Originally Posted by dasein
Actually they're very progressive on a number of fronts: education reform, health reform, tort reform, tax reform, etc... Granted, they take a business standpoint, just as you would expect an environmental group to take an environmental standpoint on an issue. Those are anything but status quo positions. They're not against environmental change either, just ones that don't make economic sense. They push for relaxing the nonsense holding back implementing more nuclear facilities and nuclear processing just as France does and just as the former head of Greenpeace has. You can't ignore the financials of a situation...it's the 800 pound gorilla that will never go away. Leaving an organization like the CoC was a dumb stunt, and the Journal was simply pointing out that it will, at some point, take a bite out of their butt. Smart companies don't do politics in the limelight.
It depends on what is meant by progressive.
I've subscribed to the WSJ for longer than I can remember. If I didn't like the publication, I wouldn't be spending upwards of $500 a year for it.
But just because they support, or don't support something, doesn't make it good or bad.
Companies get little out of the chamber other than the right to contribute to the salaries of the staff, and the lobbying efforts.
The entire goal of the organization is to prevent legislation that members think will hurt their businesses, and to support that which they think will help them. nothing wrong with that offhand.
But not every company has the same goals as to legislation. What will hurt one company will benefit another.
Why should companies who disagree with the goals of the organization remain a member if they don't believe their best interests are at heart, or for that matter, the best interests of the country? Are conservatives now against a company doing that?
The fact that the most important companies to leave have been power generating companies. Those are the companies that would benefit most from the chambers efforts. It's expected that more will do so. So if they are leaving...
Apple doesn't benefit from being there.
They do benefit from being a member of the Business Roundtable.