Here is recent article Washington Post covering US Chamber of Commerce stance against “Buy US & use US workers only” provision in the Congress Stimilus package that all refiners need to be aware of. In addition to strong push to strip out this provision they have put full frontal attack to stop the E-verify system that makes it easy to check employees are legal US citizens/workers.
Refinery managers & workers are always very active in their hometown environments and contribute time, money & support to the US Chamber of Commerce but they have become a activitst against the US Workers/Producers and a lobbist for the Global Multi-National companies instead.
I think there should be a big pushback for the Chamber to drop this stance or lose the support of local US merchants and industries that support them. Especially in this case where it is about US taxpayers funding US companies to get US workers back into the workforce. We simply do not have enough money to fund a global form of this process (as it is the Wind Energy funding will put result in 3 foreign jobs for every 1.5 US jobs since so many of the parts are made overseas).
The scare tactics that US Chamber Tom Donohue use are completely false – this has nothing to do with sparking a trade war, it isnt about our trade partners it is about keeping US business & plants open. And another of his reference to Smoot-Hartley tariff causing a collapse in U.S. trade that caused the Great Depression is just stupid. Anyone who has looked into the cause of that depression knows it was casued by over speculation into stock market, the ending of US agriculture & horse transportation industry and the beginning of new Industrial area driven by the US Automobile industry, Railroad frieght and opening isolated local food markets to outside imports. And it was only WWII that pulled us out …… not the medling of FDR/Truman programs.
Please keep give anyone on Chamber some feedback to let them know they either need remove the US from thier organizations name or start living up to it.