Entries Tagged as 'Jobs Speech'

Will Fed Contractors Say “Thank You” for Faster Pay?

David Frum September 9th, 2011 at 9:37 am 27 Comments

How big a deal is the President’s promise to expedite federal payments? Just listen to this (small scale) federal contractor:

How extraordinary that this subject should come up at this very time; payment was just made today via electronic deposit for a contract I bid on and was issued on 07/14; shipped on 07/29, and delivered to the federal customer two days later.

I invoiced them via email & fax the next day. They sat on my invoice and finally kicked it back 08/12 because nowadays DFAS (Defense Finance and Accounting System) has this wonderfully inefficient and incredibly complicated electronic processing system known as Wide Area Work Flow that all invoicing MUST go through – of course signing up and registering and learning how to submit and getting it all done nice and proper ate up the better part of three NON-PRODUCTIVE days.

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DC Fiddles While the Country Burns

September 7th, 2011 at 10:58 am 83 Comments

Do you remember the howls that reverberated across the nation when Sarah Palin’s famous bullseye map appeared? Or the tut-tutting and headshaking that accompanied Michele Bachmann’s calls for Americans “to take our country back”?

Look in the Washington Post local edition, the New York Times Washington edition, or USA Today for Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa Jr.’s, truly ground-breaking warm-up remarks in Detroit on Labor Day before President Obama spoke to the union faithful.

“President Obama,” Hoffa ranted, “this is your army. We are ready to march … let’s take the sons-a-bitches out.”

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The White House Does Not Understand Today’s Media

September 1st, 2011 at 6:07 pm 34 Comments

Roger Simon has a column in Politico where he interviews an anonymous White House source about the fallout from the scheduling conflict over the President’s jobs speech. One comment given by the source indicates to me that this White House has a very peculiar view of media:

The White House was well aware the president’s speech would conflict with a planned Republican debate sponsored by POLITICO and NBC to be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The debate would be broadcast live by MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo and live-streamed by POLITICO.

Yet the White House did not see this as an obstacle. “With all due respect, the POLITICO-MSNBC debate was one that was going on a cable station,” the White House source said. “It was not sacrosanct. We knew they would push it back and then there would be a GOP debate totally trashing the president. So it wasn’t all an upside for us.”

There is quite a bit of hubris in that comment, but lets focus on how the source demeans cable news.

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Obama’s Point of No Return

September 1st, 2011 at 4:55 pm 18 Comments

Most four-letter words used in Washington, rx DC, malady stir little response. But mention two certain words, doctor and grown men and women begin to rant and rave and run about with their hair on fire.

Can you guess what the two “certain to inflame” words are?

“Jobs” and “debt.”

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