Job Creators Networks’ CEO Alfredo Ortiz Talks About His New Book

Job Creators Networks’ CEO Alfredo Ortiz Talks About His New Book

Live from Music Row, Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed CEO Alfredo Ortiz of Job Creators Network to the newsmaker line to talk about his rise from poverty, the values his parents instilled, and how the American dream is attainable for minorities despite the Democrat narrative.

Leahy: On the newsmaker line right now, our very good friend, the CEO of the Job Creator Network, Mr. Alfredo Ortiz. Welcome, Alfredo.

Ortiz: Hey, good morning, Michael. Thank you so much for having me. It’s an honor.

Leahy: It’s great to have you on. You wrote a book. Not exactly what’s going to get you on MSNBC. The title of the book is The Real Race Revolutionaries: How Minority Entrepreneurship Can Overcome America’s Racial and Economic Divides. You’ve got a personal story about your parents and how they came to America. I think that is a good starting point on this.

Ortiz: Yes, absolutely. I don’t necessarily think I’m going to be on this year’s White House Christmas list for some reason. But look, I push back on a narrative that long has been true from the left, which is basically that we need more government intervention, really, to try to break the racial and economic divide.

But I know firsthand that entrepreneurialism and capitalism really is the way to go. And if you think about the inflow of immigrants, there is no outflow of immigrants from the U.S. to other parts of the country.

It’s always inflow because they know best that this country is a land of opportunity where the American dream is possible so far if the government just gets out of the way and lowers taxes and lowers regulations.

But as I said, I know firsthand what it was like I grew up in Chula Vista, California. We were quite poor. My dad was a tailor. My mom was a housekeeper. I remember on trash days, my mom and I would pop into pop into our car, and we’d drive around and we’d get aluminum cans and newspapers and those trash cans, and we’d take it over the YMCA, cash it in, and that was her grocery money for the week.

And then to make ends meet, she would also do craft sales and bake sales. That’s why I always say that she was the first and best entrepreneur that I ever knew.

Leahy: Your parents came from Mexico City a little over 50 years ago. They’re no longer with us, but they had some values that they shared with you. Tell us about those values.

Ortiz: Yes, absolutely. The values really are hard work and the idea that, frankly, you can do anything if you have a vision and you have a belief and you have a dream. You can work hard and get there. And that was one thing that I remember.

There was a time when the USDA would hand out surplus eggs, bread, milk, and cheese to lower-income folks and our church was actually a distribution point, Michael. And we were the ones that would help receive the truck. We would set it all up, and only at the very end would we collect ours.

Because my mom always believed that if you’re an able-bodied individual, even though you might not be able to have an income, to have a life you necessarily want, and you do need some government help that you can work for that and you can contribute to society in some way, shape, or form.

Leahy: Tell us about your personal career. You grew up poor in Chula Vista, California. Your parents were legal immigrants from Mexico. How did you get into and become an entrepreneur?

Ortiz: Wow, it was quite a path. First of all, truly, I have to give credit where credit is due and thank God for the wonderful path that he laid in front of me. But of course, my mother and all of her hard work and sacrifices. But I was the first one to finish high school, the first one to finish college and grad school.

And again, those were educators that believed in me, and that helped me along the way. But then I went into the corporate world, and I worked mostly in consumer product goods, marketing, market research, finance, and consulting.

I have my own consulting firm, which was in Atlanta, and I sold that to a former Coca-Cola executive. And then I also have my own construction company in Atlanta. I had two small businesses myself, and I know exactly what it is, like I say, to sign the front of a check and the back of a check.

Leahy: In the spring of last year, you testified in the House of Representatives and the Ways and Means Committee, and you argued that minorities can in fact, overcome racial economic gaps through entrepreneurship.

The Democrats didn’t like that message. Stacey Plaskett from the U.S. Virgin Islands, a delegate there, tell us what she said about your testimony.

Ortiz: (Chuckles) Yes, it wasn’t received well at all by the Democrat members who said they were troubled by the rhetoric and claimed I was inappropriate and ignorant to actually argue that minorities can overcome their circumstances through entrepreneurship even though I was sitting right in front of them.

Leahy: So hold on. You’re a minority. You’re Hispanic.

Ortiz: Yes.

Leahy: And so you overcame poverty through entrepreneurship. How do the Democrats call that inappropriate?

Ortiz: Inappropriate and ignorant. Please don’t forget that word ignorant.

Leahy: Look, there are a lot of words I could use to describe you, Alfredo. Ignorant is not one of them. Oh, man.

Ortiz: Michael, I tell you, I was pretty peeved, I have to tell you. And I pushed back. I asked for an apology, which I didn’t get because she claimed that she wasn’t talking about me oh, no. Even though I was the sole Republican witness at that hearing. I’m like, who else are you talking about?

So it was pretty interesting. But I was glad I pushed that back, because this is, I think, a narrative that we really have to have to keep pushing back on. It’s not just kind of a belief that I have. I got to read this piece of data.

I have a lot of data points in the book, which hopefully people go to Amazon and it’s available on Kindle and paperback. But we dug up a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation study that found that the median net worth for black business owners is 12 times higher than for black non-business owners.

In other words, black entrepreneurs more than eliminate racial income and wealth gaps, earning and saving far more than median white households. Interesting fact? Don’t you think?

Leahy: It is. Has CNN invited you on to talk about this yet?

Ortiz: No, they have not. And I have a funny feeling that they’re probably not because again, this is a narrative that they do not want to be put out there because again, they want that sense of victimhood and that reparations for the racial divide is the only way out and more government.

And so obviously this is counter to all that because this talks about entrepreneurialism capitalism, hard work, the American dream look, everything that they actually detest, we really embrace in this book. And so it’s a great read, I think, and I encourage people to go pick it up.

Listen to today’s show highlights, including this interview:

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Americans for Prosperity’s Grant Henry Weighs in on Tennessee Deparment of Labor’s Lax Identification Rules for Education Grant

Americans for Prosperity’s Grant Henry Weighs in on Tennessee Deparment of Labor’s Lax Identification Rules for Education Grant


Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Director of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry to the studio to give his take on the recent Tennessee Department of Labor’s no proof of status required article to receive English speaking civic education grants from the state.

Leahy: In studio Grand Henry, the grassroots director for Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee. I’ll let our listening audience join in on this one.

Also in studio with us is the mayor of Maury County that, you know what I’m gonna say, turbocharged bastion of freedom Andy Ogles. Hello. You smile every time I say it.

Ogles: It hilarious. But it’s true. Sometimes just stating the truth is worth stating. Maury County led through COVID and we continue to lead, and we’re not going to back down from this insanity that’s going on across the country from our government.

Leahy: You know what’s going to happen now, Andy? When you go out and people talk to you and you give a speech, what certainly is going to start to happen is when people introduce you, they are going to say, there is Andy Ogles, the mayor of Maury County. And then the crowd will say the turbocharged bashed into freedom! (Laughter)

Ogles: Amen.

Leahy: Amen, brother! Amen. One place that may not be exactly a turbocharged bastion of freedom is the Tennessee Labor Department. This is our lead story at The Tennessee Star. Grant Henry with Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee.

I want to just bring this story to your attention and get your comment on it Grant. Headline. We have such great reporters that are Tennessee-based here at The Tennessee Star, Corinne Murdock.

And of course, we have Laura Baigert. The only journalist in America who got an exclusive interview with former President Donald Trump on Saturday. I don’t know if I told you guys that before. (Laughter) But we also have Corinne Murdock and she also lives in Tennessee, and she has a unique beat for us.

She does two things. She covers the Tennessee State House. But when we open up a new state, we sent Corinne and she gets the stories and she helps our local reporters there launch it. When we opened up The Virginia Star, we’ve got great reporters there like Matt Hall and Eric Bergs.

We sent Corinne to open that up. Then in Georgia, we’ve got a good reporter there, Tiffany Morgan. We opened up The Georgia Star News. We sent Corinne in there. We opened up last week The Arizona Sun Times, and we got exclusives from Corinne. She went to the location where they’re doing that audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County.

Our local state House reporter is a woman based in Phoenix called Rachel Alexander. Now, we brought back Corinne because we’ve opened Arizona. Her job is done there, but there will be other states for her to launch. She’s back here in Tennessee.

And here’s the headline of her story. Grant, I got to read this to you and get your reaction. Headline. Tennessee Labor Department Offering English Literacy Civics Education Grant for Hamilton County Immigrants. No proof of legal status required.

Let me just say one thing. For this program, apparently, the Gateway Media Gannett, the hedge fund that now owns USA Today Network in Tennessee is trying to import somebody to be a reporter here for the Nashville, Tennesseean.

One of the requirements is you must have a valid driver’s license. (Laughs) Okay, so obviously, the Tennessee Department of Labor has a different standard for this. The Tennesse Department of Labor and Workforce Development confirmed with The Tennessee Star that I won’t be requiring proof of legal status for participation.

They haven’t required that proof for nearly two years! The Department explained that its Adult Education Division made the change to align with federal regulations concerning the program.

The only requirements for immigrants who participate in the program are that they are 16 years old, not enrolled in secondary school, and classified as English language learners. Money from Tennessee under this administration of Governor Bill Lee is going to support the education of illegal immigrants. What do you make of that, Grant Henry?

Henry: Clearly off the bat, anytime you’re spending Tennessee taxpayer dollars towards individuals that are not properly documented, you’re going to have an obvious, objective problem there. I would like to think, and I would hope that either Democrats or Republicans in the state would agree with that sentiment. Let me go out on a limb here a little bit.

Leahy: Out on a limb.

Henry: Out on a limb here.

Leahy: Hold it. We’re going to break some news because somebody on The Tennessee Star Report other than me, (Henry chuckles) is going, I don’t go out on a limb. Everything I say is supported by fact. But Grant, again, you are going out on a limb. Let’s have the drum roll.

Grant: There it is.

Leahy: There is Grant on a limb. Speaking as Grant Henry, not on behalf of Americans for Prosperity. I’m going through this book called Politics According to the Bible, written by the world-renowned theologian Wayne Grudem.

He goes through a presentation of why there is a biblical mandate for Christians and the Church to get intimately involved in the political process. A wild theory. But he actually breaks it down issue by issue.

One of them is immigration according to biblical standards. And he says there’s a charge the Old and New Testament to treat the Sojourner as we do ourselves.

Leahy: No, let me stop. I know where you are going with this.

Henry: I think you are in the same spot here.

Leahy: Because our friend Kelly Monroe, I know because she wrote a book about Finding God at Harvard. Yes, she found him. She had to look pretty hard, but she said she lives in Ohio. A good friend of ours. She has written a lot about the word Sojourner and what that actually means.

Henry: Wayne Grudem’s take on this is Sojourner is an individual that is seeking residence in another nation through the legal process.

Leahy: Ding ding ding!

Henry: And this is coming from Old Testament scholars, obviously going through the Hebrew itself and saying and I think therein lies the conservative message rooted in Judeo Christianity.

As long as you’re pursuing illegal routes, we have a biblical mandate, a call to look after the Sojourner. But it’s that caveat of like, look, we have borders. We are a legal nation. The international body itself defines it in the exact same way. We have to be realistic here, too as well.

Leahy: Again, this is back to that the way that the Church has been taken over by left-wing ideology. The social justice angle. If you really follow the Bible and you look at that definition of Sojourner, it is precisely as you describe it. It’s somebody seeking to legally enter a country.

Ogles: I’m going to take a different perspective on this. If I’m harboring a fugitive in my home, I’m complicit in a crime. If someone is here illegally in this country, and you have the state of Tennessee under this administration, harboring criminals and giving taxpayer money to criminals it is an accomplice to a crime. We’ve got to start enforcing our laws. Illegal means illegal. Period.

Leahy: Yeah, I can’t. I can’t disagree with that.

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