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Lew Confirmed as Treasury Secretary

Former White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew was confirmed in the Senate today by a 71-26 vote.

President Obama released a statement saying he was “pleased,” and,

At this critical time for our economy and our country, there is no one more qualified for this position than Jack.

Actually, there a lots of people more qualified, and Obama knows it. But Lew will be a reliable foot soldier in Obama’s planned war of attrition with Republicans.

His reputation as a master of fiscal issues who can work with leaders on both sides of the aisle has already helped him succeed in some of the toughest jobs in Washington.

Actually, he’s had trouble working with Republicans, who view him as a rigid partisan. And as Obama’s budget chief he had to be forced into getting serious about cutting the deficit by Republicans after a submitting a budget that was laughed out of Washington.

He may be a “master of fiscal issues” – he figured out how to achieve the difficult task of running $1 trillion deficits –  but he has little experience with the financial issues a Treasury Secretary deals with.

Maybe he’ll learn on the job.

5 Responses to Lew Confirmed as Treasury Secretary

  1. I’m thinking the GOP should just hand the Congressional keys over to Obama – Lew, the last in a seemingly unending string of “rigid partisans, is just one more cog in the machine built to beat the GOP about the head and shoulders – it certainly isn’t competence that Lew, Hagel, Joan Kerry, Big Sis, LaHood, et al are working in this administration. Save your money, GOP, and try to limit the ammunition you will inevitably provide for the Obama ’14 House election cycle.

    • I do agree with whoever it was who said that the Republicans are going to have to pick their fights. Paul Ryan, I think. The biggest fight has to be over sequestration, and the Republicans can’t be distracted by Obama’s mediocre candidates for the Cabinet or Mooch’s constant diversionary in-your-face antics.

  2. I think we’ve had quite enough on-the-job-training (OJT). It hasn’t worked for obama and won’t work for Lew.If obama’s goal is to ruin the U.S. economy he couldn’t have made a better choice.