Archive for the ‘Europeans’ Category

Obama: Fire Geithner

March 15, 2009

If Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is such a strong, competent, believable spokesman that gives everyone confidence in him, his economic plan, and the state of the U.S. economy: why is nobody believing?

Why is it that President Obama, Paul Volker, Larry Summer and others had to push the media “we are strong and confident line” these last few days.

How come, if Geither is so good, after he urged the G20 to “strong action” yesterday, in London mind you, a report of that speech couldn’t be found on page one of the London Times or the Telegraph?
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Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- Ohio, pauses in the elevator after arriving on Capitol
Geithner

Because Geither is not strong.  He’s worthless as a spokesman and advocate and that may make him worthless as a Treasury Secretary.

He needs a speech coach, a speech writer, a media advisor and body language lessons.

 

But maybe it is too late for all the remaking of Geithner.  Maybe we knew with his TurboTax lie that we were all in for trouble.

Geithner is apparently spineless, the Senate is mostly spineless for confirming him based upon false promises and lies; so who can we look to, in this time of “crisis,” with certainty and strength?

In times of economic weakness, the president’s own Treasury Secretary is weak.

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, seen at a press conference at the G20
AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

How much more slack does Barack Obama wish to give this guy and for what?

Obama can’t demonstrate strengh himself until he realizes what strength is and takes some strong action on something: and soon.

Related:
Obama: Stop Thinking About What Might Be Gained; Think What May Certainly Be Lost

Geithner Urges Europe to Strong Action
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009
/03/14/Geithner_Strong_action_nee
ded/UPI-81031237078178/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/15/sunday-open-thread-6/

http://americaswatchdogs.com/mic
helle-malkin2012-tax-cheat/

Even Joke Biden is doing better than Geithner….

Even Joe Biden, who has never been wrong on anything before, said a recent uptick in the stock markets is a result of the “Obama factor.”

 Obama, Biden Chat Up Economy; Congress Talking “Stimulus II”

 Biden Off Mic: “Gimme a f*&$#ing break”

Obama: Stop Thinking About What Might Be Gained; Think What May Certainly Be Lost

Russia, Ukraine reach gas deal; Europe still waits

January 18, 2009

Ukraine is pro-West and pro-U.S.  Russia wants its own Kremlin empire to remain in power.  The victims have been Europeans.  But maybe also Russian credibility….

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Russia and Ukraine announced a deal Sunday to end the bitter dispute that has blocked Russian natural gas from Europe for nearly two weeks and deeply shaken Europeans’ trust in the two as reliable energy suppliers.

The early morning agreement between Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Yulia Tymoshenko came after intense negotiations.

By LYNN BERRY, Associated Press Writer

Still, relief for millions of frustrated consumers and businesses could be days away. The deal on 2009 gas prices is not likely to be finalized until at least Monday, when Tymoshenko returns to Moscow. If Russia turns on the taps immediately after the signing, it could take another day for the gas to travel hundreds of miles through Ukrainian pipelines to eastern Europe.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, greets Ukrainian ... 
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, greets Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko who is in Moscow for talks aimed at restoring Russian natural gas supplies to Europe, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. Yulia Tymoshenko met with Vladimir Putin briefly before they both headed to the Kremlin for a broader conference. Ukrainian, Russian and European officials held talks in Moscow on Saturday in an effort to restore Russian natural gas supplies to Europe after a damaging 11-day halt in deliveries piped across Ukraine.(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

The European Commission welcomed the announcement cautiously.

“We have seen many false dawns in this dispute, and the test in this case is whether the gas flows to Europe’s consumers,” the commission said.

Russia stopped selling gas to Ukraine for domestic use on Jan. 1 in a dispute over prices. On Jan. 7, Moscow then halted all shipments to Europe via Ukraine, alleging that Ukraine was siphoning off Europe-bound gas. Ukraine disputed this, claiming that Russia was not sending enough “technical gas” to push the rest further west.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090118/a
p_on_re_eu/eu_ukraine_russia_gas

WTO Sides With U.S., Rejects China Appeal Against Auto Parts Ruling

December 15, 2008

The World Trade Organization has rejected an appeal by China against a ruling that favored the United States in a dispute over car parts, the European Union and Canada.

The WTO appeals panel recommended in a ruling released Monday that China be asked to bring its import tariffs for foreign auto parts into compliance with international trade rules.

Associated Press

Volkswagen cars are seen at a dealership in Shanghai December ... 
Volkswagen cars are seen at a dealership in Shanghai December 14, 2008. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA)

U.S. and European trade officials welcomed the decision.

“Especially in light of the current problems faced by the U.S. auto industry, I expect China to comply promptly with its WTO obligations by removing an unlawful and unfair trade barrier that is harming U.S. workers and manufacturers,” said U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab.

Her European counterpart, EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton, said, “China should now put an end to the discrimination and ensure a level playing field in its automotive sector.”

Officials at China’s mission to the WTO could not immediately be reached for comment.

Beijing had appealed the original ruling made in July, arguing that the taxes were needed to stop whole cars being imported in large chunks, allowing companies to avoid the higher tariff rates for finished cars. It was the first time China lost a case before the world trade body.

Under the import rules, cars made in China must contain at least 40 percent Chinese-made parts or they are taxed at the rate of imported finished cars.

The U.S., the 27-nation EU and Canada argued that the tariffs made it cheaper for car parts companies to shift production to China, costing Americans, Canadians and Europeans their jobs.

China now has a “reasonable period of time” to make legislative changes, after which a separate WTO panel has to determine whether Beijing has come into compliance or is still breaking the rules, in which case sanctions can be imposed.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081215/a
p_on_bi_ge/eu_wto_china_auto_parts_2

Zimbabwe: Cholera introduced by West

December 13, 2008

The Zimbabwean government on Saturday accused the West of deliberately starting the country’s cholera epidemic, stepping up a war of words with the regime’s critics as the humanitarian crisis deepened.

The state-run Herald newspaper said comments by the U.S. ambassador that the U.S. had been preparing for the outbreak raised suspicions the West had waged “serious biological chemical war.”

Zimbabwean officials often blame their country’s troubles on the West. Their stranglehold on most sources of news to which ordinary Zimbabweans have access makes such rhetoric an important tool for a regime struggling to hold onto power.

Associated Press

A young boy prepares to drink clean water from a borehole in ... 
A young boy prepares to drink clean water from a borehole in Harare, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. President Robert Mugabe declared that Zimbabwe’s cholera crisis was over Thursday, even as the United Nations raised the death toll from the epidemic to 783. Cholera has spread rapidly in the southern African nation because of the country’s crumbling health care system and the lack of clean water. The U.N. said 16,403 cases have been reported.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

After the first cholera cases, U.S. and other aid workers braced for the waterborne disease to spread quickly in an economically ravaged country where the sewage system and medical care have collapsed. Zimbabwe also faces a hunger crisis, the world’s highest inflation and shortages of both the most basic necessities and the cash to buy them.

President Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe has said the West was plotting to use cholera to invade

Please help the Red Cross in Zimbabwe:
http://www.redcross.org.uk/zimbabwe

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081213/ap_on_re_af/af_zimbabwe