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Charles Ortel

Charles Ortel

Charles Ortel became a lapsed member of the silent majority in August 2007 when he began alerting the public to dangers posed by structural changes in the global economy. Since then, Mr. Ortel has appeared in the print, radio and television media with increasing frequency. Brass Tacks will attempt to offer nonpartisan perspective on factors contributing to the unresolved, burgeoning crisis and discuss potential solutions. Mr. Ortel graduated from Horace Mann School, Yale College and Harvard Business School. 

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General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Bring 'regime change' to General Electric

This Friday, Jeff Immelt and the team that leads General Electric Company owe shareholders and the American public answers to a simple question: How will management restore consistent growth in revenues, profits and cash flow to a vaunted enterprise that has floundered since Jack Welch left in September 2001? Published October 12, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at Millennium Steel Service in Princeton, Ind., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, to discuss the economy as part of Manufacturing Day. Boosted by the lowest jobless rate in six years, the president on Friday heralded September's hiring rate as the longest uninterrupted stretch of private sector job growth in U.S. history and boasted that the country is surpassing combined job creation in other advanced economies.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

ORTEL: Don't be fooled by the latest rosy jobs report

Like teachers who turn poor test scores for students into high letter grades using subjective adjustments, government bureaucrats who issued Friday's September jobs report created hollow arguments for political partisans and for surface-level financial analysts that the American economy is rebounding. Published October 5, 2014

Global stocks markets were mostly higher Thursday after a surge in new U.S. home sales bolstered sentiment. But gains were limited by worries about Europe's stagnant economy and violence in Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

America wins World War III after 2016

Until the 2017 presidential inauguration, we will stew in a dangerous, bipartisan muddle of our own making, absorbing body blows while struggling to remain united as a force for good. Published September 25, 2014

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum, on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Under President Obama, shoppers flee retailers — investors should too

The way animals quiet and birds flee before natural disasters hit, professional investors months ago presciently cut their exposures to American retailers. Now, a man-made tsunami rushes toward the sector that will crush overleveraged vendors, landlords and communities across the country. Published September 21, 2014

The U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Harness technology to engage lifelong learning

One reason for America's poor relative performance may be the bias ingrained into our country that education is something performed primarily in an institutional setting, outside the home, interacting mostly with teachers. Published September 18, 2014

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond meets with Scots and other European citizens to celebrate European citizenship and "Scotland's continued EU membership with a Yes vote" at  Parliament Square in Edinburgh. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

Independence is great for Scotland and for the world

As global investors fret for multiple reasons, an important drama plays out now over Scotland — voters there finally have the chance to cut ties that bind them to union with England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. And Scots should rush through the exit door. Published September 14, 2014

President Ronald Reagan (AP Photo, File)

ORTEL: On jobs, economy, markets, Obama is no Reagan

Under Obama, America's addiction to financial leverage inside households, businesses, financial institutions and governments reached epic proportions that severely threaten all of us now Published September 13, 2014

The U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Restore American military supremacy

A nation like America, which spends more money on government than any other, should possess military power that is unmatched and likely, therefore, to remain unchallenged. Published September 11, 2014

The U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Abolish public sector unions

The only sector of the American economy where unions retain a stubborn hold is in government at local, state, regional, and federal levels. Published September 8, 2014

The Islamic State is on the rise and must be stopped. (Raqqa Media Center via Associated Press)

Fight against radical Islam requires action now

What happened on Sept. 11, 2001, could return this year on the unlucky 13th anniversary of the last terrorist attack. Evildoers who twist Islamic thinking into acts of terror already have announced intent to do America in. Published August 24, 2014

The U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Create an American sovereign wealth fund

New York-In America, the cradle of capitalism, we need to have a sovereign wealth fund. Capitalized with at least $1 trillion in the beginning, our fund should be the largest, most forward-looking and most successful one in the world. Published August 21, 2014