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Archive for 7 September 2009
Swiped from Real Debate Wisconsin.
You might have seen this already, but hey….
Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event
September 8, 2009
The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.
I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.
I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.
Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”
Ron Bloom, head of the government’s auto task force, was named President Barack Obama’s senior adviser for manufacturing policy as part of an effort to boost employment in a sector where jobs have been vanishing for 30 years.
Bloom, a former United Steelworkers union adviser and Lazard Ltd. investment banker, helped guide General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC through bankruptcy as part of the government’s rescue of the auto industry. In his new role, he will plan Obama’s agenda to “revitalize” manufacturing jobs, according to a statement from the White House Press Secretary.
“Ron has the knowledge and experience necessary to lead the way in creating the good-paying manufacturing jobs of the future,” Obama said in a statement yesterday. “We must do more to harness the power of American ingenuity and productivity so that we can put people back to work and unleash our full economic potential.”
So, who the heck is Ron Bloom? Why, an insider of course. According to a WSJ column: Mr. Bloom attended Harvard Business School, where he gravitated to populist business cases and was keenly interested in employee buyouts. After 10 years at investment banks, among them Lazard, he became special assistant to the USW president in 1996. Time: “….has strong ties to private banking and labor…” And from the ever ‘accurate’ (/snark) Wikipedia:
Civil Servants work in a non-political capacity for the elected government of the day. (emphasis mine)
Does this sound like ANYONE working in the Obama administration? No. Didn’t think so either. I kind of like the UK’s description of a civil servant:
The UK Civil Service has no “constitutional personality” or responsibility separate from the Government of the day. It is there to provide the Government of the day with advice on the formulation of the policies, to assist in carrying out the Government’s decisions, and to manage and deliver Government services. Civil servants therefore … :
* … cannot express their own opinions, even in court or in front of a Parliamentary committee,
* … must loyally carry out Ministers’ decisions with precisely the same energy and good will, whether they agree with them or not, and
* … must demonstrate four core values:
o Objectivity and
o Impartiality – including political impartiality.
Integrity? Honesty? Objectivity? Impartiality? ROFLMAO Well, the whole administration would have some serious problems!
Oh yeah, back to Bloom. From Jewish Journal: Born in New York City and raised in Swarthmore, a suburb of Philadelphia, much of Bloom’s early life revolved around Habonim (now known as Habonim Dror), a progressive Labor Zionist youth movement that emphasizes cultural Judaism, socialism and social justice. (emphasis and link mine)
Interesting, but not surprising. This whole administration is chock-o-block full of socialists, even if they don’t want to admit it. Hey, contrary to what they might want to believe in D.C., we really are NOT stupid. Ok, some are, but there are a lot of those 52% who are snapping out of their stupor.
As the chief policy maker on manufacturing, Bloom will be charged with reviewing U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. His job will include coordinating with the Commerce, Treasury, Energy and Labor departments, integrating current programs with new initiatives.
In the U.S., manufacturing employment is down 40 percent from a record 19.6 million jobs in 1979, according to Labor Department figures.
Let’s see. How can we create productivity in the U.S.? I know! How about we put a union guy in charge! Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Why is it that it is so difficult for people to figure out? When the unions started demanded more and more from manufacturing companies, more and more companies sent their plants overseas, where they could make a profit. What is the point of running a business if all you are doing is bloating the union pig?
Believe it or not, there was a time when people actually used a portion of their income to pay for medical care and save for their retirement years. I know….shocking isn’t it. Just think, people really were responsible for themselves and didn’t expect either their employer, or the government to ‘take care’ of them. What a novel concept!