They've got a deep bag of tricks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the latest a board game drawn like the classic Candyland but far more bitter in its theme. Instead of moving a pawn down the "magical road to sweet surprises," as kids do in Candyland, those playing This Way To Jobs stumble over federal regulations that only leave players jobless.
"The difficulties that await you in the game are similar to those that face America's job creators. As you navigate Health Care Hill, cross Labor Lagoon, and move past Energy Edge, keep in mind that This Way to Jobs is more than a game—it is an unfortunate reality. And as a result, millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans will never reach Prosperity Park," says R. Bruce Josten, executive vice president for government affairs at the Chamber.
To drive home their concerns that the Obama administration is overregulating business, the Chamber is sending a copy of the game to every lawmaker on Capitol Hill. "A dramatic increase in burdensome regulations in several areas—including health care, financial markets, energy, and labor—forces business owners around the country to contend with tremendous uncertainty. Job creators cannot be sure what the rules of the road will be a week, month, or even a year from now, thus they cannot plan for or invest in the future. As a result, economic development and job creation have been elusive," Josten says in a letter accompanying the game.
Check the game out online: www.ThisWayToJobs.com
U.S. ChamberWatch today released a statement from communications director Christy Setzer on the U.S. Chamber’s “This Way to Jobs” board game.
“The U.S. Chamber’s latest marketing ploy—continuing the lie that our economy is doomed because of regulation challenges faced by would-be business owners—would be funny if their lies weren’t so deadly serious. Our message to the Chamber: Stop playing games with American jobs. America’s economy went into a ditch after Wall Street CEOs, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, gambled away our pensions, savings and investments, sending millions of us into bankruptcy and foreclosure. Far from making amends for their destructive actions, the Chamber since then has been on a relentless path to kill American jobs. Whether it’s supporting an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, which 98 percent of small business owners won’t benefit from, looking to undo the relief brought to small business through health care and Wall Street reform, or quite literally advocating to send American jobs overseas, the U.S. Chamber is hurting, not helping our economy. Now they want to make light of the matter and wage false attacks on those who stand up for workers. Enough with the games; the Chamber needs to start lobbying for policies that help, not hurt American small business.”
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Updated on 11/16/10