By Donald Cohen
Read my op-ed column, ‘Job killers’ that aren’t, published in today’s Los Angeles Times. This article reflects the core of the Cry Wolf Project’s message. Big business and its political and think tank allies consistently lie about the impact of laws and regulations that protect workers, consumers, and the environment, calling them “job killers.”
But when the bills become law, there’s no economic catastrophe. The article shows how the California Chamber of Commerce (like its national counterpart, the U.S. Chamber) has been wrong on minimum wages, paid sick leave, environmental health and taxes on the wealthy.
Each May, the California Chamber of Commerce publishes its list of “job killer” legislation. The Chamber and its business allies rigorously carry out the central principle of modern advertising — repetition, repetition, repetition — hoping that their “job-killer” claims become each bill’s default sound bite.
Peter Dreier and I started the Cry Wolf Project to show how these claims are predictable – and wrong. Please share this article your colleagues, Facebook friends and Twitter followers so that this year, we can say “there they go again,” crying wolf and still wrong.
- The Chamber has been fear mongering to stop progressive reforms for decades. In 1934, FDR took on the Chamber. The New York Times ran this story on May 4, 1934 “’Time to Stop Crying Wolf,’ Roosevelt Tells Chamber”
- Just for fun, listen to this one-minute clip of FDR taking on his business opponents, saying, “I welcome their hatred.”
- On the Cry Wolf theme, check out this wonderful cartoon, “A Brief History of Corporate Whining”
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· NYT article: FDR Tells Chamber: “Stop Crying Wolf” http://crywolfproject.org/2011/05/fdr-tells-chamber-stop-crying-wolf/
– Donald Cohen is the director of the Cry Wolf Project, a nonprofit research network that identifies and exposes misleading rhetoric about the economy, regulation and government.