Archive for the ‘census’ Category

Gregg: ‘I’m Too Conservative’ for Obama

February 13, 2009

Republican Sen. Judd Gregg said Friday that he pulled out of the job of commerce secretary after realizing that “I’m just going to be a little too conservative” for President Obama’s administration.

Associated Press

If you’re going to be on a football team, “you’ve got to pull out and block on every play, you can’t do it on every other play,” the senator said.

“I didn’t feel comfortable going forward because of my individuality, for lack of a better term,” Gregg said during an appearance Friday morning on CNBC.

Gregg said he thinks Obama is on the right track in attempts to stabilize the shaky financial system and that the proposal of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner — much criticized as being too vague — is going to be an extremely strong initiative once it is filled out with details.

At the same time, Gregg said his conservative inclinations would show up in terms of fiscal spending.

Regarding the $790 billion economic stimulus plan, “I think there was a tactical error made … in that you allowed the appropriators to write the package,” said Gregg.

He said he thinks the stimulus plan “should be focusing mainly on trying to stabilize the real estate markets, and promoting small business and getting jobs.”

Read the rest:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days
/2009/02/13/gregg-im-conservative-obama/

Gregg Flip-Flop Emboldens “Loyal Opposition”

February 13, 2009

Judd Gregg was all but dead to his Republican colleagues just a few days ago, another collaborator drinking the Obama Kool-Aid.

But the New Hampshire senator‘s surprise decision to remove himself from consideration as President Barack Obama’s Commerce secretary Thursday has provided the GOP with a new rallying cry, and a new hero against a foe who just a few weeks ago seemed almost unassailable.

Republicans applauded boisterously when Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) opened a closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement Thursday night by announcing Gregg’s withdrawal.

Charles Mahtesian
Politico

US Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, speaks during a news conference on ... 
US Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Gregg has withdrawn from President Barack Obama’s nomination to be the Secretary of Commerce.(AFP/Getty Images/Alex Wong)

“He made a difficult decision to turn down a job that a lot of Republicans could take,” said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.). “Here’s a guy who’s going to turn down his place in the history books.”

In pulling out, Gregg pointed to “irresolvable conflicts” on the two issues behind which the Republicans have been closing ranks—the stimulus package and the alleged politicization of the census.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090213
/pl_politico/18821

Obama Cabinet’s ‘Stumbling Start’ May Be Distraction on Economy

February 13, 2009

No drama Obama is no more.

The surprise withdrawal of Senator Judd Gregg as the nominee for U.S. commerce secretary was the latest setback in a turbulent start for President Barack Obama’s administration after a campaign marked by operational discipline.

By Julianna Goldman
Bloomberg

Gregg, 61, a New Hampshire Republican, yesterday became the third Cabinet appointee to withdraw, along with Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico and former Senator Tom Daschle. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was confirmed only after coming under fire for underpaying federal taxes — one of three nominees to face tax-related questions.

Obama’s “stumbling start” with his appointments has the potential to provide a distraction when the focus should be on issues such as the economic-stimulus plan and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Clyde Wilcox, a government professor at Georgetown University in Washington.

“It’s a real problem that can derail him,” Wilcox said.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/new
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Obama, Stimulus, Gregg, Recovery? — A News Day of All Bad News

February 13, 2009

“Mr. Obama’s victory feels more than a bit like defeat. The stimulus bill looks helpful but inadequate, especially when combined with a disappointing plan for rescuing the banks. And the politics of the stimulus fight have made nonsense of Mr. Obama’s postpartisan dreams.”

That’s from Paul Krugman of the New York Times, a big Obama believer and one who would have like a much bigger stimulus.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/0
2/13/opinion/13krugman.html?_r=1

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The Washington Post lead Editorial today commented upon Judd Gregg’s withdrawal from the Commerce Secretary nomination:

Mr. Gregg’s concern about potential changes at the Census Bureau, particularly news that the census director would report to the White House instead of the commerce secretary, are understandable: Either this administration trusts me or it does not, he might fairly have felt.

For the Obama administration, Mr. Gregg’s withdrawal represents another bump at a particularly unhelpful time. Mr. Gregg said yesterday that he had told the White House several days ago of his decision. If so, you have to wonder why the administration did not take better control of the situation, instead of waiting for the news to detonate and then issuing a statement that looked peeved and churlish as it insisted that Mr. Gregg had come calling for the job, and not the reverse.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/cont
ent/article/2009/02/12/AR200902120346
2.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

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When Will We See Economic Recovery?

By Kelly Evans
February 13, 2009
Perth Now

ECONOMISTS in the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey predict a second-half recovery is looking less likely now than it did a few months ago.

Recent data, showing just how sharply growth has declined in the US and abroad in the final months of 2008, has cast a deepening shadow over 2009.

As recently as last September, economists on average thought the US would see annualised GDP growth of 1.2 per cent in the first three months of this year; now, they see a 4.6 per cent decline.

Forecasts for the second quarter, the April-June period, have seen a similar shift, from a 1.9 per cent growth forecast to a 1.5 per cent decline, based on the 52 economists who participated in the Journal’s February survey.

The average forecast now sees growth in the third quarter at 0.7 per cent, less than half the rate expected last fall.

The fourth-quarter picture has also darkened, but just slightly, to growth of 1.9 per cent from the 2.1 per cent seen in November.

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ory/0,21498,25049338-951,00.html?
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Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

Republicans Helping Obama Reduced By One: On Linclon’s Birthday, Turncoats Wobbly?

February 12, 2009

Judd Gregg, the Republican senator from New Hampshire who agreed a few days agao to join the Obama Administration’s Commerce Department as the Secretary of Commerce nominee, abruptly removed his name today.

The withdrawal appeared to take the White House by surprise, with members of the president’s media operation learning of Gregg’s decision from reporters.

Gregg seemed to indicate that he was not fully briefed on the White House plan to move the census from Commerce to the Executive Branch and he was havig difficulty swallowing the Obama stimulus.

Three Republican senators did vote for the stimulus: Senators Collins and Snowe from Maine and Arlen Specter of  Pennsylvania.

The GOP had been reluctant to embrace the stimulus plan, but Collins,  Snowe and Specter largely stood out by bucking their party. They were the three Republicans who supported the first Senate version.

Obama described Snowe and Collins as “outstanding legislators who care about their state but who also care about this country.”

Today, Lincoln’s birthday, President Obama asked all Americans to stand united and behind one flag.

But for Judd Gregg, a man noted for his principled stands, the census deal and the stimulus were just too tough to take.

David Lightman wrote:

Two of the renegade Republican senators critical to getting the economic stimulus bill through the Senate – Maine’s Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins – represent a state where folks are known for their flinty, thrifty ways.

The other, Arlen Specter, is from Pennsylvania, where the government has long been regarded as an economic lifeline.

So it’s hardly a surprise that the three moderate Republicans are the only lawmakers in their party so far to go along with the Democrats’ economic stimulus plan. They play a key role in shaping a compromise stimulus package, since Democrats control 58 Senate seats and need at least two more to cut off procedural roadblocks.

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http://www.sanluisobispo.com/
news/politics/story/619082.html

http://michellemalkin.com/2009
/02/12/judd-gregg-withdraws-n
omination/

Census, White House and Judd Gregg

February 12, 2009

House Republican leaders said Thursday they’re ready to go to court against President Obama if he doesn’t scuttle his plan to move the census into the purview of the Oval Office, saying it’s an unconstitutional abuse of power.

House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, R-Ind., also called on Obama’s nominee to head the Commerce Department, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, to withdraw his nomination if Obama moves forward with the change. Gregg has been a long time opponent of increased funding to the Census Bureau.

Related:
Obama Commerce Secretary Nominee Judd Gregg Withdraws

Under Obama’s plan, the director of the U.S. Census Bureau, who has yet to be named, would report to White House senior management in addition to the Commerce Department, which oversees the bureau.

A Senate committee has scheduled a hearing next month on the potential change. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are also pushing for an investigation.

GOP leaders sent Obama a letter to the White House on Wednesday demanding a reversal of the plan.

“If the president doesn’t acquiesce to our letter, then we will seek the courts,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said at a news conference Thursday. 

“Ultimately I don’t think there’s any question among federal courts about whether or not this is a personal power of the presidency or whether or not executive privilege would be waived if he started doing functions like this,” Issa said.

A spokesman for Issa told FOXNews.com that the lawmaker wouldn’t initiate a lawsuit but would lend his support to any individual or group that did.

At the news conference Thursday, House Republican leaders announced the formation of a census task force to keep an eye on developments. Republicans displayed a large placard with a 2006 quote from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel that read, “If you think redistricting is always partisan and political which it is…it’s going to be on steroids this time.”

Census numbers determine everything from government pay-outs to how many people represent each state in Congress. Past censuses have sparked fights over issues as varied as how to ensure remote population groups are counted accurately to how such terms as “poverty” are defined.

The controversy began when Obama nominated Gregg to head the Commerce Department.

Gregg once voted for a broader budget measure that would have abolished the agency, and he opposed increased funding for the 2000 census. Gregg’s record raised concerns about his commitment to an accurate census count, a priority for minority groups that have historically been undercounted.

Gregg’s nomination initially pleased Republicans because he has opposed increased funding to the census and once supported abolishing the agency. But now they have begun to question his silence.

“If the president doesn’t trust Judd Gregg to lead the census, he should withdraw the nomination,” Pence said.

The White House sought to soothe those concerns in a statement late last week reassuring that the census director would “work closely with White House senior management.”

That in turn sparked an uproar from Republicans, who accused the White House of injecting partisan politics into the census and seeking to cut out agency professionals in favor of political operatives.

The White House issued a statement Wednesday, emphasizing Obama’s commitment to a “complete and accurate count through a process that is free from politicization” even while seeking to explain that no real change was being made to the census director’s chain of command.

“As they have in the past, White House senior management will work closely with the census director given the number of decisions that will need to reach the president’s desk,” said the statement from White House spokesman Benjamin LaBolt.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who has pushed legislation to create an independent census agency, complained about the move by House Republicans, saying their “answer is to have a press conference and create a tempest over the Census Bureau, even before the president has had a chance to unpack his bags.”

FOX News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Federal Government Takes Over American Life

February 10, 2009

Your doctor will have to do things the fed’s way.

Wall Street money makers can’t get big bonuses unless the fed agrees.

The Census will be run from the White House so that the party in power and the fed can redraw congressional districts.

Pork spending?  A leading lawmaker isn’t ashamed of his role because he says nobody cares.
Schumer Says Americans Don’t Care About Pork Spending

Which means he doesn’t care about us.

This sounds like a bad novel.  A nightmare.  Orwell’s 1984?

No. 

Obama’s 2009.

So now we know the answer to Senator Arlen Specter’s question “Why the rush?”

Specter says, “We have not followed regular congressional order on the stimulus….Now we need clarification on just where the government will meddle….”

Senator Chuck Grassley asked this week, “Aren’t we going to look before we leap?”

The answer is no.

This morning on the Fox News Channel it was obvious that neither Republicans or Democrats had the slightest idea of the line items in the stimulus.  And they vote today.

Our government is broken down …. and being hijacked….

Time’s up.  Barack says so.

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02
/10/why-obama-wants-control-of-th
e-census/

Stimulus: Barack Ran the Clock; Pelosi Found the Pork; Media Got Amnesia

Stimulus Makes Sure Feds Watch Your Doctor’s Medical Solutions For You 

“Good” thrown after “bad” debt; But it’ll work; Wanna bet?

 Stimulus: A long way from the best it could possibly be

Obama Agenda Crystal Clear

 Obama, Dems Want It All and Socialism Now

Obama, Dems Want It All and Socialism Now

February 9, 2009

The White House has removed the supervision of the Commerce Department  over the census.  The census determines how congressional districts are drawn.  Therefore it makes no sense for one party or for the White House to oversee the census.

Fear Rahm Emanuel.

Expect the USA to add a  51st state: the District of Columbia: with two more Democrats in the Senate.

While the census was being grabbed, the House and Senate continued to stoke up the charcoal for the pork fest.  And President Barack Obama went to Elkhart, Indiana where unemployment exceeds 15% — mostly because they make something that we can only afford in really good (and wasteful) time: RVs.

“We” elected Barack Obama and his Democrat buddies but we do not have to be silent while really foolish re-workings of America are in progress.

Heath Shuler said today the Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid had “failed.”

Failed in honesty and committment to their offices….and oaths….

Most of our liberal Obama-swallowing media isn’t very helpful during all of this: still bashing George W. Bush and not looking seriously into the Obama Administration….

related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/09/t
he-only-thing-grand-about-the-grand-com
promise-is-the-price-tag/

Pelosi, Reid “Failed;” Honest Democrat Their Worst Nightmare

Census (From Fox News):
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/0
2/09/gop-sounds-alarm-obama-decision-census-whit
e-house/

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)