Business Roundtable at a crossroads – reality rears its ugly head

June 28, 2010 05:17

It’s time BRT leaders tell their PAC directors to stop playing Washington’s incumbent protection games and give only to candidates who pledge to oppose Obama and to enact policies that will let American free enterprise be free again.

Examiner Editorial

Can you guess who spoke the following words last week?

“We have become somewhat troubled by a growing disconnect between Washington and the business community that is harming our ability to expand the economy and grow private-sector jobs in the U.S. We see a host of laws, regulations and other policies being enacted that impose a government prescription of how individual industries ought to be structured, rather than produce an environment in which the private sector can innovate, invest and create jobs in this modern global economy. In our judgment, we have reached a point where the negative effects of these policies are simply too significant to ignore.”

Did you guess House Minority Leader John Boehner? The Wall Street Journal editorial page, perhaps? Steve Forbes, maybe? Certainly, such words would not be surprising coming from one of them. But the correct answer is none other than Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and chief executive officer of Verizon. More importantly, he is also chairman of the Business Roundtable, heretofore President Obama’s strongest ally in the corporate world.


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