Soros Continues His Progressive Role in American Politics

The George Soros self-made billionaire currency trader, will continue to be a figure in the American political landscape. Soros attended a post-election conference of the Democratic Alliance (DA), held at the Mandarin Hotel in Washington DC, on November 14. Soros is one of the founding members of the DA. The DA’s stated aims are “a fair democracy, an inclusive economy, and an environmentally sustainable future.” The group includes wealthy and influential members, from an array of industries. Members like George Soros are required to donate funds to progressive causes, such as the protection of human rights and the preservation of the environment. The organization strongly supported Hilary Clinton this past election, and met in response to Trump’s surprising victory.

George Soros was a featured speaker at the DA meeting. His speech was described as invoking “… personal experience living through the Holocaust and Soviet Communism in the context of preparing for a Trump presidency.” The agenda also noted that Soros, who grew up in Hungary “… has devoted his foundations to protecting the kinds of open societies around the world that are now threatened in the United States itself.” Soros had spoken out previously against Trump’s strident anti Muslim rhetoric, saying Trump was “doing the work of Isis.” DA president, Gara LaMarche, who moderated Soros’ talk, said, “I don’t think there is anyone who has looked at Trump, including many respected conservatives, who doesn’t think the experience of authoritarian states would not be important to learn from here. And to the extent that George Soros and his foundations have experience with xenophobia in Europe, Brexit, etc., we want to learn from that as well.”

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The DA, is also now focusing on strategies for the next elections. LaMarche told members gathered at a welcome dinner, that reassessment was necessary. “You don’t lose an election you were supposed to win, with so much at stake without making some big mistakes, in assumptions, strategy and tactics.” He also emphasized that any reassessment should not randomly assign blame and “must take place without recrimination and finger pointing, whatever frustration and anger some of us feel about our own allies in these efforts.”

Although the DA admits mistakes were made, one DA pointed out Clinton’s significant lead in the popular vote as a sign the the efforts of the Democratic party had not completely failed. The fact that Clinton won the popular vote by a resounding margin, is no doubt some solace to George Soros and other DA members as they focus on the 2017 and 2018 statewide election. Issues such as increasing voter turnout, wooing blue collar voters, and protecting voting rights, will be a part of the DA’s efforts.

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George Soros Endorses Lengthy, Paid-Paternity Leaves

Eighty-five year old George Soros, business guru, investor and philanthropist, has a parent-oriented side not often visible in his world of high finance and billion-dollar decision making on

Beginning two years ago, as of January 2014, Soros initiated a paternity -leave policy for 800 Soros employees world-wide that raises the bar for corporations to a new high.

Joined by Sandra Schwarzer, global director of human resources at Open Society Foundations on, Soros outlined the paternity-leave plan his employees now enjoy.

1. The six-months paternity leave applies to mothers, fathers and grandparents with custodial rights. The benefit also applies to adoptions and foster care parents.
2. The first three months are a fully-paid leave. The second three months is paid at 70 percent of the employees pay rate.
3. The plan is flexible. Employees can choose on their own the optimum time when they need the leave.
4. Of the global Soros employees, 450 are in the United States.

Schwarzer, who heads one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the world with the Open Society Foundation, saw the need for extended paternity-leaves based on her personal experience. While living in France, the German native had the benefit of four-months of fully paid parental leave for herself. After residing in the United States for a short while, she saw the difficulty new parents experience trying in take time from work in order to stay home with the important first few months of a babyÕs life.

When she discovered that the United States is the only industrialized country in the world without a mandated paid maternity leave, she decided to do something about it.
Having George Soros recognize such a need and then signing on to the long term paternity paid-leave concept was a sign of confidence she highly values.

George Soros has a reputation for driving hard bargains and being a master at negotiating. He is also a shrewd judge of people, especially those who work for him. Putting the six-month paternity leave plan into effect was his way of recognizing the family values of his workers and the need to begin life as new parents with a close bonding.

In addition to paternity leave, the entire Soros family has long supported the family planning efforts of Planned Parenthood. George Soros’s son Jonathan Allan Soros, the chief executive officer of JS Capital Management, made a $1,000,000 donation to Planned Parenthood Votes this past February.

Much of George Soros’s philanthropic nature on stems from his European roots as a Hungarian Jew. He saw first-hand the extreme cruelty humans can extoll over others during the Holocaust years of World War II.

Having seen such grief and death, the idea of being able to allow people working for him to experience the joy and important first months of their baby’s lives must bring him great comfort.

Two years after the plan was initiated, the extended-maternity leave program seems to be working just fine within the Soros global workforce.

George Soros and His Political Contributions

Forbes billionaire George Soros is an individual who has been very influential in the market. He has predicted change in the markets many times and been very spot on about his predictions. There are many different hedge fund managers out there, but very few who has found the level of success that Soros has found. There are many out there who even believe that Soros is the best hedge fund manager to ever grace the markets. He found his first claim to fame when he bet against the British pound and earned a billion dollar fortune for himself in just one year.
George Soros is now finding himself in the political realm as well. Politico has reported that he has now pledged 8 Million dollars to Hilliary Clinton’s campaign. Soros is one of the few liberals who has dropped 8 figures on any campaign this election. In 2004, Soros was trying to oust George W. Bush with a 20 million dollar contribution. With this failing to work towards the democrats advantage he has been much more reserved with his political spending this election. This could be also due to his current retirement from public hedge fund managing.

Soros has been able to predict major shifts in the market. This is how he was able to create such massive success and wealth in his career. Soros was able to predict the crash of 2008 due to market conditions. He is now predicting that a crash of similar proportions may be in store for the market very soon. The devaluation of the Chinese currency is the main aspect that is alarming Soros. Without China having a proper growth model there may be a ripple effect that would rock the global economy. It is important now for global and market leaders to take precautionary measures to prevent a crash as devistating as the 2008 crash.