CA's Chamber of Gutlessness

CA's Chamber of Gutlessness

I was pleasantly surprised to see the California Chamber of Commerce launch a hard-hitting TV ad targeting Jerry Brown. The Left always depicts California’s business community as a counterbalance to the power of the state’s well-funded and surly public employee unions, but the reality is that the Chamber has rather liberal leadership and is most interested in cutting deals with whomever is in power. The Chamber, for instance, has been good about battling job-killer bills that threaten its members, but has been AWOL or actively on the wrong side on property rights and other core freedom and limited-government issues. During the Gray Davis administration, the Chamber gave 90 percent of its money to Democrats. And it always goes for those soft-left proposals such as open primaries, etc.

Sure enough, the Chamber backed down in the face of pressure and, according to the Meg Whitman campaign, threats from the AG’s office (as opposed to the campaign). Brown will be an absolute horror for the state’s business community based on his actions and long-held leftist viewpoint, yet the Chamber backs down on its first big fight. Sadly that’s not surprising. What’s the chance the AG’s office will be livid when unions do the same thing on Brown’s behalf?

Given that Brown apparently believes that corporations and capitalism (at least what’s left of it in California) are basically evil, it might be a good time for some courage by the business community. There’s none at the Chamber, so it might be time for independent-minded businesses to look somewhere else for help — either that, or start scouting locations in Nevada, Texas or Arizona.

–Steven Greenhut

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  1. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 9 April, 2010, 12:18

    Illegal, immoral, or unethical, it doesn’t matter what the Chamber says or does. If the target is to the left of Attila the Hun, anything goes.

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  2. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 9 April, 2010, 14:35

    Most sensibly run busineses have already left, note unemployment rate.

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  3. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 12 April, 2010, 08:57

    MYTH: California’s high-taxes and cost of doing business is driving businesses and jobs to states with fewer regulations

    FACT: California loses very few jobs from businesses leaving the state. In fact, only 11,000 jobs leave the state annually out of a total of 18 million jobs. That’s only 0.06% of California’s total jobs that are lost by businesses moving out of state. The biggest job creation and loss engine are businesses opening, expanding, shrinking and closing within the state due to normal business cycles-very few businesses leave the state to our neighbors.

    California has lost fewer jobs than our ostensibly “business-friendly” neighboring states. California does not rank in the Top 10 of states suffering job loss from 2008-09 and three of our five neighboring states lost more jobs than California. Our low-tax neighbors of Arizona, Nevada and Oregon had over 6.5% job loss, while California only had 4%. Even notoriously low-tax, little regulation states like Florida and the Carolinas have suffered more job losses than California.

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