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Another Reason To Back Trump: The US Chamber of Commerce Is Against Him

The establishment media tends to class the US Chamber of Commerce as a “conservative” organization and assume – wrongly – that its lobbying efforts advance conservative and Republican interests, but nothing could be further from the truth. 

The US Chamber of Commerce, and particularly its president, Thomas J. Donohue, represents the toxic alliance of Big Government and Big Business that we commonly refer to as the Wall Street – Washington – Donald TrumpSilicon Valley Axis. 

So when the US Chamber attacks Donald Trump and the trade policies he recently articulated in a speech in Pennsylvania CHQ readers should keep in mind that this is the same Tom Donohue who told Tea Partiers that they must raise the debt ceiling or “we will get rid of you.”  

Donohue is also one of the leading advocates for amnesty for illegal aliens and has promised to spend $50 million raised from the cheap labor wing of the business community to advance amnesty, the number one goal of Hillary Clinton. 

As CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie noted in his book, TAKEOVER, Donohue knows none of his member companies would run their business the way the Washington establishment runs the federal government. But his job isn’t to advocate for fiscal sanity or pro-growth economic policies, it is to protect the Wall Street–Washington– Silicon Valley axis that pays his salary. 

Forget for a moment the sensible policy specifics of Donald Trump’s speech in Monessen, Pennsylvania, here's what Trump said that really scared Tom Donohue and his paymasters in the Wall Street – Washington – Silicon Valley axis:

Many Pennsylvania towns, once thriving and humming, are now in a state of total disrepair. This wave of globalization has wiped out totally, totally, our middle class. It does not have to be this way. We can turn it around and we can turn it around fast. 

But if we are going to deliver real change, we’re going to have to reject the campaign of fear and intimidation being pursued by powerful corporations, media leaks and political dynasties. The people who rigged the system for their benefit will do anything and say anything to keep things exactly the way they are. 

The people who rigged the system are supporting Hillary Clinton because they know as long as she is in charge, nothing is going to change. The inner cities will remain poor. The factories will remain closed. The borders will remain open. The special interests will remain firmly in control. Hillary Clinton and her friends in global finance want to scare America into thinking small. 

In that Trump is exactly right, “The people who rigged the system are supporting Hillary Clinton because they know as long as she is in charge, nothing is going to change.” 

This goes for Speaker Paul Ryan, billionaires Paul Singer and Mark Zuckerberg and for the far-Left progressives of the Planned Parenthood Industry of Death and the refugee resettlement industry that is using our tax dollars to import Muslim terrorists to America. 

They are all part of a corrupt insider bargain between Big Government, Big Business and Big Lobbying – and they will do anything and say anything to keep things exactly the way they are

Trump made another point that should be self-evident to America’s political class – or perhaps it is self-evident and they are so corrupt that they just don’t care – and it is something that every voter should hear before the election:

America became the world’s dominant economy by becoming the world’s dominant producer. You know that from right here, right in this plant. 

The wealth this created was shared broadly, creating the biggest middle-class the world has ever known. But then, America changed its policy from promoting development in America — in, in, in America — to promoting development in other nations. That’s what’s happening and that’s what’s happened. 

We allowed foreign countries to subsidize their goods, devalue their currencies, violate their agreements and cheat in every way imaginable, and our politicians did nothing about it. Trillions of our dollars and millions of our jobs flowed overseas as a result. I have visited cities and towns across this country where one-third or even half of manufacturing jobs have been wiped out in the last 20 years. Today, we import nearly $800 billion more in goods than we export. We can’t continue to do that. This is not some natural disaster, it’s a political and politician-made disaster. 

In this Donald Trump is once again exactly correct – America’s economic meltdown, caused by improvident trade deals, unsustainable deficit spending by Congress, and a regime of unrealistic and uneconomic regulation is a political and politician-made disaster. 

The destruction of America’s middle class, wrought over the past two decades and continuing today, wasn’t caused by some inevitable, pre-destined economic force – it was caused by the leaders we elected and entrusted with our government. 

Today, despite President Obama and his Democratic Party allies trying to blue sky the numbers, more than 92 million Americans remain out of the labor force. 

How has this occurred if the economy is in “recovery” as President Obama and his Democratic Party allies claim? 

Donald Trump’s analysis that bad trade deals and currency manipulation are largely responsible for the destruction of our manufacturing base is certainly correct, but there’s another signature US Chamber of Commerce issue that didn’t get much play in Trump's Pennsylvania speech, and that is unlimited immigration, which has contributed as much, if not more, than NAFTA has to the destruction of America’s middle class. 

As Karen Zeigler and Steven A. Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies noted last summer, “Government data show that since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal).” 

This is remarkable, concluded Zeigler and Camarota, “given that native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the total working-age population.” 

Now here’s the key takeaway from Zeigler and Camarota’s study: “Though there has been some recovery from the Great Recession, there were still fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.” (Emphasis ours) 

As Senator Jeff Sessions, one of the real heroes of American politics and Trump’s first supporter in the Senate once pointed out, “Since 2009, the Administration has issued 5.5 million new work permits in excess of the regular immigration flow. This massive increase in the labor supply has occurred simultaneously with a steep drop in family incomes and a sharp rise in the number of Americans pushed out of the workforce. All of the jobs gains since the recession have gone to foreign workers, while the slack labor market has depressed median family incomes almost $5,000 in that time.” 

Back before the midterm elections in which Democrats were vaporized in large measure because of their support of amnesty and open borders, top pollster Kellyanne Conway, President & CEO of the polling company, conducted a poll that found likely voters were unequivocal in their support of immigration policies that protect the American worker.  

Although it would be nice if Republicans for once did the right thing on immigration simply because it was right and in the interest of American workers, AKA their constituents, politically, joining Trump and stopping this tide of foreign workers from destroying the quality of life for millions of American families should be a no-brainer for Republicans – were they not corrupted by the US Chamber of Commerce and their Republican donor-class open borders allies.

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