Skip to comments.Chambers Of Horrors -Ed Rendell and the Philadelphia Chamber
Posted on 05/12/2010 7:25:00 AM PDT by grace522
Chambers Of Horrors
Ed Rendell has done more to hurt business in Pennsylvania than any governor in recent memory. So why do our local chambers of commerce keep patting him on the back?
Posted on 5/12/2010 at 8:33AM
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting regional economic growth and advancing business-friendly public policies.
So says the mission statement of Philadelphias Chamber of Commerce.
It further states that it is dedicated to supporting and encouraging the continued growth of its members by striving to influence business-friendly legislation in all levels of government, participate in initiatives to improve education and the community.
And its public policy department is supposed to address pro-business legislation directly with the policy-makers who can make a difference.
If only the chamber put just a small fraction of that mission into reality, maybe Philadelphia wouldnt be such a dismal place to live and work.
But the city chamber is not alone in selling out its members.
Last month, the Montgomery County Chamber, in an act that defies belief, issued a Lifetime Achievement Award to Governor Ed Rendell at a Celebration of Excellence event.
Its no small point that Rendell, more than anyone, is responsible for the carnage that is Pennsylvanias economy.
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Chambers of commerce are, and should be, non partisan. They should work with, and support, candidates who advocate pro-business policies. Even more important, they should be vocal and unified in opposing those who favor policies contrary to their mission.
Call me crazy, but Ed Rendell fits into the latter category. Of this, there can be no dispute.
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Chambers of commerce have gone the way of all ‘nonprofits’. Taken over by leftists and used to advance the “progressive” agenda. They are usually addicted to grant money from large foundations (taken over at mid-century by leftists) or their respective states. In both cases chambers have to bark like trained seals to get that money.
Chambers of Commerce claim to be pro business, and they often consider government subsidies of businesses to be pro business. For example, our local (York, PA) Chamber supported a taxpayer subsidized sports arena. Politicians can therefore buy Chamber support with taxpayer money.
Chambers are not pro free enterprise.
Even those in Republican areas like central PA are guilty of being on the government dime. Also most of them don’t give a hoot about the creation of new or more business, except those of their relatives and friends. They are extremely good at collecting a salary and going to banquets though.
In large urban areas they work to funnel money to “community groups” under the banner of “job creation” or “job training”. I’m sure the Kenyan had a good relationship with the Chicago chamber.
I’m not an investigative reporter, I don’t even play one on TV, but between both party machines, Pennsylvania could use a little liberating.
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