Tag: "obama"

Oil Spills and Trying Harder

Don’t take this as a defense of BP, but we need to keep reminding ourselves that accidents happen. Accidents not only happen, but “keeping the boot on the neck” of those trying to clean up the mess may not be all that helpful—not to mention the terrible imagery our government is creating with such rhetoric. […]

Employment and Obama’s Stimulus Plan

The stimulus plan was designed to fail- not deliberately, probably, but in effect. It reflected priorities other than job creation or preservation, as had been advertized. It was not timely- we're still waiting for most of it to be implemented- and it was not focused. It was scattershot. At the time I likened it to […]

The Financial Crisis and Its Rhetoric

Guitar-picking virtuoso, Glen Campbell, was once asked, derisively I assume, if he could read music. He said he could read music, but not so much that it got in the way of his picking.  Not to suggest a comparison, but I'm pretty sure that if I'd ever taken a course in writing poetry, I'd never […]

A Small Government Guy

Occasionally during this crisis period I've said things that cause those who know me to question whether I'm becoming a "Big Government Guy." I've been concerned, myself, which I've written about here. I may be like Mae West, who was pure as snow, before she drifted. If so, I haven't drifted far.  Life's small encounters […]

Stimulus and Job Creation

Not Necessarily the Same Thing Once again I'm going to be brave and state the obvious and run the risk of a "Duh" response.  While my point is embarrassingly obvious, I haven't heard anyone make it during the debate on the recently passed stimulus package.

Stimulus: Content Matters

Shooting Hogs with a Shotgun A couple of years ago a friend invited me to go hunting with him on his place. He dropped me off at a likely spot for either wild turkeys or wild hogs. He left me with a shotgun for the turkeys and a rifle for the hogs. Not being experienced […]

Congratulations Bob Gates, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers

Congratulations to Bob Gates and to President-elect Obama for making an excellent decision, even if I did recommend it in my latest post. Congratulations are also due on the appointment of my former Fed colleague Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary and Larry Summers for the White House economic post. I've only met Larry a couple […]

Giving Thanks for Robert Gates

President–elect Obama demonstrated excellent judgment in choosing my former Fed colleague, Tim Geithner, as his Treasury Secretary. Tim is not only highly qualified for the job, but he also brings needed continuity in dealing with the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. My Thanksgiving would be complete if Mr. Obama demonstrates similar wisdom by […]

Election Day Advice for the New President, Whoever He May Be

Don't be afraid to bring in the best to help you. He or she won't outshine you because you are the president.