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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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This Jan. 9, 2015, file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking at Pellissippi State Community College, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Under Obama, a perilous state of the union

The State of the Union is perilous, as you can tell for yourself by considering the information available online published by the Obama administration itself. Published January 18, 2015

President Obama touring the Great Pyramids of Giza after his speech in Cairo to the Muslim world on June 4, 2009. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Jihad vs. cartoons: Obama administration remains on wrong side

What is it about cartoon images and radical Islamist jihad that makes it so difficult for educated men and women in the Obama administration to embrace informed reasoning, make sensible choices, and defend the best interests of America and of our long-standing allies? Published January 15, 2015

Will Egypt show America how to win the war on radical Islamic jihadism?

The biggest story not yet covered appropriately in mainstream media plays out now in Egypt, where President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi attacks the root causes of continuing conflict between certain adherents of Islam and freedom-loving secularists, in defiance of President Obama and of fierce critics. Published January 8, 2015

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama's current and future Russia quandary

The American economy surges, while stock market indices soar higher, and the U.S. dollar remains the currency of choice for global investors. Not so fast. Published December 24, 2014

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, with Vacon Vice President Dan Isaksson, left, and Vacon engineer Rod Washington, right, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Durham, N.C., before traveling to North Carolina State University where he will speak about the economy, jobs and manufacturing.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Our new robot overlords won't solve our debt mess

After creepy elements inside North Korea suddenly humbled a Hollywood powerhouse via cyberspace, Americans should think more clearly about how technology will affect our highly leveraged nation in the months to come. Published December 21, 2014

Put in stark terms, under President Obama's watch, inside America there now are fewer "chickens" in more "pots", while geopolitical risks surge higher putting international results for most companies in greater jeopardy, says Washington Times columnist Charles Ortel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Under Obama, economic growth withers

When stock market investors demand dividend yields that are substantially higher than interest rates, they are screaming out a message the wider public should note well — financial sophisticates do not believe the economic-growth story that the Obama administration so ham-handedly still tries to sell. Published December 14, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama confer at the White House on March 3, 2014.  (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama has no right to impose 'regime change' upon Israel

Weeks away from reaping consequences of the past November election bloodbath, President Obama and tone-deaf partisans signal they may do what they can to tip power away from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in national elections that will be held inside Israel on March 17, 2015. Published December 10, 2014

Job seekers fill out job applications at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla.  (AP)

Obama relies on compliant media to hoodwink gullible Americans about jobs

The latest exercise in deceit and in journalistic malpractice began Friday morning when the Bureau of Labor Statistics trumpeted unexpected "success" on the challenging employment front — in theory, 321,000 jobs were created during November, a number far above analysts' expectations Published December 7, 2014

FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi sits in the defendant cage in the Police Academy courthouse during a court hearing on charges of inciting the murder of his opponents, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's state news agency said prosecutors have asked for the death sentence for Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders on trial on espionage charges. (AP Photo/Mohammed al-Law, File) **FILE**

Death on the Nile: Obama administration standing may be sullied in a Cairo trial

The stage is set for one of the last acts defining President Obama's foreign policy legacy — with the opening of the long awaited trial against Egypt's ousted leader Mohamed Morsi Thursday morning in Cairo, soon the world may learn in stark detail just how duplicitous the Obama administration has been in pretending to work assiduously against radical jihadist Islamists since Jan. 20, 2009. Published December 3, 2014

Computer scientists have already used tweets to track flu outbreaks. Now they want to use it to find prevalence of mental health conditions, such as depression or bipolar disorder. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

For new investors, is Twitter a treat or a turkey?

Unscathed after Halloween in Manhattan's West Village, and starting to make preparations for Thanksgiving, I cannot stop thinking about twinkling Twitter. Are common shares of this 2006 vintage startup delectable candy or spoiled fowl? Published November 16, 2014

President Obama toasts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Mr. Obama is on a state visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)

Obama in China: Lame duck is served

How things have changed since that heady evening in November 2008, when President-elect Barack Obama beamed hope globally. Published November 12, 2014

Facebook. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Facebook owes investors a little detail

A friend once hid an elephant in plain sight for months. Are Mark Zuckerberg, management, venture capitalists, investment bankers, stock market analysts, traders and securities' market regulators all concealing a different kind of animal underneath the facade presented in Facebook's public financial disclosures? Published November 9, 2014