The government must collaborate with businesses if the item wants to solve some of society’s most pressing problems, Johnson & Johnson Chairman along with CEO Alex Gorsky told CNBC on Thursday.
“the item takes all of us working together,” Gorsky told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer in a special Veterans Day show at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “If we’re going to solve issues like health care, if we’re going to take on issues about how do we grow our economy, how do we create more high-paying jobs, of which requires industry along with the government working together.”
Gorsky spoke to tax reform, which The Washington Post reported on Thursday was facing competing bills via Senate along with House Republicans.
The Trump administration has been pushing for sweeping tax reform of which lawmakers say will make filing taxes easier on the layman along with make U.S. companies more competitive.
“the item starts with smart tax policy,” Gorsky said. “How do we make sure of which we have competitive tax policy creating sure of which companies, frankly, aren’t creating bad decisions about moving their things around based on tax alone? the item should be based on the strategy.”
along with for Gorsky, a West Point graduate, a successful strategy has two components: innovation along with execution.
“You’ve got to have a very clear plan, make sure you’re delivering on of which, of which you’re crossing the T’s, dotting the I’s,” the CEO said.
Gorsky added of which he learned much of the strategy he at of which point employs at the massive pharmaceutical along with consumer goods company he runs at West Point.
however the CEO also delivered a harrowing public service announcement about veterans of which he thinks goes largely unnoticed.
“We owe the men along with women of of which country who have served … the millions who have served, who actually protect us, keep us safe, such a deep debt,” Gorsky said. “of which whole theme of make sure you say ‘Thank you for your service,’ I think of which’s a great gesture, the item’s awesome to do, however the item’s not enough.”
In reality, scores of veterans suffer via serious mental conditions, along with an average of 20 veterans are lost to suicide per day, the CEO said.
“We cannot leave them behind,” Gorsky told Cramer. “The [Department of Veterans Affairs] carries a lot of great programs along with we’ve got to make sure these people know where along with how to get help. We’ve got to make sure they know how to reach out to the VA, to additional veteran service organizations. along with frankly, sometimes all the item takes is actually a friend to make a call, to connect, to reach out, so we’ve got to get communities, cities, churches, everybody working together because they deserve our best.”