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White House Chief of Staff Daley Reaffirms “Unshakeable” U.S.-Israel Bond

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — White House Chief of Staff William Daley, addressing AJC’s 2011 Global Forum, proclaimed that, “The President’s support for Israel’s security has been and will be unshakeable.”

White House Chief of Staff William DaleyDaley, in his first speech to a Jewish audience as White House chief of staff, challenged those who question Israel’s legitimacy and highlighted instances of Obama Administration solidarity with Israel. These include the Obama Administration’s opposition to anti-Israel resolutions at the UN, objecting to the UN’s so-called Goldstone Report that denied Israel’s right to self-defense against Hamas in Gaza, and the momentous decision to withdraw from the Durban review process to disassociate from efforts to single out Israel for condemnation.

Referring to the announcement this week of a potential Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, Daley branded Hamas “a terrorist organization which targets civilians.”  He also called on all of Israel’s neighbors to renounce violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist – and stressed the urgency of thwarting Iran’s nuclear-weapons ambitions.

Speaking before a standing-room audience of more than 1,500 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Daley underscored the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security, noting that despite tough budget cuts, funds forIsrael’s defense were not diminished – and, in fact, were augmented to provide for the “Iron Dome” anti-rocket system. He emphasized that U.S.-Israel military relations are at an unprecedented level of collaboration.

Panama President Ricardo Martinelli, German Defense Minister Dr. Thomas de Maiziere, and Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov also addressed the Global Forum tonight, and a message from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was read by Israeli Consul General Ido Aharoni.

Complimenting AJC’s role in the United States and around the world, Daley said, “For over one hundred years, [AJC] has worked to make the ideals of human rights real for this country and around the world.”

Daley thanked AJC for its vital and effective advocacy for causes important to both President Obama and AJC, including energy security, immigration reform, and free-trade policies.

Recounting a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Daley spoke movingly of his Irish-American immigrant family’s debt to the United States, mourning those during Europe’s darkest hours who were not as fortunate.

 

Obama May Open Strategic Petroleum Reserves to Keep Gas Prices Down and..

Obama’s Chief of Staff, William Daley was interviewed on “Meet the Press” this morning. In the interview, Daley said, “The issue of the reserves is one we are considering .. All matters have to be on the table when you see the difficulty coming out of this economic crisis we’re in and the fragility”.

Strategic Petroleum Reserve Sites

Courtesy: DOE

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is located across four sites in Louisiana and Texas and according to the SPR website, it currently holds 762.5 Million barrels of oil.

Across the nation gasoline is getting more expensive. Gas prices in North Carolina are hovering just above $3.50 per gallon and there are already areas, such as Chicago,  in the U.S. that are seeing  $4 (according to @deadvoter from twitter). Oil crossed $105 per barrel for the first time since 2008 and the Obama administration is searching for some way to handle the situation.

Democrat law makers think they have the answer. Several of them have sent letters to Obama asking that he open the reserves to give price relief to American consumers and to help fund progressive initiatives. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) letter opens (emphasis mine):

With gas prices around the nation at near-historic highs, we write to urge you to exercise your emergency authority to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).  This action would immediately lower gasoline prices, generating significant revenue to invest in your call for one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

While gas prices may be one reason for the requests, Sen. Gillibrand also made the case that this could be a way to fund electric vehicles – a purpose for which the SPR was never intended.

Each time a new revenue stream is introduced at the Federal level, it starts as temporary and ends up being permanent. The questions remains that if the progressives in D.C. turn the SPR into a cash cow for the green energy movement, what will stop them from continuing to do so – completely depleting the entire reserve?

 

New Whitehouse COS, Bill Daley. Capitalist, or Socialist?

New Whitehouse Chief of Staff  Mr William Daley was on the TV over the weekend, making some interesting statements aimed at the current GOP message of cutting spending and debt reductions. When Mr. Daley was appointed by the President to replace Rahm Emanual. the media was quick to celebrate him as a person who understands capitalism and who will work well with the GOP on heavy issues, such as reducing the National Debt.  That stated honeymoon came crashing down to reality Sunday, while on CBS’  “Face the Nation” where Daley made some interesting statements which were posted on The Chicago Tribune/ Nation and World* Sometimes it is all-telling what is left out of an article when searching for the truth. While The Chicago tribune continues to paint Chicago’s own Daley as a savvy businessman/capitalist, one statement Daley made didn’t make it into this article or any others that I can find so far. They do stay on message that tries to show Obama as a Centrist all of a suddden:

“William Daley, the new White House chief of staff, in his first Sunday television appearance, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” program that his past experience as a businessman tells him government investments in private enterprise, along with spending cuts, are the best way to spark the economy.”

“We all agree there must be cuts to this government,” Daley said. With the U.S. debt climbing to record levels, he urged patience, noting that Obama’s current plan for a five-year freeze in spending would save $400 billion.

First of all, Mr Obama’s spending “freeze” is not a cut, and there is no way to actually prove what, if any savings will be achieved. That would be like a person saying they will only spend as much as they have spent last year while taking a paycut at work, and while they are 6 months behind on their mortgage and car payments. That doesn’t work in the real world. A person has to live within their means of they lose their home, car  and end up bankrupt. They have to stop spending money they do not have, plain and simple. That is called economics 101 and it applies to families, businesses, and yes, even big bloated government. What part of this “cut spending” doesn’t Mr. Daley, the vaunted businessman understand here ? In what appears to be another smoke and mirror job in painting Mr. Daley as the Centrist Savior Capitalist that proves Mr. Obama has changed his Liberal stripes, the truth can be found in what was not printed in The Chicago Tribune piece. I heard it on the TV today, yet one line is left out of every single article on this interview.

Mr. Daley stated in his interview on CBS’ Face the nation, that, ” We have got into the hole over many years, ( blaming prior admins again) and “No businesses, when they get in trouble, just cut, and has much of a business left when the cycle comes back.” Then he goes on to say what Obama is talking about is “investing.”  You can watch the complete interview on metacafe. **  The 10 minute mark is where Mr. Daley makes his pitch for more irresponsible spending, via the new Obama codeword “investments.”  The USA is $14.5 trillion dollars in debt. We got that way by the now vaunted “investing” in America that our Congress has been doing for decades. Usually when people talk about investing in the business world, they are taking a risk based on projected returns on initial investments. If a company is bankrupt and has been operating at a loss for decades, who would be ignorant enough to risk their own money on that company without new management proving to them that there is  a stated plan to make a profit ?  That plan would include cutting waste and non-profitable sections of the company while installing strict oversight and accounting practices. It surely would not include continuing to write checks on a business account that is $14.5 Trillion dollars in the red.

So when the media paints Mr. Daley as the “New Centrist Obama Savior” when it comes to stopping the reckless spending in DC today, we are seeing that it is pretty much the same old Liberal song and dance of  putting this country into irrecoverable debt. New face, same old con job.

* http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sc-dc-0131-daley-boehner-20110130,0,6685776.story

** http://www.metacafe.com/watch/cb-Z47i_ctGtg5wlzUsE6rPSWGOihjvGfL1/white_house_chief_of_staff_william_daleys_exclusive_interview/