Obama’s Wednesday meeting with CEOs to discuss the “fiscal cliff”

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):

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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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