From Naked Capitalism, 9 Greedy CEOs Trying to Shred the Safety Net While Pigging Out on Corporate Welfare:
A gang of brazen CEOs has joined forces to promote economically disastrous and socially irresponsible austerity policies. Many of those same CEOs were bailed out by the American taxpayer after a Wall Street-driven financial crash. Instead of a thank-you, they are showing their appreciation in the form of a coordinated effort to rob Americans of hard-earned retirements, decent medical care and relief for the poorest.
...they are gearing up to pull the wool over the public's eyes by cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The CEOs are part of the Fix the Debt campaign ... which plans to unleash tens of millions pushing for a deficit reduction deal that favors the rich.
...these Scrooges are so bold as to publicly announce their desire to pick the pockets of fellow Americans while simultaneously pigging out at the corporate welfare trough. Multitasking!NC provides a sample of what it calls the Fix the Debt CEO Council Hall of Shame (complete list at the Fix the Debt website here):
1. Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO, Goldman, Sachs & Co. Blankfein, infamous for describing his financial activities as "God's work," shared his attitude toward society with CBS news recently. He explained his keen desire to see Americans lowering their sights for the future. ...he gives a pithy summary of what life is going to be like for the 99 percent:
You're going to have to do something, undoubtedly, to lower people's expectations of what they're going to get, the entitlements, and what people think they're going to get, because you're not going to get it.
...Since the financial crash, Blankfein's company, Goldman Sachs, has received tens of billions of dollars in ..."direct and indirect succor from the Fed."...
2. Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO, General Electric Company. ...supporting disastrous financial deregulation, dodging taxes and helping to destroy American manufacturing has not satisfied Immelt. He'd like to add insult to injury by making sure that people who have been screwed by the reckless activities of short-sighted corporate titans like himself are left to starve in their golden years and go without medical care. And as for the poor, well, couldn't they be just a little bit poorer? Immelt thinks that would be swell.
After the 2008 crash, the government gave a giant boost to hard-pressed GE Capital, the company's financing arm, through the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program. GE has also helped itself to enormous taxpayer-funded subsidies, especially in green energy. And guess how much GE paid in taxes in 2010? Nothing. ...
3. Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co. ... Dimon is deploying a familiar scare tactic on the topic of the so-called fiscal cliff. He's claiming that his company will be forced to cut down on hiring and so on if a budget plan is not tailored to enrich the wealthy. ...Maybe Dimon's company would be better served figuring out what happened to the $6 billion that recently went up in smoke in the "London Whale" derivatives fiasco.
NC covers several more including the CEO of Honeywell (of powerpoint "union busting for dummies" fame), all at the link.