Politics and Media Headlines 2/23/09
Obama Tells Mayors to Spend Stimulus Wisely (AP video)
Invoking his own name-and-shame policy, President Barack Obama warned the nation's mayors Friday that he will 'call them out' if they waste the money from his massive economic stimulus plan.
It’s interesting that the shot below, edited into the very beginning of the video, is not an expression that Obama had on his face during the clip. What would the “Lie To Me” folks say about this expression—that it reflects disgust? Scorn? Is the AP trying to portray Obama as the National Scold?—Caro
He’s even hired an enforcer:
Official: Investigator to lead stimulus oversight (AP)
President Barack Obama plans to announce Monday a former Secret Service agent who helped expose lobbyists' corruption at the Interior Department as his pick to oversee the $787 billion economic stimulus plan. Obama is set to name Earl Devaney as chairman of the new Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board, an administration official said Sunday. Vice President Joe Biden also will be given a role coordinating oversight of stimulus spending.
* Obama plans to raise taxes on wealthy, cut Iraq spending
* Obama wants to cut deficit to 3.0 percent of GDP
* Obama moves to fulfill campaign tax cut promise
* Bush tax cuts to be allowed to expire on schedule
Obama Bans Budget Gimmicks (Political Wire)
"For his first annual budget next week, President Obama has banned four accounting gimmicks that President George W. Bush used to make deficit projections look smaller," the New York Times reports. "The price of more honest bookkeeping: A budget that is $2.7 trillion deeper in the red over the next decade than it would otherwise appear."
Obama's deficit plan based on optimistic assumptions (McClatchy)
In order to achieve his goal of cutting the federal budget deficit in half, to $533 billion by 2013, President Barack Obama would need cooperation from Congress; the U.S. and world economies; Iraqi political and militia leaders; Afghan warlords and politicians; and perhaps even Iran, China and Pakistan.
Facebook, CNN and Obama: The Reunion (Mashable)
In what both brands hope will be another successful melding of mainstream and social media, CNN and Facebook are set for a rerun of their successful live streaming partnership during the Presidential Inauguration. On Tuesday evening, President Obama’s address to Congress will be live streamed online by CNN, accompanied by live updates from Facebook: discuss Obama’s address with your friends or view all the status updates from Facebook viewers. Facebook users can RSVP for the event here.
Health reform on the backburner? (AARP, via email)
The buzz around in Washington is growing louder – and the news is not good. It’s becoming clear that some members of Congress want to put health reform on the backburner until at least 2010. But with medical costs rising fast, Americans need action on health care now. President Obama is outlining his priorities when he addresses the nation tomorrow night. Will you join me in calling on the president to put health care reform at the top of his list? Click here to ask President Obama to make health reform a top priority in his speech tomorrow.
Sitting at Obama’s table: The Secret Health Care Talks (by katiebird at The Confluence)
Does anyone else want to burst into tears when they read about millionaires trying to make health care affordable? “Health Care Industry in Talks to Shape Policy”… Not once in the article is there a definition of “affordable” — which makes me doubly (if possible) skeptical of the eventual plan. But, then lets look at who’s doing the talking: “The 20 people who regularly attend the meetings on Capitol Hill include lobbyists for AARP, Aetna, the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, the Business Roundtable, Easter Seals, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and the United States Chamber of Commerce.”
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