It's no surprise that Republicans are up to their old games. Having successfully blocked efforts to strengthen the right of workers to organize, they now want to stop workers from learning their rights too.
Even if it took a "shellacking" in the mid-term elections to serve as a wake-up call, President Obama clearly understands that America needs to invest at home in order to win the competitive race for jobs and investment.
Perhaps the president is resigned to the notion that you can't argue with lazy businessmen. If his Obama Chamber address was as much warning as supplication, it was the right tone to set. Warn of consequences and ask for compliance.
The president didn't challenge the Chamber, or the American business community, enough in his speech. But it was good to see him make a strong case for the role of regulation, and for the importance of the social contract.
The announcement by leaders of the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO backing spending to promote the nation's infrastructure squeezes the GOP's leadership between the wishes of their leading corporate donors and biggest-spending lobbyists.
Darrell Issa wants to hand the government over to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a who's who of corporate America. Here comes the latest installment in a long history of corporate lackeys in government practicing crony capitalism.
It was a tough year, but events from 2010 contain the seeds of transformation. None of the following stories is enough on its own to change the momentum, but each story points to a piece of the solution.