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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bleeding Heartland: Will Nussle get grilled by the Senate?

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

I've blogged about it before over at Political Forecast, but I'm not
too enthusiastic with the way that Senate Democrats have responded to
Jim Nussle's nomination to be Director of the White House's Office of
Management and Budget (OMB). Maybe it is all of the work I did during
the gubernatorial race talking about Nussle's failed leadership on the
House Budget Committee as its chair -- leading us into horrible
deficits, uncontrollable spending, and ridiculous tax cuts for the
richest Americans. Or maybe it is just that we know he's a
confrontational hack who shouldn't be charged with leading such a
complex and tough office, one that requires someone with some kind of
expertise is actual management and appropriate budgeting techniques.
The reality, however, is the that OMB is largely a political office
and it made sense for Bush to pick someone who was willing to give up
the next two years to fight with Congressional Democratic leadership
about the Republican President's budget. Still, the least the
Democrats could do is raise objections to Nussle's past
experience--deficits and debt--and instead call for someone more
inclined to have positive budget experience, yet be known for
compromise and hard work, not hackery.

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