Rumor has it that Jamie Dimon JPMorgan Chairman and Chief Executive was critical of Obama because of his stand on businesses. Dimon . According to the National Review Online:
Contrasting his optimism about the American economy with disappointment about the government’s response to the recession, Dimon said that though “we have the royal straight flush,” we’ve “demoralized ourselves.” He considers “the debt-ceiling crisis, the failure to do Simpson-Bowles, [and] what I consider the constant attack on business” to be the three main things that have hamstrung the recovery, “hurt[ing] consumer and business confidence.”http://www.nationalrev
Well, the Republicans and businesses have gotten control of the political conversation… “ hurting consumer and business confidence”. Business confidence, are Americans stupid? When in the history of the United States have business done anything for workers unless they were forced to? Remember the struggle for child labor laws? In the 1900’s businesses claimed, like anti-union Republicans do today about workers in general, that they needed children to work for them in order to increase profits. The great Clarence Darrow once argued in 1903:
“This custom [of child labor] has grown up in the state of Pennsylvania because there is money in it, and the industries of Pennsylvania are dependent upon it. Shame upon the industries of Pennsylvania if this is true! If it is so, of little avail have we protected this great state for half a century, if the result of all of it is that men shall grow rich from the labor of these little children?” http://www.andrewekersten.com.vhost.zero
The customer of making certain that companies get cheap labor either by outsourcing jobs or creating right to work laws in states like Florida. Remove child from the quote above and you have a good description of how businesses have historically viewed workers in general.
Somewhere along the line in history business has become a deity in the minds of the population. A lot of people believe that what is good for business is good for me, good for the world. The loss of 2 billion dollars by a corporation is insane while the Republican Congress is cutting food benefits for the poor during a recession, and cutting health care for poor children. Although it is reported that she really didn’t say it, the Republican Congress may as well take up Marie Antoinette’s mantra “Let Them Eat Cake”.
Repeat, when in the history of the United States has business ever done anything, unless they were forced by demonstrations and laws ,positive for workers?
Republicans are counting on the ignorance of the American people to win the Senate, House of Representatives and the Presidency.
Enter Corey Booker
Repeat, when in the history of the United States has business ever done anything, unless they were forced by demonstrations and laws, anything positive for workers?