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Loews CEO: Obama Administration 'Anti-Business'

Natalie Erlich|Writer/Producer
Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 10:42 AM ET

The Obama Administration has not instilled confidence in investors, said James Tisch, Loews president & CEO.

“They’ve been particularly anti-business and I think the stock market has been listening carefully to that,” he said. “They not only go after hotel companies, but they go after bank executives; they want to cap compensation.”

Loews CEO: The Current Business Environment
Agreeing with billionaire investor Warren Buffett that the economy has fallen off a cliff, James Tisch, Loews President/CEO discusses how his businesses are faring in these troubled times.

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All three segments of Loews’ business, including hotels, energy and insurance, have been hit hard by the recession, said Tisch. The policy of taxing profits at home and abroad, meanwhile, will push companies like General Electric to reincorporate in Switzerland, he said.

“Congress has done a very good job of telling people ‘don’t go to hotels,’” said Tisch. “John Kerry forgets that many Democratic constituents are bellhops and waiters and waitresses and housekeepers and front desk clerks.”

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Despite his criticisms, Tisch said the current economic crisis would have happened regardless of who was president, Treasury secretary or Federal Reserve chairman.

“Nobody would have been willing to take away the punch bowl while everyone was having such a good time,” said Tisch.

Over the last sixty years, total borrowing, as a percent of GDP surged by a factor of three from 120 to 360 percent, he said.

“Finally there was just that one little straw that broke the camel’s back,” he said.

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