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Is Obama bashing business?

Read this op ed piece by By KEN LANGONE, WSJ online.
Stop Bashing Business, Mr. President
If we tried to start The Home Depot today, it's a stone cold certainty that it would never have gotten off the ground..
For more than two years the country has listened to your sharp rhetoric about how American businesses are short-changing workers, fleecing customers, cheating borrowers, and generally "driving the economy into a ditch," to borrow your oft-repeated phrase.


Asked by tasches at 6:51 PM on Oct. 15, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Great article.

    Thank you !

    Oh, and the answer to the question you posted ... ?

    That's a - DUH !!

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:46 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • He is exactly right. I just don't understand why these dumb liberals can't get that.

    Answer by Carpy at 8:19 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • He is exactly right. I just don't understand why these dumb liberals can't get that.


    Mr. Obama hasn't done 1 single thing for small business.


    Not anything we  can really use, just stuff for show.


    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 9:21 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • big businesses out of control is what drove this country into the economic ground... the outsourcing of jobs and products - e.g. importing steel from china which created a huge problem in an entire area of the country that had a steel economy, also the chinese steel was inferior and thus inferior products when they were produced in the us, costing citizens, and then all the outsourcing of manufacturing taking away jobs, ad infinitem... all in the name of the almighty dollar without regard to the impact on the future economy. granted, this is a capitalist economy and the businesses are not entirely to blame. the messed up government that decided to encourage businesses to take the circulation of money out of the country by, for example, giving tax breaks to companies that put their business out of the country (where is the sense in that?) and deregulating so much taking citizen and consumer power away. what again is the error?

    Answer by figaro8895 at 9:54 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • Nice article. I love the WSJ. The problem with griping about "big" business is that ultimately "small" business gets included. People tend to forget that businesses are in business to make a PROFIT. People also tend to forget that "big" businesses aren't owned by 1 guy or a handle of guys. They are owned by thousands of people..they are owned by pensions...the vast number of these "owners" are regular folks...not a greedy executive.

    We do have problems with oursourcing, but our government is a lot to are the unions...and so are the American people with our quest for low cost goods. Would you pay $25.00 for a child's shirt..made in the US with all US made parts and the factory employees earning living wages and receiving benefits or would you pay $7.99 for something comparable at Target?

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:05 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • cont..

    The shirt from Target being made in China or somewhere like it?

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:07 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • It is just ridiculous feeling sorry for big business. He needs to bash them, they have the money they are not hiring, the people they do hire is overseas, the money they make is overseas. Ask yourself why the US chamber of Congress is spending over 75 million dollars trying to get republicans elected. When the chamber is for outsourcing. They want the republicans to gain power, so they can keep getting away with tax loopholes, and outsourcing, we should all be bashing them right now. They are not going to stop hiring Americans because their feelings got hurt, either they need Americans to work for them to produce a product, or they don't, hurt feelings won't get in the way of that.


    Answer by mommom2000 at 8:17 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • I disagree with this portion of the article...
    "highly motivated people offering outstanding service and knowledge to millions of consumers"

    He's never been to my local home depot, it appears, because I've never seen anyone "highly motivated" or gotten "outstanding service" there.

    Other than that, it's all gravy.

    Answer by lovinangels at 8:57 PM on Oct. 15, 2010

  • boy, you guys are so easily threatened by simply being asked to verify what you post

    Answer by autodidact at 12:38 PM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • we get rid ALL of the evil corporations out there, and become STRICTLY a service oriented country.

    that doesn't even make any sense. services are provided by corporations, too.


    Answer by autodidact at 12:41 PM on Oct. 16, 2010