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By Mark McLeod
Posted on: May 3, 2011
President Obama gave an important speech summarizing his Administration’s position on energy-related public policy on March 29, 2011.  It was wide-ranging, intelligent, articulate, broad-minded, diplomatic, and ecumenical. While all Presidents from 1968 onward have delivered similarly ambitious energy proposals, only a small percentage have actually been implemented and realized.  With that in mind, I believe ASBC needs to understand this speech from three different vantage points: 1) that of the Administration; 2) that of outside energy experts, and 3) that of a historian. Vantage Point 1:  ... read more
By Jeffrey Hollender
Posted on: March 29, 2011
Though the corporate tax rate is 35 percent, 115 of the 500 companies in the Standard & Poor’s index paid total corporate taxes of less than 20 percent over the last five years. Consider that:     Boeing paid a tax rate of just 4.5 percent;     Southwest Airlines paid 6.3 percent;     Yahoo paid 7 percent;     Prudential Financial, 7.6 percent; and     General Electric, 14.3 percent. Surprisingly, those paying more than the average were Exxon Mobil, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Starbucks, Wal-Mart and Walt Disney. The Business Roundtable and the Chamber of... read more
By Jeffrey Hollender
Posted on: February 12, 2011
Yesterday, Matt Madia, a policy analyst at OMB Watch, Robert Weissman, president at Public Citizen, Peter Iwanowicz of the American Lung Association, and I participated in a media briefing to call attention to Representative Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) plans to hold hundreds of hearings to investigate the Obama administration this year, including the oversight hearing on “job-killing” regulations that took place on Thursday. This is a misguided effort that distracts our government from dealing with the real reasons our economy is suffering. Government regulations don’t strangle job creation. This... read more
By Jeffrey Hollender
Posted on: February 10, 2011
Today for close to one-and-a-half hours the Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis sat patiently, deeply engaged as she listened to the challenges and opportunities small business faces in a country dominated by the influence of large multinational corporations. These small companies believe in livable wages, health care for all, and reversing the concentration of wealth that threatens to tear our society apart. Almost 20 of us sat around the table representing the 65,000 companies that are part of the American Sustainable Business Council, businesses that are all committed to a just, equitable,... read more
By Jeffrey Hollender
Posted on: January 12, 2011
Charles Dickens could have been describing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce when he wrote in A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This has been quite a year for the U.S. Chamber, a year of blunders as well as successes. On balance, it appears the chamber is winning more often than it’s losing. My concern is who’s benefiting from those victories: The American public or a few large companies? This year numerous high-profile members quit the U.S. Chamber over its climate policy  (Apple, Exelon, PG&E, PSEG, Levi Strauss & Co, the San Francisco Chamber... read more