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Candidates are hurting the feelings of Club for Growth

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The Club for Growth is a vigorous defender of China’s cheating.  Romney and Obama are mixing it up on China, and the Club for Growth comes to Hu Jintao’s defense.

See the article below.  (At the bottom of this page is a list of Club for Growth leadership, which deserves a look.)

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Club for Growth: Lay off China

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 9/17/12 10:57 AM EDT

With Barack Obama and Mitt Romney outbidding each other in the China-bashing game, it would take a special, caution-to-the-wind kind of group to stand up for trade with the foreign competitor Americans fear most.

That group is the Club for Growth, which put out a statement just now urging the nominees of both parties to knock it off already:

The Club for Growth today denounced the China-bashing skirmish between Mitt Romney and President Obama. Both candidates are trying to portray themselves as the “toughest” on China when it comes to trade. They have both threatened to enact anti-growth policies against China that will raise prices, incite a trade war, and do real damage to our country’s economic recovery.

“Instead of pandering on trade with China, both Presidential candidates ought to tout the benefits that come with free trade,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Freer trade with countries like China means more markets for American businesses, and more competition leads to lower prices and more choices for American consumers. If Romney and Obama are serious about growing our economy, they should focus on cutting the corporate tax rate and eliminating burdensome regulations. China-bashing will only serve to hinder economic growth.”

It’s not the first time the Club has chided both parties for alarmism on China, in an illustration of the key difference between a highly ideological interest group and the more purely partisan entities that are responsible for most campaign spending.

The group’s statement hit the inbox moments after the Obama campaign released excerpts of a speech he’ll deliver today telling voters: “Ohio, you can’t stand up to China when all you’ve done is send them our jobs.”

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Here is the leadership of the Club for Growth, from their website.

Board of Directors and Leadership Council

 


Board of Directors

JACKSON T. STEPHENS, Jr., Little Rock, AR
Chairman

HOWIE RICH, Philadelphia, PA

FRAYDA LEVIN, Mountain Lakes, NJ

KEN BLACKWELL, Cincinnati, OH

JOHN CHILDS, Vero Beach, FL

JERRY HAYDEN, Barrington, IL

CHRIS CHOCOLA, Bristol, IN


Leadership Council

JEAN BELANGER, Austin, TX

BRUCE BENT, New York, NY

BRENT BOZELL, Alexandria, VA

JOHN BRYAN, Lake Oswego, OR

MARC CENEDELLA, New York, NY

TERRY CONSIDINE, Denver, CO

DAN COOK, Dallas, TX

OLIVER GRACE, Palm Beach, FL

PATRICIA HERBOLD, Bellevue, WA

LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Fairfield, CT

VIRGINIA JAMES, Lambertville, NJ

GEORGE MITCHELL, Whitefish Bay, WI

LANCE SHANER, State College, PA

REX SINQUEFIELD, Clayton, MO

LEE TENZER, Naples, FL

LOUIS WOODHILL, Houston, TX

3 Responses to “Candidates are hurting the feelings of Club for Growth”

  1. Thomas Crumm says:

    Thank you Michael,

    Names chosen by organizations, “Club for Growth,” still astound me. People in audiences I talk with across America do not have not clue about these schemes. There jaws drop when I talk about stories like this one. Thank you, keep spinning out the message.

    Tom

    • Tom T. says:

      From Wiki here is the Chairman’s bio (the family):

      Stephens was born on a farm near Prattsville, Arkansas, the youngest of 6 children.[2] and grew up during the Depression. Stephens attended the United States Naval Academy, where he met and became friends with a midshipman from Georgia named Jimmy Carter.[3] Upon graduating he joined the Little Rock investment house Stephens Inc., which his brother W. R. “Witt” Stephens had started in 1933. Forged out of a bible, belt buckle, and bond business, by 1994 Stephens Inc. was listed as one of the biggest institutional shareholders in 30 large multinationals including the Arkansas based firms Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart and Alltel

      It is clear to see the multinational interests by the Chairman of the Board. The world is their club and they are trying to make it easier for themselves.

      Tom T.

  2. Jim Cochran says:

    Thanks Tom for some insight into the persons behind a deceptive name. It is interesting to find how they spend their money on candidates. It appears to me they spend money mostly against those who defy them and that is a cheaper more threatening tactic – burn a few and the rest will fall in line. Changes things a bit to, the best politician money can scare.

    for Dems $0
    against Dems $803,404
    for Reps $2,683,935
    against Reps $9,821478

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