President-elect Donald Trump is considering yet another corporate CEO for a top level cabinet position in his administration while continuing to ignore better-qualified candidates.
The New York Times reported that Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, is:
“…Gaining steam as a candidate to become the secretary of labor.”
CKE Restaurants is the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains.
Should Trump pick Puzder, it would be a clear signal of what he plans to do about the minimum wage debate across the country.
In November 2015, during a Fox News Business Republican primary debate, Trump made the shocking statement in which he said that he felt the U.S. minimum wage was “too high.”
Like Trump, Puzder has also been a loud critic of President Obama’s rule which would raise the threshold that companies use to discontinue paying overtime to salaried employees from $23,660 to $47,476.
There are also reports that Trump, along with congressional Republicans, intends to repeal Obama’s rule which went into effect on December 1, using something called the Congressional Review ACT which allows Congress to vote to repeal an executive act by the previous administration within 60 days after it goes into effect.
Puzder wrote and op-ed in Forbes in May, stating that the rule further complicates the “extensive regulatory maze the Obama Administration has imposed on employers.”
“One can only wonder when the advocates of progressive economics will realize that, despite their best efforts, you cannot regulate your way to economic prosperity,” he wrote.
According to his company bio, Puzder sports a law degree from Washington University School of Law and was a commercial trial lawyer in St. Louis until the early 90s. He Moved to California in 1991 and became Carl Karcher’s personal attorney.
Karcher is the late founder of Carl’s Jr. and was in the middle of severe financial difficulties when Puzder founded CKE Restaurants to help him avoid bankruptcy.
Puzder also served as one of Mitt Romney’s economic advisers during his 2012 presidential campaign and as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention, where he was chair of the platform committee’s Sub-Committee on the Economy, Job Creation, and Debt.
Here is Puzder giving his lukewarm endorsement of Trump back in February.
Here’s another video of Puzder explaining why he doesn’t support raising the minimum wage any higher for working Americans.
The Trump administration’s idea of reform seems to be inviting every political and corporate wolf to run the hen house.
Much like most of the food at Puzder’s restaurant, if left unchecked, Trump’s economic policies will land America in the emergency room.
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