Magazine April 6, 2009, Issue

Democrats and Businessmen, Sitting in a Tree…

The logo and a ticker symbol for the Walt Disney Company on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, N.Y., 2017 (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
Big corporations love free enterprise, as long as it isn't too free

Big business is lining up to support President-elect Obama’s plan to stimulate the economy with the biggest spending spree on roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects since the Eisenhower administration.

The Hill, Dec. 8, 2008

The interaction between government and business will change forever. In a reset economy, the government will be a regulator; and also an industry policy champion, a financier, and a key partner.

– General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, in a letter to stockholders

This is a great start. There are things we don’t like about it. But there’s time to discuss all that.

– Billy Tauzin, CEO of the Pharmaceutical

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


Shelf Life

According to David Rooney’s new guide to Knox’s works, the book Knox wanted on the desert island was a Bradshaw railway schedule, next to the Bible.


The Week

The Week

Somebody should advise the suave diplomats in the Obama administration that the most reassuring symbol of U.S.-Russia relations isn't a big red button.
Happy Warrior

Old School

Maybe the president can spend enough of our money to halt the degradation of infrastructure. The degradation of citizenship will prove harder to reverse.