Looking for Fiscal Policy Advice in All the Wrong Places November 17, 2012Posted by geoff in News.
Let’s say you’re the newly elected President of the United States, and you’re faced with huge economic problems. You’ve got high unemployment, tepid GDP growth, unsustainable long-term entitlement obligations, and the very real possibility of a second recession. And most importantly, at least for the very near-term, you’re facing the infamous “fiscal cliff,” which will happen in less that two months if you don’t do something quickly.
What do you do? What do you do? (/Karl Malden)
Well, if you’re a social worker whose election to President was like the Peter Principle on crack, then you you know you’re going to need to be talking to . . . special interest groups!!
With the so-called “fiscal cliff” approaching at the end of the year, President Barack Obama is holding meetings with various groups, including business and labor leaders, to solicit ideas on how to tackle the nation’s budget deficits.
On Friday, a group of civic leaders became the latest to meet with the president.
“Hey wait a minute,” you say, “‘civic leaders’ aren’t necessarily ‘special interest groups’!” OK. Good point. You make the call:
Per the White House, expected attendees included:
* Peter Berns, The Arc
* Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK
* Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
* Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR)
* Deepa Iyer National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
* Ben Jealous, NAACP
* Marc Morial, National Urban League
* Janet Murguia, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
* Barry Rand, AARP
* Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, MomsRising.org
* Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network (NAN)
* Aaron Smith, Young Invincibles
* Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners
With that crowd, I’m sure he’s going to get some really substantive inputs as to how to balance the budget, resolve the entitlement spending crisis, avoid the fiscal cliff, and salvage the economy. What a waste of time and implicit admission that he’s not really serious about working for this country.
This is the President who claimed that he was really, truly, this time for sure, going to make the economy his top priority. That he was going to lead a bipartisan charge to avoid the fiscal cliff, get the economy back on track, and get people back to work. What’s his real priority?
Making sure the usual suspects get a nice piece of the pie.