“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States…” were the words that President Obama planned to say on January 20th before Chief Justice John Roberts botched the presidential oath of office and Mr. Obama repeated his mistake.  Assuming no darker motives—that Mr. Roberts was not deliberately creating a validation for a future ruling that Mr. Obama is not America’s president—his public snafu with Mr. Obama might at least foreshadow a period of little cooperation, perhaps even blatant counteraction, between an economically interventionist Mr. Obama and a still strict-constructionist Supreme Court.

1978, the last time America saw a Democratic majority in Congress as great as it is now—nearly 60%—coincided with the first term of President Carter—also a Democrat.  The 96th Congress that convened until 1980 was marked by broad productivity, passing more laws than the two Congress’ that preceded it.  If the high output of bills was due to Democratic control of the legislature and the White House, then the current—111th—Congress ought to be the most productive in a long time.  Nonetheless, the current federal judiciary remains much more conservative than that of 1978, suggesting that any productive period in Congress will likely be met with constitutionality rulings in the Supreme Court.

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Economy in Flames

Economy in Flames

USA Today reported on January 8th that President-Elect Barack Obama was about to give a speech on the state of the economy:

President-elect Barack Obama this morning will warn that unless “dramatic action” is taken quickly, it may be too late to pull the economy out of a recession that could last for years.

His staff just released excerpts from a speech the president-elect is due to give at 11 a.m. ET. Among those excerpts:

• “I don’t believe it’s too late to change course, but it will be if we don’t take dramatic action as soon as possible. If nothing is done, this recession could linger for years. The unemployment rate could reach double digits. Our economy could fall $1 trillion short of its full capacity, which translates into more than $12,000 in lost income for a family of four. We could lose a generation of potential and promise, as more young Americans are forced to forgo dreams of college or the chance to train for the jobs of the future. And our nation could lose the competitive edge that has served as a foundation for our strength and standing in the world.

“In short, a bad situation could become dramatically worse.”

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Many of you may be aware that Barack Obama has asked Rahm Emanuel to be his Chief of Staff.  Mr. Emanuel has accepted this offer.  The point of this discussion is not about Mr. Emanuel or even Mr. Obama’s choice of Mr. Emanuel.  Rather, this is strictly an informative post regarding the position itself – just what does a Chief of Staff do?

The actual Chief of Staff position did not come around until 1961.  Prior to that, the position was titled Assistant to the President or Secretary to the President.  Because of the ever-changing nature of politics, the increased burdens placed on our Presidents over time, and the hectic schedule of the President – many additional duties were shifted down to The Chief of Staff.

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