Posts Tagged ‘President Barack Obama’

Obama Pressure on Coal Jobs

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The Obama administration pressured analysts to change an environmental review to reflect fewer job losses from a proposed regulation, the contractors who worked on the review testified Friday. 

The dispute revolves around proposed changes to a rule regulating coal mining near streams and other waterways. The experts contracted to analyze the impact of the rule initially found that it would cost 7,000 coal jobs. 

But the contractors claim they were subsequently pressured to not only keep the findings under wraps but “revisit” the study in order to show less of an impact on jobs.  Read the rest of the story here.

Political Observations & News

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

A Blurry President

Barack Obama, the blurry president is covered by The Morning Fix.  Democratic pollster makes observations in a memo.  Read the full piece here.

Perdue House Calls

The Charleston Gazette has found nearly a third of State Treasurer John Perdue’s employees wrote checks to their boss’s campaign on the same day in February.  Read the full story here.

Obama Challenger?

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Obama Challenger?

It is amazing to me that no one in the Democratic Party is challenging Obama.  There must be some capable folks out there who believe they could do a better job.  When Lyndon Johnson was on the ropes in 1968, Senator Eugene McCarthy took him on, won in New Hampshire and Bobby Kennedy stepped up.  Lyndon Johnson decided not to run and the mantel went to Hubert Humphrey.  Teddy Kennedy challenged Jimmy Carter when America was suffering from malaise.  But no one has made the move to take on this President, to give Democrats an alternative.

Here’s some ideas, there’s Erskine Bowles, former Clinton Chief of Staff and co-chair of the Obama Debt Commission, there’s two former Governors Joe Manchin and Mark Warner now United States Senators and there are a few more in the Senate with the intelligence and where-with-all to run, Max Baucus, Richard Blumenthal, Tom Harkin, Joseph Lieberman, Kent Conrad and Mark Udall, to name a few.  And then there’s current Governors who have the administrative experience to govern, such as Andrew Cuomo; or big city mayors who have the experience. And then there’s Hillary Clinton, who has the ability, experience and a darn good husband campaigner.

It seems to me that the media would obviously provide a lot of air-time or ink to cover such a challenger.  I am sure there is Democratic money looking for a person to invest in who believe there is an alternative.  And such a venture would provide a leg-up for 2016 if he or she did not gain the nomination. 

What’s the problem? Where’s the challenger?  Is there no one out there who can see the advantage and possibility of this challenge?  Are they all waiting for Obama’s statement that he will not run, as suggested in several news articles?  Are they hoping for a brokered convention?  Many Democrats disagree with the President’s programs, regulations and spending, but are they afraid of the cost, support or are they just content to watch on the side-lines.

Where’s the voice that will step up to say the only answer for the Democratic Party is not Barrack Obama?  I can’t understand the quiet.

Department of What?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

President Obama is thinking of creating a Department of Jobs which would merge the Department of Commerce, the Office of the United States Trade Representative and some economic divisions at the State Department.  Of course he will market this as a commitment to job creation, saving money and elimination of government programs.

There is a better place to begin and a road map was released in March by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) with opportunities to reduce potential duplication in government programs, save tax dollars and enhance revenue.

The report identified federal programs where unnecessary duplication, overlap, or fragmentation exists, the actions needed to address such conditions and the potential financial and other benefits or doing so.

GAO used 81 areas for consideration based on related work.  Thirty-four areas related to overlapping objectives or providing similar services to the same populations.  Forty-seven areas had opportunities to reduce the cost of government operations or enhance revenue collections.

The watchdog agency found 44 federal employment and training programs that overlap with at least one other program in that they provide at least one similar service to a similar population.  Only five had been studied to evaluate whether outcomes were the result of the program itself or another cause altogether. 

GAO said little is known about the effectiveness of most programs.  

A close look was taken at the military but they were not alone.  $58 billion at the Department of Transportation for over 100 separate surface transportation programs.  And almost $1 trillion in government-wide tax expenditures listed by the Treasury Department, some of which the GAO found “may be ineffective at achieving their social or economic purposes.”

One interesting tidbit:  at a time when the national debt has soared over the $14 trillion mark, the government has 20 different agencies – housing 56 different programs – all working on the same thing …improving financial literacy.

Obama & Boehner Fact Sheets

Monday, August 1st, 2011

If you want to see what Washington is reading this morning about the debt deal. 

  • 4 page White House fact sheets, “Bipartisan Debt Deal:  A Win for the Economy and Budget Discipline,” including the “Mechanics of the Debt Deal”.   Click here to readPDF Version.
  • 7 PowerPoint slides Speaker Boehner used on conference call with GOP last night, “Tow Step Approach to Hold President Obama Accountable”.  Click here to read.

Morning After Reading

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Baby Talk

By William Kristol (The Weekly

I was struck by these sentences in President Obama’s speech.  Read the full story here.

Congress In the Lead

By David Brooks (The New York Times)

Some of us like to think big.  We thought at the beginning of this debt crisis that it might be possible to reach a Grand Bargain.  This deal would make a serious dent in the country’s awful debt problem.  It would begin to reform entitlements.  It would enough revenue to forestall ruinous cuts in domestic programs.  Read the full story here.

Cantor vs. Obama or Obama vs. Cantor?

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Here is a little something for your evening reading.  I remember working on Capitol Hill during Watergate…bet it is worst tonight. 

What Happen Between Cantor and Obama?

By Michael D. Shear (The Caucus, New York Times

Something happened between President Obama and Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia on Wednesday night.  Read the full story here.

Debt & Political Update

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

After an early morning reading of the debt news…or shall I say political news I have pulled together various pieces you may not have seen.  This should give readers of phillipsbillboard a quick update.  As all know there is much at stake here.

Debt talks blow up

By David Rogers (POLITICO)

Twenty days left and counting, the August debt ceiling showdown broke along two fronts Wednesday: the political forces of 2010 vs. 2012 and the shape and pace of tax reform in this Congress or the next.  Read the full story here.

Top Republicans clash over debt limit plan 

By Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post) 

Two top Republican leaders clashed Wednesday over a plan that could allow the government to avoid a potentially catastrophic default but would not ensure the deep cuts in federal spending that party members seek.  Read the full story here. 

McConnell’s gambit splits both parties 

By Alexander Bolton (The Hill) 

A curveball from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has split Republicans and Democrats over what do to on the nation’s debt limit. 

Congressional Republicans argued over the plan while Democrats both praised and criticized it.  Read the full story here. 

McConnell’s escape hatch:  The best Washington can do? 

Editorial Board Opinion:  The Washington Post 

REGARDING SENATE Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s backup plan to deal with the debt ceiling, we have a three-part reaction.  Read the full editorial here.

BREAKING — Obama Storms Out of Meeting

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


A respect Washington publication National Journal has reported on President Obama who “Stormed Out” of a debt meeting.  There will be more details here than cable news will have time to report.

Cantor:  Obama Stormed Out of Debt-Ceiling Talks

By Bill House, Katy O’Donnell and George E. Condon, Jr. (National Jounral)

In a fit of anger, President Obama abruptly concluded Wednesday’s debt-ceiling meeting at the White House with congressional leaders—says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.—a description that Democrats cast as “overblown.”   Read the full story here.

Political News

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Obama and Boehner Face Off on Role of Government

By Michael D. Shear

The coming clash between President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner over the budget, entitlements and the nation’s debt is being driven by political calculations that will loom large in tense negotiations this spring and into the summer.  Read the full story here.