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Today’s Scouting Report. Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary #PressSecretary#TrumpPresidente #SeanSpicer

December 27, 2016

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Sean Michael Spicer
September 23, 1971
Barrington, Rhode Island, U.S.
Spouse(s) Rebecca Miller (2004–present)
Children 2
Education Connecticut College (BA)
Naval War College (MA)

Sean Michael Spicer is the son of Kathryn (Grossman) and Michael William Spicer of Barrington, Rhode Island. His father was an insurance agent, and his mother an academic manager. Spicer was educated at Portsmouth Abbey School, and is a graduate of Connecticut College. In 2012, he received a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport.

Career

  • In 1999, Spicer joined the Navy Reserves, and holds the rank of commander.
  • In 2004, Spicer was the communications director and spokesman for the House Budget Committee.
  • He has been communications director of the Republican National Committee since 2011, and chief strategist since February 2015.
  • On December 22, 2016, Spicer was named as the White House Press Secretary for the presidency of Donald Trump.

Sean M. Spicer is a seasoned communicator and strategist who has been combining his communications skills, creative sense, political savvy and issue knowledge to create, lead and implement successful public policy and issue campaign efforts for over fifteen years. He has a diverse and extensive background including senior positions on Capitol Hill and political campaigns, and the top ranks of the administration.

 

 

 

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Today’s scouting report on America’s Dream Team Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator

December 21, 2016

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Edward Scott Pruitt is the 17th Attorney General of Oklahoma
Assumed office January 10, 2011
Born: May 9, 1968
Danville, Kentucky, U.S.
Political party: Republican
Spouse: Marlyn Pruitt
Alma mater Georgetown College (BA)
University of Tulsa (JD)

Pruitt was a State Senator, representing Tulsa and Wagoner counties from 1998-2006.  He was elected to serve as Oklahoma’s Attorney General in 2010.

Pruitt moved to Lexington as a boy. He was a standout football and baseball player at Lafayette, earning a baseball scholarship to the University of Kentucky. After a year, he attended Georgetown College in Kentucky and graduated in 1990 with bachelor’s degrees in political science and communications. He then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he attended the University of Tulsa to earn a Juris Doctor in 1993.

He entered into private practice in Tulsa where he specialized in constitutional law, contracts, insurance law, labor law, and litigation & appeals. After two years in the Senate, Pruitt was selected to serve as the Republican whip from 2001 to 2003. He was then selected to serve as the Republican Assistant Floor Leader, a position he held until he left the Senate in 2006.

In 2004, Pruitt became the General Managing Partner of the Oklahoma RedHawks, Oklahoma City’s triple-A baseball club. Under his first season of leadership, the RedHawks saw a 25% increase in attendance. After two years, the team broke the all-time attendance record for minor league baseball in Oklahoma and saw a 45% increase in revenue.[citation needed

Career as Attorney General

After his election, Pruitt established a “Federalism Unit” in the Attorney General’s office dedicated to fighting President Barack Obama’s regulatory agenda, suing the administration over its immigration policy, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Pruitt’s office has sued the EPA to block its Clean Power Plan and Waters of the United States rule. Pruitt has also sued the EPA on behalf of Oklahoma utilities unwilling to take on the burdens of additional regulation of their coal-fired plants, and criticized the agency in a congressional hearing. All of Pruitt’s anti-EPA suits to date have failed.

In 2012, Attorney General Pruitt kept Oklahoma out of the mortgage settlement reached by 49 other states with five national lenders, with Pruitt citing differing philosophies of government.

In 2013, Pruitt brought a lawsuit targeting the Affordable Care Act.

In 2013, Pruitt supported the Oklahoma legislature’s bid to join four other states trying to restrict medical abortions by limiting or banning off-label uses of drugs, via House Bill 1970. After the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that the abortion law was unconstitutional, Pruitt requested that the United States Supreme Court review the case. Pruitt was unhappy with the United States Supreme Court’s rejection of the Oklahoma case.

Pruitt was pleased with the decision of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby in June 2014. Pruitt filed a brief with the Supreme Court in support of their position, that the owners of privately held companies need not provide their employees with birth control, if that goes against their beliefs.

In June 2013, Pruitt maintained that the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a provision of DOMA, a federal law that denied federal benefits to homosexual married couples did not affect Oklahoma’s laws on the subject.

On March 6, 2014, Pruitt joined a lawsuit targeting California’s prohibition on the sale of eggs laid by caged hens kept in conditions more restrictive than those approved by California voters. Less than a week later, Pruitt announced that he would investigate the Humane Society of the United States, one of the principal proponents of the California law.

On September 9, 2014, in Pruitt v. Burwell, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma ruled against the IRS.

In November 2014, after the Oklahoma Supreme Court blocked the enforcement of two abortion-related laws until after their constitutionality was litigated (which could take up to a year or more), Pruitt’s office communicated the Attorney General’s intention to support their implementation and enforcement.

After the botched execution of Clayton Lockett and the subsequent U.S. Supreme Court approval of Oklahoma’s method in Glossip v. Gross, Pruitt asked to delay all scheduled executions in Oklahoma due to a mix-up involving a drug the state intended to use in the lethal injections, on October 2, 2015.

In May 2016, Attorneys General Pruitt and Luther Strange authored an op-ed in the National Review criticizing other state attorneys general for “acting like George III” regarding the ExxonMobil climate change controversy, writing “global warming has inspired one of the major policy debates of our time. That debate is far from settled. Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.”

Nomination as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency 

On December 7, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt calls himself “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” Several sources, including The New York Times and The Independent, have described him as a climate change denier. He said of global warming that “that debate is far from settled.” With other state attorneys general, he has sued to fight the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and regulations on methane emissions. In response to the nomination, Pruitt said, “I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses.”

 

 

 

 

Today’s scouting report on America’s Dream Team Vincent Viola, Secretary of the Army

December 19, 2016

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The son of a truck driver from Brooklyn, Vincent Viola started the electronic-trading firm Virtu Financial in 2008. He took the company public in April 2015, touting its can’t-lose business model and the fact that it turned a profit on 1,484 of its first 1,485 days in operation. Viola graduated from West Point in 1977 and New York Law School in 1983. He reportedly paid $105 million for a Brooklyn building in 2016, not far from where he grew up. Viola also owns the NHL’s Florida Panthers.

Born: 1956 In Brooklyn, New York, United States
Spouse Teresa Viola
Children 3
Residence New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Founder, Virtu Financial
Owner of the Florida Panthers NHL ice hockey franchise
Vincent Viola on Forbes Lists:
#374 Forbes 400 (2016)
#307 in 2015
#959 Billionaires (2016)
#338 in United States

He is a veteran: The son of a truck driver, Viola grew up in Brooklyn and was reportedly the first member of his family to attend college. He graduated from West Point in 1977 and served in the 101st Airborne Division before eventually attaining the rank of Major in the Army Reserves.

He has remained involved in military affairs: In 2003, Viola established and funded the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, which researches counterterrorism policy and educates soldiers and government officials on how to confront threats.

He made a fortune in electronic trading: Viola joined the New York Mercantile Exchange in 1982 and was its chairman from 2001 to 2004. But he owes his fortune to Virtu Financial, the electronic-trading outfit he founded in 2008. The company — which uses powerful computers to make large numbers of transactions at very high speeds — turned a profit on 1,484 of its first 1,485 days in operation. Michael Lewis, in 2014 his book “Flash Boys,” pointed to Virtu’s winning streak as evidence that high-frequency traders have a huge informational advantage over other investors. Viola took the company public in April 2015.

Owns valuable New York real estate: Viola owns a 20,000-square-foot townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, near Central Park. In December 2013 he listed the home — complete with a giant red bow tied across its facade — for a staggering $114 million. He later quietly reduced the price to $98 million before pulling it from the market. This past April Viola paid the Jehovah’s Witnesses $105 million for a Brooklyn building located near his childhood home.

He owns the Florida Panthers: Viola bought the NHL team from a group of investors that included billionaire Wayne Huizenga for $160 million in 2013. Since taking over, he has reportedly brought his military ties to the team, holding training camps and playing exhibition games at West Point.

“Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge,” Trump said in a statement.

“This great honor comes with great responsibility, and I will fight for the American people and their right to live free every day,” Viola said in a statement. “A primary focus of my leadership will be ensuring that America’s soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict.”

 

 

 

 

DONALD TRUMP: La Clase Trabajadora, El Capitalismo, y La Inmigración

December 19, 2016

img_2510La democracia moderna nació en Atenas como consecuencia del reclamo del pueblo por una porción de la economía que en aquel momento era dominada por la aristocracia. Pericles fue inteligente y entendió que no se puede manejar a una sociedad mientras se subvierte sistemáticamente a la mayoría de sus ciudadanos.

En 1215, la decisión del Rey John de Gran Bretaña, de firmar la Magna Carta no fue por la defensa de la “Libertad del Individuo”, sino por las demandas de la clase media por una Libertad Económica que permita a todos tener oportunidades de desarrollo.

Democracias siempre han surgido, o desaparecido dependiendo del nivel de satisfacción de la clase media y de su pueblo.

Un buen sistema económico debe ser como la marea del mar que eleva a todos los barcos que se encuentran en ella. El sistema del mercado libre -o capitalismo- es tal sistema. Sin embargo, la mayoría de nuestros presidentes han permitido la degeneración del mercado libre hacia el corporativismo donde las compañías más ricas influyen al gobierno de turno, y donde el Estado es cada vez más omnipotente.

El Capitalismo depende de la habilidad del gobierno de garantizar la justicia universal de sus ciudadanos. La única igualdad conducente a la libertad es la igualdad ante la ley, la única que debe asegurarse sin destruir la libertad.

La inmigración ilegal a los EEUU se convirtió en un tema importante durante la campaña electoral del 2016 porque a pesar de que sea considerada como el motor del crecimiento económico que ha tenido los EEUU, esta no ha sido manejada de una manera responsable, o humanitaria por nuestros líderes políticos. Milton Friedman describió que un país no puede tener fronteras abiertas mientras a la vez otorgue servicios sociales demasiado generosos. El país sería sobrecargado por aquellos en busca de tales beneficios, por encima de aquellos que entran con buenas intenciones. El capitalismo no puede sobrevivir bajo tales condiciones.

En la Unión Europea por ejemplo, se requiere que se de prioridad de entrada al inmigrante sin especialización laboral, por encima del inmigrante con mano de obra avanzada. El resultado ha sido mayor desempleo para el ciudadano europeo, sin los beneficios de la marea alta creada por nuevas industrias. Lo mismo pasa en los EEUU donde un inmigrante emprendedor en Silicon Valley no puede obtener visa de trabajo, mientras que cientos de miles de indocumentados reciben amnistía después de haber atravesado la frontera ilegalmente. El que sufre es el trabajador Americano por consecuencia de una economía que no puede fomentar el crecimiento de industrias avanzadas que alcen la marea para todos.

Donald Trump ha sabido identificar tales problemas y entiende al pueblo que reclama por mayor orden y sentido común. Nuestro nuevo Presidente representa los mejores intereses del pueblo americano y está dispuesto a terminar con este sistema que por tantas generaciones hemos querido cambiar.

Today’s scouting report on America’s Dream Team Andrew Puzder, Secretary of Labor

December 16, 2016

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Andrew Franklin Puzder July 11, 1950 (age 66)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lisa Henning (1973–1987)
Deanna Descher (1987–present)
Children 6
Residence Franklin, Tennessee
Alma mater Cleveland State University (BA)
Washington University (JD)

  • From 1978 to 1983, was an associate at the law offices of St. Louis attorney Morris Shenker, practicing corporate law.
  • In 1984 he moved to the Stolar Partnership and worked with trial attorney Charles A. Seigel.
  • He also served as a trial lawyer in St. Louis until 1991.
  • Puzder authored Missouri House Bill 1596, an abortion law prohibiting the use of state money for abortions and declaring that life begins at conception. Following a challenge, the Supreme Court in 1989 upheld the law in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. The watershed decision opened the door for new state-level restrictions on abortion.
  • Puzder met Carl Karcher, the founder of the Carl’s Jr. who was embroiled in serious financial difficulties and asked Puzder to move to California as his personal attorney. In 1991, Puzder relocated to Orange County, California. Puzder has been credited with resolving Karcher’s financial dilemma, allowing Karcher to avoid bankruptcy and retain a significant ownership interest in the company he founded, CKE Restaurants, Inc. (CKE).
  • Puzder was a partner in the Costa Mesa-based law firm Lewis, D’Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard from 1991 to 1994 and a shareholder in Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth from March 1994 to 1995.
  • Puzder principally resolved Karcher’s financial problems by putting together a transaction with William P. Foley, the Chairman and CEO of Fidelity National Financial. In 1994, Foley became Chairman and CEO of CKE and Karcher became Chairman Emeritus. In January 1995, Puzder went on to become Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Fidelity, managing one of the largest corporate legal departments in the country until June 2000. Puzder also worked with Foley to create the Santa Barbara Restaurant Group, a conglomerate of restaurant chains. Puzder served as the company’s CEO.
  • In 1997, Puzder was also named Executive Vice President and General Counsel for CKE.
  • Also in 1997, CKE purchased Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc. Hardee’s was a distressed brand and CKE was burdened by over $700 million in debt following the acquisition. The company underperformed and its market capitalization dropped to about $200,000.
  • Faced with serious financial and operational issues, CKE’s Board of Directors named Puzder as president and CEO of Hardee’s Food Systems in June 2000 and named him president and CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. in September of that year. Puzder is credited with turning around both the Hardee’s brand and CKE, allowing the company to survive, become financially secure and return to growth.
  • In July 2010, the private equity firm Apollo Global Management took CKE private in a transaction valued at $1 billion.
  • In December 2013, Roark Capital Group purchased CKE and retained CKE’s management team including Puzder, who remains as CEO.
  • CKE currently owns or franchises over 3,700 restaurants in the United States and 40 foreign countries, generates $1.4 billion in annual revenue and, with its franchisees, employs over 75,000 people in the U.S.
  • In December 2016, Puzder was selected by President-elect Donald Trump as his nominee for Secretary of Labor of the United States.

    Affiliations

  • In 2011, Puzder was appointed to serve on the National Advisory Board of Washington University School of Law.
  • In 2013, he was elected as a director of the International Franchise Association’s Board of Directors.
  • Puzder is a National Council Co-Chair of the American Enterprise Institute.
  • Puzder is a member of the Job Creators Network, an organization opposing government regulation of corporations.

    Authorship and commentary 

  • Puzder has been critical of raising the federal minimum wage, arguing that it would increase costs for consumers, and increase automation, leading to fewer jobs.
  • He also opposed a Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime pay.
  • Puzder also supports repealing the Affordable Care Act and has been critical of paid sick leave policies.
  • Speaking to Business Insider in 2016, Puzder said that increased automation could be a welcome development because machines were “always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall or an age, sex, or race discrimination case.”
  • He backed comprehensive immigration reform in 2013.
  • Puzder is a frequent author on economic and legal issues in periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Real Clear Politics, CNBC online, National Review, The Hill, Politico, and the Orange County Register.
  • He has been a guest on business news programs including Your World with Neil Cavuto, Varney & Co., Mornings with Maria, The O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly, Mad Money with Jim Cramer, Fast Money, Power Lunch, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and Squawk on the Street.
  • He has co-hosted both Varney & Co. and Squawk on the Street.
  • He is also a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and other venues on economic issues and the impact of government regulations on corporations.
  • In 2010, he co-wrote the book Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It.

The election of Donald Trump, who promises a new wage growth strategy based on economic growth, signals that Americans get that a new approach is needed. Now Mr. Trump has doubled-down on his job creation mandate by nominating Mr. Puzder who understands from personal experience as a top CEO why wage regulations fail. Simply put, they create perverse incentives and market distortions that reduce job growth and economic activity, which are the real harbingers of wage growth.

Speaking this truth to the pop-culture powers that cling to wage mandates as the answer to wage growth is not popular. Mr. Puzder has been attacked recently for his opposition to, among other regulatory policies, dramatic minimum wage increases, doubling of the overtime exemption threshold, and requiring employers to offer health care. These attacks mischaracterize and demagogue his positions.

Consider the minimum wage. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that a minimum wage increase to $10.10 would kill 500,000 jobs. Last December, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco released a paper finding that the “most credible” research showed minimum wage increases resulting in “job losses” for “the least skilled workers”. Mr. Puzder’s opposition to significant minimum wage increases stems from wanting to avoid job losses for low-skilled employees.

Same with the overtime mandate that was recently struck down by a Texas judge. This rule would have doubled the salary threshold under which employees are eligible for overtime pay to $47,500. For many beginning managers, this rule would have reduced or eliminated the flexibility and bonus potential that come with a salaried position. That’s because most employers, including Mr. Puzder, incentivize their managers to run the business they manage like they own it, with a compensation structure that rewards performance over time.

Finally, economic and anecdotal evidence show that the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate has had the unintended consequence of encouraging employers to convert full time jobs to part time jobs. It has done this by requiring employers to offer health insurance — often several thousand dollars a year — to their employees who work over 30 hours per week or pay up to a $3,000 per employee penalty. Employers have no such obligation for employees working under 30 hours, making part-time employment more attractive. This is hardly an “anti-worker” position.

Though the specific wage and benefit regulations vary, the principles underlying why they don’t work remain the same: Make something more expensive and you will get less of it. Fewer job opportunities and a less robust economy reduce the demand for labor, resulting in wage stagnation.

 

 

DREAM TEAM SCOUTING REPORT Ben Carson, Secretary of US Department of Housing & Urban Development

December 15, 2016

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Born: September 18, 1951 (age 65), Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Spouse: Candy Carson (m. 1975-present)
Parents: Sonya Carson
Children: Rhoeyce Carson, Murray Carson, B.J. ‘Ben Jr.’ Carson
Party affiliation: Republican, Democratic (before 1981), Independent (1999–2014), Republican (1981–1999;2014–present)

He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013.

  • As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson’s achievements include performing the first and only successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head
  • Pioneered the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb
  • Performed the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins
  • Developed new methods to treat brain-stem tumors and reviving hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures.
  • Carson became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33.
  • He has received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and written over 100 neurosurgical publications.
  • In 2008, he was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

Carson’s widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast catapulted him to conservative fame for his views on social and political issues.

  • On May 4, 2015, Carson announced he was running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election at a rally in his hometown of Detroit.
  • In March 2016, following the Super Tuesday primaries, he suspended his campaign and announced he would be the new national chairman of My Faith Votes, a group that encourages Christians to exercise their civic duty to vote.
  • Carson then endorsed the candidacy of Donald Trump.

After Donald Trump’s win in the 2016 election, Ben Carson joined Trump’s transition team as Vice Chairman. Carson was also offered a cabinet position in the administration. He declined, in part because of his lack of experience, with an aide stating, “The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”Although it was reported that the position was for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Carson’s business manager has disputed this, stating, “Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him.”He was eventually offered the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, which he did not decline.

On December 5, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Carson to the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Dr. Carson on Federal Spending: 
We must ask ourselves: has federal spending created more value than what individuals and families could have achieved if they had the same funds at their disposal? The answer is a resounding, “No.” While the American people are perfectly capable of making decisions for themselves, for decades the federal government has robbed them of their choices – and their dignity – by dictating their behavior and engaging in reckless spending on their behalf.

Just as troubling, government expenditures will continue to exceed government revenues in the coming decades. When the federal budget deficit increases, it has to be financed with more government debt. Interest payments on that debt in turn impose an even higher burden on the budget, and the vicious cycle continues.

Not surprisingly, our national debt has ballooned at a rapid pace and now exceeds $19 trillion. This is a burden that all Americans must bear. In fact, a child born today is immediately saddled with $58,000 of our national debt.

The fiscal irresponsibility of our federal government must stop. We cannot go on mortgaging our future to wasteful spending and pretend that nothing is wrong. The federal government has been living beyond its means, and it is time to tighten the belt – and make wholesale reforms.

I will drastically cut federal spending and return to the American people the power and resources to make decisions about their lives. Even more important, I will institute fiscal discipline in order to restore a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

Plan to cut inefficient government spending will do the following:

  • Streamline our government;
    Scale back or eliminate wasteful and inefficient programs;
  • Reform means-tested welfare programs;
  • Reform entitlement programs;
  • Divest federal assets; and
  • Achieve a balanced budget and pursue a constitutional amendment for long-term fiscal stability.

Treatment Plan: Five Principles to Restore Government’s Ability to Serve

  1. Public Reporting – Treat taxpayers as citizen-owners of their government by readily and visibly communicating our progress in making government more efficient and cost-effective.
  2. Taxpayer Feedback – Solicit and utilize feedback from citizens on government services and agency policies.
  3. Reforms – Encourage bold experimentation to create efficiencies that eliminate waste and duplication and improve service delivery and remove the existing departmental silos to encourage sharing of what we learn across agency lines.
  4. Analysis – Define each program’s performance objectives, identify and evaluate the resources available to meet them and establish objective metrics to measure the cost and value of operations.
  5. Accountability – Establish a government-wide culture that holds managers and employees accountable for their success or failure in meeting performance objectives — with real consequences in either case.

 

 

 

DREAM TEAM SCOUTING REPORT Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State

December 14, 2016

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CEO, ExxonMobil
Age 64
Residence Irving, TX
Marital Status Married -Children 4
Education Associate in Arts / Science, University of Texas at Austin

Forbes Lists
#24 Powerful People (2016)
#25 in 2015

Tillerson was tapped by President-elect Donald Trump as his nominee for Secretary of State. Tillerson started his career at ExxonMobil in 1975 and became CEO in 2006. The Texas oilman has close ties to the most powerful person on FORBES’ list, Vladimir Putin, whom Tillerson knew in the 1990s, when he led Exxon’s interests in Russia. Under Tillerson’s leadership, Exxon has recovered from a steep drop in its stock price last year.

ABOUT TILLERSON:

  1. Negotiator: He is an accomplished negotiator. Tillerson has experience running negotiations for everything from land-use rights to labor issues to transportation deals. Under his leadership, Exxon has negotiated with foreign and U.S. governments and major international conglomerates.
  2. Management: As the chief executive of a $370 billion global company with operations in approximately 50 countries, Tillerson has experience managing a large operation. The scope and range of operations at Exxon is tremendous, including: oil exploration, construction, logistics, high technology research and development, marketing, sales, human resources, compliance and, of course, pumping oil. The Secretary of State runs an institution with a budget of $65.9 billion that operates in nearly every country in the world and includes a wide array of operations, including: visa services, services for Americans abroad, national security participation, trade promotion, diplomatic security and, of course, high level diplomacy. Compared to a politician, academic or diplomat, Tillerson clearly has the managerial experience.
  3. World Leadership: Tillerson has diplomatic experience – representing Exxon instead of the United States . He knows world leaders and understands their motivations. Tillerson has had to address the concerns of foreign leaders, incentivize them to work with him. This mirrors U.S. needs: a top diplomat who realistically addresses the motivations of foreign leaders and convinces them to work with—not against—the U.S.
  4. Private Sector Work Ethic: Tillerson joined Exxon in 1975, and was promoted for his accomplishment. Tillerson would not be satisfied to travel the world and pose for photo-opts. Exxon has been amongst the most profitable global companies because of its accomplishments. Tillerson could bring that drive for success to represent the U.S. around the world.
  5. Conflicts of Interest: One of the loudest complaints about a Tillerson post in the State Department is that his ties to Exxon cannot be easily severed because he has equity and vesting options in the company. There are two problems with this argument: First, the U.S. regularly has private sector executives take major roles in other federal departments. For example, the Treasury Secretary has frequently come from Wall Street. Second, if private sector entanglement becomes a litmus test, the U.S. will not be able to benefit from private sector experience and talent.
  6. Ties to Foreign Leaders: Some have argued that Tillerson, as a representative of Exxon, has built a relationship with Russia, receiving an award from Putin and opposing sanctions against that country. Many pundits view this association negatively, yet, at the same time, consider Iowa governor Terry Brandstad’s friendly ties to Chinese president Xi Jinping a positive component of his appointment as Ambassador to China. CNN said Brandstad was “uniquely well-suited because of his close relationship with Xi.” The main difference here is that Brandstad built his relationship with China as a representative of Iowa while Tillerson built his relationship with Russia (and other countries) as a representative of Exxon. As Secretary of State, Tiller would instead represent the interests of the United States.
  7. Energy and the Environment: Environmentalists would likely complain about an energy company executive taking a top role in government, but Tillerson can point to Exxon’s decades of leading work in alternative energy. In fact, Tillerson’s experience in the energy industry is a distinct advantage. For example, he knows how energy can be used to pressure China to adopt fair trade practices.
  8. Loyalty: This should be the primary focus of the Senate confirmation process because Tillerson’s experience and skill is already well demonstrated. After over 40 years at Exxon, can Tillerson adjust to a new employer with new responsibilities and a new allegiance? President-elect Trump, his advisors and the Senate will make a determination on this. There is nothing in Tillerson’s history to suggest that he would be disloyal and in fact, he has run a company that has been a backbone of American economic growth for over 100 years.

Experience running the most successful publicly traded energy company is a useful background for leading the world’s most important diplomatic institution. Tillerson would likely follow a realist foreign policy – approaching the world as it is and making realistic movement towards what the United States hopes it can be. Peace, prosperity and American interests would become his new measures of profit and success.

Carta Abierta a la Prensa Hispana

November 17, 2016

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Se requiere de un cierto grado de sofisticación intelectual para poder deducir de entre la prensa amarillista americana (que incluso incluye el New York Times, por confesión propia) acerca de cuál es la verdad acerca del nuevo Presidente electo de los EEUU, Donald Trump.

Al menos que uno haya escuchado y entendido los debates, las ruedas de prensa, o las entrevistas de dicho candidato, el periodista común de habla hispana está limitado a lo que pueda encontrar en el internet, las redes sociales, o la prensa local americana que hoy en día ni siquiera ranquea entre las 40 mejores a nivel mundial, según el último informe internacional sobre la libertad de prensa. https://rsf.org/en/ranking#

Como lectores en nuestros países estamos expuestos a noticias sumamente parciales, irregulares, y sacadas de contexto. Y por tanto, tenemos como resultado la imagen tan torcida de quién es considerado por más de 60 millones de americanos como el líder ideal para retornar a los Estados Unidos a la vanguardia de la Libertad y la Democracia.

A continuación aclaráremos varias de la criticas que la prensa incansablemente utilizó para difamar al nuevo presidente electo.

SOBRE LA INMIGRACION: Los EEUU es un país que en 8 años aumentó el déficit fiscal de 10 trillones de dólares, a 20 trillones ($20.000.000.000.000). Gran parte del gasto público viene del costo de la educación y la medicina que sobrelleva la carga de 15-20 millones de indocumentados, y que ha resultado en el cierre de varios hospitales, y a la caída en la calidad de la educación pública donde los EEUU apenas ranquea entre los 50 primeros países a nivel mundial. Adicionalmente, el crimen, la violencia, el narcotráfico, y el tráfico humano son temas que han llegado a ser de gran preocupación para el ciudadano americano. El Presidente de los EEUU está en todo su derecho y obligación de contrarrestar el gran problema que ha ocasionado tener fronteras y leyes débiles.

SOBRE EL COMERCIO INTERNACIONAL: Es verdad que Trump produce muchas de sus prendas en la China, sin embargo esto es tan solo el reflejo de lo que empresas americanas están obligadas a hacer para poder competir en el mercado americano e internacional. No es cuestión de nacionalismo, sino de saber ser hombre de negocios. Y por tal razón el nuevo Presidente electo de los EEUU atacó a los convenios internacionales que mayormente favorecían a otros países, o a los empresarios de las multinacionales que adineraban a los gobiernos de turno. El Presidente Trump renegociará tales tratados para que sean justos, y equitativos para el ciudadano americano.

SOBRE SU CAPACIDAD EMPRESARIAL: Es fácil criticar a alguien que a caído, o que se a equivocado; pero el mundo del emprendedor es un mundo donde el que alcanza el éxito es aquel que no se rinde, que sabe levantarse; sabe aprender de sus errores, y es capaz de crear un ambiente de crecimiento y prosperidad a pesar de las adversidades. El éxito no es una línea recta de 45 grados, sino más bien una serie de olas que suben y bajan, pero con el optimismo ganador para siempre mejorar. Messi es el mejor futbolista del mundo a pesar de los penales fallados, o las finales perdidas. Michael Jordán es el basquetbolista que más tiros ha fallado, pero es considerado el mejor encestador de todos los tiempos. Los tropiezos, y las derrotas son herramientas que motivan, enseñan y dan sabiduría. Trump ha sobrevivido recesiones, divorcios, calumnias, depresiones económicas, e incluso el ataque de medios de prensa corruptos y dispuestos a aplastarlo. Sin embargo, Donald Trump es un personaje histórico que personifica el Sueño Americano que con trabajo fuerte y gran cantidad de auto confianza ha sido capaz de triunfar el mundo de los negocios, y ahora incluso en la política.

INTEGRIDAD Y RELIGIÓN: Trump no pretende ser un ferviente creyente, pero como muchos de nosotros, práctica su religión a su manera y es lo suficientemente sabio para reconocer la importancia de tener a Jesucristo como su guía. Fue el primer candidato en la era moderna en claramente oponerse al aborto por razones religiosas a pesar del costo político que tales declaraciones conllevan.

Por otro lado, el número de acusaciones en contra de Trump han probado ser parte de una campaña demócrata, y de la mayoría de los medios de comunicación americanos para degradar su imagen. Incluso, el New York Times recientemente publicó una disculpa a sus lectores por su inescrupulosa manera de fomentar la candidatura de Hillary Clinton, mientras se dedicaba a atacar al candidato republicano. Sin embargo, WIKILEAKS fue la entidad que sorpresivamente decidió desenmascarar la hipocresía de la prensa y de Hillary Clinton (y del sistema que supuestamente tanto rechazamos). La mayoría de las acusaciones en contra del Señor Trump ya han sido probadas falsas, mientras que las verdades ocultas de Hillary probaron ser letales.

EL VOTO-NO ES UN ACTO DE CONSUMO MASIVO: El ciudadano americano tiene el porcentaje más bajo de votación entre países desarrollados (menos del 50%). El voto en los EEUU es voluntario y por primera vez desde el uso de estadísticas electorales, el candidato ganador gastó menos del 50% de lo gastado por la candidata Clinton. El partido que más pagó por voto, fue el partido perdedor. El voto Americano es hoy en día uno de los votos más difíciles de persuadir y se fundamenta más en la educación, que en las emociones generadas por propagandas televisivas o de la prensa corrupta.

La victoria de Donald Trump es un rechazo al sistema, a los medios corruptos, al corporatismo, a las oligarquías políticas, a los llamados expertos y a la prensa sin integridad.

 

 

 

 

 

CLINTON’S CULTURAL GENOCIDE

November 1, 2016

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RUSSIA ANOUNCES NEW NUCLEAR MISSILE (SATAN 2)

October 31, 2016

imageThe lack of leadership from the Obama-Hillary Team has lead to last week’s announcemeant from Russia that it has built a new nuclear missile — known as Satan 2 (interesting choice of name).

The Satan 2 will replace Russia’s current nuclear weapon, the SS-18, which is now almost 30 years old, and not capable of matching today’s sophisticated missile defence systems. During a period of strained relations with much of the West, Russia seems to be beefing up its weapons system. President Putin recently suspended a treaty with Washington that would have seen Russia dispose of plutonium originally intended for nuclear weapons.

The Neocon Doctrine of interventionism, state building, and covert state sponsored terrorism is responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent civilians worldwide. Clinton is the candidate supported by the Military Industry, and by the so-called foreign relations experts that use our soldiers as pawns for their games, and their ambitions of world domination.

Clinton’s indominable quest for the White House has lead to the strengthening of Russia’s Nuclear Program, in addition to the eventual nuclear armament of Iran. Add to this Bill Clinton’s diplomaric prowess for fomenting North Korea as a nuclear power, and we have in our hands a weakened country with $ 20 trillion in debt, with the smallest working force in generations, racially divided, morally lost, intellectually brain washed and with a large percentage of its population willingly eager to vote for more of the same.