GE - Largest Exporter in the World Celebrates Ronald Reagan

Time is the greatest measure of history. For only time reveals whether difficult decisions have enduring ramifications for the generations that follow. Time is now shining a light on the legacy of Ronald Reagan for his philosophy of peace, impenetrable patriotism and exceptional ability to listen and communicate. While the Berlin Wall was his most famous historical conquest, as you will quickly learn Ronald Reagan was an expert at tearing down walls throughout his life. A poor Illinois school boy who found fame in Hollywood, a conservative Republican with roots in the Democratic party and an improbable ascent to become America’s oldest sitting President all contribute to the legacy of Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Wilson Reagan would have celebrated his 100th birthday on February 6, 2011. Reagan is the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). Some have called Reagan the "old fashion gentleman from Illinois", others have hailed his economic policies as revolutionary under the term Reaganomics, others only recall the destruction of walls - the Berlin Wall, the elimination of the cold war. Others still remember the economic engine that Reagan built transforming a stagnating economy. Others remember the debt that accumulated. Remarkable times, a remarkable communicator, a remarkable leader that forever forged new territories in foreign relations and economic policy. Reagan's life is denoted by one thing - educating us to promote freedom, competition, limit taxes and regulations, a leader whose philosophy has been perhaps best denoted as "hyper-patriotism", a leader who has also been called the new face of America.

Legacy is denoted by the lasting impact of the subject. Perhaps no other President in American history has contributed so much in 8 years to international peace and diplomacy and to economic policy as this gentleman from Illinois. A conservative who was once the Governor of the state of California. A beloved actor and the host of the General Electric Theater. A great communicator who listened to the common American citizen. A leader who lead and continues to lead us in his hyper-patriot philosophy. A tough negotiator who knows to built trust and yet to verify each step of the way. A leader who understood the common American and the love of the freedoms of this country called the United States of America. A leader who stated: "A people free to choose will always choose peace." A politician who fully understood macroeconomics: "Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States."

On a similar note, President Obama has stated: "Export growth leads to job growth and economic growth..."

Obama named 18 business, labor and government leaders to a new export advisory council. "At a time when jobs are in short supply, building exports is an imperative," Obama said.

Buying American is an important choice. Supporting exports is a critical leadership initiative that both President Obama and former President Reagan can fully agree upon - despite different political affiliations. Is buying American and pro-export a "hyper-patriotic philosophy"? You decide, hear the tributes, listen to an insightful eulogy from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and learn about the new economic initiatives being introduced under the Democratic leadership of Barak Obama, America's 44th President.

"old fashion gentleman from Illinois", others have hailed his economic policies as revolutionary under the term Reaganomics, others only recall the destruction of walls - the Berlin Wall, the elimination of the cold war. Others still remember the economic engine that Reagan built transforming a stagnating economy. Others remember the debt that accumulated. Remarkable times, a remarkable communicator, a remarkable leader that forever forged new territories in foreign relations and economic policy

Ronald Reagan

US President Ronald Reagon with a colorful red and white stripes in the background
US President Ronald Reagon with a colorful red and white stripes in the background | Source

Reagon = "Old fashion gentleman from Illinois"

CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood

Reagan's Economic Philosophy - Hyper-Patriotism

"Reagan’s economic philosophy was really a hyper-patriotism; a devotion to country and to curtail a government that was extracting too much income from workers."

Douglas Brinkley

Ronald Reagan Quotes

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
Ronald Reagan

All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
Ronald Reagan

Reagon's Contributions to the United States

Reagan's Economic Philosophy - Hyper-Patriotism

Douglas Brinkley perhaps summed up the philosophy of Reagan best in this quote: "Reagan’s economic philosophy was really a hyper-patriotism; a devotion to country and to curtail a government that was extracting too much income from workers."

Brinkley went on to note that during Reagan's time with GE, he listened to the common man. Reagan found that the common American felt that government was too big and he took those words to heart. Of all the politicians in history, few have been great communicators, fewer yet have changed political affiliation during their careers and have flourish - this was Reagan. He officially changed his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 1962. It should be noted that Reagan supported Nixon's candidacy in 1960s. Only the great communicator could succinctly explain this turn of events in his life - quote Reagan: "I didn't leave the Democratic party; my party left me".

Reagan Tribute

Ronald Reagon - The New Face of America

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"The new face of America."

Reaganomics

"Reaganomics (a portmanteau of Reagan and economics attributed to Paul Harvey) refers to the economic policies promoted by the U.S. President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s. The four pillars of Reagan's economic policy were to:

  1. Reduce government spending,
  2. Reduce income and capital gains marginal tax rates,
  3. Reduce government regulation,
  4. Control the money supply to reduce inflation.

In his stated intention to increase defense spending while lowering taxes, Reagan's approach was a departure from his immediate predecessors. Reagan enacted lower marginal tax rates in conjunction with simplified income tax codes and continued deregulation.[1]"

Eulogy to Reagan - His Contributions Highlighted by Margaret Thatcher

In the words of Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the UK, she stated that Reagan inspired America. He transformed a stagnant economy into an engine of opportunity. "He won the cold war without firing a shot"...."but by inviting enemies out of their fortress and turning them into friends." He used candid and tough words but started new relationships that would be rooted in trust. Reagan had firm principles. Reagan's life was rich in his private happiness and his strong marriage with Nancy Reagan. Reagan was quoted as saying "Nancy came along and saved my soul."

Reagan's Life - A Legacy to All of God's Children

"Let us give thanks today for a life that achieved so much for all of God's children."

"God Bless America." Margaret Thatcher

Ronald Wilson Reagon Career Highlights

Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004)

  • 40th President of the United States (1981–1989)
  • Author of Reaganomics
  • 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975)
  • GE Theater Host
  • Professional actor was as host and performer from 1964 - 1965
  • Born in Tampico in Whiteside County, Illinois,
  • Grew up in Dixon in Lee County, Illinois,
  • Educated at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois,
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology 1932

Ronald Reagan Military Career Highlights

  • Completed fourteen home-study Army Extension Courses,
  • Enlisted Army Enlisted Reserve April 29, 1937, private Cavalry at Des Moines, Iowa,
  • Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of the Cavalry on May 25, 1937,
  • Active duty April 18, 1942. ("Due to his nearsightedness, he was classified for limited service only, which excluded him from serving overseas"),
  • Promoted to First Lieutenant January 14, 1943
  • Promoted to Captain on July 22, 1943,
  • Recommended for promotion to Major on February 2, 1945, "but this recommendation was disapproved on July 17 of that year",
  • Returned to Fort MacArthur, California, where he was separated from active duty on December 9, 1945,
  • By the end of the war, his units had produced some 400 training films for the AAF.[1]

Ronald Reagon's Career Highlights Points of Interest

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Ronal Reagan Poltical Career Highlights

33rd Governor of California (1967-1975):

  • Announced his candidacy for governor early in 1966.
  • Opponent was the incumbent governor, Edmund G. Brown, a popular politician running for his third term. (He had defeated Richard Nixon four years earlier.)
  • Inherited a substantial budget deficit from the previous administration
  • Reagan ordered an across-the-board 10-percent reduction in state spending
  • Reagan forced to restore funds to a host of programs
  • Pressed for a major tax increase within a year - to address the budget deficit and also provide a fiscal cushion so that he would not have to ask again.
  • Final bill produced a highly progressive tax increase, the highest in the history of California (or of any other state).
  • Tax increases produced a budget surplus in subsequent years
  • Won reelection comfortably in 1970 over the Democratic Speaker of the California House, Jesse Unruh, but his victory margin was considerably smaller

Ronald Reagan Inaugurated as President of the United States on:

Tuesday, January 20, 1981

Presidential 1st Term (1981-1984):

  • Economics - aka Reaganomics,
  • Threw out the strategy of détente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR,
  • Eliminated domestic petroleum price and allocation controls on January 28, 1981,
  • Lowered the oil windfall profits tax in August 1981,
  • helping to end the 1979 energy crisis,
  • Ended the oil windfall profits tax in 1988 during the 1980s oil glut.

Ronald Reagan's Date of inaugeration for second presidential term:

Monday January 21, 1985 (moved indoors due to cold weather)

Presidential 2nd Term (1985-1989):

  • Ending of the Cold War,
  • Bombing of Libya,
  • Iran-Contra affair.
  • Supported anti-Communist movements worldwide,
  • Negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries' nuclear arsenals.

GE Celebrates Reagan Centennential

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GE Logo
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GE Corporate Summary

Founded: 1890,

Founders: Thomas Edison, Elihu Thomson, Edwin J. Houston, Charles A. Coffin

Headquarters: Fairfield, CT; formerly at the Schenectady plant

Industry: GE is a multinational conglomerate

Products: Appliances, Electric, Gas, Lighting, Oil, Weapons, Wind Turbines

Corporate Initiatives: 1919 founded RCA, 2005 GE "Ecomagination" initiative in an attempt to position itself as a "green" company.

Revenue: US$157 Billion (2009)

Employees: 304,000

Website: ge.com

Reagan Forum with Jeffrey Immelt

Fun Facts About GE

  • Founded by perhaps the world's most prolific inventor - Thomas Edison with 1,094 patents
  • Management and corporate culture of GE are frequently lampooned in the NBC television series 30 Rock.
  • Describes itself as composed of a number of primary business units or "businesses."
  • GE's tax return is the largest return filed in the United States
  • The 2005 corporate tax return was approximately 24,000 pages when printed out, and 237 megabytes when submitted electronically.[1]

Jeff Immelt - CEO of General Electric

photo of Jeff Immelt
photo of Jeff Immelt | Source

Jeff Immelt Summary

Born: Jeffrey Robert "Jeff" Immelt February 19, 1956, Cincinnati, Ohio

Leadership: Chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the U.S.-based conglomerate General Electric, September 7, 2001 - President (predecessor Jack Welch)

Appointments:

  • Chairperson of the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
  • February 2009 - member to the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board
  • January 2011 - Presidential Appointment - chairman of outside panel of economic advisers

Education:

  • Dartmouth College - A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University - MBA

Residency: New Canaan, Connecticut

Political Party: Republican Party

"'Export growth leads to job growth and economic growth," Obama said as he named 18 business, labor and government leaders to a new export advisory council. "At a time when jobs are in short supply, building exports is an imperative," Obama said."

President Obama's goal is to double US export next five years to boost economic recovery. supporting several million new jobs.

58% of all exporters export to only one country. Reaching out to National Association of Manufacturers to help expand into additional markets.

President Obama Meets with Export Council

Obama's Export Initiatives - Reminiscent of Reagan

Obama's Export Initiatives - Reminiscent of Reagan

President Obama's goal is to double US export next five years to boost economic recovery. supporting several million new jobs.

Exports accounted for 1/2 of the GDP growth in the last year. Exports up 18%, exports of manufactured goods up 22%, exports of agricultural goods up 15% (second highest in US history)

58% of all exporters export to only one country. Reaching out to National Association of Manufacturers to help expand into additional markets.

Presidents Exports Council

Ronald Reagan - the Face of America - Showed Us the Way

The legacy of Ronald Reagan must not be forgotten. As the "face of America", his philosophy of peace, hyper-patriotism and exceptional ability to listen and communicate, Reagan has left us a road map both for economics and for peace.

Reagan was more than just a great communicator who spoke frankly yet eloquently, he was much more than "the old-fashion gentleman from Illinois", Reagan is a lasting legacy, "the face of America" - a leader showcasing the many benefits of a great nation run by citizens who care and who are "hyper-patriot".

With the conviction of a stern schoolmarm combined with the warmth of a grandfather’s touch, Mr. Reagan spoke “to” America not “at” Americans. In doing so, Reagan left us with a road map for economics and peace. And, as time passes, increasingly Ronald Reagan is becoming " the face of America".

Nancy and Ronald Reagan in California Boating in 1964

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"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

Ronald Reagan

"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

— Ronald Reagan

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