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SHRED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 03:55 PM
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GE: Bringing good things to life but not here
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Bringing good things to life but not here

President Obama has been on a charm offensive with independent voters by trying to convince them he is pro-business and its been working with his approval numbers climbing steadily. Republicans have been losing their talking points with Obama signing the renewal of the Bush tax cuts, appointing a Wall Street banker as WH Chief of Staff and announcing a drive for pro-business reform of all Federal regulations.

The latest thing was to appoint the new head of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness which used to be called the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Its a great political move but really hes just given up on that recovery thing and is handing the care of the remaining hens in the chicken house to the foxes.

It might seem appropriate to appoint somebody who has created more jobs than anybody else to head this board but he picked Jeffery Immelt the CEO of GE instead. To be fair he has created a lot of jobs but they were all in China and India. GE does 60% of its business outside the US and this sounds great that a US company is doing so much business, that must mean they bring a lot of money back to the US. You can guess how that really works.

More than half of the imports into the US are purchased by US companies from the overseas division of the same company and laundered through tax haven countries. This allows them to keep all their profits overseas by jacking up the prices they pay themselves. In fact US companies pay much higher taxes in China than they do here. The Chinese arent stupid like we are. Two thirds of US corporations pay no taxes in the US, they all pay taxes in China.



More from Immelt:

When I am talking to GE managers, I talk China, China, China, China, China. You need to be there. You need to change the way people talk about it and how they get there. I am a nut on China. Outsourcing from China is going to grow to 5 billion. We are building a tech center in China. Every discussion today has to center on China. The cost basis is extremely attractive. You can take an 18 cubic foot refrigerator, make it in China, land it in the United States, and land it for less than we can make an 18 cubic foot refrigerator ourselves.

End of quote. Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman, CEO of General Electric, quoted in an investor meeting, on December 6, 2002.


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