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And we are very pleased to have with us near attendant who is president of the Center for American Progress tell -- what center for American congress'.
Sure as -- -- rare race is a think tank.
It's a multi disciplinary thinking which really is a fancy way of saying it works across -- she's.
As an economic team -- street team and we really work time those issues and today -- immigration reform.
Add that they -- by its debt ceiling debates and it will say -- even longer term.
And what this country's biggest challenges -- we tried her -- policy solutions and ideas to help solve this with a progressive orientation yes yes we have that -- -- -- -- and -- that doesn't mean -- -- that idiotic though we -- have a and progressive bent or in this sort of -- -- sent prison sentence is more of them now.
Is the Hindu people refer to a CP -- It can't.
Work and it is there is kept.
The first progressive think tank in -- sense.
It's -- there are other organizations.
And have had and you know you had as good progressive bent on an -- issue is your education issues.
We're the first acting team that really works across issues that handles -- security economic policy front of her recipe you and this is our tenth anniversary -- And regulation act offended by John Podesta my correct about yet he's the former chief of staff to President Clinton and you have a Clinton connection you formally advised.
Hillary Clinton when she was in the United States senate for -- I say I worked for -- when she was First Lady in the senate and a presidential campaigns and I was very fortunate to -- -- her front.
Okay so the first thing I want to ask -- that is an initiative of caps that is gonna be ruled -- -- -- tomorrow.
Well and you'll be standing alongside the House Minority Leader Nancy -- and LA -- and Valerie -- of the White House tells what -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And it's called a fair shot and and it's in conjunction -- Planned parent -- win.
-- -- -- new organization American women and the Service Employees International Union.
And we're enhancing -- new effort to really galvanize women who ran.
Women and families -- -- and women's agenda that focuses on issues like -- -- And people paid for women and -- reproductive health and it's it's a broad agenda that really speaks to you.
How women and in many ways are still in and really fast food every the last decade and our focus is ensuring that women and families had to have a fair shot -- So what -- the initial initiative actually consists of it is it is today legislative push is it okay just a messaging thing what is it it.
Actually combination and there's a legislative elections really and a policy agenda that that the national and state level.
That -- -- those issues.
And and then there is in it we recognize it's important to have a real conversation the American people in order to galvanize efforts sales over the next several months for a luncheon apparently -- -- -- let's CNN.
-- slew of women leaders and and then over the next several months we have to have a conversation in in in people's neighborhoods in -- houses.
The happiness at organizing for America is doing -- -- -- town halls over the next week.
Around these issues and they really went -- governing people -- -- -- policy change.
Our guest here in the foxhole today is near attend -- president of the Center for American Progress a progressive think tank here in Washington.
And -- -- is telling me about initiative that cap is going to roll out tomorrow what Nancy Pelosi and Valerie Jarrett.
-- called a fair shot if you people are adjusted to tomorrow in sort of paying attention this.
How they do so do they go to the website or -- yeah.
Sales will be live streaming and Ireland and Arab sanctions is to begin begin began American progress that work and -- -- -- will be our Twitter campaign to -- considerably at the end okay.
You know before we leave that I have to say I have two boys -- or six and three.
And up a couple of years ago I wrote a book called the trouble with the boys -- which was a best seller written by a woman who had been the education correspondent for Newsweek magazine.
And the basic premise of the book was that since title nine was an -- back in 1972 I think it was.
Women have surged.
In almost all areas both of academics and life itself to the point where girls succeed boys in almost all of that subject areas and school.
Girls make up and women make up more than 50% of college graduates and and enrollees in higher education.
And in fact face.
Or or boast better rates of alcoholism suicide and across the board.
And so one wonders if women need the help of the you know.
Say this at other statistics are absolutely -- and yet when you look at what's fascinating to me and if you look at an amber at partners at last frontier -- -- we have since -- -- -- -- -- -- we've had male parent male female parity.
And law school application and -- gradually she and beyond parity in -- excel is -- little.
You know women -- -- a little bit higher and yet if you look at the numbers equity partnerships for our men and women.
And then he knew white men are now 85%.
-- fewer than 15% her wit and an equity -- -- -- -- CEOs.
-- -- -- 56%.
-- there his ass still.
The league in charity in a whole slew of areas in and we sort of start off at the starting gate relatively equal in terms and let careers.
-- where we really plant were women and planted over the last decade.
Is on -- issue of leadership and there's been a lot of conversation about why that is and -- of their efforts in this initiative is to train finance.
Is it -- as -- you don't have -- support for families that women I think and that of the workforce for the years and that's where you see the leadership.
I think that's the kind of question we're trying to get to the.
I attended a thing that the offices of the Atlantic.
That David Bradley hosts where he interviewed Sheryl -- I -- of -- publication of her -- and I -- Sheryl -- a question of that charter which had to do with.
How -- -- dress these issues of pay equity and entrepreneurship and so forth and it struck me that perhaps the most direct route to doing this.
Would be to make a concerted effort to two -- women in higher positions particularly of banking and finance because then they'd be in a position to.
To help with seed money and so forth for women aren't nor should.
And and I think one of the things that Sheryl Sandberg -- medication was that when women heading companies.
There is a greater opportunity for women to get -- right we have seen that and that ain't so do you agree that banking in capitals -- you gotta go specifically she.
I think it's a great -- again it is it is -- actually noticeable that banking capital are areas in which.
Women are really doing the worst we don't even have a single CEO it does look at this point sailed.
Yeah and I I think that's an important and obviously that's a huge area and for the United States and really leading finance and in the global economy and having -- -- women -- Really news he uses it is a big challenge saying I think that's it that's a gradient full roster is really figure out why he had -- leadership.
Is this something cultural is -- something policy days there's been -- name's Sheryl Sandberg spent really have to let that women themselves.
Were open today these ideas that we think that means you need a little bit more information and that's part of that restricted and.
There was as you know -- kind of a backlash to the those Sheryl Sandberg book -- in the premise of -- was essentially you can happen at all seems to be we've we've seen this debate sort of recur.
-- decade after decade in different iterations and for fun and profit but -- -- There was a backlash from women and I remember in New York magazine publish something by a woman who said -- who who in his that the new feminism that -- a woman with her child and a -- -- -- and they the basic premise of the backlash was.
There's nothing really progressive or empowering about working sixty hours a week to -- with a fistful of dollars for a nanny and handed over to her re right what's your whole take a little -- in -- -- It's.
Personally not at all.
Hey it's fat it's penny I -- and nine year old and six or Alter any emissary -- real battle there at -- Carter there will be there.
I am great it's amazing -- this is -- -- -- -- eleven year old and a girl -- at and nights at any Arab boys still I didn't actually and living around batters actually.
And you asked earlier I totally recognize that there -- and education system that are typical for their voices to question when -- get to be built on your screen.
An issue then of leaning and leaning think think big challenge we have.
That is sent it's a whole host of issues -- and eighteen I think when had that parts of the backlash.
At some meaningless that there was.
People were only hearing the message that it's it's really a problem in the themselves.
And women have to lean and I think it -- you look at the -- and actually read her.
She tax and that three areas culture policy.
And I can absolutely tell you that telling -- name you can have a dollars and really difficult message to hear.
It heads -- is having job men aren't having it on.
I certainly am Monday just happened already -- -- it -- like 90000 dollars a year was the estimate in the New York magazine article for a woman to be able to afford a nanny and ethical and work -- and other things.
And that is a big challenge and I think.
What are the questions we're really -- -- happy -- me having new hazard event and as head and neck and -- that every other countries happiness where.
People can be responsible workers and responsible parents.
So we're really looking at issues -- child care.
-- issues -- pre K issues that.
Hate me -- parents half of the sport they need to be good parents that all say can be productive workers is innocent countries to get this -- They have sex -- period of leave.
-- actually prefer mothers and mothers only that it creates a disincentive for employers to hire women.
That would be a problem -- you still you have to eat give -- careful structured system and -- likely event and and vibrant free market system we'd ever win.
Agrees that that's a critical elements of it -- -- supports in the system that help winning you know achieve what they need to keep.
The Twain shall meet -- -- fed.
Chats to us a salary should be based on the ability -- the position held -- not matter male or female Mike in Maryland writes to us.
I don't see the debate over equal pay ending any time soon congress won't address it is that your feeling to congress won't -- it.
You know I think it's really unfortunate if it if they don't address it because okay.
Illness that says -- as a professional and asking you to -- This will there.
We had an historic number of women commend the congress and it didn't seem to me the bomb we're now like to when he and it sounds so much depressing to me in ways that.
Historically having 20% that is continued that's -- you mark.
And still I can't even disappointed that we haven't learned that making more progress that I -- I I -- -- we'll never seen her -- that I have we'll see it's either.
Here's one last question on this whole subject matter.
That did the fact that women are in the workplaces and -- in in terms of human history is a fairly recent -- It's as revolutionary and and so for example is the concept of of same sex marriage and very recent development in the long span of human history corporate and some conservatives would say that.
For anyone to imagine that the effects of these.
Sort of radical use the word radical radical re orient things.
Millennia social arrangements for anyone to assume that we.
Already know -- can predict.
The the the impacts that these changes will have long.
Families and human relations the workplace and so forth would be foolish to imagine.
That in fact it's gonna be decades before we see how this plays out in that not all of the not all of the root of of the effects will be positive what -- what is your what your response that kind of analysis.
Yeah I would say -- that all throughout our history.
-- when we had an important social changes there have been places that said.
In each one of this changes.
Her brand -- for an education.
Did away meaning in previous decades -- were treated well throughout our history there than them is for people have said.
The voices and the status who have said -- you this is getting this is we're going to fire chief past.
And that there will be an intended consequences.
That that language is -- is pregnant every session management in -- and I think that especially now that we -- that fiftieth anniversary of -- in Washington where.
So many of those -- -- -- laugh at that point and yet we need progress in each and every occasion and gets a testament to how.
And easing its entry -- that so much change that happens exactly.
That by continuing to press for greater and greater -- so everybody.
Can reach there and potential I feel lake -- can't living up to what makes this country's great and we shouldn't.
Absolutely ensure that children.
Our it -- -- children are front and center in our policy making I absolutely that.
They think we can do that if fiance addressed parents economic -- ticket -- -- -- -- we have some more shots from our audience here in the fox hole.
Dino in Texas writes.
Look at the past I know that there wasn't so much fear when I -- -- but nowadays you can't let your kids out of your sight when I was growing up it was get out of the house -- -- -- see till dinner.
I believe that there.
Isn't anyone listening writes I wonder what percentage of people in trouble come from a single parent woman council is for group looking into.
I think and then laugh I think they'll rise as a single parent it.
Is it is -- really critical challenge for the entry and I do you absolutely agree -- In terms of policy making we should look at -- -- the needs of children and what I think we have to be aware -- is.
Is how we get those parents and thought I mean in personal believer in marriage.
We have seen in other countries marriage rates and then down.
That -- tolerate having two appearances has really stayed at the nordic and concerns -- -- I absolutely believe.
And that we should be looking at policies and the senator Harris is looking at policies of how we address this challenge of single.
-- apparent in one of the ways that this really comes in terms of federal policy.
-- just briefly is our policies for low income parents -- -- tax credit of their policies.
Actually discourage marriage and and that is a big challenge that we have to -- that we have to address and I think I don't think that conservatives.
And liberals can come together in this.
Let's turn -- economy first question we're used.
Surprised by what happened Larry Summers.
-- little surprise and I should say.
Larry Summers is -- distinguished senior fellow at the Center for American Progress where he's done a lot of work kind income inequality and rising interest and body in the injury.
And it's -- think there is an anger and that angst and liberals and progressives Iran -- Plus street deregulation.
I think we're all living with -- aftermath of the Great Recession which many people down.
Feel like -- -- and -- deregulation of Wall Street.
And and there's a lot of anger and those -- Iran -- -- -- that on this -- issues and there's still a lot of increments progresses and that and -- -- it was in the symbol of that.
Even LA and nature in LA and think he's in -- -- -- and I think he became a symbol of anger.
And it is and what about his actual personality that factor into it.
I can't do you think he he has a reputation and we need to me ten.
And here is network that -- area in the White House and health care -- and -- he was always respectful.
And particulars excellent people -- very different views and they think he has a reputation for Christmas.
And dat -- Ken Hamlin did his problem I don't think it either it was just.
The Wall Street issue I don't think that personality what it meant anything then and -- just looking.
There there are a lot of people in Washington children -- I.
They don't think that's disqualifying that it -- you become an issue -- -- problem.
The CBO came out with a report today saying that the nation's debt is on an unsustainable path -- already knew.
Warn that by 2038 of current law continues federal debt held by the public would hit 100% of GDP.
In fairness President Obama CBO also noted that.
That it's been going down in the past few years the detonate.
What's your feeling about president Obama's economic stewardship.
Sit back and let me say take this you have any criticism that for example in theory just universally supportive of what -- -- still.
I mean my criticism would be that Washington has not focused on the issue -- Jack Gretzky I think that CBO report today was.
Eight inches in -- obviously he's an excellent talent isn't and cash -- -- we should address sent.
Thank if you look at the projections from just.
Two years again.
These numbers -- can dance and half was -- and -- to be 238%.
Of GDP and a percentage of GDP.
Still not great that's a big problem that doesn't mean dirty your -- -- the speakers and -- Says.
They actually look -- we've done pretty well actually and deficit reduction in terms of policy.
Deficit long term -- is coming in our short term deficits her are dramatically reducing.
They were 8% of GDP -- -- and it 3% of GDP for the rest of this decade we study challenges we need to get it actually in my criticism.
Is -- more at this time (%expletive) we -- -- challenge right now.
That in both parties are interesting well I think Democratic Party is trying to address -- who aren't in there about liberty and think either party is doing really good job of focusing.
And they can challenge we have which is we don't have and it did me and in this economy.
That is it -- problem that is dragging cameras for you know.
-- when -- when the wages are.
What they should absolutely this is the best and that's a function of having high unemployment.
And then coupled with Ed Lou and we've had.
You know the these sort of default setting of the conservatives in this debate would be to say.
Look at our tax structure.
Look at our regulatory climate.
-- -- the World Bank every year lists the one and 93 world economies in terms of ease of doing business in the United States has been falling.
Because that's still pretty -- and very -- -- -- yeah.
But for example Singapore every year tops the list for ease of doing business and where -- and they break it down by category and Wear the tax burden is concerned.
The United States ranks somewhere like 62.
And so another words or sixty countries out there that other more favorable tax burden really think the people who provide jobs -- set up the.
Excellent example if you look -- a lot of this -- Right they're not -- chapter -- of them are African countries a lot of them are countries that aren't actually there.
Their places that just aren't functioning economies.
And for the ages basically and attacks in England and -- -- there -- they -- -- do more.
And businesses don't go there that's it actually -- example at how tax policies themselves -- not.
The only driver of academic program and say -- If I believe we should have a reform tax system -- she ever for a tax system.
Our tax rates are high for companies that they're effective rate is actually relatively little.
Because he had such a complicated Texas so I recognize me.
For tax -- more.
If taxes are the only issue and -- jabs at being Californians and all of them would be in the in Antarctica says that to Canada North Dakota and great but -- that there.
Energy that they that -- thing and it's nice silk and Bally has been there it's not like finance and used in the middle of the country.
It's not complicated set of reasons why company's new places and it's having the human capital -- -- each driver academic program.
And in fact -- -- a lot of litigation -- education issues and just having.
Highly trained workforce college -- still I think there's a complicated set of issues and we should look at all of them to address grants.
But I think tech will we've seen through tax policies in the last decade dramatically live.
Lower taxes and that this administration and he didn't he had very little we age group from any of those policies have.
And I think we have to look more -- at the answers.
Chris in PA wants to know what are the chances Janet Yellen will become fed chair to talk to the White House tell us.
Better than fifty.
I yeah I mean I and -- big getting on van.
Pat I have they've I in the way they would also make history -- -- and women to have rent in -- -- central bank and of course the biggest central bank and the world still.
And and then I -- and it seems like -- they she was always on the short list and so I imagine her the ads are pretty -- that I can't speak for the White House and the hard right.
Love the -- -- we would love freedom to -- You know the president delivers a State of the Union Address.
Please tell us what the state is of the relationship between the progressive community and Barack Obama.
I think and hear -- talk to.
A little bit earlier bad economic Brandon austerity and and -- -- think challenge is that.
What is the relationship right now is that good.
There it is is is two.
Great I think -- Overall the president has very nice apartments Democrats -- Ellis had very nice apartments Democrats and there's a lot there has been more education.
-- driven into the to this for back to serious debate and a lot of liberals were very concerned about strikes there there -- there is trying anti.
-- and hanging.
Basically getting involved in other injuries I think there's a straining those parties advance for anti interventionist but.
Is definitely came out ahead and that's -- this -- doesn't think -- -- challenges.
We had is that there's growing inequality in the country.
Liberals and progressives are very concerned about it and there aren't a lot of policies and actually -- -- -- Washington.
You mention the war in Syria I wanna go to a quote now I'm gonna reach you and we have techs prepared that we can put on screens where viewers can can -- -- with us.
Speaking of President Obama this columnist wrote earlier this month.
He willingly jumped into a bear trap of his own creation in the process he has damaged his presidency -- -- in the nation's standing in the world.
It has been one of the more stunning and inexplicable displays -- presidential incompetence but I've ever witnessed in this -- added he has done himself and the nation great and unnecessary harm.
The road back to credibility and respect will be extremely difficult.
This was not Rush Limbaugh speaking -- this was Joseph -- Magazine.
And before we we -- on that let's add to this published.
Yesterday Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post another liberal columnists.
Who wrote about the president.
Really dismissing the criticisms of his decision making style and process in Syria as style points the president when he spoke to George Stephanopoulos I think it was.
-- basically dismissed such criticism is saying look -- care I care about getting -- policy right these are style points and and Ruth Marcus writes.
That this is a self serving account.
And says presidential -- have ripples beyond ripples Obama may have laughter as secretary of state accidentally may have stumbled into approach the -- the perils of Pauline moment.
But the indecision the mind changing the lurching.
And note Obama did not dispute such character -- -- a characterizations of -- -- dismiss them about consequences.
Style matters adversaries and allies foreign and domestic take the measure the president -- they judge whether he can be trusted whether he will back down center.
So here you have Joseph Klein -- -- these are not.
Right wing bloggers at Selena -- -- end and so I think it goes again to this question about is there are some growing disaffection on the part of -- liberal base.
With this president and how do you address these criticisms of how we conduct himself in -- And well I think is -- she separate issues -- And while I respect and an enormously that your client -- -- Marcus neither of them and that they characterize themselves as its people for the left.
And I don't think the -- -- dentist -- people was there.
Carrier decision in -- kind of eroticism to -- -- to the decision making process in Syria that was.
Not good for the United States and and which unnerved our allies which is what -- -- -- yeah I think there is.
I think there's potential for that that can obviously happen -- it actually an interesting -- me is that if you look at.
Polls all the polls these issues in -- -- came out yesterday.
-- really asking this essential question was -- president vacillation and is changing day and it was at a signing things or was it get famed -- -- -- and -- represented Washington.
And it average CEO our spokespeople that a huge -- -- Americans like the result the president came to you.
And said it was a sign of strength that he was willing.
Seeing you circumstances.
And change according to -- out.
I understand that people can make the -- -- leaders.
Ask how other countries relate to -- that she definitely be -- concern.
And at it at the end there and at this is -- that the president hadn't started an attractive way of getting to the right answer.
That's much better.
Me -- -- -- mean wait to getting to the -- answer which is what a lot of Americans and definitely progressives felt happened in Iraq.
We just have a few just a few seconds left about thirty seconds.
Bottom line is the bloom off the rose between progressive.
And Barack Obama.
-- not there is that adding I think -- sent to the president to share that he's.
England via voice and the issues that people care averages academic and bloody.
Ensuring that the academy is there for everyone -- the issues that are written that is that is really driving progressives that drove progresses on the Larry Summers -- -- And and I think that's the that's the real issue intention -- Near -- is president of the Center for American Progress a progressive think tank here in Washington that handles.
The economy budgets national security all kinds of issues look for her tomorrow with Valerie Jarrett and Nancy Pelosi unveiling -- initiative called a fair shot.
-- for women and families thanks so much for joining us here in the foxhole we'll see you actually the week of October 7 we're going to be re modeling the studios.
Despite how fantastic they look to you within your limited frame right here so we'll be back in October thanks much of his visiting us here in the -- and James -- --
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