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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Barack Obama: a Threat to Big Business

There are exceptions; not everyone in the business community is threatened by Obama.

Paul Volcker, former Federal Reserve Chairman, endorsed him last month. And Obama has been consulting with Warren Buffett and international financier Robert Wolf. Wolf said “When I sat down with him, I found him to be unbelievably refreshing and smart and thoughtful.”

One Democratic strategist said “He's been pretty clear that business would have a seat at the table, but business wouldn't be able to buy all the chairs." Communist!

No wonder the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has given Obama the lowest rating of the three White House contenders. They gave McCain an 80% favorable rating; Hillary Clinton got 67%; Obama got 55%.

The National Association of Manufacturers (not that they're partisan or anything) gave a zero rating to Clinton and Obama; McCain got 100%.

Here are some of the reasons the Good Ol’ Boy Network doesn’t want Obama:

He sponsored a bill that would give shareholders (i.e. the owners of the company) a nonbinding proxy vote on executive pay.

He also voted for a free trade agreement with Peru which would include protections for Peruvian workers and the local environment. What?!?!?!? God created those Peruvian peasants for American businessmen to exploit!

And that’s not all: Obama might amend NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) to include environmental and workers’ protections.

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Anonymous Benjamin Solah said...

And this is the best we can hope for out of the Dems, and they're still not happy!

Yeah, big business are feeling a bit threatened at the moment from the economic crisis. Give up their mansions to do their part? No way! They'd rather make workers pay for it by slashing their measly wages.

February 17, 2008 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Benjamin: Yup, large corporations will claim they're being victimized if they have to make the tiniest sacrifice: workers' safety regulations, shareholders vetoing an executive's 7-figure bonus package, etc. More tax cuts, more downsizing -- that's always Business' solution to every problem.

February 18, 2008 at 12:56 AM  
Anonymous rockync said...

Obama is not a "business as usual" politician and that scares a lot of people. He's black and that scares some more people. I keep coming across blog posts asking about where he stands and what his record is.. and I keep posting his site where all the info anyone wants to know is listed under the "issues" tab.
While I don't agree with his stand on all the issues, we mesh pretty well on the ones that are really important to me. And, I took the time to check his voting record on independent sites and his site gives an accurate accounting.
Mostly, what I've been seeing is a smear campaign in an effort to discredit and derail the Obama Train. All this sniping is creating a very negative image for the Dem party and will hurt them in Nov if they don't rein it in soon.

February 18, 2008 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Miss Kitty said...

Big business doesn't like Obama? Hell, that's all the more reason for me to vote for him. :-)

February 18, 2008 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Rockync: That's what's so appealing about Obama, the fact that he isn't business as usual and that he reaches across party lines. I'll check out the site you've got linked. In the article that I linked in the post, they quote a lot of people as saying he's non-confrontational and easy to work with, and that he's more interested in pragmatic solutions than ideology.

The Democratic party is definitely smearing its own image with all this sniping. This is the biggest rift I've ever seen between the power brokers and what the public wants.

Miss Kitty: Yup, that's a pretty good guideline. If the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers are against somebody, that's who I'm voting for.

February 18, 2008 at 10:45 AM  
Anonymous rockync said...

It really surprises me how many vapid liberal Dems don't like Obama. Their pathetic reason is he doesn't have the experience. Who does? How many of the candidates has ever been president? (Being First Lady with that clenched jaw look doesn't count). Then they whine they don't know where he stands on issues. So, I give them the URL. Then they just state unequivocally that he can't change anything. I believe he just isn't sappy enough or hysterical enough for their rabid rantings. He's answered all the sniping without losing his temper or producing a few tears. I think the real problem is the liberal crybabies are afraid of his color and just don't want to admit it. I had such high hopes growing up in the 60s and 70s. I really did believe we could change the world, but here we are in the 21st century with the same old problems and the same old prejudices. If anything, it seems to be getting worse. I just hope there are enough thinking people left in a America to make an informed choice. Otherwise this nation is doomed.

February 18, 2008 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

He could eat live babies and this single thing might pull me away from 'undecided.'

The corporates, more than any other entity - yes, even potsmokers and Muslims! - are the biggest obstacle to a better future.

Of course, I'll believe that better future when I see it. ;-)

February 18, 2008 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Rockync: Yup, it's pretty disappointing how many liberals want Hillary because she has more "experience" or is more hardboiled, or whatever they like about her.

I wouldn't doubt that race could be a factor and they just won't admit it to pollsters. It happened in California in 1982. The black candidate for governor was ahead in the polls right up until election day, but a white ultraconservative got elected. I don't know if anything has changed since then or not.

Randal: Hmmm, worse than Muslims and potsmokers? I don't know if I'd go that far. Marijuana and that Devil's rock and roll music will be the downfall of this great nation :)

February 18, 2008 at 12:09 PM  

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