Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Uh-Oh...Obama Is Meeting With Business Leaders

By, Chris Rossini
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It's never a good thing to hear that the President is going to sit-down and meet with "Business Leaders."

My mind immediately thinks of Herbert Hoover.

You know who he is right?

He's the the ultra-libertarian, laissez-faire, free-market President from way back when.

Ok...let's get our noses out of the government's school books, and look at the truth.

Herbert Hoover was the first President that decided to *really do something* with business leaders to help fix the depression. Prior to him, Presidents (for the most part) let depressions run their course.

But Hoover was going to change this tradition. He wanted to work with business to pull the economy out of the Fed-created boom/bust in 1929:
"We might have done nothing. That would have been utter ruin. Instead we met the situation with proposals to private business and to Congress of the most gigantic program of economic defense and counterattack ever involved in the history of the Republic.”
And in his annual message to Congress in 1929, Hoover said:
“I have instituted…systematic…cooperation with business…that wages and therefore earning power shall not be reduced and that a special effort shall be made to expand construction…a very large degree of individual suffering and unemployment has been prevented.”
Hoover's Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon, tried to warn him:
“Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate.… It will purge the rottenness of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up from less competent people.”
Can you imagine a Treasury Secretary uttering such words today?

Not in your wildest dreams.

Hoover didn't listen, and had enough of tradition. He wanted to go all Chris Christie on the depression; and ended up setting the stage for FDR, who took the baton, and ran the idea even further.

So when I hear that Obama and "Business Leaders" are about to meet, it makes me cringe.

The best we can hope for is that this meeting ends up as nothing more than a photo-op, and maybe some exchanging of tips on who the best call girls are.

The worst that can happen?

Well, the sky's the limit.

They may even take Robert Reich's advice:

12 comments:

  1. Maybe Reich can send me some money so I can create some jobs.

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    1. My thoughts exactly. That guy is beyond worthless.

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  2. It's truly remarkable how ignorant Robert Reich truly is about economics.

    No, "spending" does not create jobs. You don't pay a single nickel towards wages when you buy Big Macs and other goods. If everyone only spent their money on goods, then the nominal demand for labor would fall to zero, and zero jobs would exist.

    It takes saving and investment to create jobs, and those who save and invest are the job creators. Reich is a fool.

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    1. Its is utterly frightening to think that Reich is teaching our children and even more so that his peers can actually respect him after such an idiotic one dimensional statement.
      When I see stuff like this from people who are in the education business, there is a part of me that almost does not want my child to go to college so that I can protect them from this kind of delusional thinking.

      When I started my business I had zero demand for my products (I guess according to Reich, I am an outlier -LOL). When demand for my products and services took off I also had choices in how I met those demands, either investing or outsourcing (foreign and domestic). When I invent a new product and invest all kinds of money developing it, I must be acting irrationally according to Reich, since no demand exists and yet I hired people in the hopes that I can create a product people might want.

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  3. if he had said customers rather than 'the middle class' he might be on to something.

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  4. Economic history (according to Robert Reich):

    In the beginning, The State said, "let there be a middle class," and there was a middle class. And they wandered the earth spending money, creating jobs, and where ever they went, there was prosperity.

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    1. One of the best EPJ comments I've seen in a long time, well done.

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  5. lol @ robert reich getting 40k a speech

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  6. I'm pretty sure that Robert Reich just said that employers don't employ people. What to call them now.....?

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    1. Parasites. Isn't that what he thinks they are? Just middlemen.

      Middle class middlemen?

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