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US Chamber of Commerce says no need for more jobs

April 15, 2012

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

It was the best of times for employers and the worst of time for employees.

It was now.

The US Chamber of Commerce on Sunday disclosed new initiatives aimed at curtailing the country’s job growth through lobbying. The initiative targets freshman representatives in the House and Senate by supporting them through their first term. As long as these reps continue to support USCC positions they will get virtually unlimited funding for all future campaigns. Since the SCOTUS ruling that corporations can spend unlimited funds on campaigns, USCC has pooled together resources and can funnel huge amounts of contributions to a single candidate.

But the new initiative sounds counterintuitive to many Americans.

“I thought the point was to create jobs,” said Mary Wollingsford of Dorchester, MA.

“Not really,” stated USCC president Tom Donahue, “Businesses need a fairly large reserve army of employees to be healthy.”

The concept isn’t new. Karl Marx discusses the reserve army in Capital. The basic idea is that in order to motivate laborers most efficiently, they need to be replaceable. If you employ an engineer, for example, that disagrees with you about the structural integrity of a new building, you can just fire him and find a more sympathetic one.

“We feel that there are plenty of jobs out there,” said Mr. Donahue, “If we create too many jobs then people will start to get uppity towards their bosses, because they will be less expendable.”

Don’t count on hearing any of this from politicians, however. All of them repeat time and time again how this or that proposal of theirs will create jobs, how the opponent’s policies will destroy them. What you need to look at is voting record. Then you need to read the entire bill, because, how else would you know whether the bill would have created jobs or not. Luckily we have a reliable mainstream news media to tell us all about the contents of these bills so we don’t have to read them.


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