For years, the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce has existed as nothing more than a pawn for government-growing politicians and the TV personal injury lawyer lobby. Founded by a former Democratic Representative and run by an uber-liberal public relations hack, the Chamber has fought for years against tort reform and workers’ compensation reform while refusing to support tax cuts and government spending caps.
It’s a joke people … much like its “10,000″ members, a figure it achieves by co-opting the entire membership directory of the S.C. Trial Lawyers Association … err, sorry, the “S.C. Association for Justice.”
Basically, on every issue that impacts small businesses, the “S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce” can be found opposing the best interests of small businesses.
It’s pure oxymoronisitude, were that a word.
Just last year, in fact, the Chamber endorsed a massive government-run economic development effort – with the caveat that the bureaucrats should also create a new agency to “lead” the state’s small businesses.
Gag us with spoons.
Indeed, within the framework of the health care debate, the S.C. Small Business Chamber specifically supports “a public option within the insurance exchange” as well as “a mandate for all individuals to have health insurance.”
Sheesh … and this is the group that purports to represent South Carolina small businesses?
So much for being the “reddest” state in the nation, people …
UPDATE: Yes, that’s a “snake in the grass” pictured above. An Eastern Diamondback rattler, to be precise …