The economy has been growing (slowly) since mid-2009, but jobs have not returned to pre-recession levels. Why? CEOs are telling a story, but one must go beyond the typical far-left monoliths to hear them. CNN, LA Times, NY Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Public Media will not cover this because it makes their socialist leader look bad.
Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, via Huffington Post, emphasis mine:
- "You're headed for a one-term presidency," he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where "regulations and unnecessary costs" make it difficult for them.
Jobs also criticized America's education system, saying it was "crippled by union work rules," noted Isaacson. "Until the teachers' unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform." Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year.
- "The question is, how can we get the ox out of the ditch?" Mr Skinner said. "In order to create jobs in America, you're going to have to cut taxes… particularly in the business community.
"We pay some of the highest [corporate] taxes around the world. There needs to be some levelling."
Asked about federal borrowing, he said: "It's not a good story… the government has to spend less. We have to grow the economy, grow GDP… and you have to be able to do it in an organic way and not through borrowings and increasing debt."
- "And I'm telling you that the business community in this country is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he's gone, everybody's going to be sitting on their thumbs."
- "Attacking me is not going to convince me that I should take a bigger hit because I happen to be wealthy."
"I've tried poor and I've tried rich and I like rich better, doesn't mean I'm a bad guy."
"I didn't go into business to create a public policy success for either party, republican or democrat. I went into business to create jobs, to create opportunity, to create value for myself and my investors."
- Reducing taxes and cutting government spending are necessary to get the economy moving again.
- "New company policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone."
- "Despair. Small business people who don't have lobbyists in Washington, they are disheartened, they are uncertain about the future. They are certain about one thing, that if he's elected, taxes will go up, the cost of health insurance is going to go up. If Obamacare stays, they're going to get killed with Obamacare. They know that the regulations are going to be there."