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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Why is Obama always trying to send a message with his appointees? Is he really? Perhaps he's hiring who he believes is the best person for the job?

Maybe... Just maybe... repubs merely trying to stir the pot by saying that he's "sending a message?"

Durham, NC

You know.... 95 percent of this I would agree is a fair assessment of Lew. What I find discouraging is the last paragraph. The government going after the bad actors who nearly killed off this economy nearly 5 years ago - remember - not a single person has been charged with anything, which is amazing in light of the cost the nation took to fix the problems these few players created - none of this constitutes an anti business posture by the administration. Holding bad players responsible and preventing future abuses is not anti business.

But overall, I do agree with Samuelson's concern that his appointment may do little to lesson the policed nature of Washington now days..... but then again.... I am not sure any nominee could fix that problem.

@Maverick - any appointment or hire is sending a message.. it is sending the message that this person represents what I think if important. Why that is controversial - I have no idea. Sounds like more cry baby politics to me.... lets make a story where there is none. Every Presidential appointment is intended to send a message..... duh.


Republicans are going to complain about every Obama appointee that isn't a doormat for their interests. Heck, even Republican Chuck Hagel isn't suitable.

American Fork, UT

The science of over analysing everything the Presidents' every move reminds me of the days when the Vatican signalled the selection of a new pope by sending either black or white smoke up a chimney. Everyone had a different opinion of what colour the smoke was, but no one knew what it meant.


Obama could appoint Jim Demint and the republicans would filibuster the nomination and place a hold on it.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

"...he is also a fierce defender of liberal goals — notably, protecting Social Security benefits...".

Defending Social Security is a only a liberal goal?

The base of the republicon party might beg to differ...

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

@There You Go Again
Obama uses the Social Security threat like a real pro, even though it is not part of the debt ceiling or budget. That fund should be safe since it is self-funded and safely within the 2000 presidential race "lock box."
Now, if they've somehow compromised it like Illinois politicians have the public pensions ($96 BILLION unfunded) then people need to go to jail.
Now, lowering FICA contributions for two years in an effort to give everyone a phony raise will have consequences.
The real questions about Obama's staffing are, "What happened to Bill Daley?" and "Why was Jack Lew a better Chief of Staff?"
When you understand what went on there you will understand why Lew is Obama's choice for Treasury.

Highland, UT

I have no doubt this guy is a clown.

Cedar Hills, UT

this character looks like a flaming liberal... what else is new. His eyes alone are frightening!!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I have no doubt that Obama could appoint the Savior himself and the repubs wouldn't have 1 positive thing to say.

It's so obvious that the far right wants the White House back but hasn't a clue on how to do it. Hilarious!

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Note to self: MUST oppose all BHO nominees for all offices when nominees have frightening eyes!

Lafayette, IN

I am wondering what is the effect of Obama realizing that he no longer has a "next election" to worry about? Is this making he more willing to stand his ground, and less (if at all) concerned about the opinion of us voters?

New to Utah

Is Obama a liberal ideologue the appointment of Lew is more proof? A career liberal with little private sector experience Lew is a terrible choice for growing our economy and creating jobs. Obama is being in your face to the business community and the private sector. Why don"t our elected representatives reject this nomination and force Obama to select a more moderate treasury secretary?

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