Monday, June 10, 2013

Capitol Hill Staffers have positive opinion of Corporations, not so much for labor.

“The poll comes amid rising complaints from the private sector that Capitol Hill doesn’t understand or appreciate business.”-Politico

Businesses feelings are being hurt.

The above quotation from the Politico article below reminded me of a recent poll here in Wisconsin by corporate lobbyist Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce.

In fact, I was so appalled by this comment by WMC President/CEO Kurt R. Bauer, that I wanted to give it its own blog post. I can’t really imagine what would make someone think like this, especially after the jobs losses due to the Great Recession:
“Many employers say burgeoning government sponsored benefits like protracted unemployment insurance and other entitlement programs are undermining workers abilities to re-enter the workforce,” Bauer said. “People don’t keep their skills up when they can get unemployment benefits for 24 months along with other entitlements. Employers can compete against each other on wages, but they can’t compete against the government on handouts.”
Again: “The poll comes amid rising complaints from the private sector that Capitol Hill doesn’t understand or appreciate business.”

This should tell you something our corporate takeover.  I know, it sounds clich├ęd, but…there’s nothing secret or “dog whistle” about it anymore, as corporations decide how they’re going to tweak the few remaining nagging details. Even staffers on Capitol Hill trust business over labor...help:           
Corporations are still seen as trustworthy and necessary by Capitol Hill staffers, according to a new survey … of 328 bipartisan congressional staff:
65 percent of Hill staffers have a positive opinion of corporations — calling them very or somewhat trustworthy. Less than half — 49 percent —say the same about organized labor.

71 percent of Hill staffers found meetings with CEOs and top executives useful to do their jobs, while only 45 percent said the same about meetings with labor leaders.

64 percent of Hill staffers said that meeting with corporate lobbyists was a helpful activity in formulating policy, while only 45 percent reported that meeting with labor lobbyists was useful.


Again: “The poll comes amid rising complaints from the private sector that Capitol Hill doesn’t understand or appreciate business.”

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