The first time I came into contact with a chamber of commerce was to research a high school project on the rapid growth of business parks around my hometown on Long Island. The office agreed to let me speak to one of the associate directors, but I was limited to 10 minutes, as they implied their office had actual business to attend to, and it didn't entail patiently answering a 17-year-old's questions about the benefits of erecting scores of look-alike business centers on what were then relatively undeveloped tracts of land.I received boilerplate answers to most of my inquiries, but their position was, as best I can recall, that they welcomed all business that would serve to benefit the surrounding communities.

So it was with some personal skepticism that I read the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's proposals for the current regulatory framework that governs the country's financial markets advice on Sarbanes-Oxley.

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