We reported recently on the round of meetings Obama is having this week to gin up support for his betrayal of Democratic Party values (oops, I misspoke; attempt avoid real austerity except for thee and me).
Tuesday he met with heads of union and progressive organizations, who are supposed to represent the interests of their constituencies — that would be us Littles — instead of their own access to the attention and funding provided by the Bigs. Click the link to see who was invited.
Wednesday he meets with CEOs — those lovable paycheck guys who control your economic life (so they can better protect their burgeoning wealth; someone’s gotta look out for Number .001%). And thanks to Politico, we have a leaked list of invitees (my emphasis and paragraphing):
The White House has invited more than a dozen CEOs – representing major corporations like Walmart, Chevron and Xerox – to meet Wednesday with President Barack Obama on the fiscal cliff, according to a list provided by a K Street insider.The line-up includes a mix of Republican and Democratic donors, and a handful of leaders who sit on the council of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, which is promoting a grand bargain on the debt and deficit.
The invitees include:
▪ Mark Bertolini, President, Chairman, and CEO of Aetna;
▪ Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO, Xerox;
▪ Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and CEO, American Express Company;
▪ David Cote, Chairman, CEO, Honeywell;
▪ Mike Duke, President, CEO, Walmart;
▪ Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman, and CEO, Dow;
▪ Robert McDonald, President and CEO, Proctor & Gamble;
▪ Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford;
▪ Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo;
▪ Ginni Rometty, President, Chairman, and CEO, IBM; and
▪ John Watson, Chairman and CEO, Chevron.
Cool. The heads of Walmart, Pepsi (which as I recall gets more than half of its revenue abroad), and Climate Criminal Chevron, plus two financial firms and a few of their St. Andrews golfing and corp-jet buddies, will decide whether Grannie gets that premium catfood or the generic mush.
These are Your Betters, folks, deciding your future with … ta-da … your president. Elections have consequences. Now it’s time to deal with the consequences of electing Obama — not judging, just saying. That was then; this is now.
Our work is seriously cut out for us. (Props to Politico for this reporting, by the way; my serious thanks.)
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