(LAS VEGAS, NV) – In an interview with Las Vegas political journalist Jon Ralston on the “Ralston Reports” show, Wynn Resorts Ltd. CEO Steve Wynn says he had an opportunity to partner with investors on a convention-type resort across from Wynn Las Vegas and Encore.
“That would have been an investment of $2 billion and created at least another 10,000 regular jobs. I could do that and we could get the money,” Wynn said.
“What happened?” Ralston asked.
“I’m afraid of the president. I have no idea what goofy idea, what crazy, anti-business program this administration will come up. I have no idea. And I have to tell you Jon that every business guy I know in the country is frightened of Barack Obama and the way he thinks.”
“I’ve created about 250,000 direct and indirect jobs according to the state of Nevada’s measurement. If the number is 250,000, that’s exactly 250,000 more than this president, who I’ll be damned if I want to have him lecture me about small business and jobs. I’m a job creator. Guys like me are job creators and we don’t like having a bulls-eye painted on our back.”
“The president is trying to put himself between me and my employees. By class warfare, by deprecating and calling a group that makes money ‘billionaires and millionaires who don’t pay their share.’ I gave 120% of my salary and bonus away last year to charities, as I do most years. I can’t stand the idea of being demagogued, that is put down by a president who has never created any jobs and who doesn’t even understand how the economy works.”