For being widely known as "pro-business," Republicans sure are making life hard for businesses lately.
For decades, Republican opposition to taxes and government regulation has matched the financial interests of big businesses. As a result, corporate America has kept the campaign contributions flowing toward conservative think tanks and politicians.
But the love affair between business owners and Republicans is clearly waning, particularly with the economy reeling from GOP-backed austerity measures and the disastrous government shutdown.
Don't believe us? Let's let some of America's largest companies speak for themselves:
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin plans to slash 4,000 jobs because of government spending cuts championed by the GOP.
Cisco CEO John Chambers recently said the government shutdown "exasperated" the already low confidence of business leaders, hurting the company's quarterly results. Most Americans blame Republicans for the shutdown happening in the first place.
To put all these GOP shenanigans into perspective, austerity has cost the economy more than 2 million jobs, according to some measures.
And Republican spending policies may have cut U.S. economic growth in half this year.
Despite GOP claims that government spending is out of control, U.S. public investment is actually at its lowest point since 1948.
So at the end of the day, cuts to government spending are making it nearly impossible for U.S. companies to recover from the last financial crisis.
Oh, and by the way, for all those who thought Obama and his "socialist" agenda would drive the economy into the ground, let's be clear: The stock market has more than doubled since he took office in 2009.