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Another Kind of Summit

The White House issued this seemingly noncontroversial statement today:


Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 31, 2009

Readout of the President’s meeting with business leaders today:

As part of the President’s ongoing outreach to the business community he invited Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon and Chairman of the Business Roundtable, Mike Duke, CEO of Wal-Mart, Dan DiMicco, CEO of Nucor and Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks to join him for lunch in the Private Dining Room this afternoon. They had a wide ranging conversation about the state of the economy, health care reform and energy during the 75 minute lunch. The President and his economic team look forward to continuing to hold informal meetings with members of the business community to seek their input.

What the statement fails to acknowledge is that these CEOs represent some of the worst anti-union gangsters in the country. Most of us have heard about Wal-Mart, but Nucor and Starbucks are just as bad. For its part, Verizon is currently engaged in hammer-and-tong contract talks with the Communications Workers of America.

It would be interesting to know what these four thugs said to Obama about EFCA, and even more interesting to know what Obama said in return.

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