Since it's so popular to talk of wars on this and wars on that, like the war on drugs, the war on women and the war on poverty, there's one war that's coming to a head -- the war on business. It wasn't started by Obama and the current Leftist realm -- it's been around since the beginning of recorded history. Throughout history we've read the stories of the rulling class denigrating the greedy merchants. This charge of greedy business people was leveled against Jews for a long time, and still is, away from the public spotlight, or, in some mideast countries, right out in the open.
The Left has traditionally held a cynical view toward business, unless the business was politically correct and politically useful, like the current acceptance of green businesses. The Information Age gives voice to the business community, which before the internet and alternative media was hardly ever heard from unless there was a scandal, or some rich, flambouyant personality made it into the spotlight. Just a decade or so ago, most people couldn't name any important business people, but now more are familiar with business people such as Jack Welch, Steve Wynn, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
US government has had a strange relationship with American business. There's the common, base crony relationship, then there's the adversarial relationship like between Democrats and Big Oil, and then there's the partnership relationship. Added to the relationships is the semi-nationalized relationship currently between GM and the government. Much of the adversarial aspect of the relationships is no doubt for show since politicians are dependent on corporate money to get re-elected. Let's be kind and say the relationships are confused and confusing at times.
In the last few years, the division between American business in general and the Obama administration has grown wider. Some individual businesses appear to get along splendidly with the administration, such as GE whose CEO, Immelt, is part of the Obama team. Obama's gang has picked its favorites, but the rest of the business community realizes that the Obama administration is waging a war against business. While many companies have done well with profit, they are not expanding in America. It's as if business, per se, has been shut down in America, and businesses of all sizes have been hurt, in spite of large corporations being profitable, mainly from overseas operations. Now that recession is presenting a global threat, US companies are worried, so you see companies moving from the Obama camp to Romney's camp. Obama has blamed businesses for a variety of America's problems, plus he accuses them of not paying their fair share, although they pay the lion's share of taxes.
China's growth is slowing. China's government is spending to prop up economic growth, but this can't last. The US has a chance to lead the world out of recession, but first the US must once again create a business friendly environment. This is no time for socialist experimentation -- this is no time for our government to wage a war on business.