AP - The Obama administration launched a consolidated effort to spur new start-up businesses Monday, part of the White House's campaign to emphasize job creation while downplaying new economic spending initiatives that could face congressional opposition.
Almost a year ago, in February 2012, Zero Hedge decided to "think outside the box" and take Keynesianism and post-Chartalism (or whatever three letter acronym it is better known as these days) to their absurd, thought-experimental limits with "A Modest Proposal To Boost US GDP By $852 Quadrillion: Build The Imperial Death Star" - a suggestion that
Guest blog post by Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic DevelopmentOver the next two days, I will join several colleagues for a rural swing in North Carolina and Louisiana to promote jobs and innovation. Along with Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Rural Development Doug O’Brien, Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl, and Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Christopher Masingill, I will attend events in rural America and tour two projects that were among the 13 winners of this year’s Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. The Rural Jobs Accelerator—designed by the Taskforce for the Advancement of Regional Innovation Clusters and the White House Rural Council—is a joint effort of 13 federal agencies, working together to help accelerate economic and job growth across rural regions. It is a great example of collaboration across federal agencies to pool resources and identify new, innovative ways to create an economy built to last. Since taking office three and one-half years ago, President Obama has been deeply committed to strengthening rural economies all across America—helping to create jobs, support business growth, and expand opportunity for rural Americans. The administration has advanced new policies and initiatives and made significant investments in rural communities. The Rural Jobs Accelerator builds on those goals, seeking to foster job creation and business innovation in these communities.
The White House doubled down on its campaign to derail sequestration Friday, releasing a fact sheet that details the "most damaging effects" of the across-the-board spending cuts, which are scheduled to take effect March 1 unless Congress takes action. Read the full fact sheet below:
Secretary Locke participated in the White House launch of
the “Startup America”
initiative today in Washington, D.C. with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu,
Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, Director of the
National Economic Council Gene Sperling, Chairman of the Council of Economic
Advisors Austan Goolsbee, and a number of America’s top entrepreneurs and
On Monday, Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME) and 20 of his House colleagues joined with 35 members of South Korea's opposition party to pen a letter demanding broad revisions to the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement:
A group of United States congressmen yesterday sent a letter drafted with their legislative counterparts in Korea to Presidents Barack Obama and Lee Myung-bak urging the renegotiation of the U.S.-Korea bilateral free trade agreement, according to a U.S. trade online magazine....
Racing against the clock, the White House reached agreement with congressional Republicans late Monday on a deal to prevent across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts to government programs from taking effect at midnight, according to administration and Senate Democratic officials.
These officials said a New Year’s Eve vote in the Senate to ratify the deal was possible later in the evening, barring opposition from majority Democrats.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke attended the President’s Export
Council (PEC) meeting at the White House today, where he updated PEC members on
the Commerce Department’s efforts to increase U.S. exports and help American
businesses compete globally.
Go to President Obama's official Web site--www.whitehouse.gov--this afternoon and you'll notice something very odd. Despite a promise that the site will play a "major role" in making the "administration the most open and transparent in history," you'll notice that the keepers of the site haven't said much to the American public since Obama became president.