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Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:06 PM

Petition to Pres. Obama to have Paul Krugman as Treasury Sec'y. I think we need him badly!

Below is an email from the actor Danny Glover, who worked with the organization Just Foreign Policy to create a petition that's taking off on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.


Urge President Obama to Nominate Paul Krugman for Treasury Secretary.

Sign the Petition!
Dear MoveOn member,
Press reports say President Obama will soon nominate a new Treasury Secretary. Press speculation has centered on candidates likely to support the Wall Street agenda of cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits and other domestic spending rather than government policies to create jobs.

We want President Obama to nominate Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, who opposes austerity and wants the government to focus on creating jobs.

That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org to President Barack Obama, which says:

We urge you to nominate Paul Krugman for Treasury Secretary. Krugman will protect Social Security and Medicare from benefit cuts, promote policies to create jobs, and help defeat the austerity dogma in Washington and around the world.

http://signon.org/sign/nominate-paul-krugman?source=s.em.cp&r_by=59662

Thanks!

–Danny Glover

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Reply Petition to Pres. Obama to have Paul Krugman as Treasury Sec'y. I think we need him badly! (Original post)
Cal33 Jan 2013 OP
immoderate Jan 2013 #1
still_one Jan 2013 #4
Cal33 Jan 2013 #28
JaneyVee Jan 2013 #2
Cal33 Jan 2013 #5
immoderate Jan 2013 #7
Cal33 Jan 2013 #8
immoderate Jan 2013 #10
Cal33 Jan 2013 #12
Cal33 Jan 2013 #18
bluestateguy Jan 2013 #3
Cal33 Jan 2013 #6
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #11
RomneyLies Jan 2013 #9
Cal33 Jan 2013 #13
Larrymoe Curlyshemp Jan 2013 #14
tilsammans Jan 2013 #15
Cal33 Jan 2013 #25
hay rick Jan 2013 #16
Cal33 Jan 2013 #17
Cal33 Jan 2013 #20
Scuba Jan 2013 #19
Cal33 Jan 2013 #23
Oilwellian Jan 2013 #21
Yavin4 Jan 2013 #22
Cal33 Jan 2013 #24
think Jan 2013 #26
Cal33 Jan 2013 #27

Response to Cal33 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:11 PM

1. This is good for a laugh.

Obama is a corporatist and Krugman is not.

--imm

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Response to immoderate (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:16 PM

4. Perhaps not. This second term we will get to see

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Response to still_one (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:25 PM

28. Sure hope you are right.

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Response to Cal33 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:13 PM

2. WHERE do I click?!

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:18 PM

5. Am trying, but I can't get it across. It's an email from Move On. Maybe you can try MoveOn

directly?

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:40 PM

7. Here is the link, but...

As I said above it's for grins. Somebody said Krugman may feel patriaotic. I think it's Obama who needs to be more patriotic. Although, I will allow that with this tax increase, he has at last done something that goes against his corporate handlers.

http://signon.org/sign/nominate-paul-krugman?source=s.em.cp&r_by=59662

--imm

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Response to immoderate (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 07:22 PM

8. Many thanks for the link. I was just in time and got my post edited. I wish they would

allow more time for editing. Why not a whole day instead of 1 hour only?

Am reading Justin Frank's "Obama On The Couch" published in 2011. He had also
written "Bush On The Couch" in 2004. He's professor of psychiatry at George
Washington Univ., D.C.

Among other things, Frank, through linking present-day values with early upbringing,
shows how Obama became the way he is. There's quite a bit of technical jargon, but
it's interesting reading and not difficult to understand for those who have had a course
or two in psychology. According to Frank, outside of a few occasions, for most of his
life Obama has avoided direct confrontation with those who opposed him.

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Response to Cal33 (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 07:32 PM

10. With DU3 there is no time limit.

Edit when you like.

--imm

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Response to immoderate (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 07:46 PM

12. Thanks again.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 10:31 PM

18. Hi Janey, the link is now in the original post -- graciously provided by immoderate.

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Response to Cal33 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:15 PM

3. Krug probably doesn't want the job

Because that would actually require rolling up his sleeves and helping, rather than penning columns nitpicking and complaining all the time.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 06:23 PM

6. I think his patriotism would be aroused, if he sees that many people are asking him.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 07:33 PM

11. Was it OK when Krugman nitpicked and complained about Dubya?

Or was that horrible too?

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Response to Cal33 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 07:26 PM

9. Krugman would be far too constrained

 

He'd despise the job due to the political realities of the position.

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Response to RomneyLies (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 10:09 PM

13. Yes, I've read a couple of years ago that Krugman had said he wouldn't work for the government.

Nevertheless, if enough of us were able to persuade him to change his mind, you can be sure
that he would have extracted from Obama ahead of time the promise that he'd have a
certain degree of freedom from harassment, and do his job in the way he saw fit.

He'd be doing Obama a favor, and not the other way around.

I realize that wishful thinking plays a role in the statements made above.

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Response to Cal33 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 10:12 PM

14. HELL Yes!

 

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Response to Cal33 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 10:14 PM

15. Signed it!

Krugman should at least be on the short list of nominees. It's up to him to accept or decline, but he should be nominated nevertheless.

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Response to tilsammans (Reply #15)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:56 PM

25. Yes, he should be.

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Response to Cal33 (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 10:17 PM

16. Of course Obama wouldn't even consider Krugman and...

Krugman probably doesn't want the job BUT...
the petition sends the message that Obama is following the wrong path and registers support for a more populist set of economic policies.

I signed.

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Response to hay rick (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 10:24 PM

17. Obama has said more than once that he wanted Americans to MAKE HIM DO WHAT THEY WANT.

So, we are carrying out his expressed wishes. He wants to get us involved, I suppose.

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Response to hay rick (Reply #16)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:00 AM

20. It's great of you for having signed. Hope more will do the same.

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Response to Cal33 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:27 AM

19. Why isn't this a White House Petition?

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Response to Scuba (Reply #19)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:05 PM

23. I read that Obama has in mind several Wall Streeters, among others, as possible Sec'y of Treasury..

I don't like it at all. Geithner for 4 years is already more than enough. Obama seems to
be obsessed with the idea of bi-partisanship. The extreme Right-Wingers couldn't be
more specific and rudely open about their wanting to destroy everything he stands for
-- totally and completely. But Obama chooses to ignore it. He continues to woo them.
It doesn't mean anything to him that it takes two to tango.

That's the way it looks to me right now. I hope he'll change during the coming 4 years.

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Response to Cal33 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:23 AM

21. I wager Erskine will be the man

It will HAVE to be a Wall Street enabler because that's who our government works for. Erskine has earned his wings to be heir apparent to the Treasury because of his leadership on the Debt Commission, and because he's such a strong believer in "Shared Sacrifice" which we all know has become a major theme in Obama's administration. Erskine is a perfect fit to match the new, 21st Century philosophies of the Democratic party.

Krugman is so 20th Century.


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Response to Cal33 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:49 AM

22. Too Many of Us Have Overly Romantic Notions of How Progress Is Made

Real progress does not come from electing a president or selecting someone for a cabinet position. Real progress happens at the grass roots level. It's bottom up progess, not top down.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #22)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:15 PM

24. You are right, it is a grass roots process. It was the Democratic grass roots that elected and

re-elected Obama. As I've written above, Obama has said that he wanted the people TO MAKE HIM DO
WHAT THEY WANT. I suppose he wants to see people get more involved. So, let's petition for the
2008 Nobel Prize winner in economics as Sec'y of the Treasury this time.

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Response to Cal33 (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:08 PM

26. Kicked and signed. Unfortunately though Krugman is not qualified

He's never worked for Goldman Sachs.....

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Response to think (Reply #26)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:24 PM

27. Many thanks. I sure hope more DUers will be signing.

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