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Beltway Prom Night hangover: AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce now dating

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 26, 2011 04:14 PM

Hey, remember when I warned you not to lose your heads during the midterm election season and fork over your hard-earned money to the open-borders, pro-bailout, pro-porkulus U.S. Chamber of Commerce?

Sad to say, the told-you-so moment has arrived.

Reminder:

I blasted the White House thug tactics against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce again in my column today — and made the point that the Left’s donor suppression effort is about much more than just the Chamber of Commerce.

Unfortunately, some are getting carried away with lionizing the Chamber.

My Fox News colleague Glenn Beck yesterday urged his radio listeners to participate in the “largest fundraiser for the Chamber.” Several readers wanted me to join in.

Sorry, but I can’t think of a more perfect illustration of that old saying that “the enemy of your enemy is not always your friend.”

If you have followed this blog over the years, you know I have opposed illegal alien amnesty in all forms, opposed the bipartisan TARP bailout from day one, opposed the bipartisan auto bailout from day one, and opposed the Obama stimulus from day one.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is one of the staunchest promoters of amnesty and joined with the AFL-CIO/ACLU to oppose immigration enforcement measures. They oppose E-verify and sued Arizona over its employer sanctions law.

The Chamber supported TARP, the auto bailout, and the stimulus.

The Chamber is supporting a pro-Obamacare, pro-TARP, pro-card check, pro-stimulus, pro-amnesty Democrat in Arizona over his free-market GOP challenger.

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.

Well, them chickens have come home to roost.

The day after the Date of the Union, there’s still some nauseating hanky-panky going on. The Chamber has joined with the AFL-CIO to push Obama’s infrastructure spending agenda.

Via The Hill:

Two of Washington’s biggest rivals released a short joint statement Wednesday to push for more spending on the nation’s infrastructure.

In the statement, leaders of the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said they applauded President Obama’s call in his State of the Union speech Tuesday to create jobs and grow the economy by rebuilding America’s crumbling roads and bridges.

“Whether it is building roads, bridges, high-speed broadband, energy systems and schools, these projects not only create jobs and demand for businesses, they are an investment in building the modern infrastructure our country needs to compete in a global economy,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Tom Donohue, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “With the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO standing together to support job creation, we hope that Democrats and Republicans in Congress will also join together to build America’s infrastructure.”

Mother of all Big Dig Boondoggles, here we come!

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AFL-CIO thug-in-chief Richard Trumka flashbacks:

AFL-CIO: Limited government activists hold “cultish beliefs”

Big Labor thug Trumka: Left must “take control of the national conversation”

Big Labor’s legacy of violence

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