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Does Pres. Obama deserve the 'anti-business' label he's been saddled with?

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I don't think the President deserves an "anti-business" label, but I wish he did, so how do I vote in your poll?

Posted by: ejs2 | August 30, 2010 11:50 PM

He's anti small business.
He loves the big banks and the insurance cartel.

Posted by: miriamac2001 | August 31, 2010 1:00 AM

Yes, he does deserve that label. He gained it the old-fashioned way, as John Houseman used to say. He earned it.

Posted by: SCOTSGUARDS | August 31, 2010 3:26 AM

Posted by: miriamac2001:

He's anti small business.
He loves the big banks and the insurance cartel.

I think the facts would show that you have both these assertions reversed.

Posted by: topwriter | August 31, 2010 9:21 AM

He certainly isn't making any policies that provide incentives for companies to part with their cash stockpiles. What is even worse is that Americans are beginning to show signs of distrust towards our president. His optimism about the programs he and his administration have establish do not reflect what people are seeing with their own eyes. Where is the leadership?

Posted by: GenXer1 | August 31, 2010 10:55 AM

Let's put it this way: His re-distributive doctrine is anti competition . . . no one gets to "win" and we live a mediocre existence.

Marxism = equal opportunity poverty

Posted by: reddog62 | August 31, 2010 11:48 AM

As a business own Obama has done nothing to help small businesses.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 31, 2010 12:33 PM

No, he hasn't earned it, but considering how many companies are sitting on huge profits and are refusing to hire, we could use some good anti-business sentiment.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | August 31, 2010 12:34 PM

Can't the Wash Post even try to pretend to do something in an unbiased way?

Saying he's been "saddled with?"

Why not: "Is Prsident Obama anti-business?"

What do they teach in journalism schools?

Posted by: jfv123 | August 31, 2010 12:50 PM

What a stupid question. It was designed to bring out the idiots who hate the president mostly because he's black and smart besides. You morons are just that, morons.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | August 31, 2010 1:36 PM

By the way, be honest with yourselves, if it that is even possible, and admit to your prejudices. Wanting to rein in unscrupulous business practices for YOUR BENEFIT, is not being anti business. Do you honestly believe that your lives would have been better under Grandpa McCain and Sister Sarah? Use whatever little brains you have left after watching Dancing with the Stars and all the other drivel that has rotted your minds. Or are you proud of the fact that you are either ignorant or just plain stupid?

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | August 31, 2010 1:39 PM

Adrienne, unfortunately no one can cure stupid. The strong anti-intellectualism of a certain party's and a certain religious sect's most fervent followers is only growing. I am convinced they believe what they are told to believe by their Corporate masters. Those same Corporate masters will do anything to stop any oversight or control by the feds that would infringe on their greed, no matter how appropriate that oversight may be. Since the Corporate Masters are crying out "Obama is anti-business" then the faithful agree that he is. In the end, it really is just all about the money.

Posted by: mraymond10 | August 31, 2010 2:19 PM

No, he hasn't earned it, but considering how many companies are sitting on huge profits and are refusing to hire, we could use some good anti-business sentiment.

Posted by: ravensfan20008


His policies make businesses nervous same with the middle and upper middle class; people are saving like crazy and stockpiling savings because this Administrations policies are to spend and tax so we are all waiting for the hammer to drop on taxes before we spend; business and wage earners.

Who can blame business owners when they have no idea how much the tax hikes and new taxes under the healthcare bill will cost them? I cannot blame them, I earn a great wage and I am spending vary little right now because I never paid the pre-Bush era level of taxes and estimates are I will own up to $9k more next year, that is a massive chunk of money even for someone making over $100k, I have mortgage to pay like everyone else.

Posted by: flonzy1 | August 31, 2010 2:35 PM

OBAMA causes small and big businesses to refrain from hiring because they are saving their dimes for the impending fines and fees that will be imposed by OBAMAcare when they fail to insure their workforces as dictated by the ONE (we've been waiting for)!

Posted by: pamschuh9 | August 31, 2010 3:58 PM

Having never been in business, he subscribes to mythologies about what business is and how it works which, when coupled with public policy based on those mythologies, are very destructive to business.

He doesn't *mean* to be anti-business. He's just not very good at fostering quality, sustainable businesses.

Posted by: Bill64738 | August 31, 2010 4:05 PM

I don't think Obama is anti-business but I think the WaPo is anti-Obama.

Posted by: SarahBB | August 31, 2010 6:19 PM

Obama isn't anti-business. Businesses who don't hire Americans and banks who don't lend money to credit worthy consumers are anti-American.

Posted by: SarahBB | September 8, 2010 10:36 AM

How can this even be a poll?

He is bad for business.

There need not be an poll to demonstrate the idiocy of the left.

He IS bad for business, it cannot even be argued.

Not at it's extreme limits... it is a discussion without integrity.

The only discussion that could be honest on the topic: "how bad is obama for the economy"... that could START a discussion on the topic.

Anything less is dishonest, intellectually ignorant, and bound to create more problems than it addresses.

Posted by: docwhocuts | September 8, 2010 11:05 AM

Sure he is. How can you have socialism work without going after the wealthy and business owners and make them pay for all your stupid ideas.

Posted by: vickie1 | September 8, 2010 11:25 AM

The only people labeling him "anti-business" are republicons and their propaganda network, fux. Small business loans and tax credits is "anti-business?"

Face it-if this president were not in office we would have very little business left, would have breadlines, would have no banking sector or auto industry....the stock market was plummeting when Preisdnet Obama took office. He has at least brought us back to where we were before bush and the gop got ahold of the nation and crashed it through the floor.

Posted by: John1263 | September 8, 2010 11:39 AM

This is an amazing paradigm to be sure. The business (corporate) element of our society created the mess Obama has been trying to fix. Obama has reacted as would be expected to enormous repubican backed corporate whining that they are being over-regulated (again), even after corporations acted so stupidly. Now the perception is that Obama is "anti-business"? Give me a break. WIse up. America. You are nothing but commodities cash cows.

Posted by: swatkins1 | September 8, 2010 11:52 AM

Small business loans have always been around and the tax credits were not a Democrat idea.
Small business needs to profit or they are no longer in business.

If you never owned a business, how would you know how to stimulate a business? Oh that's right, Obama is smart about everything, I forgot, even if he has no experience.

Adding health care costs to small businesses is not s smart move to creating jobs, period.

Posted by: whineridentifier | September 8, 2010 11:52 AM

No, President Obama is NOT anti-business.

He is the first President in a long time that wants Businesses to treat people, mainly the middle class fairly.

What's wrong with that? Nothing.

If it were not for middle class Americans, businesses, and especially large Corporations would not be were they are today.

They have made their billions and now Corporate America don't believe that they need the middle class anymore.

This in it self says a lot about the monsters that Middle Class Americans have created who are now hiring and doing business elsewhere.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | September 8, 2010 12:29 PM

Certainly, the idea that the President is an anti business extremist is ridiculous. Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers, and Paul Volcker are all part of the pro business establishment that has controlled American economic policy in the Reagen, Clinton, both Bush, and Obama administrations. But, it is true that some elements of the Democratic Party are anti business and the President is constrained to some degree by their attitudes.
Beyond that reality, the President has at times slipped into antibusiness demagoguery that raised some questions about how well he understands the realities of the business world. But, the bigger problem is the limited degree to which the President has moved beyond absract goals to concrete actions. Boone Pickens gave a good example in a CNBC interview in relation to the President's policy for energy independence. The President's stated goals have been pretty good. But, so far, there is not much sign of substantial progress toward them. Its not clear whether this failure just reflects political constraints or whether the President does not really understand what it would take to actually realize some of his goals.

Posted by: dnjake | September 8, 2010 12:53 PM

I hardly think he's anti-business just because he has imposed some regulations on the corporations (tails) that have been wagging the Republicans (dogs) forever. I would rather say Obama is pro-consumer, which unfortunately, some of the rabid Obama-haters "process" as being socialist. Tell me, what's the GOP done for you lately?

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | September 8, 2010 1:05 PM

Let's see, who spent 8 years throwing this country down the toilet? Who started two
wars with no idea on how to get out? Who
let the financial sector shoot craps? Who prevented oil from being regulated?

Answer these questions. If those situations had never occurred, this question about anti-
business would not even be asked.

Posted by: captainhookaustin | September 8, 2010 1:06 PM

Of course he is. Anti-business and pro union!

Posted by: jc3103 | September 8, 2010 1:12 PM

It's not so much that he is anti-business. Instead, he is demonstrably naive and "business ignorant", with no grasp whatsoever of the economic real world from his education or experience. And he is surrounded by people who are overtly anti-business. Hence, his catastrophic trail of economic blunders that has led the investment community - once among his biggest boosters - to be very effectively leading the charge for his downfall. The whole Obama regime seems focussed on making sure that Jimmy Carter is no longer thought of as the worst Democrat President.

Posted by: mncwva | September 8, 2010 1:44 PM

Clueless Comrade Barry is Anti-Business and Anti-American.

Fortunately, the narcissistic Marxist miscreant is already a lame duck.

Sixty-eight percent of U.S. voters have figured out that you can’t redistribute your way to prosperity. They've had their Marxist president and their Marxist economics lesson and they've seen enough.

“Sixty-eight percent (68%) of U.S. voters prefer a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes to a more active one that offers more services and higher taxes. That's the second highest finding in Rasmussen Reports surveying on the question since November 2006, exceeded only by a 70% finding in August of last year.”

Posted by: PauvrePapillon | September 8, 2010 1:49 PM

Let's put it this way: His re-distributive doctrine is anti competition . . . no one gets to "win" and we live a mediocre existence.

Marxism = equal opportunity poverty

---------Posted by RedDog62---------------

The Bush tax cuts pushed a larger percentage of tax revenue collected onto the poorest Americans. Republicans constantly fight to force the people who can least afford it to pay an increasing tax burden in favor of less tax burden on the wealthy. Is that re-distributive? I think so. Is that class warfare? Yep... pretty sure it is.

The Clinton years had low inflation, high growth, and we balanced the budget. Since then we have had a bubble economy, and collected more trillions in debt, with the great recession at the end of it to show for it.

Oh yes, lets put those guys back in charge! I do not think Obama is anti-business. But its really hard to tell because of the mess the Republicans left our economy in.

Posted by: reussere | September 8, 2010 3:00 PM

Big corporations have only themselves to blame for the increased regulations they are so vigorously fighting. Companies and individuals such as Enron, Worldcom, BP Madoff,HCA (medicare fraud), Healthsouth, etc. have destroyed the confidence of the American public that they can get a fair deal. Pres. Obama has been in office about 20months. I hardly think he is responsible the the worst financial crises since the Great Depression. This is a systemic problem which won't be adressed as long as lobbyists representing large corporations write the legislation. The Congress is the main problem and Republicans and Democrats are equally to blame. We need to have a grassroots movement with real leadership to bypass the dysfunctional gonernment.

Posted by: jp1943 | September 8, 2010 3:12 PM

For those stating that President Obama is "anti-business", and since he's never run a businessm, I'd like to point out his predecessor in office certainly was a businessman, however, his business with Arbusto Energy/Spectrum 7/Harken was ultimately a loser. There is evidence that GWB violated SEC rules when he sold a large quantity of Harken stock while still on the board and did not report it until 8 months later. In short, a corporate insider deal that made Bush money and left real investors dry.

GWB made his money being an investor, not in running a business single-handedly. Had he not had a father with influence and money, he would never have been considered for the Presidency.

The tax cuts GWB proposed helped the wealthy stay wealthy. They really did nothing to stimulate the economy. Businesses garnered huge profits, but didn't do anything with them to help those that made the products that brought in the profits.

We are having economic difficulties now is because a dollar spent in the US doesn't ultimately end up in the pockets of a US worker. It's going to someone in China or Indonesia who is willing to work at dirt cheap wages. The profit margin goes to the majority shareholders. These majority shareholders sock their money away, and don't spend it unless they need to - a luxury most of us poorer schlubs can't afford.

If we all decided that it's worth an extra 25 cents for that item to keep jobs in the US, would you spend it? I would be satisfied with a company based elsewhere, that hires Americans to make products for local markets.

However, anything seen to help the average American is seen as anti-business. That's because Corporate America wants it that way. It's just all about greed, really.

Posted by: MichelleKinPA | September 8, 2010 4:13 PM

No he does not deserve the label,only the myopic Obama haters and the greedy/selfish big business conglomorates are whining. Business is sitting on its collective hands and unearned money waiting for the republicans to get back in power and hand them even more while removing regulations. The sad thing is how many americans fall for the B-S crap. Should the repubs get back the reins of power I predict in less than 6mos the populace will experience buyers remorse.

Posted by: jestindam | September 8, 2010 5:14 PM

President Obama neither likes nor trusts private enterprise.

That is clear from nis speeches and from his actions. Did anyone expect anything different?

The reason there are no new jobs is because none of the people who create jobs trust Obama. No trust, no jobs.

When Obama leaves, the economy will recover.

It seems pretty straighforward to me.

Posted by: ZZim | September 8, 2010 5:54 PM

No, he does not deserve the label. If one is not like the Republican Party and stand exclusively for big money, then they scream the "anti-business" claim. If you do not repeat the Republican lie that giving abusive companies everything they want will result in jobs, then you get the label. That lie was debunked in the Bush years, when deregulation not only failed to produce jobs, but rewarded the dirtbags for moving jobs and money out of our nation.

Posted by: revbookburn | September 8, 2010 7:15 PM

Obama is not only anti-business, he is anti-American. He is full of hate for everyone except labor union bosses. The union bosses keep his pockets full of money and he gives the bosses alot of money. This is bad for our country and for business. Obama is the worst president this country has ever had. If he is not one and done, we will not have a country. It will belong to China or Japan.

Posted by: annnort | September 8, 2010 7:30 PM

He is anti capitalism, private or corporate ownership of capital goods, or investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market. That makes him a Marxist and anti-business.

Posted by: xthat | September 8, 2010 7:37 PM

Actually, Obama is just about the worst thing there is -- anti-small business and pro-multinational corporation. I don't care what he say. I only care about how he acts. And he and the Democrats have done just about everything possible to wreck US small business and everything possible to prop up and make even more harmful, all of those big multinational corporations. Voting for Obama, voting for and campaigning for ANY Democrat was just about the worst thing I ever did. I wont be making that mistake again and I suspect A LOT of people are in the same boat.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 8, 2010 8:00 PM

Didn't the Post just run an article a day or two ago that quoted small business owners, every last one of whom said that they felt crushed by his administration's interventionism?

If that's the case, what purpose does a poll serve? Before voting, people should be required to read that article. Then they can decide.

Posted by: exile_from_virginia | September 9, 2010 3:53 AM

"who hate the president mostly because he's black and smart besides. You morons are just that, morons"

To use a slightly inappropriate saying "There's the pot calling the kettle black..."

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | September 9, 2010 5:21 AM

Pro-Business? I wish he were more pro-All of Us. We all do better when we all do better. That seems to have gotten lost the last 40 years in this country. Looking the the most competitive countries in the news article today, it strikes me that those at the top seem to be progressive socially responsible democracies (except Singapore). High taxes don't seem to stop competitiveness, do they? Making sure that all citizens share in the collective wealth doesn't seem to make a nation less competitive. Interesting. I'm sure the right wing will ignore this or explain it away as being not important.

Posted by: littleoldlady | September 9, 2010 5:51 AM

I am not sure of where Obama stands on anything relating to business or anything else. In point of fact I am not sure who Obama is other then a career politcian without portfolio or qualifications for office. Obama's never ending speeches and ideas, whatever they are, are now beyond irritating... every time he speaks on anything his alarming lack of experince and knowledge is apparent in every sentence and gesture.
What I do know about Obama only increases my uncertainty where he stands. First Obama had no private sector business experience, Second no military service. More important in my opinion Obama has no record of governing or managing anything other then a record of street organizing in black neighborhoods and campaigning for office.
The economic policies crafted by Wall Street and instituted at thier direction by the cadre of career politicans has been catastrophic to Main Street and our working citizens. Obama is a continuance of Wall Street power.
I do not believe that Obama is qualified for any high elected office, that the Office of President of the United States is far and away beyond his capacities and experience. However,it is obvious that his buisness, foriegn and domestic policies are the very same as Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II & Cheney. I challenge anyone to refute that fact with examples, facts and figures.
The United States of America is a failed state with trends that are so alarming that there may be no fix possible should citizens of not act. Washington and Wall Street cannot be allowed to continue thier failed buisiness, foriegn and domestic polices...which in my opinion have been acts of deliberate treason, theft and incompetence.

Posted by: 123Njord | September 9, 2010 6:56 AM

I dont believe that President Obama is 'anti-business'.

I have looked back at the last past 10 presidents of the US and out of them all there is one in particular that is to blame behind all this mess that is occurring today. How can you inherit the largest surplus out of any president in history and in less that 8yrs, turn the country around to where it now has the highest deficit ever recorded. I will tell you, it start January 20, 2001 with the election of one George W. Bush (Bush II). So the issue is not with accusing the current president with the problems of today, because the US would be in the same situation no matter who was in office.

So the question should be, how did Americans allow George W. Bush to put the country in the position that it is in, and how do we stop it from happening again?

Posted by: jowens603 | September 9, 2010 10:38 AM

If we're going to rely on our government to repair our economy then we should remove their obligations to the special interest groups who we foolishly allow to fund their political campaigns.We no longer have the means to serve the needs of special interest groups and the needs of our general economy simultaneously.

Posted by: reenie10 | September 9, 2010 11:05 AM

Obama has never missed an opportunity to condemn business. He wants to punish them for wrongs that he perceives as being against his people, not all people. When campaigning, as he is continually doing, he blasts at them at one event and says he is giving money to them at another event while promoting change at another event. It is no wonder that he does not have a reputation of supporting business. Business has no idea what punitive or manipulative action he will take next. He has ruined the direction in which the economy is headed. He made the situation worse after the initial bailing out efforts. He, nor his staff have ever run a candy store, and the American people looked at him as a Messiah. Imagine giving GM to me to run. Just like our economy it would be a failure. Obama is a child, not knowing his limitations, or the consequences his actions bring.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 9, 2010 11:46 AM

To OMBUDSMAN1 - You are wrong. The white independents that voted Obama into office are not haters. If so, they would never, ever have voted for him. Nobody, except the 90% black voters that voted for him cares about his skin color which is half white, half black. Thats just the old racist card being played again. Its funny how a lot of people dont mind being labeled as racist now. For racist means caring about America, and its finances and policies. Being pro-Obama or non racist means you agree with taking Arizona to the United Nations and suing the state for trying to protect itself financially and physically. Against the mosque at ground zero=racist. Against more spending=racist. Quicker relief in the gulf oil spill incident=racist. Being part of the majority that wants congress to read and give us a good health reform bill=racist. Stop condemning America to every other country=racist. Pro tea party values=racist. Keep medicare safe=racist. Against progressive extremist=racist. Want real climate science=racist. Dont want black panthers with night sticks at the polling booths=racist. Dont agree with Rev. Wright and Louis Farakhan=racist We racist may not agree with Obama, but we do know our nation has been the greatest ever created and want to see it continue to be the best. Obama has proven he has no ability or talent for the job, on every occasion he has shown terrible judgment. We made a mistake, it can be corrected at the voters box. Being a racist----priceless!
It is a shame that a remark so repugnant is used against good hearted Americans who love their country, but disagree with the minority of people who are changing the very thread of American life.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 9, 2010 12:05 PM

You call it anti-business, I call it pro-worker.

What would you call the republicans that refuse to vote on small business legislation? Probusiness?

Theres like a pavlovian reaction from the right when any action is taken to remove the tax breaks and loopholes for big business. You'd think Americans would react more positively to eliminating the unnecessary giveaways. It's like watching victims of some kind of stockhholm syndrome. Don't complain because your taxes are too high - somebody has to pay for the tax breaks to big business, their profits just haven't been maximized yet, they need the breaks more than you do.

Posted by: JilliB | September 9, 2010 12:33 PM

It's amazing that so many people seem to feel that the President must do exactly what big business -- the wonderful folks who destroyed the economy -- want. President Obama has been the most responsible and moderate President in the last 30 years. He's always been pro-business, but responsibly. Sadly far too many businesses in our great nation restore to deception, fraud, and other underhanded practices that cry out for regulation. A President who gives big business an unregulated free hand to cheat is no friend of reputable businesses that seek to play by the rules, nor of the American people.

President Obama has had less than 2 years to clean up the 8-year mess the Bush administration left behind, including the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. It's time for big business to stop being so selfish and short-sighted and get with the program before big business destroys the economy beyond repair.

Posted by: dl49 | September 9, 2010 3:57 PM

He loves businesses that have BIG UNIONS. Libs in the press talk about Big Bad profiteering corporations... but they fail to mention the political muscle that is the Unions whose leadership line squarely behind the Democrats, no matter what the lean of their member base is politically.

Posted by: alutz08 | September 13, 2010 10:12 PM

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