In this country known for the free speech of its citizens, it appears that freedom doesn’t apply to critics of the current regime. According to Power Line, companies such as Caterpillar, AT&T, Medtronic, and Verizon have each made announcements about the negative effects that Obamacare will have on their businesses, from health care benefit cuts to massive layoffs.
This apparently has not set well with our masters in Washington, so they’re flexing their muscles and looking for retribution. Power Line has posted a copy of a letter sent to Randall Stephenson, the President and CEO of AT&T [page 1 and page 2] requesting his “personal testimony” at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in April. And, oh, by the way. Bring all your top brass, and send us all your internal documents and accounting methods to prove your statements about the cost of Obamacare. [Apparently, each of these companies received similar letters.]
In case Mr. Stephenson is too busy running his business to respond, I’ll do it for him.
Dear Mr. Waxman and Mr. Stupak,
I have received your letter of March 26, 2010 requesting my testimony at a hearing on April 21, 2010. Unfortunately, I must decline your kind invitation as I have a prior commitment that day. I promised my wife I’d wash the car.
Nor will I be able to send the proprietary documents you requested. My lawyer has advised me they can’t leave the building without a subpoena.
Further, as President and CEO of AT&T, I will continue to make public the effect that government intervention, including Obamacare, has on our business operations.
Take that, you pompous, supercilious thugs.
President & CEO of AT&T
3.29.10 update: Letters to Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon, and AT&T have been posted on The Energy & Commerce Subcommittee website.