Defensive GE CEO (and Obama-Appointed Jobs Czar) Can't Understand why OWS Protesters Aren't "Rooting" for Him

This is rich: Jeffrey Immelt, who not only serves as the US "Jobs Czar" but also as the CEO of GE, can't understand why the protesters at Occupy Wall Street aren't exalting him instead of scorning him. Answer: um, maybe because the Jobs Czar shipped all the jobs overseas?:

In an interview that aired Sunday, General Electric Chairman and Obama job czar Jeffrey Immelt told CBS’ Leslie Stahl that the notion that Americans were against big companies was “just wrong.”

“I want you to root for me,” Immelt said. “Everybody in Japan roots for Toshiba. Everybody in China roots for China South Rail. I want you to say, ‘Win, G.E.’”

Not only has G.E. shipped thousands of U.S. jobs overseas, the company also reportedly paid no taxes in 2010. Protesters at Occupy Wall Street and across the country are calling for corporations to be taxed at least at the same rate as individuals.

Remind us one time why this guy is in a government position overseeing employment in the United States? Also, if anyone in Japan and China would like to fact-check his statement that you're all "rooting" for Toshiba and China South Rail, let us know, because it seems slightly overblown. Ha. Russ Feingold took a moment to respond to Immelt on today's edition of "The Early Show":

“Mr. Immelt is not recognizing that you root for corporations when corporations are making sure your jobs stay here in the United States,” Feingold explained. “His corporation has had more to do with shipping jobs overseas than almost any corporation in the world. And so, the deal here is we root for corporations and we support them if they’re fair to us. And these people who are protesting are recognizing that just about everything that has happened to working people has been unfair in recent years.”

Watch video over here via Raw Story. The look on Leslie Stahl's face is classic. Probably deserves an Emmy.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at October 10, 2011, 5:50am

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