A sloppy stat underscores the need to watch carefully as corporate America tosses out numbers to show how it has embraced stakeholder capitalism.
As the GOP assembles in Tampa, the Business Roundtable is joining the corporate chorus complaining about the “burden” and “uncertainty” of government action to remove toxic air pollution, stop climate change, stem the dramatic increase of workplace repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel and give consumers information about calories in our Big Macs and human rights abuses built into our iPhones.
The Roundtable is a who’s who of CEOs from America’s largest companies in the energy, banking, pharmaceutical, retail, insurance, communications and food industries. The Roundtable published a wish list of health, safety and environmental “regulations of concern” that their corporate members — many of whom are big political givers — want the Romney/Ryan ticket to stop if elected.
What they call “concerns” are actually important health, safety and environmental protections that Americans need and want. Recent polls (here and here) show that Americans would prefer higher taxes over reducing food and drug safety programs,