GE Stabs the U.S. in the Back

by ALAN CARUBA August 28, 2011
 
In 1876 Thomas Alva Edison opened a laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey for the purposes of exploring how to produce and distribute electricity. History records that he invented the incandescent electric light bulb there. By 1890, he had established the Edison General Electric Company, now known simply as GE.

In 2011, Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of GE and the chairman of President Obama’s “Jobs Council” is eliminating jobs for American employees of GE at a furious pace. To add insult to injury, in 2010 GE paid no federal taxes at all despite worldwide profits of $14.2 billion. GE claimed a tax benefit of $2.3 billion.

From an America corporate icon to an American disgrace, GE epitomizes how federal policies, cronyism, and rent seeking is destroying America from within by avoiding taxes and shipping jobs overseas. Keep in mind, none of this is illegal. It is, however, unconscionable.

A recent article at
TheEconomicCollapseblog.com took a look at the way GE is “moving jobs and economic infrastructure to China at a blistering pace.” For example, “GE makes more medical-imaging machines than anyone else in the world and now GE has announced that it is ‘moving the headquarters of its 115-year-old X-ray business to Beijing.”

The article notes that, “Under Immelt, GE has shipped tens of thousands of good jobs out of the United States.” Even the liberal learning Huffington Post reported that
 
“As the administration struggles to prod businesses to create jobs at home, GE has been busy sending them abroad. Since Immelt took over in 2001, GE has shed 34,000 jobs in the U.S. according to its most recent annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But it has added 25,000 jobs overseas.”

“At the end of 2009, GE employed 36,000 more people abroad than it did in the U.S. In 2000, it was nearly the opposite.”
 
The last GE factory in the U.S. that made light bulbs closed last September. This came on the heels of the federal government’s ban on the 100-watt incandescent light bulb and its push to require Americans to purchase the new CFL light bulbs as part of Obama’s green jobs initiative. The CFL bulbs have been universally denounced as providing less equivalent light, costing more, and using mercury as part of their manufacture.

When John Rice was appointed GE’s head of global operations, responsible for growth in markets that include China, India, the Middle East and Brazil, the Huffington Post revealed that GE planned to spend $500 million on research and development and new customer innovation centers in China, adding more than a thousand jobs there. “More than $1.5 billion is expected to be put toward joint ventures with Chinese state-owned enterprises in high-technology sectors.”

At the same time, Daily Finance.com revealed that GE “is arming China to compete with Boeing—and America.” Peter Cohen that “General Electric plans to sell its aircraft electronics to Chinese companies” noting that China just flight-tested a prototype stealth fighter” as it continues to build up its military. GE is selling technology “it developed for U.S. companies like Boeing to Boeing’s Chinese competitors.”

“America is being de-industrialized at lightning speed and very few of our politicians seem to care,” says
TheEconomicCollapseblog while noting that in 1979 there were 19.5 million manufacturing jobs in the United States and today there are 11.6 million.

“The United States has lost a staggering 32% of all its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.”

While President Obama berates the Congress for the lack of free trade agreements, he neglects to say that several such agreements with Latin American nations linger on his desk and none can be acted upon by Congress until he sends them for approval.

While Jeffrey Immelt flies around in his corporate jet and issues vacuous, hypocritical statements about jobs for Americans, he and his close friend in the White House are undermining the economy. Other U.S. corporations are following suit.

The U.S. corporate tax is the highest in the world, but you will not hear any talk of lowering this tax rate, only meaningless class warfare blather about taxing “millionaires and billionaires” more when, in truth, those taxes will fall heaviest on small business owners.

This is the deliberate destruction of the U.S. manufacturing sector.

© Alan Caruba, 2011
 
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Alan Caruba writes a daily commentary, “Warning Signs”, posted on his blog http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com. An author, business and science writer, he is the founder of the National Anxiety Center. His book, “Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy”, is published by Merrill Press.
 

blog comments powered by Disqus

'Seems insane': Fox News' Ed Henry questions how fence jumper made it inside White House

September 20, 2014  09:41 AM

"How could not ONE Secret Service officer stop last nite's jumper from getting to door"?

'ISIS takes notes': Fence-jumper makes his way into White House's front doors

September 20, 2014  00:39 AM

The man made it through the North Portico doors before he was eventually apprehended.

Labor Department ups hashtag politics ante with grumpy cat meme

September 19, 2014  10:55 PM

The cat really drives the #RaiseTheWage argument, though, doesn't it?

State Department releases list of anti-ISIS coalition partners 'in some capacity'

September 19, 2014  09:36 PM

President Obama’s announcement Thursday that France would be joining a coalition of 40 countries in the fight against ISIS had many asking, “Let’s see the list.” On Friday night, the State Department obliged, issuing a list of countries that had agreed to assist the United States “in some capacity.” Via @StateDept, a list of countries/partners […]

'Anarchy!' Wendy Davis ignores debate rules, talks over moderator [video]

September 19, 2014  08:54 PM

"Easy Wendy, this is not 'Nam."

FSM Archives

More in PUBLICATIONS ( 1 OF 25 ARTICLES )