Know Thy TRUE Enemies! (Vol. 1)

By Jack Jodell, May 22, 2011

President Obama and congressional middle-of-the-road Democrats have been taking a lot of abuse lately over the poor state of the American economy, even though they had little to do with its cause. Some of this criticism is very well deserved. After all, joblessness remains high; wages have barely been rising at all for working people over the past 30 years (while corporate CEO salaries and perks have skyrocketed); benefits have seen drastic cutbacks; private industry unions have all but disappeared; and millions upon millions of good-paying American jobs have been (and still are being) outsourced to cheap foreign labor markets. Of course , conservative Republicans and teabaggers on Capitol Hill haven’t cooperated one iota with ANY of the President’s economic stimulus agenda, have instead obstructed it, and are now actively attempting to shut down funding for a good share of it. So, what little progress we’ve been making hasn’t been entirely the President’s fault, nor the fault of his party. We can and should hold them accountable for their weak attempts at reaching out to, and actual compliance with the conservatives. But we must always remember: they are NOT the TRUE enemies of the middle class, workers, or those on fixed incomes!

No, they aren’t the real villains in this repressive, regressive economic mess we are currently in. With this new series of posts, entitled “Know Thy TRUE Enemies!”, I will attempt to identify our REAL, TRUE enemies – the people whose deliberate greed, stupidity, arrogance, and intransigence are making life miserable and unneccessarily stressful for millions worldwide as well as here in our own country. 

CARL-HENRIC SVANBERG, CEO, BP
For a short time, I was torn between featuring this crook and Rex E. Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, the most profitable corporation this world has ever known. BOTH of their compensation levels are unjustifiably piggish in relation to that of most of their countrymen  ($1.1 MILLION for Svanberg vs. $9.73 MILLION for Tillerson), especially when you consider gasoline is hovering right under $4 per gallon and people are HURTING. The reason I decided to feature Svanberg is simply because BP is the one who has directly attacked our country by polluting our coastal Gulf waters, killing millions of aquatic animals, destroying the ecology as well as the livelihoods of millions of American fishermen, and HE HAS PAID OUT ONLY A FRACTION OF THE $20 BILLION BP PROMISED TO PAY OUT IN COMPENSATION TO THOSE DEVASTATED PEOPLE. Worse yet, he has continued to pollute the Gulf with that dangerous and ridiculously ineffective chemical Corexit which is NOT getting rid of spilled oil at all but only making it sink to the bottom of the sea, infecting and killing all kinds of fish and shrimp, as well as birds, snakes, and even HUMANS! Even WORSE THAN THAT, BP has successfully covered up any further news on the destruction their irresponsible oil spill has caused through a series of outright lying TV commercials used as propaganda! Yes, they’ve spent millions on propaganda while leaving millions of innocent Gulf citizens destitute.

DON’T GET ME WRONG, PEOPLE: ALL OF THE OIL COMPANY EXECS ARE CRIMINALS FOR DELIBERATELY OVERCHARGING YOU FOR GASOLINE, AND ALL ARE YOUR TRUE ENEMY, BUT SVANBERG IS THE WORST OF THE WORST!

THOMAS DONOHUE, President and CEO
of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

This 73 year old man has has turned what was once a more or less benign, loose-knit association of American businesses into the most potent, anti-labor business lobby in our history. They have become a major political donor, overwhelmingly to the now very conservative Republican Party. The Washington Post has said of him, “Nobody has mastered the new Washington game better than Tom Donohue.” That spells nothing but bad news for American working people.

While never having actually worked in the corporate world he so aggressively lobbies for, Donohue speaks for over 3 million companies. He has increased Chamber membership more than 15 times what it was at the start of his tenure in 1997, making it now the largest business advocacy group in the nation. The PAC he helped create played a major role in the defeat of then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) in 2004. This snake then went on to lainch major Chamber drives against President Obama’s health care reform and climate-change control initiatives.  A blunt-talking and ruthless business advocate, he has fought labor unions tirelessly. “…we don’t want to just talk about these issues and feel good about where we stand on them. We want to win!”, he has said. And he has done done almost anything to make sure the business community does just that. He has established the Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform, an activist group which has had many successes in courts at the state and local levels, in electing state attorneys general, and even in the Supreme Court. He actively lobbied for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ nomination, arguing that the very pro-business and close-minded Roberts practiced “fairness, keen intellect, open-mindedness, and judicious practice of the law.” Well, maybe for corporations he has, Mr. Donohue – but not for anyone else.

Under Donohue, the Chamber has accepted many millions of dollars in donations from foreign firms that engage in outsourcing. He has repeatedly had his Chamber put out issue alerts against Democratic efforts to encourage businesses to hire locally rather than following the crazy :free trade” outsourcing measures advocated by the Chamber and its huge profit-obsessed corporate allies and donors. As such, Donohue has actively campaigned tirelessly for the benefit of our new American oligarchy rather than for the hopes and dreams of American workers and American communities. He has told American workers to “stop whining” about outsourcing. He was once quoted as saying “while at one time organized labor played a valuable role in establishing workers’ rights when there were few protected by government, today it is clinging to a world that no longer exists, and, in doing so, risks becoming completely irrelevant and ineffective.” IRRELEVANT and INEFFECTIVE, Mr. Donohue? What could be possibly MORE relevant in the face of outsourcing American jobs and entire plants as American wages are frozen and falling than a strong organized labor presence? . Donohue’s efforts have borne only sour fruit for the vast majority of our countrymen. He is definitely NOT an advocate for the TRUE American way!

MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, PROGRESSIVES AND WORKERS: THOMAS DONOHUE AND HIS NOW-RENEGADE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ARE YOUR ENEMY!

 

So you see, folks: the President and his party are NOT the ones we should be focusing our political attacks upon. They have disappointed us, but they are not our REAL enemy!  We must keep our focus on the TRUE enemies of social and economic fairness in this country, for it is they who currently have the upper hand in politics and law. If  left unchecked, they will continue their insane far-right drive to strip regular citizens of all economic, legal, and social rights, and the leverage we have worked so hard for so many decades to achieve. Carl Henric-Svanberg and Thomas Donohue are but two of the many right-wing villains whose efforts we must fight to overcome. There are many. many more. Misguided partisan zealots like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, David and Charles Koch, Dick Armey, Grover Norquist, Paul Ryan, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, John Boehner,  and Mitch McConnell — they are ALL your enemy, and each will be spotlighted and exposed in future volumes of this series. WATCH FOR THEM!

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About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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12 Responses to Know Thy TRUE Enemies! (Vol. 1)

  1. Norman says:

    Well Jack, as usual, you’re spot on here. Will look forward to the other volumes in your series. I’m not so sure that the members of the Presidents party are not equally to blame though, especially the President for his performance. Perhaps they hold a – – – or a – – – – to his head, but there’s no excuse for the Democrats giving the Warmongers a free pass, nor giving in to Wall Street. The corruption is on both sides of the fence. All of what we see is the most piss poor KABUKI performance of all time. In my mind set, this country is being destroyed from within, but that’s what you are posting, just wish there was some way to bring this all together and produce a positive result, instead of watching it go down the drain. Again, good post, thanks.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Norman,
      You speak many volumes of truth.This country IS being destroyed from within. Greed and corruption and complacency are everywhere we look. That is why it is VITAL for us as progressives to form entire PEOPLE’S PARTY brigades to swarm to Democratic Party caucuses next winter and nominate ONLY progressive, untainted, for-the-people-ONLY candidates. Then, in November 2012 we must ELECT them! If we are successful in removing or even neutralizing the conservative feces-slide we’ve been engulfed in for much of the pasr 30 years, I DO believe Obama and the rest of the Democrats will finally return to the progressive, sensible, and FAIR roots they had until the Reagan era. It’s up to US! We cannot afford more complacency or collusion.

  2. osori says:

    Jack,
    excellent analysis – we need to shine a light on these cockroaches so this exactly what the situation calls for.
    I would agree with Norman though, it’s a Kabuki and Obama (as most elected officials of either party) is a willing participant in the dance. As you suggest, we need to cut the dirty money off at the source, and by this post you help to do just that.
    Thanks!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      You’re welcome, Oso. Though the odds are stacked against us, so too were they with progressives in earlier times. Our aim is not insurmountable. We must be as relentless and determined as Thomas Donohue, and with the help of our PEOPLE’S PARTY squads, we, too, will overcome!

  3. Tim says:

    Good post Jack.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thanks, Tim. How good it was won’t truly be able to be measured until November, 2012. It’s up to US to turn things around!

  4. Norman says:

    To all, Today’s blog of “Naked Capitalism” has a link to Matt Taibbi: “U.S. Politics”, that I think some might find informative, though I’m sure everyone already knows the score.

  5. Stimpson says:

    Interesting reading, Jack.

    Donohue’s an A-hole, no question about it. His chamber is a regressive force and an enemy of the U.S. working class.

    But let’s look at Obama with clarity. He said in ’08 that health care “should be a right for all Americans,” yet he settled for “reform” mandating that everyone buy health insurance from the very companies that have been buggering Americans without lubrication for decades. I’m not even sure “settled for” is the right phrase here, either; it seems to me that the so-called compromise the masses got was pretty much what Rahm Emmanuel and other White House aparatchiks wanted.

    Then there’s the issue of taxes. Boehner said that, if given no other choice, he would vote for a bill that extended Bush tax cuts for lower brackets but not the top bracket. So what did the Obama people do? Why, of course, they gave Boehner and his Republican colleagues a choice. Shiploads of revenue were forgone, setting the stage for cuts in social programs because the country “needs” to reduce spending.

    As I say, Donohue & Co. are A-holes and enemies of the working class. But, as Osori and Norman suggest, one could be forgiven for thinking maybe BHO & Co. are willing partners in the Repub fuckery.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Good points, Stimpson. As I have stated here and elsewhere, BHO as well as his weak-knned, limp-wristed party have been major disappointments for progressives, the working class, and the poor. My aim with this series, though, is to put the focus on the people who are corrupting those politicians who should be working for US, but oftentimes are not. To settle for the alternative is unfathomable.

  6. Jess says:

    I love these posts Jack. Oh that 3 million figure of businesses they say they represent through CoC, not really a good figure at all, it’s way less than that. Out of that, they only have a couple hundred that truly fund them and they are the big businesses, not the little ones. That all being said, if we want any kind of change we have to be, HAVE to be out in the streets talking to our neighbors our friends and find people that will stand up for us to send to congress. Now not to say there will not still be some blue dogs, because there will, can’t have a district in KY being represented by someone who would fit better in a San Francisco district if that makes sense. Campaign finance reform is another big thing that just has to be done so that these companies cannot brib…oops lobby the small number of people in congress to the detriment of 300 million others. Hell if I wanted to save my money I would do that too, not as many people you have to brib…oops lobby to get the best deal for my buck.

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