George Soros Returns, Sets Sights on a Progressive America

The return of billionaire philanthropist and progressive George Soros could pay huge dividends in the massive political battle that is shaping up for years to come. George Soros rose to prominence in the early ’00s when he backed Al Gore in his run for President against incumbent George W. Bush. While Gore did not win the election Soros quickly established himself as one of the more important liberal mega donors in the political game. Soros has mostly been keeping out of the spotlight over the past couple of years, focusing mainly on his philanthropic foundation — the Open Society Foundations, but now the man has back and he is back with a vengeance.

The big difference between progressives and conservatives in the American political game is that the majority of billionaires work hand in hand with conservative politicians, case in point = the Koch Brothers. George Soros bucks that trend because he puts all of his money toward embracing progressive values, social justice, democratic ideals, and education. As a result Soros has become the ultimate boogeyman for the conservative right. Soros had been disenfranchised by the prevalence of big money in politics but the rise of Donald Trump as a Presidential candidate (and eventual President) would give Soros just enough pause to re-enter the game. Soros and Trump were completely at odds with one another in the 2016 election campaign and it is easy to see why.

Soros returned in order to support Hillary Clinton in her run up as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Soros personally donated $8 million in order to boost up Clinton’s numbers as she sought to keep up with Trump’s Koch Brother fueled campaign. Soros would also donate big money to progressive candidates all around the United States, hoping to steal some seats anywhere that it was possible. Michael Vachon, the personal political adviser to George Soros, says that his client returned due to the sheer vitriol in the political climate and just how high the stakes were. Donald Trump stands for everything that Soros has spent his entire life fighting against. Read his profile at Business Insider.

If you know George Soros’ backstory then you are likely familiar with the fact that he grew up during the Nazi occupation of Hungary. Soros saw firsthand what terrible people with a ton of power could do. This led Soros to start the Open Society Foundation once he found his way to wealth. This foundation has been instrumental in funding grassroots activism all over the world, including Ferguson, MO. Soros helped to fund the Ferguson Protests that shed so much light on police brutality and systemic racism in the police force. Soros’ return likely means a boon for these causes, as well. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com.

Julia Jackson, Wine Warrior of Sonoma County

Julia Jackson is the proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, and spokesperson for the company’s Cambria Estates Winery. She is the youngest daughter of company founder Jess Jackson and his wife and co-proprietor Baraba Banke, and the inspiration for one of its most celebrated wines, Cambria Estates Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir.

A graduate of Scripps College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Jackson is also the founder of the nonprofit Cambria Seeds Of Empowerment. Seeds of Empowerment, a program which awards $100,000 annually in cash grants to organizations which further its core pillars of community, quality and spirit. As a wine industry executive as well as an active vintner, Jackson is well versed in the challenges women face in achieving business success and the pressures to act “other than yourself” within the corporate world. Seeds Of Empowerment aims to celebrate “Warrior Women” who often overcome great hardship to exemplify great success and inspire others in their community.

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Growing up immersed in the family business,picking and sorting grapes as a small child, Jackson soon gained a keen understanding of the land, climate, soil and unique grape varietals that set Sonoma County apart. This early hands on education led to a lifelong commitment to sustainable farming and the small-lot, individually focused vineyard practices which are crucial to producing Cambria Estates award winning wines. A passionate advocate for Sonoma’s wines, she believes many of its vintages rival those from Napa Valley and other Southern California wine producing regions. Sonoma Cabernet she argues, is of excellent quality, and one of the best wines produced by the region. As the international spokesperson for Jackson Family Wines, Jackson is committed to stewarding her family’s legacy and introducing Jackson Family Wines to wine enthusiasts across the globe.

Richard Blair’s Three Pillar Approach to Investment Strategy

Richard Blair of Wealth Solutions, a firm located in Austin, TX, has become one of the leading voice in retirement planning and financial management. Blair, son of a teacher and grandchild of another teacher, knew early on that he loved to share knowledge with people. So Blair pursued higher education and decided to wed that passion with his affinity for the financial planning and investing world. This would lead Blair to establishing Wealth Solutions in 1994 in order to give customers the kind of first hand, educational care that they deserve as they turn their attention toward retirement. Learn more: http://anthonycioe.com/richard-blair-providing-sound-investment-and-wealth-solutions-to-clients-in-austin-texas/

 

Adequately planning for retirement is among the most important things a person will do with their finances in life and that is why it shouldn’t be a trusted process to just anyone. Blair likes to establish a rapport with his customers and co-workers so that he can provide a personalized approach that is built around three central pillars. These pillars are what Blair refers to as his Financial Planning Process and it is this process by which Wealth Solutions has become so successful over the years. Let’s break down these three key pillars into easy to understand chunks. Learn more: http://creditorweekly.com/index.php/2016/05/26/investment-strategy-with-richard-blair/

 

The first part of the process, the first pillar, involves sitting down with Blair and really gauging the finances that a customer is working with. Pillar 1 looks at all of the different strengths and growth opportunities that will be available for a person. He then uses those as a baseline while identifying what they can risk and why sort of goals they can be set. This pillar is integral because it allows both parties to come to a mutual groundwork to build off of.

 

Once Blair and his customer have made a decision regarding their basics it is time to move on to Pillar 2. Pillar 2 is focused on developing that long term approach that will help the customer meet all of their financial investment needs and goals. At this point Richard Blair gets more hands on, moving assets around in order to maximize the performance that a customer can anticipate while lowering their threshold for negative periods due to the market.

 

Finally we reach Pillar 3 where Blair and the customer take a sit down approach to developing insurance, annuities, and the kind of long term needs that are results of long term care. This is an integral stage and it is important not to be taken lightly. With these pillars focused on, Blair and Wealth Solutions can help anyone prepare for their future.