Planet Gore

The Heat Is on GE’s Jeffrey Immelt

Dick Armey’s Freedomworks and the Free Enterprise project are targeting President Obama’s new jobs czar, Jeffrey Immelt. An excerpt from the press release:

Washington, DC- Last Friday, President Obama selected General Electric Chief Executive Jeffery Immelt to chair the newly created President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Obama and Immelt released statements claiming the new council would “put our economy into overdrive,” boosting economic growth, job creation, and global competition.

President Obama’s latest executive appointment is crony corporatism in its purest form. FreedomWorks and the Free Enterprise Project believe that Jeffrey Immelt will use the Council to continue lobbying on behalf of rent-seeking General Electric, and to restrict its competitors in the marketplace. To expose this case of special interest politics, both organizations are launching a nationwide educational campaign including online video ads, and an online petition to fire Jeffery Immelt. A cable TV ad buy is also being planned.

FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe commented, “It’s time to break up the unethical romance between government and big business. For too long, corporate elites have lobbied to profit from the size and growth of government at the expense of hard-working Americans. We’re here to let President Obama and Jeffery Immelt know that the days of easy money through backroom deals are over.”

And here’s a video they have up. Good stuff:

 

Most Popular

U.S.

In Defense of Coleman Hughes

Picture the scene: A young man walks into a congressional hearing to offer witness testimony. His grandfather was barbarically brutalized by people who are now long dead. The nation in which he resides built its wealth of his grandfather’s brutalization. The question: Should his fellow citizens pay the young ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Making Sense of the Iran Chaos

One would prefer that correct decisions be made according to careful, deliberate plan. But a correct decision made impulsively, through a troubling process, is still nonetheless correct, and so it is with Donald Trump’s decision to refrain from military action against Iran. The proposed strike would represent a ... Read More
Education

College Leaders Should Learn from Oberlin

Thanks to their social-justice warrior mindset, the leaders of Oberlin College have caused an Ohio jury to hit it with $44 million in compensatory and punitive damages in a case where the school couldn't resist the urge to side with its “woke” students against a local business. College leaders should learn ... Read More
Film & TV

Toy Story 4: A National Anthem

The Toy Story franchise is the closest thing we have to an undisputed national anthem, a popular belief that celebrates what we think we all stand for — cooperation, ingenuity, and simple values, such as perpetual hope. This fact of our infantile, desensitized culture became apparent back in 2010 when I took a ... Read More
Elections

Joe and the Segs

Joe Biden has stepped in it, good and deep. Biden, if he has any hope of ever being elected president, will be dependent on residual goodwill among African Americans from his time as Barack Obama’s loyal and deferential vice president — so deferential, in fact, that he stood aside for Herself in 2016 even ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Madcap Caution of Donald Trump

The worry last week was that the Trump administration was ginning up fake intelligence about Iran blowing up oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz to justify a war against Iran. Then, this week, President Donald Trump said the Iranian attacks weren’t a big deal. The episode is another indication of the ... Read More