I don’t care what anyone says, Coca-Cola is distinctly an American brand. Isn’t it the next line after “Mom,” “apple pie” and “baseball”? From its unique, Old Glory-red color to the taste that launched a thousand ships, Coke belongs in the USA.
You may be asking: Was there ever any doubt it would leave? Well, yeah.

That’s the word from Coke’s top executive earlier this week when asked what he felt about America’s tax policies. According to the Financial Times, CEO Muhtar Kent said “in many respects” it was easier dealing with the Chinese on business issues, comparing the Communist country to a “well-managed company.” Kent went on to tell the FT, “In the West, we’re forgetting what really worked 20 years ago. In China and other markets around the world, you see the kind of attention to detail about how business works and how business creates employment.”

Now, set aside China’s abysmal human-rights record and its terrible pollution propensities, because they have no bearing on what one of the world’s top executives just told us all — America is no longer open for business.

The world’s largest economy moves with the nimbleness of an elephant, and acts like an ass when it makes business decisions. Gee, I wonder where I’ve seen those two animals recently? Oh, right … they are the symbols of our country’s political parties. Go figure.

Look, there’s nothing like the cold hard truth of economic reality. You can criticize Kent for many things, but he’s right — the private sector is the job creator in this country, and throughout the world.

This Congress heralds its own virtues when its members avoid the 15th government shutdown in as many months, and we wonder why Wall Street quakes in its boots?

If you want to create jobs and generate commerce, you need to move product. You move product by staying competitive. It’s almost to a point where to be “competitive” in this country means you must’ve somehow swindled someone out of something. That’s the bogus line our president seems to parrot when he sees a company doing well.

“Let’s tax them, or regulate them,” he says. “Someone is making money? Oh, my, well this here family isn’t, so I guess we should ‘investigate’ what’s gone wrong.”

We need to end this assault on American businesses, and stop penalizing them through our tax code when they want to go out and market to 95 percent of the customers beyond American borders.

If Coca-Cola is worried about American know-how to attract business, so should the rest of the country.