Oberhelman Takes the Bully Pulpit

By WEEK Reporter

Oberhelman Takes the Bully Pulpit

September 14, 2011 Updated Sep 14, 2011 at 4:49 PM CDT

Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman is weighing in on the national debate over the US economy and the state of education in America.

Over the past week, he's made the rounds with Reuters, Chicago television and radio journalists and appeared most recently on the CBS Evening News, taking aim at America's ability to prepare people for today's job market.
Oberhelman says finding trained workers has become so tough in the U.S. that it is hurting the company's ability to expand.  Oberhelman says Washington needs to check the politics at the door, raise revenues and cut spending, including entitlements and the military.

The CEO also says America is failing its students, and Caterpillar consistently has to retrain its workforce to meet the demands of the future.

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