Valerie Jarrett gets the hand from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday rejected a request from top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett to speak at a jobs summit hosted by the business group, the latest escalation in an ongoing war between the two camps.
“We would have loved to have gone and participated. We weren’t invited. In fact we were told not to come,” Jarrett said, during an interview on Bloomberg Television.
Chamber officials said Jarrett requested that she be allowed to address their gathering, a several-hour long “Jobs for America Summit,” on Wednesday morning, a few hours before the event began. They said the program was too full to fit her in.
At the summit, Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donahue railed against President Obama’s economic policies.
“Our current economic direction is not working,” Donahue said.
Donahue said that Obama’s health care and financial regulation initiatives are onerous to the point that the Americans will lose freedoms unique to the country.
“Taken collectively, the regulatory activity now underway is so overwhelming and beyond anything we have ever seen, that we risk moving this country away from a government of the people to a government of regulators,” Donahue said.
No wonder these companies – large, medium and small – aren’t hiring.
But the Pinky Ring Brigade will be “heavily represented” according to the Washington Post.
“We want to make sure it is not just the public sector doing this in a vacuum,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama. “It’s important we engage the private sector as well.” Administration officials, however, have excluded major trade associations from the summit, including the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represent many of the country’s largest employers.
Some of those groups privately complain that their job creation ideas, including enactment of stalled free trade deals that they say would boost exports, are opposed by labor unions, which will be heavily represented at the forum.
The White House, which has clashed with some of the business groups over their opposition to health-care reform and other initiatives, says it has met repeatedly with those organizations and wants to hear fresh ideas.
Fresh ideas from union thugs, that is. Playing politics with getting hurting Americans back to work may make Barry & Co. feel better today, but they won’t be feeling so satisfied with themselves the next time they are judged by a very pissed off electorate who will see this for what it is.
So these people deserve a seat at the table?
As Billy Ray Valentine once said: “We are paying some of our employees an awful lot of money.”
Twenty-eight-year-old speechwriter Jon Favreau, for example, rakes in the top salary, $172,000: just as much as Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Senior Advisor’s David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett and National Security Advisor Gen. Jim Jones.
The President’s ever-present “body man” Reggie Love scores a paycheck of $102,000. Social Secretary Desiree Rogers makes $113,000.
The boy-wonder speech writer makes the same amount as the National Security Advisor. What’s up with that?