June 28, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
WASHINGTON, D.C. - National Restaurant Association Chairman Craig Miller was among a select group to meet today with President George W. Bush to discuss Social Security reform and its impact on the restaurant industry.
... "The National Restaurant Association is playing an active role in the Social Security debate representing the restaurant industry, which has more employees than any other industry paying into the Social Security program," said Miller. "The restaurant industry is the nation's largest private-sector employer with 12.2 million employees whose average age is 26 years old, and who contribute more than $20 billion into the Social Security program each year. ... "
At the meeting ... Miller pledged to the President that the Association would continue to educate restaurateurs and their employees about the importance of fixing Social Security. The Association's priorities for reform include: no payroll tax increases; solvency for the program to provide a government safety net for all retirees; and, an opportunity for workers to invest a portion of their payroll taxes in voluntary individually-owned and directed personal retirement accounts that can be used to enhance benefits.
Miller was joined by 16 other chairmen or high-ranking members of boards of directors representing some of the largest and most influential trade groups in Washington, including: National Mining Association; American Chemistry Council; Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.; American Bankers Association; Aluminum Association Board; Financial Services Forum; Securities Industry Association; Grocery Manufacturers of America; Business Roundtable; Bond Market Association; American Forest and Paper Association; Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Inc.; American Insurance Association; Edison Electric Institute; and National Retail Federation. For more information about the Association's position on Social Security reform or its other pro-employee/pro-employer public policy issues, visit www.restaurant.org. [emphasis added]It's dated today.
The National Restaurant Association is an example of the Right's takeover of the lobbying industry by the K-Street Project, converting these organizations into another arm of The Party. From Welcome to the Machine,
The corporate lobbyists who once ran the show, loyal only to the parochial interests of their employer, are being replaced by party activists who are loyal first and foremost to the GOP. Through them, Republican leaders can now marshal armies of lobbyists, lawyers, and public relations experts--not to mention enormous amounts of money--to meet the party's goals.Americans United says, "Compare that list of organizations to the list of the pro-privatizers in COMPASS" (note that this is a PDF document). Take a look at the organizations on this list, and you'll understand the power of the K-Street Project. It adds tens of millions of dollars a year to the Right's overall takeover efforts. Please take the time to read a few of the articles I point to with that K-Street Project link.
This signals that the assault on Social security is only entering a new phase.
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This will work just like the 2004 election -- put a pro-Social Security bumper sticker on your car, and you'll get fired. Talk to co-workers about defeating the Social Security wreckers, and you'll get fired. Etc., etc.
Posted by: richard at June 28, 2005 7:20 PM
Dave, you forgot the Chamber of Commerce
"These bonds are really nothing more than IOUs from one branch of government to another. They are not a real financial asset."
Remember that Social Security is only one issue they parrot the Republican party.
The truly astounding thing about this is that we are at least partially funding this with our tax dollars. Yes, it's true.
Consider the Blue Angels, sponsored by the Kalispell area Chamber of Commerce.
27 sponsors x $1000.00=$27,000.00 and
40, 000,000 to 50,000,000 spectators at
One Day Child Ticket (12 yrs. and under) $5.00 $10.00
Two Day Adult Ticket $25.00 $35.00
Two Day Child Ticket (12 yrs. and under) $10.00 $15.00
That's one hell of a lot of money to dump into something that isn't technically the Republican party, but it doesn't deviate a single syllable from George Bush's speeches either.
Posted by: grannyinsanity at June 29, 2005 1:21 AM
The Blue Angels had more than 17 million spectators last year, if they were all sponsored by Chamber of Commerce's, that's at least a couple of hundred million dollars flowing into the Republican Party.
Then we also have the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds
Posted by: grannyinsanity at June 29, 2005 1:25 AM
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