Monday, October 15, 2012

The Company They Keep

Steve Southerland (Republican, FL-02) announced his endorsements last week:

  • Associated Builders and Contractors

  • Associated Industries of Florida

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • . . .

“It is an honor to know we have the backing of such a deep and diverse coalition of support representing thousands of North and Northwest Floridians,” said Southerland. “I take pride in knowing that our efforts to advance freedom are drawing a lot of attention and gaining momentum by the day.”

Uh huh. Let's look at this list:

  • Associated Builders and Contractors' Florida affiliate doesn't have a website that I can find, but they are listed among the members of Florida Employers for Immigration and Visa Reform, whose mischief is what you suspect.

  • Associated Industries of Florida publishes its lobbying priorities, among which is a steady supply of cheap foreign labor. 

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce' (why aren't they called the Globalist Plutocracy Chamber of Commerce already) long-running efforts to immiserate American workers and bankrupt the country with open borders needs no introduction, but for a review see here, here, and here.

That said, and in happy contrast, Southerland has the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business, which, in addition to having been the plaintiff in the doomed challenge to Obamacare, supported the SAVE act endorsed by Numbers USA, and from what I've read on their website, they seem intent on helping their members actually comply with immigration law rather than, you know, break it.

So, there's that.

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