By Mark Rhoads -
"The one thing that actually works, state run communism a bit– may not be your cup of tea, but their government works." The speaker is the always clueless and amoral Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE and the chair of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. One can quickly see why Immelt is a faovrite domestic pet at the left-leaning White House. He is supposedly involved with free enterprise but yet is so ignorant about the basic principles of a truly free market that he cannot even ask the question if communism "works" then at what cost to human freedom? Immelt, like many robotic CEOs of large corporations, just does not really care and does not think it his job to care.
One of the great frauds of the modern media empire has been to tag conservatives as puppets of "big business" and the GOP nomination of Mitt Romney helped a great deal to shore up that myth even though Romney was never a conservative. Many conservatives are wise enough to understand that Fortune 100 CEOs are only too happy to throw your freedom under the bus if it might get in the way of a profit for them in the next quarter. The strongest allies of conservatives in the world of business are small business owners who really do believe in free enterprise and practice it every day. The Fortune 100 CEOs who plan and scheme for the help of government to rig the economic system in favor of their company or industry are in fact natural enemies of freedom if not always by overt actions, then certainly by passive acceptance of political corruption. Some Fortune 100 CEOs defend their amoral stance as justified because they think have only one higher loyalty and that is to their stockholders and not to the advancement of freedom. This attitude is meant to reassure investors that only their financial interests are parmount in the board room but in reality it is insulting to the integrity of some investors who really do care about the morality of how their company behaves. Chalk up this strange cultural aberration to some of the top business schools in the nation who have yearly churned out future executives who are never even exposed to free market thinkers but instead spend all of their time looking at dry case studies of past successes and failures. Jeffrey Immelt is a poster boy for why principled conservatives should never trust the cause of freedom to Fortune 100 executives who really do not believe in freedom for others.