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!

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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14 Responses to Know Thy TRUE Enemies! (Vol. 1)

  1. tnlib says:

    It sounds so lame just to say, “I agree,” but I do, I do, I do. Looking forward to reading about the rest of the gang members.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      tnlib,
      One thing you can be sure of: they will ALL be the type of people you DON’T want your kids to grow up to become! A real sorry lot of “do as I do” or “I’ve got mine and to hell with you!”

  2. Joe Hagstrom says:

    Donahoe is as big an anti American scumbag as there is. A fuedalist of the highest order. This joker still complains about the “injustice” of the Magna Carta.

    This nut said outsourcing to foreign countries was good for America. It’s been good for him and his corporate croonies. Not for the America though.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      I couldn’t possibly agree with you more, Joe! By siding constantly with big business and parroting the bullshit “free trade” and “globalization” lines, everything Donohue says or does is a direct attack on working people. The guy is a massive fraud. If he were REALLY interested in prosperity for ALL Americans, he wouldn’t be so pro-outsourcing and anti-union. He would speak out and use his influence to curb corporate greed and work toward making fair, livable wages for ALL American workers be the goal of business. Instead, all he caters to is the profit margins of wealthy individuals who obtain their wealth by screwing everyone below them.

  3. If anyone doubted how much of a greedy, callous S.O.B. you have to be to rise to the top of the corporate ladder in the oil industry, they need only look at Svanberg and his predecessor. Civic responsibility and fair play don’t get a moment’s consideration from their kind.

    I have written about Donohue several times. He is a festering pus pocket on the hide of America’s economy and, especially, the country’s politics. He’s the Osama bin Laden of American plutocrats, and proud of it.

    The U.S. Chamber has become so radical-right and obnoxious under Donohue’s leadership, so devoted to Big Bu$ine$$ and the rich, and to hell with the rest, that according to reports last summer and fall, a bunch of local chambers of commerce have disassociated themselves from the national chamber and stopped sending it dues money. Good.For.Them.

    Now, I want to nominate someone for this series. He’s Bernie Marcus, co-founder and ex-CEO of Home Depot. Writer Thomas Frank spotlighted Marcus in a November, 2008, WSJ op-ed. Frank quoted Marcus having a hissy about the very idea of “card check,” predicting unions would soon be everywhere. And then Marcus said this:

    “If a retailer has not gotten involved with this, if he has not spent money on this election, if he has not sent money to Norm Coleman and these other guys,” Mr. Marcus said, apparently referring to Republican senators facing tough re-election fights, then those retailers “should be shot; should be thrown out of their goddamn jobs.”

    What a piece of work.

    • S.W.,
      I am not a violent man, but when I wonder why certain people DON’T get shot while other undeserving ones DO, Donohue and Marcus head the list. Thanks for the suggestion. I;ll dig up more dirt on this exploiter of labor worldwide and be sure to feature him. It will be a pleasuree, as one of my friends works at Home Depot and HATES it!

  4. Great piece, Jack. Your work is getting better and better. I hope someday, you will compile your “greatest hits” into a book and maybe publish it at Lulu.com.
    Speaking of the disappearance of the once-Great American Middle Class and all the union jobs, I’d like to point out there there is still one place in America where one can work a 40-hour week and still enjoy a decent salary and have good benefits: the U.S. government.
    Which raise a point that I’d like your feedback on (or anyone who’d like to contribute).
    I have a friend who is a hard-core, Limbaugh-listening Republican. He works for the government. He makes nearly $100,000 a year and enjoys lavish benefits (far better than anything available in the private sector). He gets loads of holidays, plenty of sick days and 6 weeks paid vacation. Oh, and he has a nice, fat pension to look forward to when he retires.
    Despite this, my friend never tires of lecturing me about how “evil” government is and how “wonderful” the private sector is. He’s always bashing unions and President Obama.
    By the way, I myself have never worked for the government. Nor have I ever collected one penny from any government program like jobless benefits, etc.
    And yet my friend never tires of lecturing me on the glories of the unregulated, dog-eat-dog jungle of unfettered capitalism.
    My question is this. How, exactly, should I respond to my friend? When I try to debate him, I’m often at a loss for words. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like if you’re a Republican, you shouldn’t be working for the f*cking government in the first place. You should go out and work in the private sector that you claim to love so much.
    I’m a bit unclear as to how to respond to this guy. I’d love to come up with a great snappy comeback to his hypocrisy.
    But is it indeed hypocrisy? Or do Republicans have every right to work for the government as the rest of us? I think they’re f*cking hypocrites on this. But perhaps I’m wrong.
    Does anyone have any thoughts or feedback on this?

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Marc,
      Thanks for your compliment, and I’m sorry you have such a blind, ignorant, and bviously self-centered “friend.” (Are you sure he is your FRIEND)?

      First of all, I would state that ALL qualified Americans should be able to work at a job providing a good salary and benefits, ample holidays, and at least 4 weeks of vacation, be that job public or private. WORKERS IN THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ALL CAN DO THIS, SO WHY CAN’T WE WITH ALL OUR RICHES?

      Secondly, I would just offer your friend the chance to swap your private sector job with his publuc sector one. Point out all the advantages he enjoys and how little of those same things you have. Remind him of the terrific medical bill you are stuck with. Or, ask him point blank, if government employment is so bad, why then doesn’t he just up and quit and position and find something similar or better in the private sector? Will he be willing to leave the security of where he’s at for the insecurity and uncertainty of the private sector? I think, if he is even 10% honest with himself and you, he will give pause and then shut his yap about how “evil” his employer is.

      Thirdly, I would strongly advise you to dump this guy and get a much more caring and better friend who has a lot more in common philosophically with you. Holy balls! With friends like him, who needs enemies? 🙂

  5. Tom Harper says:

    Thanks for exposing those 2 oil company CEOs. Donohue is well known as one of the biggest scumbags in the country; and the more bad press he gets, the better.

    I have a link you might be interested in. I bookmarked it a few weeks ago but never did anything with it. It’s about a rightwing behind-the-scenes organization called the American Legislative Exchange Council; they’re supposed to be even more influential than the Koch Brothers.

    I won’t put any html codes in, since that might send this comment to the spam folder. Here’s the URL:

    http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/05/american-legislative-exchange-council-even-more-influential-than-koch-brothers/

  6. Dave Dubya says:

    Well done! As we all know by now, the bottom line is clear. Democracy is under deadly attack. The Right is out to destroy all traces of a goverrnment of, by and for the people.

    Republicans are the instigators of class warfare. We all know who they work for. They share the authoritarian contempt that Soviet and Chinese Communists and fascist dictators hold for workers’ rights.

    Make no mistake; the Republican Party is the greatest threat to the small bit of democracy that we have left. Voter disenfranchisement under the false guise of “voter fraud” is a large part of their war on democracy. “Conservatives” hate democracy. Not real conservative people like the Amish or honest, humble working class Americans, but political Right Wingers who’ve hijacked the word conservative, like they slimed the word liberal.

    Now “Conservative” means anything that favors the agenda of the economic elite. And the elites are certainly opposed to democracy. Aristocracy will never tolerate democracy.

    Don’t take my word for it. Look what’s going down, from Union busting to the Patriot Act. This is fascism on the rise. The powerful elite have made the working people of America their enemies.

    And heed the words of the enemies of democracy:

    “I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” – Heritage Foundation co-founder Paul Weyrich

    This is nothing less than the struggle between democracy and Right Wing totalitarianism fronted by the Republican Party.

  7. Dave Dubya says:

    Marc,
    I have a FOX (R) viewing friend who retired with union benefits. I simply say to him, “You remind me of a black man in a Confederate uniform.”

  8. “You remind me of a black man in a Confederate uniform.”

    Good one, Dave. Best laugh of the day!

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