Barack Obama has released the names of his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
With few exceptions, it represents a rogue's gallery of people woefully ill-equipped with experience in actually creating jobs the old-fashioned way – by making stuff.
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It's not that they lack experience in making money. It's just that they lack almost any familiarity with manufacturing goods.
Take a look for yourself. It's a long list, but it's worth the education. You would almost have to purposely avoid selecting anyone with actual manufacturing experience to come up with a list this long with so little experience on what America actually needs to become competitive again and to create long-lasting, meaningful jobs.
Of course, people in government don't create anything. They just push papers around and place shackles on the people who do. But I digress:
- Steve Case is the chairman of Revolution, a holding company that oversees multiple companies, which include Zipcar, LivingSocial and Everyday Health. He is also chairman of the Case Foundation, a private family foundation he established in 1997 with his wife, Jean. Case co-founded America Online in 1985. (Manufacturing experience: Zero.)
- Kenneth I. Chenault is chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Company. From 1997 to 2001, Chenault served as American Express' president and chief operating officer. Before he came to American Express, Chenault was a management consultant with Bain & Co. from 1979 to 1981, and an attorney with Rogers & Wells from 1977 to 1979. (Manufacturing experience: zero.)
- John Doerr is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). Early in his career, Doerr joined Intel, where he worked in engineering and marketing. He then joined KPCB and soon started Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and @Home, the first broadband cable Internet service. Doerr is personally involved in organizations that further the improvement of K-12 public education, global poverty/health and public policy, serving on the boards of New Schools, TechNet, ONE and the Aspen Institute. (Manufacturing experience: minor.)
- Roger W. Ferguson Jr. is president and chief executive officer of TIAA-CREF, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields. Previously, Ferguson served as vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. (Manufacturing experience: zero.)
- Mark Gallogly is co-founder and managing principal of Centerbridge Partners, a multi-strategy investment firm focused on private equity and credit investing. Prior to founding Centerbridge in 2005, Gallogly was with Blackstone Group for 16 years, where he was most recently a senior managing director, the head of private equity and a member of the firm's management committee and the private equity group's investment committee. (Manufacturing experience: zero.)
- Joseph T. Hansen is the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents more than 1.3 million workers in the U.S. and Canada, and Chair of Change to Win. (Manufacturing experience: zero.)
- Lewis Hay III is chairman and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy Inc., one of the nation's leading electricity-related services companies and the largest renewable energy generator in North America. He was elected chief executive officer in June 2001 and elected chairman of the board in January 2002. Mr. Hay serves on the board of directors of Capital One and Harris Corporation. (Manufacturing experience: zero.)
- Gary Kelly serves as the chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Southwest Airlines. Kelly began his career at Southwest Airlines as controller, moving up to chief financial officer and vice president of finance, then executive vice president and chief financial officer, before being promoted to chief executive officer and vice chairman in 2004. (Manufacturing experience: zero.)
- Ellen Kullman is chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont. Prior to becoming chief executive officer in 2009, she served as executive vice president and a member of the company's office of the chief executive. Kullman began her career at DuPont in 1988 as a marketing manager. She served as business director for several Dupont business units and was named group vice president of Dupont Safety & Protection in 2002. (Manufacturing experience: zero.)
- A.G. Lafley is the former chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble. He currently serves as special partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and as a director of the General Electric Company. (Manufacturing experience: little.)
- Monica C. Lozano is publisher and chief executive officer of La Opinión, the nation's largest Spanish language daily newspaper, as well as senior vice president of Newspapers for impreMedia LLC, overseeing the company's entire publications group. (Manufacturing experience: none.)
- Darlene Miller is the owner and chief executive officer of Permac Industries, a Minnesota machining company custom manufacturing precision parts for customers worldwide. She started working as a sales representative at Permac in 1992, became part owner in 1993 and became the sole owner of the company in 1994. (Manufacturing experience: some.)
- Paul S. Otellini is president and chief executive officer of Intel Corporation. Otellini previously had served as Intel's president and chief operating officer, positions he held since 2002, the same year he was elected to Intel's board of directors. Since joining Intel in 1974, Otellini has managed several Intel businesses, including the company's PC and server microprocessor division and the global sales and marketing organization. (Manufacturing experience: some.)
- Richard D. Parsons is a senior adviser at Providence Equity Partners Inc., a leading private equity investment firm specializing in media, communication and information companies and chairman of the board of Citigroup Inc. (Manufacturing experience: none.)
- Antonio Perez is chairman and chief executive officer of Kodak. Since joining the company in 2003, Perez has led the worldwide transformation of Kodak from a business based on film to one based primarily on digital technologies. Prior to Kodak, Perez was president and chief executive officer of Gemplus International. He also worked for more than two decades at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he was a corporate vice president and a member of the company's executive council. (Manufacturing experience: some.)
- Penny Pritzker is currently chairman of the board of TransUnion, chairman and chief executive officer of Pritzker Realty Group as well as chair and co-founder of The Parking Spot, Artemis Real Estate Partners, and Vi, formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt. (Manufacturing expereince: none.)
- Brian L. Roberts is chairman and chief executive officer of Comcast Corporation and chairman of the board of directors of NBCUniversal. Under his leadership, Comcast has grown into a Fortune 100 company and has become majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks. (Manufacturing experience: none.)
- Matt Rose is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Corporation. Additional positions that he has held include president and chief operating officer, senior vice president and chief operations officer and senior vice president of the company's Merchandise Business Unit. (Manufacturing experience: none.)
- Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, where she oversees the firm's business operations including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google and was instrumental in launching Google.org, Google's philanthropic arm. (Manufacturing experience: none.)
- Richard L. Trumka is president of the AFL-CIO. From 1995-2009, he served as AFL-CIO's secretary-treasurer and, as a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, was chairman of the Strategic Approaches Committee. Before his time with the AFL-CIO, Trumka was the International president of the United Mine Workers of America. (Manufacturing experience: none.)
- Laura D'Andrea Tyson is the S.K. and Angela Chan professor of global management at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. She served as dean of London Business School from 2002-2006, and as dean of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, from 1998-2001. Between 1995 and 1996, Tyson served as President Clinton's national economic adviser. (Manufacturing experience: zero.)
- Robert Wolf is chairman of UBS Americas and president of UBS Investment Bank. He joined UBS in 1994 after spending approximately 10 years at Salomon Brothers. (Manufacturing experience: zero.)
Now the fact that there is so little manufacturing experience within this group doesn't suggest they are bad people. It just means they aren't qualified to bring back jobs and competitiveness to America.
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However, many of them are bad people – the kind of people who broke America's economic system, the kind of people who will enable Obama to continue the most irresponsible fiscal policies imaginable, the kind of people who will keep making the same mistakes over and over again.