When the Business Roundtable started their education “reform” initiative in 1989, their membership consisted of the following companies. An asterisk following the name of the company indicates that that particular company is no longer a member of the Business Roundtable as of 2014.

Since “education reform” was the primary function of this organization and since the rhetoric of their propaganda was so emphatic that there had to be total and uncompromising buy-in by the member companies in order for the reform to be accomplished, one has to wonder at the departure of so many of the initial participants.

That being the case, there is no way to know why so many dropped out, and that leaves only speculation! Could it be that so many decided that such reforms were NOT in the best interests of our country and our citizens? Could it be that having 85% of our citizens dumbed down proved to be distasteful to those CEOs who figured out the deal? Could it be that some of those CEOs had family members who were being dumbed down, and they didn’t like that? Could it be that the CEOs realized that just having a lot of money wasn’t going to buy “elite” status for their own family members--and that high IQ’s were also a necessary component? Could it be that the CEOs saw that their plan would bring on the downfall of our country?  Maybe they couldn’t sleep at night thinking about what they were doing to individual rights. Perhaps their companies were bought out as seems to be a trend toward a government coalition with major businesses (fascism), or perhaps business wasn’t so great after all, and they simply vanished. Who knows, but I believe it is significant that the ranks of the Business Roundtable have been decimated in the last ten years. It would be nice if some of them who departed would speak up.

Please look at the list and see for yourself:

Abbott Laboratories Aetna Life & Casualty Air Products and Chemicals

Alcoa Allied Signal American Brands* American Electric Power

American Express American Home Products* American International Group*

American President Companies* AT&T Ameritech* Amoco* AI-IP* AMR*

Anheuser-Busch* Aramark Corporation* Armstrong World Industries*

ASARCO* Asea* Brown Bovers* Bankers Trust* Baxter International*

Bechtel Group Bell Atlantic* Bell South* Bethlehem Steel* Black &

Decker* Boeing Boise Cascade* Bristol-Meyers Squibb* Browning-Ferris*

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Pacific* Captial Cities/ABC* Carolina Power

& Light* Caterpillar Ceridian* Champion International* Chase Manhattan*

Chemical Banking* Chevron Chrysler* Cigna Circuit City Stores*

Citicorp Cleveland-Cliffs* Coca-Cola Colgate-Palmolive* Columbia Gas*

Columbia/HCA Healthcare* Cooper Industries* Corning CPC International* CSX

Cummins Engine Dana Dayton Hudson* Deere Delta Air Lines* Dial

Corp* Digital Equipment* Dominion Resources R. R. Donnelley & Sons*

The Dow Chemical Company DPL* Dresser Industries* Du Pont Duke Power

Dun & Bradstreet* Eastman Chemical Eastman Kodak* Eaton Eli Lilly

Emerson Electric* The Equitable* EXXON Federal Express Fisher

Scientific International* Florida Progress* Fluor FMC Ford FPL

Group* Gannett Gencorp* General Electric General Mills General

Motors Georgia-Pacific* BFGoodrich* Goodyear* W. R. Grace* GTE*

Halliburton* Hallmark Cards* M. A. Hanna* Harris* Hercules* Hershey

Foods* Hewlett-Packard* Honeywell Household International* Humana

Illinois Tool Works* Ingersoll-Rand IBM International Paper ITT

Johnson & Johnson KMART* Kellogg* Kerr-McGee* Kroger* Lockheed

Martin LTV* Manville* Marriott International* Marsh & McLennan*

Maytag* McDermott International McGraw-Hill MCI* McKesson* Mead*

Merck* Merrill Lynch* Metropolitan Insurance Milliken* 3M* MOBIL*

Monsanto* J. P. Morgan*Morgan Stanley* Morrison Knudsen* Motorola

Nalco* National Intergroup* National Semiconductor* Nations Bank* New

York Life Nike* Norfolk Southern Northwestern Mutual Life* Nynex*

Occidental Petroleum* Olin* Owens-Corning Fiberglas Pacific Enterprises*

Pacific Telesis* J. C. Penney* PENNZOIL* Pepsico* Perkin-Elmer* Pfizer

Phelps Dodge* PHH* Philip Morris* Phillips Petroleum Potomac

Electric Power* PPG Industries* Praxair* Premark International* Procter

& Gamble Promus Companies* The Prudential Quaker Oats*

Raytheon* Reader’s Digest* Reynolds Metals* Roadway Services*

Rockwell International Rohm and Haas* Rubbermaid* Ryder Systems

Saint-Gobain* Sara Lee* Sears* Shell Oil Sipco Industries* A. O.

Smith* Southern California Edison* The Southern Company SBC

Communications* Springs Industries* Sprint* State Farm Supervalu*

Tenneco Texaco* Texas Instruments Textron Time Warner* Travelers

Group TLLC Beatrice* TRW* Tyco International UAL* Union Camp* Union

Carbide* Union Pacific Unisys* United Parcel Service United

Technologies Unocal* Unum Corporation* Upjohn* U S West* USX*

Warnaco* Warner-Lambert* Wells Fargo* Westinghouse* Whirlpool The

Williams Companies WITCO* WMX Technologies* XEROX Zenith


A list of current members of the Business Roundtable may be found using this link to the BRT web site:

I also wonder about the many prominent large corporations that never joined with this group: Intel, Cisco, Microsoft,  Dell Computers, Archer Daniels Midland, Continental  Airlines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and others too numerous to mention. Their absence from the list is significant, I think.