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March 3, 2008
Michelle and Barack
Obama’s Corporate Confusion
is no secret that Democrats have long had a love-hate relationship with
corporate America. On the one hand, they often emerge from careers in
corporate America and usually get political support from it. On the
other hand, they can’t seem to win an election without scathing attacks
on this vague entity of “corporations,” as if actual corporations
literally sit around a gigantic table every week to discuss how to
prevent people from enjoying the “audacity of hope.”
Michelle Obama is a perfect example of this schizophrenic relationship
between Democrats and corporations. Campaigning for her husband in Ohio,
she urged her audience: “Don’t go into corporate America.” She went on
to suggest a couple of career choices they can make, including becoming
“a nurse,” which could very well mean working for corporate America, but
is indeed an interesting thing to say for Michelle Obama, who began her
career in corporate law, much like Barack Obama. And until her husband
remembered last year that he needed to start bashing Wal-Mart in order
to secure the Democratic nomination, she had served on the board of
TreeHouse Foods, Inc., a company that had as the biggest customer for
its pickle and pepper products – you guessed it – Wal-Mart!
None of which, by the way, is bad in and of itself. In fact, these are
good jobs that many Americans legitimately aspire to secure. But why the
hypocrisy and inconsistency? If Wal-Mart is so evil that Barack Obama
won’t even shop there, why was it acceptable to sit on the board of a
company so dependent on Wal-Mart? If Michelle Obama had such ties to
Wal-Mart, why is it reasonable to attack Hillary Clinton for her
Wal-Mart ties? And just because corporate America helped make the two
rich enough to no longer need corporate jobs, why are they discouraging
others from getting corporate jobs? The whole thing is a joke.
Corporations on the whole are very good for the United States and the
world. They provide jobs to millions, which also means that they provide
better benefits to their employees than their competitors would. They
offer us products we couldn’t have imagined 10 years ago and couldn’t
have afforded three years ago. They scour the globe for the cheapest way
to produce their goods to the benefit of both their customers, whose
standard of living is improved for a lower price, and of host countries
that get rewarded for low taxes and business-friendly environments.
Now of course, corporations have their problems too, but not the kind
you would expect. Oftentimes, and contrary to popular belief, big
corporations will cooperate with left-wing big government with
destructive results. Take the corporations that have come out in favor
of the minimum wage, knowing it would put their smaller competitors out
of business, leaving the big boys with a greater market share. The same
thing goes for polluting corporations that embrace new environmental
rules that would put a bigger dent in their weaker competitors’
productivity. It goes on and on. Little do liberals realize that their
policies often help large corporations instead of having the opposite
But on the whole, corporate America is a force for good. And if the
Obamas truly disagreed, they never would have worked for corporations,
or represented them for that manner.
thus says something when Michelle Obama asks her fellow Americans to
stay away from corporate America. It is equally problematic that Barack
complains about corporate profits, while at the same time insisting that
they maintain their headquarters in the United States. Which is it?
Would he like to make up his mind about this?
does he expect corporations to stay in the United States and happily
embrace some of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, which they
end up passing on to consumers anyway?
And how does Barack’s insistence on corporations keeping their jobs in
the United States square with Michelle’s suggestion that Americans not
take corporate jobs?
Let me get this straight. Barack Obama will do everything in his power
to prevent valuable corporations from leaving America for other
countries. But once he makes sure the corporations are going to stay, he
won’t want them to make a profit and will discourage Americans from
working for them. But hey, at least those unprofitable, unstaffed
headquarters would still be in our good old U.S. of A!
Sounds like Barack Obama is not just bringing change to Washington, but
he’s out to change common sense as well.
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