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Whistleblower Improvement Act is Anything But

Posted on July 29, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Talk about an oxymoron. The erroneously named Whistleblower Improvement Act of 2011, introduced last week by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), would gut key components of Dodd-Frank financial reform law making it much more difficult to uncover corporate wrongdoing.

Clearly, what Grimm and his three Republican co-sponsors of the bill see as being an “improvement”, in actuality, creates an atmosphere where those with knowledge of corporate misconduct will be extremely reluctant to divulge what they know. The proposed bill requires employees to first report suspicions of potential misconduct through a company’s internal reporting system. In essence an employee has to go to those he or she suspects of breaking the law or engaging in questionable conduct with those allegations of wrongdoing. If that’s not a disincentive I don’t know what is.

However, according to Grimm, the law only seeks to preserve the integrity of a company’s internal reporting system. The problem with that line of thinking is if a company is operating with a lack of integrity, requiring an employee to report his or her suspicions to company officials leaves the whistleblower in an extremely compromised position.

Opposing the Grimm bill, the Project on Government Oversight, a nonpartisan government watchdog group, wrote that the bill was an “extreme approach that would silence would-be whistleblowers, endanger critical inside informants, undermine investigations, hamstring enforcement at the (Securities and Exchange Commission) and (Commodity Futures Trading Commission), and provide law-breaking financial firms with an escape hatch from accountability.”

Despite Grimm’s claim that his bill will “restore balance to the whistleblower system,” it will only make it that much more difficult to uncover and address corporate misconduct.

C.Z.T.

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Judge Okays Stem-Cell Research

Posted on July 28, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Giving a victory to supporters of stem-cell research, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that would have banned government funding of research on human embryos.

Upholding the Obama Administration position, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled against two scientists who claimed that the National Institutes of Health was in violation of the law by allowing research that resulted in the destruction of embryos.

The White House immediately issued a statement applauding the judge’s ruling, calling it a “step in the right direction.”

“While we don’t know exactly what stem cell research will yield, scientists believe this research could treat or cure diseases that affect millions of Americans every year. That’s why President Obama has long fought to support responsible stem cell research,” read the statement.

Shortly after coming to office President Obama signed an executive order that ended an 8 ½ year ban on government funding of embryonic stem cell research imposed by former President George Bush.

In opposing the lawsuit lawyers for the Obama administration argued that significant ongoing research being underwritten by the NIH would be terminated if federal funding were blocked.
Wednesday’s ruling will give stem-cell scientists confidence that their research will be able to continue.

It is hoped that stem-cell research will some day lead to treatment for a range of diseases including diabetes, cancers, Parkinson’s and spinal cord injuries.

C.Z.T.

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Deficit Deal Update: A Little Tweak Here and a Little Tweak There

Posted on July 28, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Reid said today that it would be easy to alter Boehner’s proposal, if it passes the House, by amending it to insert the new Reid bill language using the “amendment in the nature of a substitute” procedure. It would be difficult for Senate Republicans to object to consideration of the Boehner bill.

If the Boehner bill fails in the House, Reid will use a different House-passed bill as the legislative vehicle for moving his Senate Democratic debt limit bill. Republicans would be more likely to object to consideration of the underlying House bill, however, and could force a cloture vote just to get it to the Senate floor. For this reason, House passage of the Boehner bill may help Reid get his own bill through the Senate.

Boehner doesn’t yet have 217 Republican votes to pass his 2-Step debt limit bill in the House.
But, the Boehner bill is gaining ground among House fiscal conservatives this afternoon. Several Dems are considering voting for this bill also, although none have committed to doing so.

Meanwhile, according to Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-(IL), Reid is continuing to talk to McConnell and Boehner in hopes of negotiating a bipartisan, bicameral compromise that can pass both chambers this weekend.

There are rumors today of a bipartisan compromise that might be developed at the last minute if both the Boehner 2-step plan and the new Reid bill fail.

There is also a rumor of a 30-day fix to allow more time to work out a compromise bill that would reduce the deficit by at least $2.7 trillion over 10 years. At this point, I don’t know if these rumors relate to the same bill, or represent two different fall back options.

The Reid bill, which CBO also found to save less than claimed, is being tweaked to bring its spending cuts up to the amounts specified in the original new Reid proposal.

The reason why both the Boehner 2-Step bill and the new Reid proposal needed to be amended following CBO scoring is the fact that all negotiations so far, even as far back as the Biden Group, were based on the January budget baseline.

In contrast, CBO is obligated to score the fiscal impact of legislation based on implementation of all current law, including extension of the Bush-era tax cuts only through 2012 and the spending cuts included in the FY 2011 CR.

Therefore, CBO uses a different baseline which does not count some of the spending cuts claimed by both Reid and Boehner in their respective original bills.

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Has Obama Lost His Base?

Posted on July 27, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Since taking office, President Obama has endured an unrelenting barrage of attacks from Congressional Republicans, the Tea Party, Fox News and a plethora of right-wing pundits, all of whom can’t find enough bad things to say about him and the job he’s doing. So it has to come as a real blow to the President to find out that his biggest supporters are turning on him as well.

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday reports that the President’s backing from liberal voters and African Americans is plummeting. According to the Post/ABC survey taken earlier this month “the number of liberal Democrats who strongly support Obama’s record on jobs plunged 22 points from 53 percent last year to 31 percent. The number of African Americans who believe the president’s actions have helped the economy has dropped from 77 percent in October to just over half (50 percent) of those surveyed.”

The President’s inability to turn around the economy and create jobs is leading to growing disillusionment among his core supporters. While the nation’s unemployment rate remains stagnant at around 9 percent, the unemployment rate for African Americans is a staggering 16 percent. And while nearly everyone is feeling the economic strain, with exception of a few folks on Wall Street, minorities and in particular African Americans have been hammered by the downturn.

According to a recent analysis of census data conducted by the Pew Research Center, the recession and faltering recovery has erased decades of economic gains for minorities, so much so that the average white American has 20 times the net worth of African Americans and 18 times that of Hispanics. The Pew findings, released this week, noted that the median wealth of white U.S. households was $113,149, compared to just $6,325 for Hispanics and $5,677 for blacks. The disparity—roughly an 18-1 ratio for Hispanics and a 20-1 ratio for African Americans—is attributed to the fact that both groups experienced major home value declines and unemployment resulting for the economic meltdown created by Wall Street.

What is so disheartening about those numbers is that with the economic expansion of the 1990s minorities had began to close the wealth gap. In 1995 the wealth gap was at its lowest at 7 to 1 for both groups.

Still, despite growing disappointment with the President’s progress, the reality is that liberal, progressive, and minority voters—Obama’s base—have no other viable choice. So while they will vote for the President in 2012, what isn’t as certain is their level of financial support and willingness to volunteer in the campaign, elements that were crucial to his victory in 2008.

C.Z.T.

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Is Compromise Really A Dirty Word?

Posted on July 26, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last night in his address to the nation, President Obama said that Washington has become “a town where compromise has become a dirty word.” He was of course referring to the ultra-partisan, political jockeying and ideological grandstanding that have become part and parcel of the debt ceiling debate that has taken the country to the brink of economic calamity.

The lack of compromise, the inability to find common ground in order to craft real solutions to our nation’s shared problems—jobs, climate change, health care just to name a few—is why nothing of substance is getting done on Capitol Hill. No wonder the American public is angry and fed-up.

When I listen to the Democrats and Republicans arguing with one another, each side acting like spoiled little children screaming at the top of their lungs while at the same time covering their ears, I think of that iconic line from the movie Cool Hand Luke—“What we got here is a failure to communicate.”

We, at Turner Government and Public Affairs, understand the absolute necessity of effective communication—of successfully selling an idea or a position to both sides of the aisle. We pride ourselves in our proven ability to advance the priorities and goals of our bipartisan client base, and we do that because among other things, we understand that communicating effectively is predicated on establishing common ground, which is at the heart of compromise.

At Turner we have established a culture of accomplishment working with Congress and regulatory agencies in Washington. We know how to bridge complex constituencies and form strategic alliances with government and industry leaders to achieve success for our clients.

That is why I find what’s playing out in Washington these days so personally frustrating.

As President Obama noted in his speech last night, Americans may have voted for a divided government, but what they didn’t vote for was a dysfunctional government.

It’s time that our so-called leaders in Washington find common ground, hammer out a doable “compromise” and get to finally doing what we elected them to do—find real solutions to our nation’s concerns. In a word—GOVERN.

C.Z.T.

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It’s Not the Deficit, It’s Jobs

Posted on July 25, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you have been reading us faithfully then you know that our mantra has been – job creation is priority number one.

Clearly, the rest of America agrees with us. A new Gallup poll, which was released last week, indicated that voters list the economy and unemployment/jobs as the nation’s top problems, with deficit/debt reduction running a distant third.

When asked to respond to the question: What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?—31 percent of Americans indicated that it is the economy in general with an additional 27 percent specifically citing unemployment and jobs. That’s a total of 58 percent who see the economy and unemployment/jobs as the country’s most pressing concerns. Only 16 percent of those surveyed said that the federal budget deficit/debt is America’s biggest problem.

Further, the Gallup poll indicated that the “percentage of Americans naming jobs as the top problem has been on the rise” since April, “increasing 8 percentage points” from 19 percent to 27 percent.

On the same day that the Gallup poll was released the U.S. Labor Department reported that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits had increased from 408,000 to 418,000 a week. What’s more, 30 percent of America’s jobless—4.4 million people—have been out of work for more than a year.

The ugly truth is that U.S. employers only managed to create 18,000 jobs in June at a time when unemployment stands at 9.2 percent and more than 14 million Americans are jobless.

Despite those appalling numbers our lawmaker’s are spending all their energy battling over raising the debt limit, something that had, in the past, been done almost routinely.

Clearly, Congress and the Obama Administration have strayed away from the one issue the majority of American’s care about—JOBS. When all of the political posturing is finally done and both sides are patting themselves on the back for “averting a crisis” by crafting a deal to raise the debt ceiling, American’s are still going to be asking what they have been asking all along—Where are the jobs?

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The Ultimate Enforcement Guarantee

Posted on July 22, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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Boehner and Obama are discussing trigger mechanisms that would threaten each party with the loss of their most cherished priority if Congress fails to achieve specified deadlines and savings in their $3.7 trillion deal.

Obama is pushing for inclusion of an automatic tax increase for persons with annual incomes over $250,000 as the penalty for Congressional failure to adhere to timelines and spending cut targets. Boehner is pushing for simultaneous repeal of critical portions of the health reform law – including the individual mandate – if such automatic tax increases are triggered.

These enforcement mechanisms reflect the conviction of both Obama and Boehner that only draconian consequences can force Members of Congress to work together sufficiently to achieve real debt reduction.

Key questions at this juncture are what smaller amount of new revenue might Obama and the Democrats accept, and what amount of Medicare savings and reform will be withdrawn in return?

The President has offered to increase the Medicare eligibility age to 67, and greatly increase the number of seniors subject to higher Medicare Part B premiums through means testing. But these changes may be off the table if Boehner and House Republicans won’t agree to significant amounts of new revenue.

How costs and savings are counted becomes critical as we approach the final stages of negotiation.
Which baselines are used? How will CBO scoring procedures influence deal? How fast will tax and entitlement changes be phased in?

You will know Congress and the President are getting serious when spreadsheets start circulating.

We are far from that point this morning.

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What Part of Financial Disaster Don’t They Understand?

Posted on July 22, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Failing to raise the debt ceiling—BAD.

Allowing the nation to go into default—BAD.

Reaching a compromise to stave off dire economic consequences—GOOD.

That was the simple, straight-forward, easy to comprehend –Economics 101—lesson delivered to 40 members of the House Republican caucus by the leading credit agency Standard & Poor’s yesterday.

The congressional newspaper The Hill and other media outlets reported that David Beers, an S&P executive, told the group of GOP lawmakers that “both a failure to raise the debt ceiling and a failure to tackle the long term fiscal challenges of the U.S. risk a downgrade of the U.S. AAA rating.” According to the various articles Beers warned that a default would spark a spike in interest rates that would “cascade” through the economy.

Reportedly some of the GOP lawmakers who attended the S&P remedial financial class appeared to have grasped the lesson and showed a greater willingness to compromise on raising the debt ceiling.

Unfortunately, too many House Republicans still don’t get it. As one GOP lawmaker opined following the S&P briefing—“failing to raise the debt ceiling before Aug. 2 won’t be catastrophic.”

Find that guy a dunce cap and corner to sit in.

C.Z.T.

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Deficit Update: Deal Or No Deal?

Posted on July 22, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Senate CCB Vote Moved Up to Today

Reid has moved the Senate vote on the House cut, cap, and balance bill up to today. This vote originally had been scheduled to occur Saturday. Here are a few of Reid’s choice comments on this CCB legislation:

“House Republicans’ pending cut, cap and balance proposal is among the worst pieces of legislation to appear on the floor in Senate history.”

“I think this piece of legislation is about as weak and senseless as anything that has ever come on this Senate floor. I am not going to waste the Senate’s time day after day on this piece of legislation.”

“The American people should understand that this is a bad piece of legislation, perhaps some of the worst legislation in the history of this country.”

“What I have to say is this. The President always talked about balance. There has to be some fairness in this. This can’t all be cuts. There has to be some revenues. The caucus agrees with that. I hope the President sticks with that and I am confident he will.”

Senate Dems Incensed About Rumored Obama-Boehner $3.7 Trillion Deal

Jack Lew, Director of OMB and a key negotiator for the President, met with Senate Dems in an angry Capitol Hill session yesterday afternoon in which they strongly protested any back-channel Obama-Boehner deal that leaves them out of the loop and potentially facing an up-or-down vote on huge discretionary spending and entitlement cuts without any new revenue.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said many Democrats were “volcanic” in the meeting with Lew over the idea of a budget deal that would not include new revenues. Senate aides confirmed, “There’s a basic lack of trust with the President.”

“It would be very hard to take Republicans at their word that they would do anything later on”, said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) stated, “A year is way too long for Democrats to wait for tax reforms if they agree to trillions of dollars in spending cuts now”.

Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) indicated, “A deal that would implement trillions in spending cuts immediately and postpone tax reforms until next year to raise new revenues is a nonstarter”.

Labor groups also expressed dismay over “proposed cuts of $383 billion to $500 billion in healthcare and tax reform that would lower the income tax rate for the nation’s wealthiest earners” that are rumored to be included in the Obama-Boehner $3.7 trillion deal. They are threatening a nationwide media campaign against such an agreement.

Kerry and at least 14 other Senate Democrats, including Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), favor the bipartisan Gang of 6 proposal rather than the rumored Obama-Boehner no-new-revenue deal. Both proposals are said to produce $3.7 trillion in savings over 10 years, but the Gang of 6 plan requires $1 trillion in new revenue.

White House Says “There is no deal”

While all this fury was boiling over on the Hill, Obama’s press secretary and other Administration officials kept repeating, “There is no deal”. Technically, this may be true in the sense that no Obama-Boehner deal has been finalized. However, this “no deal” claim appears to run counter to what other White House officials implied to House and Senate Democrats this afternoon.

Two senior Democratic sources confirm that White House officials told Democrats that “Obama and Boehner are moving closer to a deal that would include spending cuts and concrete entitlement reforms, but put off tax reform until next year”. Notice that revenues aren’t mentioned in this statement. Dems are convinced there aren’t any new revenues in the pending deal.

Democrats’concern is also focused on whether Bush-era tax cuts would be further extended under the pending Obama-Boehner deal, or be allowed to expire at the end of calendar 2012, per the agreement the President made with Republicans last winter. Both Congressional Democrats and the President have promised to end the Bush-era tax cut for the wealthiest Americans at the end of next year. Many House Republicans want both a further extension of all Bush-era tax cuts beyond 2012, and tax reforms that lower individual and corporate tax rates in 2013 and beyond.

Boehner Announcement of a Compromise Scheduled for This Morning

Of great interest is the fact that Boehner is scheduled to share a “major compromise proposal” with House Republicans in a closed-door session later this morning. If there is an Obama-Boehner $3.7 trillion deal in the works, Boehner would be expected to “run it by his caucus” before making a final commitment to the President that it can pass the House.

Obama risks losing the future support of his Democratic colleagues in both chambers if he negotiates and attempts to pass a $3.7 trillion 10-year deal with no new revenue and only promises of an attempt at tax reform next year. Such a deal is already being painted as “total capitulation to House Republican blackmail”.

Such a deal would leave Dems with none of the items they insisted must be part of any multi-year deficit reduction agreement. One wonders if the screams of protest coming from Democrats yesterday were orchestrated by the President to prove to Republicans that new revenues must be included in any long term deficit reduction deal, even if new revenues are not incorporated into a short-term debt ceiling increase deal.

Meanwhile, House Republicans put another nail in the Plan B coffin. A letter sponsored by Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) that now has 86 signatures urges Boehner to block House consideration of the McConnell-Reid bill.

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DEFICIT UPDATE: NEW OBAMA-BOEHNER DEAL

Posted on July 21, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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In a remarkable turn of events, Obama and Boehner are said to be discussing a $3 trillion deal that would be similar to their earlier outline for a grand bargain and/or the Gang of 6 proposal, BUT WITHOUT ANY NEW TAX REVENUE from closing tax loopholes and eliminating tax breaks.

In contrast, the Gang of 6 proposal calls for $1 trillion in such new revenue, and for this reason appears DOA on the House side.

Talks between Boehner and Obama on this $3 trillion no-new-revenue deal are said to be in preliminary stages only, but this news is rocking the Hill.

Even the rumor of such a plan has Senate Dems enraged, so the chances of such a plan passing in the Senate might be slim. It would represent a total capitulation to conservative House Republican demands and lay waste to any Democratic claim of a balanced approach with “shared pain, shared burden”.

Boehner is scheduled to unveil his best proposal to resolve the debt ceiling crisis in a closed-door meeting of the House Republican caucus tomorrow.

There also are rumblings in the House about responding to a Senate take-it-or-leave-it Plan B with a simple House bill that would generate $1.5 trillion in savings (per the Biden Group proposal)l in return for a debt ceiling increase in that amount or less. This is another variation on a short-term extension, but would allow more time before the debt ceiling would need to be raised again by Congress. Senate Democrats might have a hard time voting against $1.5 trillion in cuts they had already approved in
Plan B.

Wall St. has been telling House Republicans to stop messing around and get the debt ceiling increased. Also, Senate Republicans have been chastising their House conservative brethren about the potential long term damage to their cause if they get blamed for a financial meltdown. These messages seem to be having some impact as the number of House Republicans willing to vote “no” on any increase in the debt ceiling at all seems to be decreasing. More are aligning with a statement about the importance of
avoiding default.

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