In community upon community across America where Copperhead works, local small businesses reach out to their Chamber of Commerce affiliate with surety that the local ‘Chamber’ will join their opposition to a foolish and wasteful county, city or school “infrastructure” spending proposal. With only one exception (McLean County, IL) to date, they come back stunned to learn that not only will the local Chamber not voice any opposition to the extravagant proposal but they are most often going to publicly express their support for it. “Well what have I paid my dues for all these years for, if they are not going to represent us, too,” they often exclaim! What they are learning the hard way is what former President Herbert Hoover tried to warn us of below –
These days local ‘Chambers’ are using indirect taxpayer money to set up phony ‘grass roots’ organizations to carry their water. For more details see here.
The United States Chamber of Commerce has been bedded with the large corporate-America/government fascist-type “marriage” since the 1930s. What local government wants they too often get….at least as local ‘Chambers’ mostly stand. Meanwhile, the big contractors, big bond houses, etc. get to profit and the small businesses get to pay more property taxes and more dues to their local Chamber. Don’t look to your local Chamber of Commerce to be of any assistance. If you are a small business, decide for yourself if you want to keep paying your local dues.