02.07.11

Fellating US businessmen: A losing proposition

Posted in Made in China, Stumble and Fail at 7:25 pm by George Smith

TIME magazine covered the President’s visit to the US Chamber of Commerce today here.

And it dug up a US Chamber of Commerce member to act as the uncertain businessman, wounded by too much regulation — Harold Jackson, the CEO of Buffalo Supply.

TIME reads:

It’s unclear how [Obama’s] message will resonate with business owners like Harold Jackson. The CEO of Buffalo Supply Inc., a Lafayette, Colo., medical equipment purveyor, has cut his staff by nearly half in the last two years. On Monday, Jackson said he was “encouraged” by President Obama’s support for measured regulations. “The proof will be in his actions,” Jackson said, adding, “Until he actually removes regulations, I don’t have confidence to hire the way I’d like.”

Now go out to Buffalo Supply’s website here.

The only reason Buffalo Supply exists is the dadgum US Federal Government.

Right at the top of the page, in bold letters:

Buffalo Supply is Your Federal Business Solution.

Followed by:

At Buffalo Supply, we’re working hard to earn your business! We have been providing medical and surgical equipment and supplies to the Federal Government since 1983. Buffalo Supply has numerous Federal Supply Schedule contracts with products to satisfy all of your needs. Through our diligent work and long experience in the federal marketplace, Buffalo Supply has developed a high level of expertise in helping federal institutions efficiently meet their objectives of providing high quality healthcare at competitive prices.

And its CEO is complaining about the big bad Obama and too much government regulation.

Was it too hard for TIME’s reporter to check the company’s website before asking its CEO for words of wisdom?

Or would the truth that Buffalo Supply’s CEO and employee salaries come from taxpayer dollars just have spoiled the script of US-government-hostile-to-business?


Buffalo Supply’s Chairman of the Board is someone named Stonewall Jackson, according to this page.

Seriously.

2 Comments

  1. User Hostile said,

    February 8, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Re: weblink to “Stonewall Jackson”

    You’ll note that its a family business. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. And cute doggy pictures. Not that theres anything wrong with that. Alas, no kittens. Internet FAIL!

  2. George Smith said,

    February 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Yep, noted that. Not exactly representing the picture of what it was sold as in TIME. Small family business completely owed to the government’s SBA initiatives. It seemed uncharitable, in the gentlest language, of the CEO to complain about the big bad Obama and regulation.