- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Liberals love to talk about those evil corporations and those big, bad, overpaid executives -the bogeymen of the era. Since the fall of Enron, lefties learned they could pick on businesses with immunity. They learned that they could use the idea of the evil corporation run by the evil corporate executives who secretly fritter away all the hard- earned money of the employees to entice voters away from Republicans. It is an easy ploy. Everyone likes to have a fall guy, and it is comforting in hard times to blame someone - an unseen presence that is far away and inhuman - for one’s troubles. The flaw of this logic is that it discourages businesses from staying in the United States.

Hollywood has repeatedly found the theme to be a moneymaker for audiences. The films “Wall Street,” “American Psycho,” “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” “Michael Clayton,” and of course “Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room” - all focus on greedy businesses and evil corporate executives.

With the economy number one on voters’ minds, it is now the theme of the campaign season. Barack Obama has repeatedly complained about businesses not providing enough jobs, has proposed new plans for regulation and promoted a protectionist policy in order to “keep” American jobs. One of Hillary Clinton’s top donors was an executive with Goldman Sachs. At the same time, she repeatedly met with union groups that beat up on businesses, thereby discouraging job stability for Americans. She worked hard to get blue-collar, pro-union voters, while talking about wanting to get tough with China to bring jobs back home and standing up for the American worker. She was literally shaking hands with both sides of the problem. Her rhetoric did not encourage the creation of jobs, but it helped her get votes.

John McCain has chimed in, using the language of business shame and blame: “Too many people on Wall Street have been recklessly wagering instead of making the sound investments we expected of them,” he said last week in Florida. Mr. McCain also said: “These actions stem from failed regulation, reckless management and a casino culture on Wall Street that has crippled one of the most important companies in America.”

Business and commerce provide us with jobs, benefits, new products and income. And just like people, some businesses are good and some are bad.

The language of blame and demonization of businesses only drives the policies that keep jobs out of America. Voters want solutions to the economic downturn, not fear-mongering and name-calling.

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