Saturday, February 12, 2011

President Obama Implores Business Roundtable To Invest In America. Business Roundtable Tells President Obama To Go Fly A Kite.

A few days ago we highlighted how ridiculous the President’s rhetoric was from a White House address where he implored multinational businesses to hire American workers.  Then on Monday, he gave them the same ridiculous address in person.  They effectively told him to go fly a kite.

Anyway, it seems obvious that our President believes one of his great tools to affect change is oration or rhetoric.   There is no doubt he is a great orator and an intellectually-gifted person.  But leadership is about neither.   If the President thinks he is going to convince the Business Roundtable to hire American workers just by talking, his ego borders on that of delusion. 

The Business Roundtable members have cumulatively created not a single net new job in the United States in forty years.  Not one.  In fact, just the opposite.  They have cumulatively cut tens of millions of jobs.  That is because we don’t have a government that supports working markets or democracy but rather the desires of corporations.   How can anyone honestly believe they are going to change that dynamic with rhetoric?  This is not a political campaign.  It’s the real world.  And in the real world, you actually have to do something to effect change.  And I don’t mean health care and financial reform bills that actually perpetuate and strengthen the corporate death grip on working markets. 

Over generations, we have placed more and more of our economic and democratic self-determination into the hands of power-seeking politicians who respect neither.  And now we are paying the price through systemic fraud and corruption created by those very people.  Only when the American people accept responsibility for their own rights and no longer outsource their desires and wishes to political blowhards, will we see a return to democratic and economic sustainability.  

We need government that works as a servant to the people and not to corporations and lobbyists.  And that means we must elect people of substance who will not compromise their moral clarity but instead will be a voice for our wishes of economic democracy and democratic government.  We need what our President and most politicians in America are not.  We need leaders not politicians.  We need action not rhetoric.  We need constructive conflict not appeasement.  We need people willing to speak truth to the evil that exists and who are willing to confront it.   We have little of that in government or business.  So……..

The leaderless society continues. 

posted by TimingLogic at 9:41 AM

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