NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The head of General Electric told a jobs summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Monday that businesses needed to take the lead on job creation.
At a conference where many of the comments were focused on government barriers to hiring, GE (GE, Fortune 500) Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt acknowledged there needed to be some policy changes by Congress and the Obama administration. But he said that the responsibility for hiring lay with businesses.
“The people who are part of the business sector, the people in this room, have got to stop complaining about government and get some action underway,” he told the group. “There’s no excuse today for lack of leadership. The truth is we all need to be part of the solution.”
As if “complaining about the government” is distracting business owners from the hiring or growing their companies that they’d otherwise be doing. Good lord…
“We all need to be part of the solution.” This from a guy who’s in bed every day with part of the problem. What a tool.
It goes on:
Immelt said he is committed to working with Obama on other moves that can help hiring, and that he expects to have proposals by the end of the year that should help to create up to 1 million jobs.
If this were the card game “bullshit” this is the part where we’d all yell “bullshit!”
It’s bad enough that the administration screeches out the same hideous noise daily and expects us to consider it music, but it’s even worse when a “representative” of the business community proudly serves as the bullhorn to promote abject failure.
Update: Since Immelt took over GE in 2001, the company has shed 36,000 jobs in the US — 25,000 of which re-appeared in other countries. Keep on lecturing US businesses on hiring more workers, Jeffrey.