They sent their weakest hitmen for Bannon, and they bungled the job.
In a recent article entitled “Stephen K. Bannon, architect of anti-globalist policies, got rich as a global capitalist,” Michael Kranish and Renae Merle clearly intended to hit Bannon as a hypocrite. Unfortunately for these two writers, they hit themselves.
I encourage you to read the article.
Read it and keep in mind these are the same folks that tell us globalization is good. They are the crowd that say deals like NAFTA and KORUS are good for America. Their paper argued for Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that would have turned the United States of America into the United States of Asia.
Then consider American workers who have seen their co-workers lose their jobs to less skilled foreign replacements courtesy of H1-B and a host of other programs. Would you suggest those remaining workers not gripe about globalization gone awry?
That’s the argument the writers unwittingly made in their hit piece.
This Hit Piece Is A Knee Slapper
The laughable part of the article, if I had to distill one single vignette is the description of Bannon’s stint at Goldman Sachs. He was assigned to defend companies from hostile takeovers. What the writers fail to grasp is what happened during the 1980’s and 1990’s when hostile takeovers were all the rage. The company who was ‘taken over’ was many times moved to China. The American workers were jettisoned as globalization won the day.
That’s right, Bannon was fighting the good fight within the confines of Goldman Sachs.
Not satisfied with the pay, and who among us ever is, Bannon struck out on his own.
The writers again go after Bannon for putting foreign capital to work. They even toss in a bit of xenophobic smoke and mirrors. How to square Bannon leveraging funds from an Islamic Saudi, the reader is left to ponder, when they write about Bannon’s mid-1990’s business relationship with Alwaleed bin Talal, who today is the world’s 45th wealthiest person, with a net worth of $18 billion?
There’s no hypocrisy there. 9/11 hadn’t happened yet.
Is Bannon supposed to tell the future? The writers do acknowledge Bannon was prescient regarding globalization and the effects of immigration on this country. Maybe Bannon is a time traveller sent back in time to help Trump save America. I couldn’t think of a better man to do it.
Furthermore, while the Prince was peeved at Trump for his comments during the election (Trump called him a dopey Prince for Tweeting negatively about the Muslim ban), the Kingdom has reached out with open arms to the Trump administration.
Does The Washington Post Understand Business or Government?
I guess America’s money is fine for globalists of other countries to chase, but when patriots like Steven K. Bannon brings foreign capital to America it’s heresy.
I’ve personally spoken to Bannon many times about the fact that, like Bannon, I’ve done business all over the globe. The perspective you gain from international business is not something you can get sitting behind a desk in the United States.
In my case it was designing and building heavily engineered equipment for sale around the globe. I lived overseas for several years and was very successful. I’ve also closed businesses in Mexico, Canada, and moved product lines (including from China) back to the United States – more profitably I might add.
Bannon was in a different industry, but the same holds true: our experience outside of the country builds a much broader and deeper understanding of how to fix what’s wrong with America. Neither he nor I suggest trade is bad. What we both suggest is that policies that put America First, those that tilt the playing field decidedly in favor of American workers, is the best policy for America. It’s why we wage the battle.
South Koreans, Japanese, Germans, etc have their own elected officials to work on behalf of their citizens. We have President Trump and his administration. Lucky for us that includes Bannon, to work on our behalf. Certainly, Speaker Paul Ryan’s full throated support for Trans Pacific Partnership isn’t going to work for America.
The Washington Post’s Real Target Is President Trump
And, let’s not kid ourselves here. Hit pieces on President Trump’s top advisor are intended to weaken the President. In this case, we can thank The Washington Post for burnishing Steven K. Bannon’s street creds as an America First guy through and through.
Paul Nehlen is not another lifelong politician, but a business executive and inventor. Nehlen started out on the factory floor, and through God’s grace, grit, and determination rose to lead Fortune 500 manufacturing businesses around the world. Nehlen challenged Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 2016 First Congressional District to stop Trans-Pacific Partnership and secure America’s border. Today he is waging the battle against the refugee resettlement racket and leading the cause to fight for America’s values. He lives in Delavan, Wisconsin.