In case you missed it, Public Citizen President Robert Weissman was on MSNBC with Keith Olbermann Friday night to talk about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s all-out assault on our democracy. The chamber has pledged to spend $75 million this election to elect candidates — mostly Republicans — who will further its pro-business, anti-consumer agenda.
Olbermann: We’ve heard, today in fact, that taxes kill jobs. That regulations kill jobs and, yet, somehow in the Clinton presidency there was massive job growth. If the Chamber is not really fighting regulation because it’s a job killer — that’s just a front for something else — what’s the something else?
Weissman: The hypocrisy of this claim is staggering. The reason we are in the great recession right now is because we don’t have enough regulation. If we had had regulation on Wall Street we wouldn’t be in the boat we’re in now. If we had had regulation in the Gulf of Mexico we wouldn’t have had the BP disaster . . . Why does the Chamber oppose regulation? Do they really believe it’s about jobs? No, they believe it’s about the bottom line for the big, multi-national corporations they represent.