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Chambers Of Horrors -Ed Rendell and the Philadelphia Chamber
Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 5/12/2010 | Chris Freind

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 Philadelphia’s 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 wouldn’t 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.

It’s no small point that Rendell, more than anyone, is responsible for the carnage that is Pennsylvania’s 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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: chamber; comcast; commerce; rendell
Once again, Chris Freind proves he's the only investigative reporter in the media wasteland that is Pennsylvania.
1 posted on 05/12/2010 7:25:01 AM PDT by grace522
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To: grace522

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.

2 posted on 05/12/2010 7:33:10 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: grace522

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.

3 posted on 05/12/2010 7:34:29 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Oratam

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.

4 posted on 05/12/2010 7:49:51 AM PDT by Racer1
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To: Racer1

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.

5 posted on 05/12/2010 9:13:51 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: grace522

Amen, Sister!

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.

6 posted on 05/12/2010 10:42:13 AM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: HonestConservative
I suggest that Mike Rinosteele be sent to study vote creation and turnout at the feet of Fast Eddie Rendell. The man is an absolute genius at engineering elections.

99% turn-out? No problem, baby. Illegal aliens vote? No Problemo. Legal resident alien vote? Definitely no problemski. Church need a van to tour multiple voting precincts with your multiple voters? Talk to Fast Eddie. The dead are absent, are they not? Fast Eddie makes sure they have absentee ballots. Nasty old warehouse empty? Not any more. That's an apartment house filled with virtual voters. They go to the precincts AND have absentee ballots. Ditto, what looks like an empty lot to a Republican is actually a thriving, heavily populated neighborhood.

Fast Eddier could have made the movie "Avatar." Most of the voters in Philly and other PA urban centers already are!

7 posted on 05/12/2010 2:44:27 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama. He'll bring back States' Rights. In the meantime, this ain't gonna be pretty.)
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