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America at a Crossroads

By Charles Payne, CEO & Principal Analyst

The current GE commercial where the millennial talks about his new job at the industrial giant with his parents is a perfect reflection of today’s society. His father beams with pride and breaks out his “granddaddy’s hammer.” He is proud that his son will have a job rolling up his sleeves, sweating, and building upon the foundation of things that made America great in the first place. 

Of course, his son struggles to explain to his dad that the job is coding computers; while rolling up his sleeves is optional, it’s not necessary. The only time he would sweat is if he is late on assignments.  His dad’s displeasure is obvious as he challenges his son to pick up the hammer and his mom tries to make peace, suggesting that her son will “change the world.”


There’s no doubt that the father and his wife in this commercial voted for Donald Trump, but the son probably joined in with his Silicon Valley friends and voted for Hillary Clinton.

America is at a crossroads. While we need carpenters, craftsmen, and several other industrial jobs, we also need to be a player in the ‘Knowledge Economy Century.’ Speaking of which, it’s already begun and will dictate where the most wealth and power will go over the next one hundred years.

Getting away from politics, this has got to be the message everyone understands and need to work toward.  We must graduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. The best must be groomed starting from kindergarten.

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Charles Payne
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