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Former GE CEO Jack Welch: Obama’s ‘Enemies List Would Make Nixon Proud’

Friday, 13 April 2012 10:41 AM

President Barack Obama's policy of casting blame on industries to stir up anger among voters has given the president “a list of enemies that would make Richard Nixon proud,” says former GE CEO Jack Welch.

The divide-and-conquer approach never works.

"It was the insurance executives in healthcare. It was the bankers in the collapse. It was the oil companies as oil prices go up. It was Congress if things didn’t go the way he wanted. And recently it’s been the Supreme Court," Welch writes in a Reuters blog.

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“Over the past three years, Obama has taken a sort of divide-and-conquer approach, amassing a list of enemies that would make Richard Nixon proud – bankers, healthcare insurance providers, oil companies, wealthy taxpayers, Congress and, most recently, the Supreme Court,” Welch wrote.

“Surely his supporters must think this particular tactic is effective, but there can be no denying that the country is more polarized than when Obama took office.”

A president should run a country the way a good CEO runs a company by coalescing instead of pitting units against one another, and a Mitt Romney victory could end the finger-pointing plaguing the country.

"It'd be great for the country. We’d be a stronger country. We’d have more jobs. We’d have more people getting a piece of the pie," Welch says of a Romney victory on CNBC's "The Kudlow Report."

"And we wouldn’t have this divisive nature that we have with this president, screaming at one group and then screaming at the next group in a high-pitched voice."

Turning to bright spots in the overall economy, Welch says he sees modest growth in sectors such as food and chemicals, along with non-residential construction and infrastructure despite headwinds slowing recovery.

"While the economy was strong, it wasn’t accelerating the way I thought it would after the fourth quarter,” Welch says

"On the negative side, though, we’ve got gasoline prices, we’ve got Europe, we don’t know where China is going and we’ve got tax increases right around the corner," Welch says.

Some experts say both Obama and Romney are slumping against blue-collar swing voters, with Obama coming across as a liberal elite while Romney comes across as aloof and out of touch.

"For Romney to win, he's got to get Midwestern, blue-collar voters because they form a swing bloc," says David Woodard, political science professor at Clemson University and a former GOP consultant, according to U.S. News & World Report.

"I don't think that they are really in Obama's camp — it's like they're able to be courted, but you have to court them. You can't just ignore them and hope that they come in."

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