The cynicism that is engendered when someone like Weill, or Welch, changes his stripes is understandable. Who wants to hear from the guys who already cleaned up in Act 1? But, frankly, I find it refreshing. Where are today's leaders on these same subjects?
We love a hero, and while negotiations continue and new issues arise every year, it is no exaggeration to say that Seeger and his activism saved the Hudson -- maybe even spawned the environmental movement. Who is the modern day equivalent?
It's politically important for President Obama to avoid the moniker of being "anti-business." But the president must not be seduced into believing that the well-being of American business is synonymous with the well-being of Americans.
Rising like a Phoenix, the defunct Economic Recovery Advisory Board is reconstituted with Big Business at its helm, new membership in support and a new name to capture the emerging affection for job creation. It could work.