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Chamber President: Maybe Ted Cruz Could Sit Down And Shut Up
TPM Livewire ^ | October 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT | Dylan Scott

Posted on 10/21/2013 10:53:58 AM PDT by Olog-hai

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue suggested Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) should reconsider his role as congressional troublemaker. …

A reporter followed up by noting that the conventional wisdom is that the business community wants the Texas senator “to sit down and shut up.”

“Well, that might be one thing we can work on,” Donohue quipped. …

(Excerpt) Read more at talkingpointsmemo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: chamberofcommerce; cronycapitalism; tedcruz; tomdonohue
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1 posted on 10/21/2013 10:53:58 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Golly, lots of people getting smoked out by just one man’s actions. I wonder why the establishment went all out to make sure he didn’t get into the Senate.

“We can’t have any more Jim DeMint disciples!” - Trent Lott


2 posted on 10/21/2013 10:56:27 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Olog-hai

The Chamber of Commerce is happy with Obamacare as long as its amended to suit their wishes.

Crony capitalists and collaborators in the political machine.......


3 posted on 10/21/2013 10:57:04 AM PDT by Nextrush (BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN)
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To: Olog-hai

This clown used to work for the POST OFFICE!

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Thomas J. Donohue
President & CEO
1615 H St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20062
P (202) 659-6000
F (202) 463-5836
E tdonohue@uschamber.com


4 posted on 10/21/2013 10:57:16 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Olog-hai

Looks like Cruz is living in everyones head rent free.


5 posted on 10/21/2013 10:57:27 AM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: Olog-hai
They need to get used to it. He'll be there for at least 5 more years, and they can't make him sit down, or shut up.

/johnny

6 posted on 10/21/2013 10:58:03 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

One man of principle could blow this thing up.


7 posted on 10/21/2013 10:58:29 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: cotton1706

One man with the guts to tell the truth has got them all spooked and shaking.

When do we get the camps open??


8 posted on 10/21/2013 10:59:20 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Olog-hai


Says Tom Donohue, who used to work for the POST OFFICE!
9 posted on 10/21/2013 10:59:28 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Olog-hai

I have to say one thing about America’s Senator Ted Cruz, he is able to separate the Pariahs from the Patriots just by breathing.

God Bless him, Mike Lee, Sarah Palin and the rest of the Patriots that held strong.


10 posted on 10/21/2013 10:59:30 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Good news, Federal Funding for my Tagline has been restored. Crisis averted.)
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To: Olog-hai

Mr. Donohue doesn’t want anything to get in the way of his pet projects like hiring illegal aliens.


11 posted on 10/21/2013 11:01:09 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Nextrush

Maybe the chamber should snuggle up to the occupy wall street crowd if they dislike us uppity conservatives so much.


12 posted on 10/21/2013 11:01:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

Basically we are back to the 1970s again with the old dinosaur GOP acting like the tax collector for the welfare state, and the old dinos protecting their personal scams and their precious “respectability.”


13 posted on 10/21/2013 11:02:31 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: jimbo123
Tom Donohue, who used to work for the POST OFFICE!

That explains why the Chamber of Commerce has been on the communist side of issues in recent years.

14 posted on 10/21/2013 11:02:37 AM PDT by meadsjn
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To: Olog-hai

Looks like someone has their panties in a wad because all the money he sends to Congressional “Leadership PACS” might not have the intended effect.

It sucks when true American Patriots/Citizens voice their displeasure over bought and paid for slime-bag politicians (on both sides).

Someone needs to ship this fellow a case of Kleenex.


15 posted on 10/21/2013 11:02:57 AM PDT by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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To: Olog-hai

Looks like we need an alternative to this group. They are also pushing Common Core.

http://www.uschamber.com/


16 posted on 10/21/2013 11:03:12 AM PDT by Maelstorm (The political class love diversity and choice only when the its choices they approve of.)
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To: meadsjn

They put an Assistant Postmaster General in charge of the Chamber of Commerce!


17 posted on 10/21/2013 11:03:46 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Kickass Conservative

Agreed, the notion that they want to stifle the voice of the people who elected Senator Cruz is frightening in and of itself...


18 posted on 10/21/2013 11:03:50 AM PDT by oust the louse (The Democratic Party might as well be called the Death Party. Abortion & ObamaCare/death panels.)
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To: Olog-hai
Donohue has been the Chamber's president since 1997.

From 1969 to 1976 he was the US Official Deputy Assistant Postmaster General, where he helped "convert the Post Office from a government department into the quasi-private U.S. Postal Service." Back then, he told Newsday, "you could make a deal in the government.

Born in Brooklyn to a production manager at the American Can Company, Donohue was raised on Long Island and studied at St. John's University, before pursuing an MA in Business at Adelphi University (1965). His grandfather worked for New York City and was a member of the Tammany Hall machine.

"The principles we released today represent our good faith efforts to continue to work together to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. The fact that business and labor can come together to negotiate in good faith over contentious issues should be a signal to Congress and the American people that support for immigration reform is widespread and growing, and is important to our economy and our society. This is an urgent national priority and Congress should act accordingly."


19 posted on 10/21/2013 11:05:32 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Olog-hai

Rule #1 when responding to ANY reporter’s question:

“Never accept the premise of their question!”

It means they’ve already written their agenda driven story and only want a sound bite from you, to pretend it was your idea.


20 posted on 10/21/2013 11:05:43 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Kickass Conservative

“...he is able to separate the Pariahs from the Patriots just by breathing...”

Yeah, they’re crawling out of every closet and out from under every rock to get their sad, fat faces in front of a camera.

Go Ted, go!

Taking flak = Over Target.


21 posted on 10/21/2013 11:05:46 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Olog-hai

Apparently, the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t represent small- to medium-size businesses, because the ones I work with are against national bankruptcy, which the Chamber’s leadership apparently supports.


22 posted on 10/21/2013 11:06:37 AM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Maelstorm

They were created by William Howard Taft as a sort of “counterbalance” to the unions. What resulted is the USA’s version of fascism; they spend more on lobbying than any other group.


23 posted on 10/21/2013 11:07:21 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Yes, that’s what the Republicans do in Washington. They are very sure that it is the right tactic in bringing the media to their side and winning elections

Many conservative pundits have the same advice, B Bennett, Ann Coulter, Mona Charen, Brit Hume, Greg Gutfeld, Andrea Tantaros, Eric Bolling, for instance, have all stated that the reason thee dis spun away from the favor they otherwise would have placed on the conservative position in the shutdown fiasco and favored the democrat position was the WAY Sen. Cruz went about it.

It’s a sure winning position, to sit down and shut up, though they haven’t actually said to do that, giving themselves cover. They do not say exactly WHAT tactic he should have taken.that they’re so sure would have won everyone over, including themselves, so we can assume it was to sit down and shut up

If the constitution does not trump politics in a fight, then the whimpering stage of the republic will set in

They should get away from each other and study the constitution some time, with regard to what is going on

Approval and friends in Washington are what break a good champion of the people and their constitution.


24 posted on 10/21/2013 11:07:39 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Olog-hai
If he doesn't like it, he can run for Congress.

-PJ

25 posted on 10/21/2013 11:08:34 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: stanne

The dis?

No

The media spun away.


26 posted on 10/21/2013 11:11:01 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Olog-hai

The more I see of the list of those who despise Ted Cruz, the more I think he’s on to something real good.


27 posted on 10/21/2013 11:11:11 AM PDT by grania
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To: grania

he’s the kid who wouldn’t shut up about the naked emperor. keep it up ted.


28 posted on 10/21/2013 11:13:48 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Olog-hai

Ted Cruz is proving to be just about as good a “barometer” as Palin has been. Any time I see or hear someone disparage him, or roll their eyes at him, or demonstrate a subtle grimace at the mere mention of his name... and it’s clear that said someone is NO ally of mine, politically, culturally, or ideologically.


29 posted on 10/21/2013 11:15:30 AM PDT by greene66
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To: Olog-hai

Chamber is pro-amnesty. They can shove it.


30 posted on 10/21/2013 11:19:51 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Olog-hai

Chamber President should shut up and resign in disgrace.

He does not speak for business any more than the ABA speaks for lawyers.


31 posted on 10/21/2013 11:19:56 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: G Larry
Rule #1 when responding to ANY reporter’s question:

“Never accept the premise of their question!”

Quote from above - I saw some interviews of Ted Cruz and he does this all the time. His initial response is that “I don't agree with the premise of your question”.

As a top national debater in College, to a (real) editor of the Harvard Law Review, to Supreme Court Clerk, to a Solicitor who argued many times before the Supreme Court, this guy is the real deal.

That is why they all are trying desperately to shut him down now. But, the more you see and hear him, the more common sense you here. There is an all out effort right now to de-legitimize him.

He has 5 more years in the Senate (unless he seeks another job...). Not going to work.

32 posted on 10/21/2013 11:20:59 AM PDT by dan on the right
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To: SoFloFreeper

I have found the chamber to be an overpriced scam.

Their breakfast “networking” meetings are nothing more than an effort to solicit more suckers for overpriced memberships.


33 posted on 10/21/2013 11:23:19 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Olog-hai

Well, perhaps Mr. Donohue can practice gargling a cold cup of STFU.


34 posted on 10/21/2013 11:24:45 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Olog-hai

Yea, and maybe if that nut-ball Patrick Henry had just sat down and shut up we wouldn’t have had all that trouble with the British Crown!!


35 posted on 10/21/2013 11:25:22 AM PDT by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

With a chaser of GTH?


36 posted on 10/21/2013 11:25:33 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: jimbo123

my email to this loser:

I thank God for Ted Cruz and the fact he’s willing to fight on behalf of the American people. Your insult of Ted Cruz insults me. I’m a business owner in this great country and for the head of the Chamber of Commerce to reduce himself to insult a patriot as strong as Ted Cruz is shameful.

You need to come out and publicly renounce your crude comments.


37 posted on 10/21/2013 11:25:34 AM PDT by spacejunkie2001
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To: Olog-hai

I wonder if the esteemed Mr. Donohue would ever say that a Democrat should sit down and shut up.


38 posted on 10/21/2013 11:28:13 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: Olog-hai

Talking Points Memo is a left wing blog written by an idiot and followed by idiots. Don’t believe anything written on it.


39 posted on 10/21/2013 11:35:02 AM PDT by spandau-guard
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To: spandau-guard

Not hard to believe that the head of the US COC agreed with a liberal reporter. Especially a US COC head that used to work for the USPS.


40 posted on 10/21/2013 11:36:17 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
"US Chamber of Commerce"

In the Internet / Communcations era, are groups like the Chamber really relevant anymore, other than for backroom inside-the-beltway deals?

No wonder they were so upset with the shutdown; no operating government - no need for their "services".
41 posted on 10/21/2013 11:38:02 AM PDT by indthkr
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To: Olog-hai

I like how you think.


42 posted on 10/21/2013 11:40:25 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Olog-hai

If the Chamber of Commerce wants tax reform, they should ally themselves with the Tea Party, not fight it.


43 posted on 10/21/2013 12:13:05 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: popdonnelly

Given their origins, that’d be nearly impossible for them to do; given their current leadership, it certainly would be impossible.


44 posted on 10/21/2013 12:13:55 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

US Chamber of Commerce: one of the chief violators of our immigration and naturalization laws through enabling illegal aliens and their employers.


45 posted on 10/21/2013 12:21:56 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Olog-hai

Mr. Donohue, PLEASE stop being such a BIG A$$HOLE. /s


46 posted on 10/21/2013 1:10:55 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: Olog-hai

the Chamber is only “pro business” in the crony capitalist sense of “what’s in it for me” (the tax code and/or regulations favoring an industry, or favoring a buiness or segment of business with an industry, over others; special interest tax exemtions, tax subsidies, import quotas, loans insured by the taxpayers, and other forms of crony-capitalist use of the favors of big government) but NOT in the sense of industry nuetral, business neutral taxes and regulations that make for a transparent level playing field for ALL business at once


47 posted on 10/21/2013 1:32:22 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Olog-hai

To quote Eddie Cusack in Code of Silence “When I want your opinion, I’ll beat it out of you.” Ya gotta love the dialog in Chuck Norris movies.


48 posted on 10/21/2013 2:44:30 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: longtermmemmory

The Chamber of Commerce will get nothing from me except for criticism.

What a sham it has become.


49 posted on 10/21/2013 8:25:24 PM PDT by Memphis Moe
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To: jimbo123

1600 H Street.

But he’s not an insider. LOL


50 posted on 10/21/2013 8:28:48 PM PDT by ladyjane
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