Federal Appointments

President Sidesteps GOP Obstruction With Consumer And Workers' Rights Appointments!

By Dave Johnson

President Obama moved an obstructing GOP out of the way earlier yesterday, announcing that he was making a recess appointment to get the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) up and running. Later, the White House announced he is doing the same to get the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) up and running again as well.

Tell President Obama, "I've got your back." Support his decision to buck Republican obstruction and make recess appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and National Labor Relations Board.

Wall Street-backed Republicans are going to scream and squeal and throw the usual hissy fit. You should just ignore them and thank President Obama for taking the right action to protect us as workers and as consumers. Here's why.

Harry Reid's Appointments: Social Security And Medicare Now At Risk

By Robert Borosage
Campaign for America's Future

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced yesterday that his appointees to the super committee Gang of 12 were Sens. John Kerry, Patty Murray and Max Baucus. Reid chose not to appoint Sens. Bernie Sanders or Sherrod Brown or Jeff Merkley, who have forcefully stood with the majority of Americans who want Medicare and Social Security protected and who favor raising taxes on the rich to help reduce the deficit.

Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is a conservative Democrat. He has been a consistent supporter of Social Security, playing a key role in blocking President George W. Bush’s attempt to privatize the program. He was on President Obama's deficit commission but sensibly voted against the plan put forth by the co-chairs, which would have cut deeply from Social Security and Medicare.

How Obama Can Revive Hopes for Change

By Randy Shaw
Beyond Chron

In 2008, young people and longtime non-voters set cynicism aside to mount a national grassroots campaign to elect a President vowing to enact Change We Can Believe In. But in 2011, these hopes have been dashed, a victim of a political system that promotes minority rule and of a President who prefers to work within the political mainstream and favors compromise to conflict. Millions who once believed that a Democratic President and Democratic-controlled House and Senate would set the nation on a new course now fear that a Republican President will make a troubling status quo even worse. Can hope for national progressive change be kept alive? In hindsight, activists should have taken it upon themselves to become the vessels of hope rather than trusting Barack Obama. But at this political moment, it is Obama who is best positioned to restore the hopes of his core supporters. Here are five quick actions he can take to raise the spirits of his base before the 2012 elections.

The President’s Ambivalence

Clint-HeadShot.gifBy Clint Reilly

Barack Obama must succeed. After so many young people and first time voters invested their hopes in his presidency, his failure would elicit a level of despair that would plague the Democratic Party for decades to come.

The Democratic message was resurgent in 2008. Millions of new voters teamed up with Obama to reassert the government’s role in improving lives and protecting the public interest. A wave of optimism swept over the country and restored faith in America’s ability to renew itself domestically and regain moral standing internationally.

No symbol better characterized young people’s investment in Obama than the millions of “Hope” posters that appeared in windows across America.

But is Obama’s leadership meeting the expectations of these new civic participants?

The charitable answer is “not yet.” Obama’s indecisive White House is a case study of Washington’s finger-in-the-wind style of followership.

Nine months into his presidency, Obama has yet to take a strong leadership position on three compelling issues of our time: Regulatory reform of the financial system, health care reform, and the war in Afghanistan.