U.S. Chamber chief to those opposed to debt-ceiling increase: ‘We’ll get rid of you’

Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the Atlanta Rotary club today. He had a particular message for certain Republican members of Congress who are hewing to the tea party line.

According to Maria Saporta and the Saporta Report:

…. Donohue was asked if Congress was going to raise the debt ceiling.

Yes, it will be raised, Donohue answered, mainly because the country can not afford to not pay its bills. To those newly-elected representatives who say they aren’t going to raise the debt ceiling and will shut down government, Donohue said the U.S. Chamber has its own message: “We’ll get rid of you.”

He then went on to praise U.S. House Speaker John Boehner for his Congressional leadership.

“He’s growing into his shorts,” Donohue said. “He’s put on his big boy pants.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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13 comments Add your comment


June 13th, 2011
5:20 pm

The debt ceiling will be raised at the last minute with the usual smoke and mirror future debt reduction agreement both Republicans and Democrats can hide behind.

Tea party members who call them out will be marginalized – but won’t lose their jobs as Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says. This is just the new business as usual at least until we fall into a real economic crisis. Crisis management is the only way our government now works – there is no anticipation to head off problems anymore.


June 13th, 2011
5:22 pm

Old news. Who didn’t already know that some members of Congress have to answer to Big Business? One only has to look at how they vote against us and in favor of the business community.

WE have lost our way

June 13th, 2011
5:38 pm

Mr.Donohue sounds like a mature and rational guy.Next thing you will hear that he is running for President or running mate with Newt.Put a man in front of the press or public speech and you will see BS and chest thumping.


June 13th, 2011
6:03 pm

I’m pleasantly surprised by a little rational talk from the Chamber.

Big Hat

June 13th, 2011
6:07 pm

So, is threatening a duly-elected Federal official with “We’ll get rid of you.” a possible terroristic statement? Sounds like it to me. Maybe the FBI should pay a visit to Tom Donohue and see just what he means by that.

No Newt

June 13th, 2011
6:14 pm

Sounds a little like the Labor Union thugs.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 13th, 2011
9:28 pm

NIce to see one of the faces of Rome’s Fifth Column…and proud of it.

Silk town

June 14th, 2011
12:32 am

The teaPees had better think before playing brinksmanship with the debt ceiling. It’s different than the budget standoff. This affects credit ratings. Can these pandering frosh speak Chinese?

Silk town

June 14th, 2011
12:39 am

Default would signal to investors and global observers that the United States is not able to achieve internal consensus on fiscal issues.
Default could reduce the attractiveness of U.S. Treasury securities, which have been considered among the safest investments in the world.Interest rates could increase to compensate investors for heightened risk.Federal operations, including payments to Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries and federal employees, could be disrupted. This situation could create significant economic hardship for a large number of people.

sally boston

June 14th, 2011
8:57 am

What hubris as usual !! Since when did the Chamber Of Commerce think they control our Republican lawmakers?? Oh, that’s right they do !! It is sad that our national C of C has become an arm of the right wing….just shows how much money is controlling how our elected vote !! Does this not bother anyone else ? This should be a wake up call that they think they can actually control the electorate as a single group…yeah… let’s go back to an all Republican, “let’s have no regulation”–let the businesses police themselves–government !! that worked so well didn’t it !! If our economy is bad it is because the C of C and big business want to go back to the rape the public ways of the Bush era… they can get richer and laugh at the common folk who they can “get rid of” !!! Who is Big Brother now?? This is American style communism— screw the poor so it is all equal for the rich !! you just keep voting with the C of C !! You get what you deserve !!

myth buster

June 14th, 2011
11:27 pm

I remember a line from the theme song of a popular 90’s TV show (Boy Meets World, I think it was), “You’re not the boss of me now! You’re not the boss of me now! You’re not the boss of me now, and you’re not so big!” I think the TEA Party will soon be singing that at the Chamber of Commerce.

Paddy O

June 15th, 2011
9:43 am

Donohue, you stupid Mic: business has had its way the last 30 years of so since Reagan, has it improved the lives of citizens? I seriously doubt the Chamber has that much influence, but good luck. Think about what you know about Egypt – we gave them 1.5 billion per year so they could buy US arms – nice corporate welfare. We give Haiti about 250 mil per year – how did they spend that $$? I don’t support raising the debt limit – slash spending, even if it means closing half of our uslesss embassies.

Paddy O

June 15th, 2011
9:45 am

business & business interests are inferior to the citizens – but, we also must get off taxing corporate profits. the government is made for & by citizens, so the citizens must fund the government. the flip side, all corporate welfare must cease.