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Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Populist" Glenn Beck urges viewers to donate to corporate America.

Beck is urging his viewers to donate to the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber purports to support small businesses but the reality is they shill and are supported financially by the largest corporations. With a war chest of $75 million for the mid-term elections alone they are not lacking in funds. The fact that the Chamber is under attack from the left is enough to to convince Beck's followers that the Chamber is working to protect the interests of the sverage American.

From Media Matter;

Now, the Chamber of Commerce is not simply an advocacy organization pursing an ideological agenda, like the National Rifle Association or the National Right to Life Committee. It is a trade association representing some of the largest corporations you can think of. Its board of directors counts among its members executives from Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, AT&T, US Airways, JPMorgan Chase & Co., IBM, and Verizon. It is The Establishment incarnate.

And Glenn Beck is calling on his hardworking listeners to donate money to the Chamber. He is literally asking American workers to give their hard-earned wages back to their employers, so their employers can use that money to advocate a public policy agenda that benefits the rich at the (again: literal) expense of everyone else. It’s incredible. It’s such a twisted scheme that it’s easier to believe as a piece of performance art meant to mock right-wing pseudo-populism. Though if it was art, it would be dismissed as overly broad and heavy-handed.

The Chamber opposes consumer protections for in financial reform, they oppose regulations to ensure food safety, they oppose workplace safety regulations, they support outsourcing jobs to other countries, they support allowing large corporations to avoid taxes through offshore shell comanies and Beck has convinced them that they should part with some of their hard earned money to support this agenda.

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