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No Small Businesses On Obama’s Panel

From the Politico:

On jobs panel, where’s small biz?

By ABBY PHILLIP | 02/23/11

President Obama spent the day in Cleveland on Tuesday touting his interest in hearing directly from the country’s small businesses about job creation.

"Entrepreneurs like each of the ones who are here today create two out of every three new jobs in this country," Obama said. "So you’re the cornerstones of the community. You’re the sources of pride for working families."

But out of the 22 members of Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, announced Wednesday, only one of them represents small businesses or has had significant experience running one.

Which sounds remarkably like the rest of Obama’s appointments, especially his cabinet and ‘Czars.’ Except that none of them have any real life business experience – big or small.

Darlene Miller, the owner and CEO of Permac Industries, a manufacturing firm, was named to the council. In 2008, her company was named the Chamber of Commerce’s small business of the year, the White House noted.

Would that be the evil US Chamber of Commerce?

But nearly every other business leader on the panel, including its chairman, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, represents a large company. The list includes representatives from Comcast and NBC-Universal, a former subsidiary of GE; DuPont; pharma giant Proctor and Gamble; Kodak; and Facebook.

Clearly the purpose of this Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is not to help small business. It is to stroke big campaign contributors by honoring them with a position on some meaningless blue ribbon commission. Proving once again that the only job in America that Mr. Obama is concerned about is his own.

Speaking of which, one name that the Politico and the Washington Post and the rest of the media have studiously failed to mention on this council is Richard Trumka.

And after all, who has done more to help small businesses in America stay competitive than Richard Trumka?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 24th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “No Small Businesses On Obama’s Panel”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    O’s econ plan: go to meetin’s, do some greetin’s. Hope for change.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Don’t forget to notice how cool you look in the mirror. Sharp suit, bro….damn sharp suit. (Ain’t I sumpin’?)

  2. bill says:

    Crony capitalism, works much better with big state run corporations. Just look at China.

  3. Right of the People says:

    “And after all, who has done more to help small businesses in America stay competitive than Richard Trumka?”

    He’s there to tell them how to unionize the workers in small businesses. We need more democrap voters!

  4. Petronius says:

    Steve : “Clearly the purpose of this Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is not to help small business.”

    I might add that the purpose is not to help any American business. Nor business owners and investors. Nor even the American economy. If we take it at face value, this council is solely about jobs and competitiveness, and nothing more.

    Liberals and Marxists view businesses as wholly bad things, except insofar as they may serve as a source of jobs and goodies for unions, of tax revenues for government, and of campaign contributions for Liberal politicians. In all other aspects businesses are to be kept in check and beaten down at every point.

    Steve : “one name that … the media have studiously failed to mention on this council is Richard Trumka.”

    Ever notice the uncanny resemblance — in every possible way — between Trumka and Josef Stalin?

    Is it any wonder that he’s on Nerobama’s council?

  5. retire05 says:

    Perhaps someone [brave] in the media could ask Richard Trumka how many jobs he has ever created. His only purpose is to intimidate others into creating [or saving] jobs. Unless you call union officials a necessary cog in the economic wheel. Then the unions have created especially high paying jobs.

    As to Jeffrey Immelt; he should be asked how many AMERICAN jobs GE is producing since GE closed its last U.S. plant last June. Or maybe Obama picked Immelt because Obama wants to create jobs; in China and India. Nothing like lifting up a third world nation by dragging down the U.S. Wow! what a plan.

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Wonder who they’ll get to play the starring role in the movie “Trumka”. The got Jack Nicholson to star in “Hoffa”. But I guess we’ll have to wait ’til he “sleeps wid da fishes”.


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