Bloomberg: Geithner Says He Will Not Serve Second Term

Jan 26, 2012, 11:08 am EST

In an exclusive interview with Bloomberg Television, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that even if President Barack Obama was elected to a second term, that it was unlikely he would be asked to return to his current position.

“He’s not going to ask me to stay on, I’m pretty confident. I’m confident he’ll be president. But I’m also confident he’s going to have the privilege of having another secretary of the Treasury… Something else for me.”

Geithner made the admission in a one-hour interview with Bloomberg Television that covered topics ranging from Dodd-Frank to the European debt crisis to manufacturing in the U.S. The entire interview can be seen in the embedded video below. Read 

Why Obama/Ariz. Governor Greeting Quickly Turned Ugly

Jan 26, 2012, 10:35 am EST

What started out as a friendly meeting between President Barack Obama and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on an airport tarmac quickly became heated Tuesday. What was the brouhaha over? A book.

More specifically, Brewer’s recently published memoir, Scorpions for Breakfast, drew the president’s ire. Obama disputed the details of a meeting between the Arizona governor and himself in 2010 at the White House to talk about immigration. Brewer said that she felt like Obama was lecturing her on the issue, a charge that Obama denied, apparently in vehement fashion.

Brewer, a Republican, was a staunch supporter of legislation passed in Arizona that was among the broadest anti-illegal-immigration measures every enacted. Obama was among many critics who said the law, which made it a misdemeanor for immigrants to not have registration papers on them and required police officers who pulled over someone they suspected of being an illegal immigrant to check that person’s immigration status, went too far and violated civil liberties. Read 

Obama Targets China’s Trade Practices

Jan 26, 2012, 9:56 am EST

President Barack Obama is getting tough on trade. In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, the president announced the creation of a new Trade Enforcement Unit that will be tasked with investigating unfair trade practices in countries, such as China.  The new unit will reportedly use investigators and other federal resources to combat what the administration considers the lack of fairness between countries.

Here’s the money quote from the president’s speech on this issue: “I will not stand by when our competitors don’t play by the rules…our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you — America will always win.”

Of course, talking tough on China has become a favorite pastime of politicians in Washington. Republican presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has also been talking tough on China, vowing to designate the country as a “currency manipulator” and impose duties on China’s imports if the yuan isn’t allowed to float freely against the dollar. Read 

4 Reasons Romney Won’t Beat Obama — and What It Means for the Markets

Jan 26, 2012, 9:39 am EST
4 Reasons Romney Won’t Beat Obama — and What It Means for the Markets

It’s never too early to start thinking ahead to the potential impact an election can have on the markets, and a look at some important numbers shows that investors may want to consider what impact President Barack Obama’s re-election will have on stock prices. Here’s why: GOP candidate Mitt Romney is generally seen as the only candidate capable of beating Obama in the fall, yet several factors are weighing against him even if he fends off Newt Gingrich’s latest surge. 1. Conservative Disaffection

Although conventional wisdom says that a moderate Republican is more likely to win a general election than a conservative, recent history has shown that GOP candidates can’t win without enthusiastic conservative support. Ronald Reagan won as a conservative candidate twice, and so did George W. Bush — although it’s a matter of debate how much Bush actually followed conservative principals once he was in office. On the other hand, Republicans who ran as moderates — George H.W. Bush (1992) and John McCain (2008) — were both soundly beaten.

Today, we see moderate Republican Mitt Romney running into similar problems as his predecessors. This is evident not just in polls, but also in Rick Santorum’s Iowa victory, the steady improvement in Ron Paul’s polling numbers, and the exit polling data from South Carolina showing conservatives flocking to Gingrich. Read 

White House Releases State of the Union Video With Visual Aids

Jan 25, 2012, 1:36 pm EST

If you watched the State of the Union address last night on television, you might not have gotten the whole picture. Those watching the SOTU address online at whitehouse.gov/sotu had access to an enhanced broadcast that included images and figures on the right-hand side of the screen that corresponded with President Barack Obama’s speech.

Fortunately for those of us who may have missed out on the enhanced broadcast, the White House has released the enhanced version of the speech on YouTube. A link to this video is shown below. For the unabridged, unedited transcript of the president’s SOTU address, check out this link.

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5 Policies to Watch For From State of the Union Address

Jan 25, 2012, 1:04 pm EST
5 Policies to Watch For From State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address may have been lacking in big ideas, but there was no shortage of policy proposals in the president’s annual speech. Washington Post writer Ezra Klein points out five of these policies we should be looking out for in 2012 and beyond.

1. The Buffett Tax

It wasn’t by coincidence that Warren Buffett’s secretary was a member of the audience for the SOTU address. Buffett has famously said that it is unfair that his secretary pays a higher percentage tax rate than he does. In effect, Obama proposed making the effective tax rate for millionaires at least 30%, by wiping out non-charitable tax breaks and deductions. This was one of the few points that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels agreed with when giving the Republican rebuttal, saying we should “stop sending the wealthy benefits they do not need, and stop providing them so many tax preferences that distort our economy.” Read 

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