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Business Bashing

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Business Bashing

I worry about the continued bashing of big business. There is so much emphasis on locking up corporate crooks, that the stereotype about business, itself, being evil, is perpetuated.

Maybe bashing the crooks makes good short-term political sense, but it can be bad for the economy in a number of ways. First, it encourages more strangulation of business through unnecessary regulations. There are enough laws on the books already and none of the alleged abuses are outside of current laws.

But, more importantly, continued business-bashing perpetuates the liberal stereotype that all CEO's are greedy and evil. This plays right into liberal hands.

In a recent column, I suggested that President Bush start meeting with good corporate CEO's. There are plenty of them who are honest and who care about their employees. The president should be overwhelming the evil few with the many more who are good. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.