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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:54 PM

Obama likely to name Wal-Mart Foundation head as budget director

Source: The Hill

Obama likely to name Wal-Mart Foundation head as budget director
By Erik Wasson - 01/25/13 11:01 AM ET


President Obama is likely to announce soon that Sylvia Mathews Burwell will be his next budget director, sources said Friday.

Burwell is a veteran of the Clinton administration, where she served as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. She is a close associate of former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and outgoing White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, who is Obama’s pick to be Treasury secretary.

Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients would either return to his previous role as the deputy OMB director overseeing the management of the government or assume a new role, should Burwell get the nod. His name has been mentioned as a possible replacement for U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, who leaves next month. Zients took over the budget role after Lew left OMB to become chief of staff last year.

A key consideration in the Burwell pick might be her gender, given the number of white males Obama has tapped for Cabinet posts in recent week.






Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/279311-obama-likely-to-tap-burwell-to-be-budget-director

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Reply Obama likely to name Wal-Mart Foundation head as budget director (Original post)
kpete Jan 2013 OP
goclark Jan 2013 #1
TheCowsCameHome Jan 2013 #2
Freddie Stubbs Jan 2013 #38
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #3
Plucketeer Jan 2013 #7
Fire Walk With Me Jan 2013 #4
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #5
SoapBox Jan 2013 #6
woodsprite Jan 2013 #8
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #10
DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav Jan 2013 #12
totodeinhere Jan 2013 #16
dreamnightwind Jan 2013 #18
gateley Jan 2013 #27
Hotler Jan 2013 #37
Demeter Jan 2013 #9
ybbor Jan 2013 #11
GeorgeGist Jan 2013 #13
WhoWoodaKnew Jan 2013 #14
FiveGoodMen Jan 2013 #20
DJ13 Jan 2013 #22
GeorgeGist Jan 2013 #15
madrchsod Jan 2013 #17
FiveGoodMen Jan 2013 #21
aquart Jan 2013 #19
Javaman Jan 2013 #23
Cha Jan 2013 #28
Javaman Jan 2013 #31
Cha Jan 2013 #32
Javaman Jan 2013 #33
Skittles Jan 2013 #24
Cha Jan 2013 #26
Cha Jan 2013 #25
gateley Jan 2013 #29
Cha Jan 2013 #30
gateley Jan 2013 #34
Cha Jan 2013 #45
gateley Jan 2013 #46
Odin2005 Jan 2013 #43
L0oniX Jan 2013 #35
davsand Jan 2013 #36
WhoWoodaKnew Jan 2013 #41
Freddie Stubbs Jan 2013 #39
Cha Jan 2013 #44
Kingofalldems Jan 2013 #40
cheapdate Jan 2013 #42
Catherina Jan 2013 #47
ChisolmTrailDem Jan 2013 #48

Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:56 PM

1. Isn't Walmart owned by Republicans?

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Response to goclark (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:58 PM

2. ...or is it the other way around?

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Response to goclark (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:03 PM

38. It is a publicly traded company

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:59 PM

3. Come on!

Really?
Can someone please enlighten me as to why this is a good thing?

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:10 PM

7. Cause Slick Willy says so! nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:01 PM

4. "Walton Family Foundation Grant Recipients Reconsider Donations After Newtown Shooting"

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/22/walmart-charter-schools_n_2528602.html

A number of charter schools that rely on donations from a charity started by Walmart's founder are questioning whether they should continue accepting the funds in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

The Walton Family Foundation, established by Sam Walton, has given more money to charter schools than any other private donor, Businessweek reports. But some of those schools are reconsidering whether they should take money from a foundation made up of family members who own more than 48 percent of Walmart, which sells more guns than any other retailer in the U.S.

The New Media Middle School in Columbus, Ohio –- which has gotten $250,000 in gifts from the foundation -- is one such charter school that doesn’t know if accepting the funds is ethically responsible after a gunman took the lives of 20 students and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month.

“It’s a dilemma,” Principal Andrew Sweigard told Businessweek. “It’s a moral issue. Can we take funding from a company that is linked to a potential disaster in our school? Do we want to associate ourselves with guns?”

(More at the link.)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:06 PM

5. I will sit back and wait

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:10 PM

6. WTF?

...if it goes through, I'll be disgusted.

Again.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:11 PM

8. I love Obama (and Biden), voted for them, worked for them, cheer them on, and stick up for them,

but it's times when he goes and does something like this that I just can't figure out if he's on our side or "riding that yellow line" down the center of the congressional aisle. He seems to be especially that way in his choice of appointments, and it's infuriating! Am I the only one who feels that way? It's the kind of thing that would have made my parents threaten to 'box' my ears.

Walmart!?! UGH!!!

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:17 PM

10. No, you are not alone

It drives me crazy

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:50 PM

12. No You're not alone! He's supposed to fighting for us! our unions! Not giving this position to

 

someone who promotes low wages and creates jobs that force us into the working poor category. This sure as hell isn't the platform he ran on and it sure as hell isn't what I voted for!

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:58 PM

16. He has always believed in bipartisanship in spite of the fact that the other side is

anything but bipartisan.

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:33 PM

18. Buy-partisan - nt

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:12 PM

27. Ditto. It's some of his appointments that have made me really wonder. And Walmart?!?!?!

Of all the gin joints in the world --- WALMART??? I just don't get it.

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Response to woodsprite (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:56 PM

37. They are all bought and paid for by corporate America and Wall St.

That is why no one from Wall St. has gone to jail. The only reason I voted for the president is because he was less of a tool than Rmoney. Nothing is going to change until we take to the streets by the tens of thousands and protest and shut this country down like they do in the mid-east and europe. it's time to get fighting mad people and take to the streets.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:16 PM

9. Now that's just WRONG

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG

Why not get a competent non-connected, career government type person who would have no conflict of interest?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:34 PM

11. Boooooo!

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Response to ybbor (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:54 PM

13. ^^^^

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:54 PM

14. Maybe he thought she was the best person for the job.

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Response to WhoWoodaKnew (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:09 PM

20. Then we should have elected a smarter president.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #20)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:15 PM

22. Ouch

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:55 PM

15. I'm gettin slow.

I thought this was The Onion.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:09 PM

17. he picks the most pro business people he can find....

and the republicans still hate him. meanwhile we just shake our heads and say, is that all there is?

"keep dig'n a little deeper in the well,well ,well"

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #17)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:11 PM

21. "and the republicans still hate him"

Or they pretend to in order to maintain the GoodCop/BadCop shtick that both parties are running against the citizens of this "democracy".

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:04 PM

19. Shudder.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:53 PM

23. So, is this wally world budget director going to use the same magic on the budget that he used

in Mexico to get wally worlds built down there?

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Response to Javaman (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:13 PM

28. "He"? Sylvia Mathews Burwell is a she.. from the

OP.

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Response to Cha (Reply #28)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:47 PM

31. does it matter? he or she, wally world is full of crooks. nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #31)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:51 PM

32. Yes, it matters.

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Response to Cha (Reply #32)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:52 PM

33. okay then.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:07 PM

24. LOL

the high from the inauguration is wearing off fast

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Response to Skittles (Reply #24)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:11 PM

26. LOL No it's not.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:09 PM

25. I knew.. mention "walmart" and the knee jerk reactions take over..

I bet she'll be good at her job.

Since leaving government, Burwell has become a major force in philanthropy. She is the president of the Wal-Mart Foundation and previously worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Burwell hails from Hinton, W.Va. and was a Rhodes scholar at Harvard University. She worked at McKinsey & Co. as a management consultant before joining the Clinton administration.

A Senate GOP source said that Burwell’s confirmation hearing at the Budget Committee could be rough regardless of her qualifications, given criticism Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) had made


Thanks kpete

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Response to Cha (Reply #25)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:16 PM

29. But it's the association with Walmart that will get the headlines, Cha (as evidenced

by the OP). I just think it's unfortunate he's choosing someone who has an affiliation with a company that is renowned for its poor treatment of employees and vehemently anti-union. Surely there were others just as qualified who don't carry that particular taint.

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Response to gateley (Reply #29)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:20 PM

30. I trust that Pres Obama

knows what he's doing when and if he chooses her. In spite of her association with wal mart. I will not condemn her based on this evidence.

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Response to Cha (Reply #30)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:00 PM

34. I always TRUST Obama, just at times I'm not sure if he's aware of the feelings/attitudes of many

of the citizens.

Other than Walmart, this woman sounds stellar, but I can't help but wonder why she would associate herself with such a company that has such a poor rep when it comes to workers' rights.

Yes, the business model is phenomenal, but what about the people?

The owner of my company told me a story the other day. I'd assumed he probably was a Republican -- owns businesses across the country, etc. I rarely ever see him but he stopped by to say hi. Somehow we got onto politics (I wasn't too comfortable, but what the hell) and it turns out he's a Dem, always has been, LOVES Rachel -- and I noticed he was driving a Prius.

We got on to cars, and he told me that the business he's building in the South of town (from the ground up) he was getting bids from various contractors. One guy came driving up in a Hummer. He said "I'm sorry man, but I just can't hire somebody who drives a Hummer and has no concern for the environment and keeps shoveling money to Big Oil". The guy said "well I just drive it for work -- for the image." And my owner said "and that image tells me you're not concerned about anything other than yourself at the expense of hurting the environment and supporting an empire".

That's how I feel about this woman. Her choice to affiliate herself with Walmart makes me question her judgment.

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Response to gateley (Reply #34)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:49 PM

45. I just don't think Pres Obama lives and works in a bubble. And, I actually

think he knows more about who he wants for his Budget Director and is privy to more info on her than others who are complaining about it.

Hillary Clinton used to be on WalMart Board of Directors and she didn't turn out so bad.

Hope you don't mind.. I just saw this Pic from Inauguration and am dying to post it.


http://theobamadiary.com/

Interesting story about the Dem and the Prius(good on him) and the SUV guy..thanks, gately.

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Response to Cha (Reply #45)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:00 PM

46. Great pic!

You're probably right about him not being in a bubble -- but sometimes his choices just baffle me because of the "garbage" they bring with them. Perception is important -- look at those of us who are flying off the handle at this!

And you have an excelent point about Hillary. I'll stand down on the Walmart thing -- but I hate the idea that ANYBODY in Obama's sphere thinks Walmart is okay!


EDITED (twice) because I was mushing this woman together with the woman he's putting forth to head the SEC. I'd better slow down and pay closer attention.


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Response to Cha (Reply #25)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:28 PM

43. LOL, those "foundations" are tax-evasion schemes.

Only a little of the money goes to actually helping people, they are tax shelters and PR tools.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:20 PM

35. Maybe Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Timothy Geithner can play golf on the White House lawn together.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:52 PM

36. Notice, she's with Walmart FOUNDATION--the charity!

http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus

Hate on Walmart corporation as much as you want--as a union person I'll be happy to lead the lynch mob--but the foundation does good stuff.

Take a look at this article if you want to learn a bit more:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3003605/how-walmart-foundation-innovates-corporate-giving-bigger-impact


Don't write her off.


Laura

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Response to davsand (Reply #36)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:21 PM

41. yup

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:05 PM

39. We've already had four years of a former Walmart Board of Directors member as Secretary of State

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Response to Freddie Stubbs (Reply #39)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:38 PM

44. Thanks for the reminder Freddie Stubbs

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:14 PM

40. Filthy republicans liking this one

One seems to be all excited.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:50 PM

42. I can't stand Walmart.

Truly, I deplore what they've done to our country. But the Foundation isn't the corporation -- it's a charity -- and I'm not so blind as to oppose a charitable organization if they do good works. And I won't blindly condemn a person for serving with a charity -- even if I disagree with the source of it's donations.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:38 AM

47. Ahhhh... Is this the hope part or the change part? n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:42 AM

48. Why is it ALWAYS someone from a corporation that gets these jobs? All government

appointments should be drawn from academia and not from capitalist enterprises.

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