Saturday, September 25, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Erica Carle
September 25, 2010

Chamber of Commerce – Change Agent Since 1912

Americans are joiners. They love to be ‘accepted.’ Being a member of a group that has national or international blanket connections makes most of them happy. If the connections claim to speak for them, that’s OK. They assume the decision makers are working for the welfare of all members. However, the larger the organization the more impossible that becomes.

The Chamber of Commerce of the United States and the International Chamber of Commerce are blanket organizations. The U. S. Chamber claims to represent more than 3 million businesses and organizations. Of course, the Chamber can’t really represent them. It represents itself while claiming the membership sanctions its policies.

It is easier for Congress to enact legislation if there is a large pressure group calling for passage. No group can apply the pressure more effectively than the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Congress recognizes the Chamber as the voice of business. Over the years, while claiming to be in favor of free enterprise, the Chamber has advocated the following legislation and policies.

DECEMBER 23, 1913 – President Wheeler and a chamber committee urged before the Senate Banking and Currency Committee the establishment of a Federal Reserve System.

JULY 1937 – The International Chamber of Commerce, organized in 1920, is bringing together the business leaders of all countries for the exchange of ideas and it is building an economic foundation under the many movements for world peace…

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