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-- -- -- -- The recession.
Got the economy moving again -- had two million private sector jobs over the last seventeen months.
But over the last six months we better.
-- -- -- That was President Obama.
On a campaign stop out in Iowa talking about how bad luck is to blame for the current economic straits facing the United States.
And this is power play I'm Chris -- thanks very much for being with us.
As we continue with our August recess edition of power play we've got the streets to ourselves and Washington and we're enjoying it and we're talking to lots of smart people about lots of smart things.
And -- -- the smart people that we have with us this week onset we have Karen and ready she's a Republican strategist and Mark Mellman who was democratic strategist I'm I lament the fact they've been very cordial with each other world.
You're training them -- yeah they've just been lovely to each other and I'm really kind of bummed about it.
The we're gonna talk today about President Obama and how he's trying to get -- -- -- back on jobs.
Turn things around on the economy turn a -- into a plus and it's tough we're also gonna talk about -- promise.
What's going on the Republican point twelve -- we have some fascinating developments today we've got Paul Ryan -- -- -- -- in the water of a presidential run we've got -- theory.
And Mitt Romney getting ready to beat each other's brains out for the next five months.
So it's all going to be very fascinating we're gonna break it all down that first.
Let's get some facts on the table before we start our spinach.
And we've got Adam Shapiro who's from the Fox Business Network who is actually on the roof right above me how's -- going up there.
It's a beautiful day I was hats and sunglasses and some suntan lotion yeah.
Also enjoy the streets being open to all of us.
Isn't that nice it's just like couldn't they just stay away forever and they could be America's problem instead of just I'm of the here all the time do you really want -- inflict the nation on the members of congress I mean that I wouldn't do that in my mind.
We do it all the time they can just -- for a month that can't be that bad right now.
The president you're talking -- you -- fascinating package of fascinating piece over on the business network talking about education.
What's being shorthanded as a department of jobs.
-- that I president laid out.
In his State of the Union Address where He discussed the possibility of merging the Department of Commerce with other functions to streamline.
Job creation and average for the federal government.
This is a part though what we heard from the president yesterday what we just heard on the top of the show where He basically -- said.
I'm going to try to pass a big plan for economic stimulation and growth through the congress which is -- held by Republicans.
How much of -- chance do these big picture ideas for the president have when it comes to getting through that building -- behind.
I'm going to answer that with a quote from this report which came out march 1 2011 from the Center for American Progress.
It is an outline this report of how to streamline the US government how to merge agencies how to cut people how to get rid of people.
How do take say agencies.
There are twenty that deal -- homelessness.
Twenty different federal agencies and make it only one agency perhaps deal with almost as here's what they say about the chances of this kind of thing happening.
And it they use homelessness is an example.
A homeless policy for example cuts across some twenty departments and could benefit from consolidation.
And a clear lead agency.
Any large scale reorganization.
Would face significant.
Barriers in congress.
And from interest groups who will fear that they may have something to lose.
From the change so this report outlines changes across the board.
The Department of Commerce perhaps merging with the United States trade representative you heard the president joke about that kind of thing.
He and I his January state of the union speech but it really boils down to will the men and women who work.
-- -- to the people who want to decrease the size of government or will they listen to the people who work on K street over there.
The lobbyists who have a vested interest in keeping government pretty -- Now the Center for American Progress is very influential inside the White House right this is the Podesta group these guys are very influential they're sort of the main think tank on the left.
That's driving the big ideas out there so I can't imagine that they're talking about shrinking things too much as much as they are making them more efficacious and doing more things and may be spending more about doing it in a way that would be leaning toward job creation right.
And two things there first -- gift to my grammar class or -- vocabulary class when I was in high schools I'm not sure what efficacious means but I things they've worked good it just means that it works -- This report does not talk about.
Getting rid of people and that's the question the president promised in January to propose to congress in the coming weeks and the weeks are still passing.
Way to streamline government the question as the president when He finally makes his proposal public -- the White House has no comment.
The question to ask is are you shifting people around with new names are you taking say.
Instead -- you've got ten people department commerce and -- United States trade representative.
And He taken five from commerce and five from US TR to create the new agency which would be a cut.
No one's answering that question so you raise the key point we can -- if people around are we truly going to take five from here five from hearing get rid of the rest.
Okay we'll look we're grateful to you Adam.
-- -- -- on the -- -- with the gene -- for you later on it'll be delicious smell vodka tonic please OK very good we'll do with a -- okay have a great day.
All right now Karen and mark.
The president we heard a very different tone from the president he's out there he's on the trail and you can tell that he's he's drawing some energy from adding that He was all.
Bogged down and kind of sad when He was in Washington now he's back out there he's with the crowds and he's still in it.
And I went through I did for the power -- which are opposed each -- foxnews.com.
Back slash politics because I love you Internet.
I put it today that basically we heard from Obama.
Getting fired up that this is the guy who's -- and He wants he's ready now to go to war with Republicans.
How much of this mark is -- reaction to.
Criticism on the -- that the president has not been tough enough and hard enough in dealing with house Republicans.
It's look I think this president made it very clear over -- long period of time -- charges of course He files his -- star.
I think that's what he's doing here.
He had -- -- -- time where He had to get this debt -- deal done or else catastrophe would have resulted.
And He knew that Republicans in the house had to agree to that make that have been.
And so He was not a great bargaining position -- just a fact of the matter -- -- have consequences that's one of the consequences.
Had they have that this agreement made on the debt ceiling but now he's got proposals to create jobs and this is going to be a big test here because.
He's gonna come back in the congress and come back in September and the presence could put before them a package of proposal you actually create jobs.
Involving for example giving tax cuts to businesses tax breaks to businesses that create jobs here how is that some Republicans are gonna accept or -- -- problems -- another jet.
I think what he's trying to do was get public opinion ginned up so those were problems and -- get back here are gonna be hard pressed to say just because Obama wants to -- business tax breaks to big job.
We're not gonna do it doesn't have a great deal of Buchanan -- whether or not -- package that proposal passes the sniff test.
In theory on Paper inside a strategy session it sounds great we're gonna we're gonna.
Pass the ball -- Republicans are gonna say -- are big bill but it has to be something that basically establishment media outlets and big -- people are gonna say.
This is a good package this is a reasonable package it doesn't spend too much so it has to be good enough that it will pass the sniff test but not so good that it would like actually passed.
Well I there's a I have a lot of questions about.
We haven't seen any specific so let's just take -- mark outlined.
I'm I'm all for giving and businesses a tax break I think Republicans would be good for giving businesses a tax break for employing people in the United States I think that's well and good.
But you know there's this cloud of the super committee hanging out there and I don't know the answer to this -- if we.
Are taking it from -- -- taking away tax revenue does that mean that we have to cut seven do we have to cut defense we have to come in here.
This to scrutinize your identity as you know Internet is the twelve member of channel six Republicans six Democrats that must come up with a 1000000000005 and cuts over the next decade or -- an automatic one point two trillion dollars in cuts that falls heavily on the Defense Department on Medicare.
And so agony you know what I guess one of my questions and I I've talked to a number of tax lobbyists out there who -- the same thing is the concern is.
That where at this stalemate right now where you can actually do.
The tax cuts that Republicans had proposed to create jobs you can actually do with stimulus spending because -- -- -- -- -- to balance out in this -- committee now of course they -- Ignore the super Canadian and and work outside of that so one question I would have.
If I was going to ask Jay Carney a question is is how does that fit within that the confines of the super committee.
The so I don't think Republicans are going to oppose the question is what's in the details and IE you know if it was just a clean bill that's great for the president I think that would actually her past but there's never a clean bill in Washington.
And -- one -- one there's one wonders if you're going to give a tax cut here indeed what you have to do for labor over here for instance what you have to do for the other interest group.
That doesn't want to see just tax cuts to businesses that want some sort of concession fort bear interest.
Margaret I wanna I want to bring in Albert brown who chats thus play.
Congress should be in session now.
-- she did Albert is not alone.
In that -- Left and right Democrat and Republican I think there is a growing sense that is like why is everybody on vacation.
In Washington and that includes -- the president gonna go up to Martha's Vineyard and and and hang out up there.
Why isn't congress in session we have all these problems why aren't they working.
Is should should the Republicans do you think go ahead should John Boehner just say look even if there's nothing to do with -- come back to town.
And we'll make some noise and and look like on the job.
Well if you really pose the question I -- the question is is are usually better in this country when congress.
Sure that's obvious right.
So -- know the reality is -- it's always good to say congress should be here look there's a symbolic.
Vision attached to that of congress working working on the nation's problems.
But in reality is that these are things you get better quicker if congress is -- for the next three weeks the answer is no -- gonna make -- the president was always working at -- -- Martha's -- spent -- afternoon with his -- at the beach which I think everyone's entitled to -- for a week -- -- over the summer.
But the reality is he's worked in every day he's working on these very problems that result into --
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