Until the summer of 2008, Obama had insisted that he was taking advice from both Wall Streeters and progressives -- from "both Bobs" -- Reich and Rubin. But when he picked his team, it was clear that Wall Street had won. Hillary looks to be playing something of the same game. In 2008, her advice came from the same people who had staffed her husband's administration. Today, she likes to say that she has been in touch with more than 200 economic experts, representing a broad spectrum of views. But assuming she gets the nomination, who will the power players be? And who will she appoint if elected? Progressive leaders and organizations have been thinking in terms of extracting commitments from Clinton on the issues. But even more crucial are the senior appointments: Who she will name to key positions -- and, more importantly, who she will not appoint.
Through the years, I have met other secretaries who do not have their own cards, but this was the first time I had been given that explanation for not having one. What she said really bothered me -- implying that being "only a secretary" she was not important enough to have a card.
Kathleen Sebelius To Resign From Health And Human Services Post
No More Excuses: The Time Has Come to Translate Latino Population Growth Into Political Clout and Political Posts
What do California, Nevada, Florida and Texas have in common? If you guessed that they are all states highly populated by Latinos you are correct. And if you guessed that all of these states also have dismal records of appointing Latinos to executive level positions, correct again.
Think of the power of paying each taxpayer back -- rebating the Treasury -- when the government isn't efficient enough and spends more than 20 percent maximum on administrative costs.