Or is it just a right-wing writer attempting to create a scandal, and is much ado about nothing?
The New York Post, owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, ran an article by Charles Gasparino, who is a Fox Business Network senior correspondent. The story is about Obama's "Jobs Czar", General Electric's CEO Jeffrey Immelt.
Charles Gasparino also appeared on Fox News today to reiterate his
version of events in his story.
Remember GE? The company that reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion last year, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States, but paid ZERO in taxes?. In fact, GE claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.
Last year Jeffrey Immelt also said,
"Personally, I think lowering taxes will create jobs." Yeah,
Last year I wrote: "Jeffrey Immelt was paid about $1,000 for every job he eliminated at GE as its CEO. He earned $21 million to lay off 21,000 of GE's workers. What did he have to do, besides just sign a company memo? And the income tax rate on Jeff Immelt's $21 million personal income is lower than that of a regular worker earning $40,000 a year (only 15% is paid on capital gains taxes on vested stock-options held for at least one year).
Now evidently (according to Charles Gasparino) Jeffrey Immelt (a Republican) is abandoning Obama and will be supporting Mitt Romney - and all while retaining his post as an Obama's advisor. Personally, I would have fired Mister Immelt a long time ago for doing such a poor job of as a "job czar" and for laying off his own employees.
NOTE: A GE spokesman insists that the reports Charles Gasparino is making publicly about Immelt’s private criticism of Obama are “ludicrous.” We have yet to hear anything from Jeffrey Immelt himself.
The New York Post story goes:
|Back when he agreed to advise the Obama administration on economics, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt told friends that he thought it would be good for GE and good for the country. A life-long Republican, Immelt said he believed he could at the very least moderate the president’s distinctly anti-business instincts.
That was three years ago; these days Immelt is telling friends something quite different.
Sure, GE has managed to feast on federal subsidies, particularly the “green-energy” giveaways that are Obamanomics’ hallmark.
But Immelt doesn’t think he’s had anywhere near as much luck moderating the president’s fat-cat-bashing, left-leaning economic agenda of taxing businesses and entrepreneurs to pay for government bloat. Fuming: Jeffrey Immelt is reportedly disgusted by Obama’s allegiance to growth-killing policies.
Friends describe Immelt as privately dismayed that, even after three years on the job, President Obama hasn’t moved to the center, but instead further left. The GE CEO, I’m told, is appalled by everything from the president’s class-warfare rhetoric to his continued belief that big government is the key to economic salvation.
Or, as one friend recently put it to me, “Jeff thought he could make a difference, and now realizes he couldn’t.”
Don’t expect Immelt to say anything publicly about the downside of president’s economic agenda anytime soon: He’s still serving as what is considered the top outside economic adviser to the White House. (A GE spokesman insists that the reports I’m sharing here about Immelt’s private criticism of Obama are “ludicrous.”)
GE has too much to lose for Immelt to publicly ’fess up to his disdain. The president now routinely talks up his desire to tax businesses that create jobs overseas, and GE overseas expansion is well-documented. Nor does the company want to put all its green subsidies at risk.