5.24.2005

Bush Doesn't Like It When Mommy & Daddy Fight

Business Groups Tire of GOP Focus On Social Issues
HAHAHAHA! What is that They Might Be Giants said? "You can't shake the Devil's hand and say you're only kidding"?

John M. Engler, the former Republican governor of Michigan who now heads the National Association of Manufacturers, vowed before the November elections to use his trade association's might to back President Bush's judicial nominees. But as the Senate showdown approaches, the business group is delivering a different message: Judges are not its fight.

NAM's decision to sit out the brawl may be indicative of a broader trend. From Wall Street to Main Street, the small-government, pro-business mainstay of the Republican Party appears to be growing disaffected with a party it sees as focused on social issues at its expense.

"I'm inclined to support the Republican Party, but the question becomes, how much other stuff do I have to put up with to maintain that identification?" asked Andrew A. Samwick, a Dartmouth College economics professor who until recently was chief economist of Bush's Council of Economic Advisers.

"I don't know a single business group involved in the judicial nominees," said R. Bruce Josten, an executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "Nada, none, zip."
Well except for the massive protections folks like Owens have granted business to pollute and not be held accountable. And those class action suits. If you don't count stuff like that, then no, no they don't have a dog in that fight.

Here's the really fun stuff...
Mark A. Bloomfield, whose business-backed American Council for Capital Formation pushes for lower taxes on savings, investment and inheritances, said the business community is no longer the GOP's base.
"American Council for Capital Formation"?? Sounds like a Grover Norquist wanna-be... bet he runs it out of his basement in some old house over by Whitlow's in Arlington? (We love Whitlow's!)

And what do the so-called "christians" say?
For social conservatives, the turnabout is fair play. Evangelical Christians had grown leery of a Republican Party that courted their interests in election years, then turned its legislative attention to business and economic concerns as soon as the polls closed, said Gary L. Bauer, a former presidential candidate and president of American Values, a conservative religious advocacy group.

[snip]

"Social conservatives expect their agenda to win out," Bauer said.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA... they can expect that all they want, but once they start threatening The Man's plans? They're f@#king right out on their asses. The Man doesn't do Theocracy.

Makes you wonder who the Devil here is.

(Thanks to the Sirotablog!)

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