Today the blogosphere is buzzing with what Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn said about President Obama during a conference call with analysts.
By way of Newsbusters, here’s part of it:
[T]his administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next 3 hours giving you examples of all of us in this market place that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right…[I]t makes you slow down and not invest your money. Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America. You bet. And until we change the tempo and the conversation from Washington, it’s not going to change. And those of us who have business opportunities and the capital to do it are going to sit in fear of the President…I’m telling you that the business community in this company is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the President of the United States. And until he’s gone, everybody’s going to be sitting on their thumbs.
Ouch. Pretty strong words, especially coming from a heavy-hitter in the business world. It’s not the first time Wynn has been critical of Obama, who Wynn voted for (see this video at about the 1:00 mark).
I’m more curious about what Wynn was thinking in voting for Obama than I am about what Obama is thinking. We know what Obama is thinking, and that’s the point. We have since before the election. I’d just like to know what Obama has done that’s come as a shock to Steve Wynn. What part of “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” didn’t Wynn get? Did he not believe Obama was serious? Did Wynn not understand that “this is the moment that the rise of the oceans began to slow” was just a metaphor for massive redistribution of wealth, economic health — Vegas or elsewhere — be damned?
If Steve Wynn didn’t see this coming he’s not as bright as he’s often given credit for. And he still supports Harry Reid — don’t get me started on that one. Harry Reid and Barack Obama are twins conjoined at taxpayers’ wallets, so how he can still support Reid but want Obama voted out is confusing and part of the reason why I didn’t join the chorus with some other fellow conservatives after reading the above quote by yelling “testify Steve!”
This time around in 2012 I hope Mr. Wynn can put his money, not to mention vote, where his mouth is.