MEAT PACKING PLANTS SHUT DOWN DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
DAMIAN MASON has been around the food production industry, literally, from the day he was born. He came home from the hospital in his mother’s arms to a typical Midwest dairy farm of the time. He worked on that farm from the time he was a child and today he owns the family farm – along with others. Damian Mason is what happens when an entrepreneurial farm boy and businessperson collides with a comedian. He’s funny, he excels at business, he works like a farmer, and he possesses a keen sense of the marketplace. Damian knows how to create a life and business by choice because he’s done it. From scratch. At age 25, he chucked his sales job with a Fortune 500 company to pursue greater compensation and creativity. It worked. Then his business struggled mightily. Damian reinvented himself. After several iterations and multiple setbacks, his business thrived once again. When he’s not traveling for work, Damian can be found on his Indiana farm with his wife, Lori, or escaping from winter at their Arizona residence. Damian loves the outdoors, his wife, his dog, his beer, and his independence.
“GETTING AMERICA BACK TO WORK”
We are joined by the author of this newly released book, ANDREW F. PUZDER, a Senior Fellow at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.
Puzder is the former CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. and was President Trump first nominee for Secretary of Labor.
His Book, “Getting America Back to Work” is published by Encounter Books (May 5, 2020)
He writes: Over the last two months, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a robust American economy into disarray, completely shutting down major business sectors and putting millions of people out of work overnight. With so much at stake and with all options seemingly on the table, it is crucial that we commit ourselves to the long-term goal of restoring the sorts of free-market policies that led to the Trump Economic Boom prior to the China Virus crisis. Although massive government interventions that Barack Obama pursued following the Great Recession might presently appear beneficial or even essential, a return to Obama’s “new normal” of stagnant growth would lead to disastrous and persisting economic damage. We must instead return, as soon as is safely possible, to the Trump model of economic prosperity that produced the strongest labor market in modern history.
“THE GREAT U.S.-CHINA TECH WAR,” by Gordon G. Chang (Author)
(Publisher: Encounter Books (March 31, 2020)
“The United States and China are locked in a “cold tech war,” and the winner will end up dominating the twenty-first century. Beijing was not considered a tech contender a decade ago. Now, some call it a leader. America is already behind in critical areas. It is no surprise how Chinese leaders made their regime a tech powerhouse. They first developed and then implemented multiyear plans and projects, adopting a determined, methodical, and disciplined approach. As a result, China’s political leaders and their army of technocrats could soon possess the technologies of tomorrow. America can still catch up. Unfortunately, Americans, focused on other matters, are not meeting the challenges China presents. A whole-of-society mobilization will be necessary for the U.S. to regain what it once had: control of cutting-edge technologies. This is how America got to the moon, and this is the key to winning this century. Americans may not like the fact that they’re once again in a Cold War–type struggle, but they will either adjust to that reality or get left behind.”
GORDON G. CHANG is our guest. He lived and worked in Asia for almost two decades. He is the author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World and The Coming Collapse of China.
Follow him on Twitter @GordonGChang .