A Pivot to Jobs? Or Not?
June 09, 2011
Are President Obama and his advisers alarmed about the tepid recovery? Are they working feverishly to think up new interventions, the kind that involve increasing short-term deficits, to strengthen it?
A Good Day for Medicare--and Medicaid Too?
May 25, 2011
The results from Tuesday’s special election in New York demonstrated the popularity of Medicare and unpopularity of Republican plans to dismantle it. But neither fact should be surprising. Medicare is a universal program for retirees: Everybody has an obvious, direct stake in its future. And the Republican plans for Medicare amount to privatization. Everybody understands what that means and most find it scary. But Medicare isn’t the only program on the Republican target list. Medicaid is, too. And its political position has always seemed more precarious.
Obamaites In Budget Fantasyland
April 14, 2011
I'm not sure if the administration is spinning Politico here, or if they really believe Republicans will have to embrace a budget deal: White House officials maintain that some kind of deal is achievable, if for no other reason than Republicans, who have attacked Obama for punting on the issue, will be forced to negotiate in good faith or lose credibility. “They are in a box,” said an Obama ally. “The president is optimistic we can get something done,” Gene Sperling, chairman of the National Economic Council, told POLITICO. The sense in the West Wing is that cooler heads in the Senate – eager
The Escape Artist
February 10, 2011
How Timothy Geithner survived.
February 03, 2011
TO: GENE SPERLING FROM: BILL GALSTON SUBJ: INFRASTRUCTURE DATE: FEBRUARY 3, 2011 It feels like a lifetime ago that you and I shared a windowless broomcloset in the West Wing. I assume your digs are more spacious and better illuminated now.
SOTU Address: The Real Story of Obama and Corporate America
January 25, 2011
I’ll admit it: I was worried when the president named Bill Daley as his second chief of staff. True, Daley was a loyal Democrat long before he was a bank executive. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that the White House was giving in to months of mau-mauing from the business community. That was distressing not just because the idea of Obama as anti-business is wrong, but also because Obama had a lot more leverage over the business community than he seemed to realize. Not quite three weeks later and I feel confident this is not the case.
The NYT's Fuzzy Clintonite Math
January 07, 2011
I’m trying to understand the math in today’s NYT story by Michael Shear about Bill Clinton people in the Barack Obama Administration, begged to the announcements of Bill Daley as Chief of Staff and Gene Sperling to head the National Economic Council. Key quotes: The appointments add to the already significant ranks of Clintonites in Mr. Obama’s administration. Still, as some of Mr. Obama’s longtime advisers leave the White House, his decision to revamp his staff by tapping more veterans of Mr. Clinton’s administration is notable. Can we get a bit of a reality check?
Keen for Gene and the Green Machine
January 07, 2011
Most of us are used to seeing the words "Detroit" and "Downsizing" in headlines. And we know what to expect. But today's New York Times story on the "Downsizing of Detroit," written by Bill Vlasick, is something different. Downsizing in this case refers to the size of the cars American automakers are producing. It turns out they're getting smaller, as the industry focuses more on fuel-efficient vehicles. Of course, experts have been begging Detroit to build smaller cars for years.
Daley, Sperling, and Obama 2.0
January 06, 2011
Multiple media outlets are reporting that President Obama today will name William Daley as his new chief of staff, which means I've missed my chance to weigh in on him. Both Jon Chait and Ezra Klein have expressed misgivings about Daley and I share them.
Not So Fast on Those Bill Daley Chief of Staff Rumors
January 03, 2011
[Guest post by Noam Scheiber:] The rumors are flying that Bill Daley--the former Clinton Commerce Secretary, current JP Morgan executive, and longstanding member of that Daley family--is under consideration for a senior White House position, "most likely chief of staff," as the Washington Post puts it.