Gary Shapiro

Dear Mr. President,

Right now American’s top concern in the short term is jobs. Yet by action and by word, your administration keeps putting up barriers to job creation.

Despite your well-publicized “pivot” to address the unemployment rate seriously, your administration’s recent proposals on the matter still ignore the needs of job creators. In other words, you need to look at job creation from the point of view of someone who actually creates jobs.

For example, take your administration’s expansion of regulations governing U.S. businesses. In this tough economy, every American business is facing higher costs and lower profits. They don’t need more artificial expenses handed down by government regulators. Not only must companies comply with the regulations of the massive health care reform law, but they also have to comply with the ambiguous new rules in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. And as Speaker Boehner indicated in his address to the Economic Club of Washington recently, your administration has a large number of rules in the works that each will cost businesses at least $100 million.

Since you came to office, it seems that every federal agency has been taken over by activists more committed to pursuing an ideological agenda than helping create a corporate climate conducive to jobs. Perhaps that’s because your administration has so few officials with real experience running a business. They don’t appreciate the high costs their regulations are placing on business owners.

Nor has your advocacy of the union agenda been helpful. The radical actions of the National Labor Relations Board have all but instituted so-called “card check,” rushed union elections, mandated workplace notices and tried to shut down Boeing’s new factory in South Carolina. Taken together, these policies discourage American business expansion.

Leadership needs to start at the top, and already in just the last week you issued two proposals that will further harm business investment and job creation.

Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the U.S. trade association representing some 2,000 consumer electronics companies.