Dec 9, 2016, 11:58 am EST
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Andrew Puzder as his pick for Labor Secretary.
Here are a few think to know about the Trump team’s pick for Labor Secretary.
Andrew Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., which owns the Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s brands.
He doesn’t agree with major hikes to the minimum wage, such as President Barack Obama’s $10.10 per hour for federal employees.
However, the Labor Secretary pick has said that he isn’t against “raising the minimum wage rationally.”
Puzder’s argument against minimum wage increases is that it would leave many people in low-income areas jobless.
He has also spoke out against Obamacare and claims the rising premiums are causing a “government-mandated restaurant recession.”
Puzder is also against political correctness and says he likes his company’s ads with scantly-clad women eating burgers.
He helped draft a Missouri law in 1989 that made the majority of abortions at public establishments illegal.
Puzder is on the International Franchise Association’s board and stands against many of President Obama’s recent regulations.
It is likely that he will work as Labor Secretary to undo some of the regulations that the Obama Administration has pushed through in the last few years.
CKE Restaurants employs roughly 75,000 employees in the United States and 100,000 across the world.
“Andy Puzder has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans, and his extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor,” President-elect Donald Trump told The New York Times. Read
Dec 8, 2016, 12:09 pm EST
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is the newest Trump team pick from President-elect Donald Trump.
Scott Pruitt is the Trump to pick to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Here are 10 things to know about him.
He is a major opponent standing against Climate Change claims.
Pruitt has been a strong ally to oil and gas companies.
These efforts include taking on a group of Democratic attorneys general that are investigating Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) over its approach to Climate Change.
He has fought President Barack Obama on environmental regulations.
His time as head of the EPA will likely see him reducing the regulations put in place by the current President of the United States.
Environmentalists are already asking the Senate to deny his selection, but this is unlikely due to it being under the control of Republicans.
It is possible that Pruitt’s legal background may even help Trump completely dismantle the EPA.
He previously ran a legal office named Christian Legal Services that fought government for individual rights.
Pruitt grew up in Kentucky, but left to go to law school in Oklahoma.
He first ran for the Oklahoma Attorney General position in 2010.
“Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind,” Scott Pruitt said in an interview obtained by The New York Times. “That debate should be encouraged — in classrooms, public forums, and the halls of Congress. It should not be silenced with threats of prosecution. Dissent is not a crime.” Read
Dec 1, 2016, 10:08 am EST
Apparently, Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) didn’t get the memo.
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You would think some VP of communications somewhere would read my columns from time to time, so they could encourage senior management never to speak on any political topic, or even mention a political issue indirectly.
The reason is that it guarantees that 40% to 50% of the country will disagree with the issue or opinion under discussion, and boycott that company’s products. Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) angered many Americans by wading into the transgender bathroom fray on April 19. Despite the company’s assurances that a retaliatory boycott really really didn’t harm sales, how could Target actually determine whether the 1.4 million people who pledged to boycott the company did or didn’t follow through? Read