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US Chamber lobbyists map strategies to discredit progressive critics

By Sahil Kapur
Friday, February 11, 2011 10:45 EDT
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Report claims Chamber hired firm hacked by ‘Anonymous’

WASHINGTON – Lobbyists for the US Chamber of Commerce have been working with firms to develop methods to deceive and discredit the Chamber’s most vocal progressive opponents, according to documents obtained by ThinkProgress.

Lee Fang of the liberal blog reports that the Chamber and its hired firms mapped ways to attack labor and progressive groups that have taken on the powerful business lobby, “in particular ThinkProgress, the labor coalition called Change to Win, the SEIU, US Chamber Watch, and StopTheChamber.com.”

In one document prepared by a group called Themis, US Chamber Watch is singled out as “one of the most active members of the opposition.” It notes that the Chamber, unlike many of its critics, is “politically connected,” making its opponents “vulnerable to information operations that could embarrass the organization and those associated with it.”

A six-point plan to discredit the US Chamber Watch includes depicting it as a pawn of labor federation Change to Win, and tying it to labor leader Andy Stern and Velvet Revolution. It also proposes swindling the group by creating “a false document” about the Chamber’s finances and, once it’s publicized, providing “explicit evidence proving that such transactions never occurred.”

“Also,” it continues, “create a fake insider persona and generate communications with CtW. Afterward, release the actual documents at a specified time and explain the activity as a CtW contrived operation. Both instances will prove that US Chamber Watch cannot be trusted with information and/or tell the truth.”

ThinkProgress reports that the Chamber hired lobbying firm Hunton and Williams and a set of private security companies — HB Gary Federal, Palantir, Berico Technologies –  three of which apparently comprise “Team Themis.”

A Team Themis document said Phase I of the plan to “collect, analyze, and affect adversarial entities and networks of interest” would cost $200,000, and Phase II would cost $2 million.

The Chamber denied any knowledge of “the document” — though it didn’t say which one — and claimed it didn’t hire the security firm that created it.

“The security firm referenced by ThinkProgress was not hired by the Chamber or by anyone else on the Chamber’s behalf. We have never seen the document in question nor has it ever been discussed with us,” wrote Tom Collamore on the Chamber’s website.

Oddly enough, two of the security firms the Chamber is said to have hired — HB Gary and Palantir — made news recently after they were revealed to have devised tactics for Bank of America to discredit the anti-secrecy outlet WikiLeaks.

HB Gary was recently hacked by the cyber-protest group “Anonymous,” which published some 44,000 of its emails on the Internet.

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    I’ve hated the US Camber of Commerce for a long time…and I still do. Check out the Yes Men video where they hold a fake USCOC press conference announcing their recognition of the need to take action on climate change: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QHKcrAfjFw

  • http://twitter.com/comdown Cheryl

    COC – another rabid arm of the GOP, and designed for the same purpose, to destroy the middle class and remove all protections for the American worker. A task at which they are succeeding primarily because of the incredibly ignorant people who keep voting for them and AGAINST their own best interests. Amazing.

  • Anonymous

    These tactics are just plain comical. They’re fighting a losing battle using old world strategies. The media is the message. The internet enables free flow of information. The truth will set us free.

  • Anonymous

    According the the COC, work will set us free.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Yeah, but everyone needs guns to fight tyranny!!!!! LOL
    And it’s nothing but a dirty, rotten, commie trick.
    Er Socialists, er

    TERRA!! BOO!!!! LOL

  • Anonymous

    Slightly off topic here but is anyone else having trouble today accessing Bradsblog. comcast says its a server problem they cannot control.in any case I smell internet manipulation.Any one have any info on this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IA2XCA7JNM6SPZZG4HURXHEYBY Trippin Mczoink

    How can an organization with no credibility discredit anyone?

    Answer: by hiding their true identity, as codified by the Citizens’ United Supreme Court case.

    Yet another heavy blow to freedom by the fascist Benito and his co-conspirators Rastus, Stringbean, Red, and Biff.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IA2XCA7JNM6SPZZG4HURXHEYBY Trippin Mczoink

    Correction: work will set the Chinese free. Us, we have no work, nor are we going to get any in the coming reprise of a “jobless recovery.”

    We need to stop calling anything that’s jobless a recovery. The media should report the continual outsized profits garnered via Third World wages and benefits as what it is: the continued collection of wealth upward by harvesting the poorest of the poor who’ll settle for the least, not a fucking recovery.

    But the press works for business, not us. Every paper has a “Business” section, but none has a “Worker” section. Of course not! Why would they? They’re just the people who buy their papers, that’s all.

  • Anonymous

    The Chamber of Horrors is one of the top terrorist-tory group in america. Every factory, manufacturer in america would be based either in china, india and their mail box would be in the cayman islands. America would become a homeless shelter with a holey tin roof covering our asses that stretches from the left coast to the right coast if these bastards continue untouched.

  • Anonymous

    Off subject—Are you Yugoslavian? My grandfather was a _vic.

  • Obi-jonKenobi

    “It also proposes swindling the group by creating ‘a false document’ about the Chamber’s finances and, once it’s publicized, providing “explicit evidence proving that such transactions never occurred.”

    This is the same ploy that was used to discredit CBS and Dan Rather when they were pursuing the story of how George Bush avoided Viet Nam by joining the Texas ANG, proceeding to fail to keep his flight status current, and eventually avoiding even completing his required service. The records given to Mapes were accurate in content but not in form (the type font was different). As soon as the show ran on 60 Minutes, someone revealed the difference and the rest is history. Very successful in that it took down Rather and created a smokescreen that prevented the truth from coming out of Bush’s use of favoritism to join the Guard and avoid Viet Nam as well as his failure to complete his required service.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OQFBZ26C3VQ5ONGZGDBDY4BUU Mark A

    Just another example of someone in the corporate world trying to suppress truth. When will the rest of the country realize that the corporate world is corrupt, anti-democratic and anti-American?

  • Ed Dominguez

    The US Chamber is pro jobs as long as the labor is done overseas. This chamber is the most anti labor force around. Its funny how they have no problem that Canada, China, and most of the world has free health care. The chamber promotes jobs going overseas, lose a finger on the job overseas never see a bill, here job related finger loss workers comp pays, heaven forbid these ceo’s have to pay into workers comp. Labor cost is not the reason they leave the US, the ceo’s do not like the safety rules they have to follow, #1 biggest cost to these company’s.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OQFBZ26C3VQ5ONGZGDBDY4BUU Mark A

    And people wonder why we need Wikileaks and the Anonymous group. Instead of calling them hackers and terrorists, we should give them a badge and call them internet police. They are stopping crimes with truth. And if the Chamber of Commerce truly is trying to go after bloggers with smears instead of trying to counter their arguments with truth, then they deserve to be hacked and their documents exposed.

  • Anonymous

    If I were a business member and gauging the pitiful credentials of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it’s aloof behavior and sounding like a Fox News retard, not only would I distance myself and my business from these charlatans, I would tell them: “I want my money back”!! Your not a promoter, your a “grifter”.

  • Anonymous

    There is no honest factual news or information in America, only oligarch propoganda. They tighten the noose every day. Extending the Patriot Act, funding Blackwater, blocking net neutrality. The mother ship was sited over Jerusalem last week and went virtually unreported. We were their slaves and have always been their puppets. The aliens will soon end the charade reassert formal slavery.

  • Fedupin10

    Exactly right. It was Evil Brilliance to provide an exact re-creation of the documents, facts and all, but re-typed with equipment that did not exist at the time. In this way not only could they deny the document, but all the facts it contained as well.

    After they shot down Rather, we never heard about Bush’s AWOL again.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EHJJXSTSSOCXLTSQBUVIDYUF7M Dave

    Large parts of the business community are your enemy.

    The “Chamber” proves this. The scumbags that hire MILLIONS of illegal immigrant scabs prove this. The war on unions that business started back when Raygun took office prove this.

    Know who your enemy is.

  • ThatBostonMan

    Funny, everybody thought I was joking about the gang stalking “cyber vigilante” stuff.

    Like I said, the more the news comes out the more you’ll learn. Yes the US Chamber did hire professional cyber bullies (hackers) to stalk and discredit. And what is worse is you can expect to find that all the big corporations are hiring hackers to do this. It’s not just the US Chamber.

  • http://twitter.com/bujeeboo Sonya Lee

    If you own a business and are a Progressive, I hope you do what my husband and I did and drop your local Chamber of Commerce membership. True, the chapters are not the same as the National Chamber, but apparently the Chapters are starting to exert pressure on the National chapter and begging them to knock off the political stuff. It is working.

  • ThatBostonMan

    It’s not that simple. It’s more that a few CEOs within the business community have decided that the law isn’t as important as the bottom line. Those CEOs are your enemy. The CEO’s who follow the law are your friend.

    If CEO’s of corporations are paying black hats to break the law by hacking into your computer to find dirt on you, or entrap you via child porn and get your door kicked in, damn right the CEO of whoever is behind that is your enemy.

    The black hats can be your friend, they are just doing the job they were told to do under pressure.

    The white hats can be your friend, but they do a job too as security researchers.

    The person who sat in an office somewhere who decided you should be “discredited”, thats the one you should focus on. Leave the cyber soldiers alone as the cyber soldiers didn’t plan any of this and just received the orders.

  • ThatBostonMan

    Wikileaks I don’t have much trust in. Anonymous on the other hand has proven me wrong as they actually for once have accomplished something. They helped the Egyptian revolution and Raw Story should do a front page article on that. And they actually launched a real professional counter attack against HBGary federal which was impressive.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2NPRPRYZC3RF424Y4G4NKPY3FM Anya O

    People like Beck are going to be giddy over this. I can hear it now, “The government wanted to discredit me for speaking my mind because I hate progressives!”

  • Guest

    There are many undeclared wars in America right now, a war for corporate take over of washington dc, which by all means looks like it is winning or has already won as this president is allowing the bullies to bully without a fight at every turn, a war by big energy to keep out new totally sustainable tech that would make their fossil fuels become once again almost extinct, a banking industry that is in cahoots with the fed to run a ponzi scheme on the US taxpayer, on, and on, people had better wake up, the red coats are here, the red coats are here ……

  • Jaimie11

    Probably an Illinoisan.

  • Jaimie11

    And death.

  • Jaimie11

    Are those guns made in China too?

  • Guest

    Yes, this is exactly what came to mind as I read this!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EHJJXSTSSOCXLTSQBUVIDYUF7M Dave

    Many, many small businessmen in construction, landscaping, restaurants and factories have hired the 20 million illegal immigrant scabs in this country. You couldn’t employ than many illegals if lots of businessmen were not hiring them.

    They are economic traitors and it’s not just a few bad apples.

  • Anonymous

    The U.S. Chamber has had a long time goal of reducing the U.S. working people to a level where the working people are begging for a job and making no demands. When Nixon was running for his second term the Chamber endorsed him because his platform was close to meeting their goal.The exportation of U.S. jobs will end when we are willing to work at the same level as undocumented workers do.

  • Anonymous

    The U.S.Camber has had a long time goal of diminishing the American worker to a level where they are begging for a job rather than expressing what they desire. The exportation of American jobs will probably end when we are willing to work under the same conditions as the undocumented and third world workers of today are experiencing.

    Richard Nixon received the endorsement of the Chamber in his 1972 bid for reelection because his campaign platform was in agreement with their goals. Their goal is unchanged.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Mark (MarkusGarvey) Estrada

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  • Anonymous

    I’m from Chicago, until somewhat recently. Like most people from Chicago, I am Eastern European (Polish and Russian). Fortunately, I am not actually Rod Blagojevic, our somewhat embarrassing ex governor. Its good to hear that not everyone knows him.

  • Anonymous

    Well, we can’t expect to be just given our freedom. We need to compete for those jobs by demanding $0.10 and hour wages and fighting for the abolition of all health care for the working class.

  • Anonymous

    How about all of blogger and the “American People” who owns America, go and investagate the U S Chamber, its about time for “What is good for the Goose is good for the Gander” and they are just people. They sit on the you know what and do the same thing “We the People Do” Dig, Dig, Dig, because they will cover, cover cover up all their dealings. I bet anything on it.

  • Anders Christensen

    They are loosing their touch. With old style new-papers and smear-campaigns, they were on the top, but on the Internet, they just fumbles around. Even the ‘expert companies’ the pay to be their hired guns do not seem to know what they are doing.

  • Anonymous

    Right out of the Rove/Ailes playbook.

  • arianna issa

    Ve are every vhere! Vhat happen in Egypt not happen here! As my boy friend alvays says to me all time “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling the transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. Sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to Huffpo Zone! And he shouldt know dees thingks, he billionaire congressman.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! Beat me too that suggestion… wondering if any business owners here (been me at times). I hope for good things for your business, whatever it is.

  • Anonymous

    “and went virtually unreported.” Really? You couldn’t escape that story! Perhaps if you were living under a rock with no internet access, you missed that story.

    Perhaps you’re disappointed that it wasn’t treated as “an event” but rather what it was, literally: Videos posted by un-named person or persons. Unverifiable, easy to fake (ooooh, they added a light to videos from two separate cameras… ohhhh… no human could possibly do that!) And not treated as a real event rightly so…. it has been shown, beyond any doubt, that the ‘camera shake’ is added post filming.

  • Anonymous

    A cut of the local dues roll uphill to the National.

  • Anonymous

    Time to probe deeper into the Chamber and their whore lobbyists. Start leaking home addresses, tel. numbers, email addresses, compromising photos, etc. There are way more of us than them. Make those in charge fear the people.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I love it when corporate espionage against citizens gets pantsed in public. There are so many people who believe this sh&t never happens,,,because they didn’t see it covered on Fox…so it doesn’t exist. Fact is, it does exist…and manipulation against advocacy groups is at an all time high, this time by private sector instead of just law enforcement groups. What separates our era from the era of 60s and 70s counter culture is that think tanks and corps are doing their own dirty work instead of just letting the FBI and CIA do it on their own. Interestingly, this makes it a more viable fight…as long as your conscious of it happening. Crucif*ck these bastards with the evidence of their own crimes.

  • Anonymous

    I could not access Bradsblog either. I found an interesting thread on DU:
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439×393202

  • Anonymous

    Did you notice they wanted to use the same tactic that was used on Dan Rather?

  • Anonymous

    I thought maybe you were Slavic and just used his name. I heard him being interviewed on the Alex Bennett Sirius Left program and thought he was great. He is not mainstream and sounded like he did a lot for his people there. You may know different. I would hang with him.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a link to a page where Brad Friedman describes the outage of bradblog.com, which appears as though it may be part of the foul play that’s described by the above article: http://www.mikemalloy.com/

  • Ignatzfattis

    So much for HP Gary’s claim that Aaron Barr was a Rogue Agent -appearently this kind of BS is what they do for a living. How low can you get.

  • Anonymous

    I have never had any dealings with the CoC, but I once owned a store in a town where the local chapter was very active. One day, the owner of the restaurant two doors up from us hosted a free luncheon for the Chamber and hundreds of business owners and their friends showed up for the free eats. I didn’t attend because I wasn’t a member, but later on I talked to the owner and one of his waitresses. He said they brought several times the number of people they had promised and he lost his shirt on all the food he had to provide, and he would never do another thing for the Chamber again. She told me that only one person, out of all those rich people who ate the free food, had left a tip. After that, we started calling them “The Chamber of Horrors.”

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Blackwater!

  • Anonymous

    Well…well…well…Chamber of Commerce, the representative of slimy Multi-National Corporartions and Banks…while President Obama and every other politician (especially the GOP and moderate Democrats) in Washington D.C are trying to suck up to, appease and genuflect before their alter of gold… kicking the American people (people who work for a living) who get in their way, in the nuts….at every chance…I’m with Kucinich…all the crooked Corporate toadies in Washington D.C., deserve a primary challenge, but please keep the right-wing crazies, (who have been manipulated and fooled) by Corporate propaganda blasted at them night and day from FOX via Corporate moguls like Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ails, David and Charles Koch, Tom Donohue, Pat Buchanan, Dick Armey and Newt Gingrich (through Palin, Hannity, O’Reilly, Bachmann and Limbaugh)… the (tea-baggers and the “Christian” Bible-thumper for profit gang) out of it….

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    They know it but don’t want to believe it. If that makes sense. They are not ready to go to the streets, yet. We may not have our Cairo as long as Americans are in (excuse the pun) de-Nile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Martin/100000564476826 Gregory Martin

    Every blogger to the Left of Attila the Hun can expect to be the subject of a dossier collected by Right-wing industrialists. The more charismatic and articulate ones will be observed by private investigators who will scour every record they can find, looking for dirt. Keep this in mind and organize personal and digital firewalls around yourself as you’re not paranoid, someone really is watching you!

  • Anonymous

    You’re right, for the most part. Here’s the deal with Blago. He actually had the guts to raise the minimum wage, and he wasn’t afraid to demand Walmart cut their bullshit. I supported that. My union (at the time) had been pursuing both these issues for a long time. I too had been pursuing these issues for several years. Its just really unfortunate that he’s always very close to the middle of every northern Illinois scandal. I’m kind of used to it, but also tired of it..

  • Anonymous

    Brads back up and running.Thank you for the link.

  • Anonymous

    The Egyptians’ strength was that they were peaceful protests. If there had been guns, it would have been only a few hundred fighting running gun battles and losing. As it was, the massive crowds were made up of men, women, children, older folk, professionals, working folk, students, and… That broad base and cross section of the population gave them tremendous credibility.

  • Anonymous

    The US Chamber of Commerce is a straight-up fascist organization.

    They are brownshirts and will put us in camps if they can get away with it.

    Act accordingly.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    The USCC is nothing but another criminal operation. It exists to benefit corporate interests only and to further destroy the middle class. It, along with the NRA, should be disbanded and its officers jailed.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    You got it, fight fire with fire. Destroy these criminals.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    The redcoats are not only here, but are running the show.

  • Anonymous

    And conservatives claim that conspiracy theories are just an element promoted by the looney left…. promoted because they are TRUE.

  • http://twitter.com/sacxtra sacxtra

    The Chamber of Horrors is a better name.

    Now I ask, could Citizens United and the Chamber of Horrors be teamed up using electronic harassment techniques on targeted individuals? Are you microwaving your neighbor?

    If so why isn’t this domestic terrorism?

    Or is it that the (false science) DSM-IV-TR is used to make people who point such things out into mental patients. The reality is the bastardized law enforcement, won’t admit invisible physics and electronics are exploited to spy and even cause pain, torture and death and it’s really tough to prove such things while at the same time being forced to undergo psych eval so they can lock you up on the funny farm for the rest of your life.

    Sadly some of us out here come from an electronics background but we are not lawyers.

  • Anonymous

    Chamber of Commerce=Chamber of Fascists.

  • Anonymous

    You couldn’t hire that many illegals if Americans wanted the jobs they take. I know, This economic traitor has hired many. And at wages of $15-$30 an hour. This probably doesn’t match your world view but it is a fact.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EHJJXSTSSOCXLTSQBUVIDYUF7M Dave

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Yeah blah, blah. I’m sure you are telling the truth because it’s impossible to lie on the internet. Millions of “lazy” people are just stiing on their asses cause they don’t want to be paid 15 to 30 bucks an hour. We have a REAL 20% unemployment rate. People are absolutely desperate for any kind of work and you come here with some laughable fairytale and expect people to believe it.

    Very enlightening the way you jump to the defense of americas economic traitors though and simultaneously disparage american workers. Pretty much shows what kind of person you are. Yeah you are quite a guy.

    Illegals are hired cause the are cheap labor SCABS and you will obviously say any old crazy thing.

  • Anonymous

    Liked the story about rich people, but fyi, local Chambers aren’t always wingers like the national organization. Many local ones, like where I live, work very very hard to distance themselves from the national one. Some have completely broken with the national one.

  • enorceht

    kock bros, chamber of commerce, and 3 supremes roberts alito & thomas is this country’s mubarack, they all need to be banished

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    ….and Nazis !

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    DON’T Forget BENITO ALITO ! and kennedy.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    Remember what happened to Dan Rather and Acorn …….ie?

  • Anonymous

    I’m just telling you the truth, but “you can’t handle the truth” This is not cheap labor, as I said fifteen to thirty dollars an hour. We do construction in Philadelphia of townhouses with a mostly Brazilian workforce. They are honest and work hard and we have not had any success with hiring local people for construction in Phila.. Most do not like physical labor and drop out quickly. This is not something new, much of the discussion on immigrant jobs has centered on the fact that Americans don’t want certain jobs, this is true.
    You just don’t want to add any information to what you already “know”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GGLVRSUQREBGFDKXL3L37VOWFQ anti-gop

    The chamber of criminals!

  • Anonymous

    They disdain Americans as just dumb clucks who buy their stuff. We are their pawns, blindly following where they want us to go.

    Well, there’s a remedy for that: don’t buy anything they are involved with.

  • Anonymous

    The US Chamber; subverting Democracy by any means possible. These assholes need to be shut down.

  • Anonymous

    At least this sounds better than “the Cold War.” And there’s a more than fair chance the more intelligent side will win. Especially as wireless networking explodes, as it appears ready to do.

    The information these clowns provide can be wonderful ammunition against them. I would cite this article as a commendable start in diminishing the CoC’s credibility.

    P.S. Am I the only one who wonders why we always have Colons, Dicks, Kochs, and Turd Blossoms behind so many nefarious activities?

  • Anonymous

    Trust Business! It always knows what is best for you!

  • SocialistCafe

    I wonder if libertarians ever read this stuff. Or do they only read things that glorify businesses?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EHJJXSTSSOCXLTSQBUVIDYUF7M Dave

    US Chamber Watch

    http://www.fixtheuschamber.org/
    ____________________________________________

    Great website that reveals the US Chamber of Commerce’s dirty tricks

  • Anonymous

    The Chamber of Horrors lies, many Republican legislators lie, Beck lies, Fox lies, some Dems lie, etc.

    It will only get worse as Big Media consolidates.

  • Anonymous

    chamber of commerce? they would sell you, your jobs, and your dog, in a heartbeat. IF these dickfaces had hearts.

  • Anonymous

    This certainly is scummy, but have any laws been broken? That would seem to be an important detail, but I don’t see it addressed in the story.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TTCYMSQW7E5EVBYYMS2YSNCSAM Anonymous

    I’m appreciative of the information. Now I know which anti-US Chamber of Commerce groups are the most effective to subscribe to.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    If people are walking away from $30 an hour construction jobs it is because the boss is a complete abusive asshole. Sorry to burst your bubble but I know plenty of white, American construction workers who would b e happy to work for that. Of course I have seen a lot of bosses who shout out $15 to $30 an hour, actually pay $10/ hour and you have to fight them for that. They claim the remainder is benefits or count their unemployment insurance and FICA payments as wage. That dog don’t hunt.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    They only believe things that glorify businesses.

  • Anonymous

    Thirty was our most experienced carpenter. At this stage in the economy we are obviously doing less building but $15 is the lowest we pay, no one in the city can survive on much less. I imagine you are not in a large city. We do not take wages out for fica and unemployment insurance. We have not done well with american workers, one took a job at depot part time and was napping and sneaking off site. Another stole tools ($4000 + worth) from a site. It seems like the brazilians are the only ones who will show up day after day and do their job. We are not alone, I heard a radio interview on NPR with a builder in the midwest who said his workforce was mostly immigrant. American workers do not seem to want blue collar jobs. One last detail, for three years I had my lawn mowed by a former contractor (it was not cheap) who just didn’t show up on the fourth year after hemming and hawing about it. Who mows it now? The mexican man who saw the grass looked a little long and came to the door and asked if he could do the job. I would think a local kid would want to mow but could find none. A lot of americans consider manual labor beneath them, especially college educated workers, and it seems immigrants do not.

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