President Obama is expected to continue revising his annual State of the Union speech until right before he delivers it -- and what he leaves out is likely to reveal as much as what he includes.
Obama will "spend most of his time talking about the economy," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, and "talking about the challenges that we face both in the short term in terms of doing whatever we can to help create jobs ... Read More
It's a new year, a new Congress and a newly chastened president. What can we expect in the year ahead for the most important issue of our time: bringing federal deficits and the national debt under control? Read More
A growing number of jobless San Franciscans are going from the unemployment line to the welfare line as they exhaust their benefits, city officials say.
While Congress is poised to extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans, it won’t do much for those who have already exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment insurance, the maximum amount of time that someone can collect unemployment checks. Read More
Yet more jobs that the stimulus bill did not create or save:
The Obama administration is crediting its anti-recession stimulus plan with creating up to 50,000 jobs on dozens of wind farms, even though many of those wind farms were built before the stimulus money began to flow or even before President Barack Obama was inaugurated. Read More
Via Glenn Reynolds, Rich Lowry drops this amazing statistic into his column today: Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom was unsuccessful in his aggressive push to get one of his pet projects funded another year. JobsNow, the federally-funded stimulus program that has helped to employ more than 4,000 San Franciscans, ends at midnight tonight. Read More
Using federal stimulus funds, Mayor Gavin Newsom has helped nearly 4,000 San Francisco residents find work – and he’s not stopping now. The stimulus money is set to expire next week, but Newsom is announcing new initiatives that will help keep those workers employed. The mayor will discuss these initiatives at a press event at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Read More
He finished speaking in Cleveland by urging his audience to “choose the future over the past.” A good thing — we should move on to 2011 instead of repeating the year 2009. Anyway, here were his “they-have-no-ideas” remarks, in part:
Just this year, these same Republicans voted against a bipartisan fiscal commission that they themselves proposed. And when you ask them what programs they’d actually cut, they usually don’t have an answer. Read More