It's good to see resident progressive Chris Fitzsimon come full-circle and now realize that big business CEOs are worthy individuals and most knowlegable in creating jobs. No more "greedy, lying, worker-rights destorying CEO" rhetoric from Fitzsimon. Nope, he is now taking them at their word when it comes to the business climate in North Carolina.
On his blog, Fitzsimon points to today's article in Chief Executive Magazine which released a survey of CEOs across the nation ranking North Carolina as the 2nd best business climate in the nation.
Fitzsimon chooses to highlight the CEO's ranking of North Carolina tax and regulation structure as being friendly to business. Somehow he thinks this is an indictment of the free-market system and those of us who stand for it.
However, Fitzsimon misses the point, as usual. What exactly does he think these CEOs are talking about when they say regulation?
Let's try and help him out.
What do the states ranked in the top 5 have in common:
Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee
Ok, for a little help, I'll give you the bottom 5 ranked states for comparison:
California, New York, Michigan, New Jersey, Massachusetts
So what "regulation" could these CEOs be referring to when comparing these 10 states?
Hmm… maybe labor policy?
The top 5 are all right-to-work states. The bottom five — forced unionization.
So if Fitzsimon is now trusting CEOs to best manage our economy, does this mean he will swear off the anti-business rhetoric he normally pens? If he truly believes that "the CEOs who run manage corporations every day" know better than "think-tanks" what's best for North Carolina businesses, I welcome him to the fight to keep North Carolina from becoming more heavily unionized. I'm glad to see he now agrees that it is best to just leave it up to CEOs to decide the best business practice and not have undue influence from labor unions.
It's good to see that we now have allies on the left that see the crippling effects that labor unions have on the economy and job creation in North Carolina. I look forward to working with Chris to support our corporate CEOs in keeping North Carolina a right-to-work state for many years to come.