Marxist democrats side at this time. They believe in getting all the government handouts they can from either party.

Solution is to ban all handouts to all businesses by government and put government back under its limitations imposed by our constitution.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 7/18/2014 6:09:22 PM     (No. 9930713)

favors can only be bought and sold if there is the power in government to control those favors. One of the many advantages of government being at as local a level as possible is that We The People can more readily keep an eye on a town councilcritter or country commissioner than on a assistant deputy undersecretary to the assistant to the 2nd deputy undersecretary of the 2nd chief directorate of the Missouri region of the fed agency of your choice. And that is by no means the worst example of a title that I´ve seen or dealt with. Gets interesting to see it on a business card or letterhead too. Such a person answers to, well, hard to tell, but certainly not to you or to me nor to any other "mere" citizen. But you may live the next street over from the councilcritter, and can certainly make things interesting at a council meeting.
Small government, responsive to the law and to the citizens, that works reasonably well. Rule by far-off bureaucrat or entrenched Congresscritter from another state, not so well. We used to understand that. Guess it´s why FDR et al tried to fuzz the matter.

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