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Continues its sluggish crawl toward economic recovery key member of the White House economic -- Announced her departure.
Joining us now with more on that is our reporter panel.
White House correspondent for they -- and young and also deputy editor act immediately collar team went 1520 times that.
-- we're talking about doctor Christina Romer says she wants to spend more time with the family but their questions about.
Whether she got along well Larry Summers and and -- -- there at the White House she's been the base of the White House and many economic issues I think actually.
Well I think it's a combination of things I do I do think the White House is is not.
Lying to slow -- -- say she's tired and she's -- go home -- sit -- with Robert Gibbs in his office on Friday.
He said look she's got a she got us on -- hospital she wants to go home but not only that he said -- this economic team is crammed in a term and a half and to basically eighteen months they're exhausted.
They put in a lot of work starting with the stimulus and leading up to now.
And doctor Romer was sort of the unfortunate face of the monthly unveiling of the unemployment numbers which continue to be atrocious.
And you take a beating in the -- a lot of times -- -- just also the author behind it memo that outlined hey if we pass the stimulus it keeps unemployment under 8%.
And that's -- -- not the case found in the evening to have an impact what I think there's no question that -- it has been a serious problem for the Obama administration every time he's tried to try to tout success.
People bring back to his own metric.
That unemployment wouldn't rise above 8% -- the stimulus -- passed rose to 10% it's now around nine and a half percent but I think I largely agree with Sam that you know.
The average tenure for someone in her positions about two years she's probably -- months ago that life CDC that if possible that -- got tired of working on some resentment -- hate Internet we've heard you can't hurry to -- -- and -- -- -- apparently.
By the Austan Goolsbee right now is being mentioned as sort of sort of the the likely candidate to.
To take that position but there again I mean it's it's not the best position in the White House because.
Mean notwithstanding dealing with Larry Summers on a daily basis you've also got that role is it sort of borrowing a joke from -- from last week of playing that Vanna White role of turning around the number on a monthly basis.
And that number is the greatest millstone around this president's neck and -- that he's dealing with.
I didn't want to ask you that another political development going on right now house is in recess.
-- -- -- house speaker has.
A -- them back they're coming back to vote on this jobs bill education bill.
And that the senate passed late last week you know Democrats it's all about hitting hundreds of thousands of jobs for people like firefighters.
And teachers those kinds of things there -- is also Medicaid.
Aid to the states it's built and this is all the state -- bill but Republicans namely John Boehner and the house -- minority leader saying it's nothing but a special interest bail out.
If interacting -- -- recess.
I think it is actually it transparently political move on part of the Democrats.
They're little fearful of November I think parents -- big losses they hope to get some political advantage.
At a painting Republicans as people who don't care about children and teachers the fact of the matter is that the public unions.
Teachers unions had accepted some concessions like pay for uses many of these jobs would have been say instead now they're asking the federal government for -- -- I think he hit the Republicans get any traction on that talking point that this was you know -- to the union's right appointment terms think the -- -- of it is the continued spending to to to bail out.
To bail out state and local governments.
People wary of the deficits another 26 billion dollars I mean in the middle in America that's real money not here in Washington I guess.
But I do think do you think it's a double down strategy by the Democrats and they're hoping it'll pay off.
Something interesting as well I mean Republicans is that hey if you're gonna call us back from recess we have a measure.
He's got -- a -- privileged resolution which will go after the lame duck session and say to the Democrats we want you -- -- and vote for this thing next week while we're here in Washington.
That you're not gonna try to -- major policy initiatives during that time between the November elections where he says they're gonna lose the house.
And Gingrich when new members -- -- and I do need to think the Republicans have any chance or is it just forcing the Democrats to take a vote.
Well there's no chance that the Democrats are going to do that what Republicans obviously fears that.
After the midterm elections if for instance Republicans take the house or even maybe the senate.
And that's -- duck period Democrats are gonna push through all the legislation that -- -- -- person before that -- because about that would make it worse so Republicans are trying to do anything in the hopes of of of avoiding.
Just technical I didn't -- great to see bill and whether acting like.
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