The Chamber of Commerce is Not Necessarily Our Friend

| October 15, 2010 | 8 Replies

Last night, I suggested rather sarcastically on Twitter that Glenn Beck’s “money bomb”, wherein he asked his legion of listeners to donate to the Chamber of Commerce, was not a very wise move.

That tweet started a discussion with a couple other Twitter users who felt that Beck sent a “message” to the President that we disagree with him. Yes, well that’s all well and good, but there are two or three points to consider. First, it’s fairly obvious that the Chamber is quite capable of defending itself monetarily. After all, the Chamber’s pledge to spend $75 million on advertising is what generated this whole fake controversy. I”m sure the Chamber has more than enough money to take out a couple extra ads. Second, it’s hard to send a message to a guy who is not listening or, worse, who is deafened by the nearby sound of sheep in peril.

More importantly, though, is the point that the Chamber of Commerce is pro-business, not pro-small government. That’s an important distinction that many conservatives forget to make. The GOP has gotten itself into a world of hurt backing businesses with intrusive legislation that favors some businesses while throttling others, or favoring businesses over the rights and freedoms of individuals operating in a free market. Michelle Malkin is working off the very same page this morning, with a link-filled post that shows the distinction very clearly. I recommend her post, and the links she provides, as required reading this morning.

The enemy of our enemy is not always our friend and we need to be careful who we back wholeheartedly. That is the point of Michelle’s post and my tweets last night. The Chamber of Commerce is more likely to side with conservatives, but that does not make it a conservative organization. There is a reason that it spends so darned much on lobbying efforts in Washington and the mountains of regulations generated by the Bush administration and a Republican Congress in the early 2000s is the result of the Chamber’s business-friendly big-government ways. I think we’d be wise to heed her parting words.

For the same reason that I generally advise folks to contribute to individual causes and candidates and local charities and organizations instead of Washington-based entities, I recommend that you think twice and hard before hopping on the heat-of-the-moment bandwagon and filling the national Chamber’s coffers.

A little due diligence now will prevent donor remorse later.

UPDATE: Did I mention how much I dig Michelle Malkin? It’s quite a lot, and not for the links either.

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