Sessions: Jack Lew must “never” be Treasury secretary

posted at 8:18 pm on January 10, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama officially nominated Jack Lew to replace Tim Geithner at the Treasury Department on Thursday afternoon, asserting his faith in Lew’s abilities to aid the rebuilding of the economy:

 At a midday news conference, Obama praised Lew, 57, as a “low-key guy who prefers to surround himself with policy experts rather than television cameras” and hailed his reputation as “a master of policy who can work with members of both parties and forge principled compromises.” …

“As the son of a Polish immigrant, a man of deep and devout faith, Jack knows that every number on a page, every dollar we budget, every decision we make has to be an expression of who we wish to be as a nation, our values, the values that say everybody gets a fair shot at opportunity,” Obama said.

Republican from Alabama and Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, does not agree.

Jack Lew must never be Secretary of the Treasury. His testimony before the Senate Budget Committee less than two years ago was so outrageous and false that it alone disqualifies.

On the most important question of our time, the unsustainability of our national debt course, Lew, as the President’s budget director, appeared before Congress and continued to insist that President Obama’s budget—which Lew had crafted—would not add to the debt of the United States. His original statement, to a national television audience, was as follows:

‘Our budget will get us, over the next several years, to the point where we can look the American people in the eye and say we’re not adding to the debt anymore; we’re spending money that we have each year, and then we can work on bringing down our national debt.’

Nothing could be further from the truth. I have called it the greatest financial misrepresentation in history. His budget, according to his own OMB analysis, would have never produced over 10 years an annual deficit of less than $600 billion. Overall, as reported in the White House budget tables, the plan would have added $13 trillion to the gross debt by 2021—never putting us in a position to ‘bring down our national debt.’

To ‘look the American people in the eye’ and make such a statement remains the most direct and important false assertion during my entire time in Washington. He stuck to this position in his testimony—although Sec. Geithner before the Committee later did not—and the President continued to make this assertion even in the last months of the campaign. To confirm Mr. Lew would be to acquiesce in a policy of dishonesty to the American people.

Lew’s nomination doesn’t look like it’s going to face nearly the level of opposition that Hagel will face for the Defense post, but it doesn’t exactly look like President Obama is making any particular efforts to win bipartisanship points with non-controversial, agreeable picks, either. Lew’s reputation among some prominent Republicans precedes him, a factor that would most certainly rear its head in the upcoming mini-cliff standoffs:

Several Republicans said Tuesday they don’t view Lew as a man interested in hearing GOP concerns. One aide called him “tone deaf” in understanding the compromises that Republicans could accept during high-stakes talks.

“No matter what you’re proposing or no matter what compromise you’re trying to forge, he comes at it from a position of, ‘Whatever you want, I have to be against,’” the GOP aide said. “It doesn’t advantage him in the negotiation, he doesn’t get a different policy outcome than he would otherwise. It just irritates people. … It’s as much personality as anything else.” …

But with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner expected to leave his job by month’s end, a Lew confirmation fight could come in the middle of talks between the White House and Congress to raise the debt ceiling. The last time that happened, in 2011, Lew screamed at a Republican aide when the GOP floated the possibility of adding portions of Medicaid to the automatic cuts known as the sequester.


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Eh, with a signature like that how can you NOT like the guy?

Bishop on January 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Obama can’t spend a dime unless he comes to agreement with the House of Representatives, regardless of whom he appoints at Treasury.

If only Weepy Boner had a backbone.

wildcat72 on January 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Eh, with a signature like that how can you NOT like the guy?

Bishop on January 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

My first thought when I saw that on Drudge was that it was Obama’s signature, since it looked like a slinky constructed of “O’s”.

wildcat72 on January 10, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Lew is a jerk.. He actually is so smart he knows about more than Republican politics than Boehner.. Probably one of the people in Woodward’s book who came off the worst.

Illinidiva on January 10, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Definitely time to stop trying to get along. We need to be the obstructionists they say we are. Resist, obstruct, delay in every possible way.

indypat on January 10, 2013 at 8:26 PM

I think it’s apt that Barky has his guy at Treasury sign the money with an “X”. Truth in advertising, there.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 10, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Hey anyone want a jalebi ?
I’ve heard it will be the signature dish of Lew
:D

burrata on January 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM

This administration seems bound and determined to ruin the economy of this nation.

GarandFan on January 10, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Prior to joining the Obysmal administration, Jack “loopy” Lew left Citigroup with a $900,000 bonus. Citigroup was one of the banks bailed with your taxpayer dollars.

The revolving door of cronies and crooks continues.

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2013 at 8:34 PM

All credit to Senator Sessions. He doesn’t tolerate lying to the Senate well. And why should he.

If you only judge based on media coverage, the “low-key” Jack Lew is a completely uncontroversial choice. But when does the media ever get it right?

tom on January 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Definitely time to stop trying to get along. We need to be the obstructionists they say we are. Resist, obstruct, delay in every possible way.
indypat on January 10, 2013 at 8:26 PM

I agree. Please return back to the tea parry obstructionist model. We need to get Nancy back as speaker.

HotAirLib on January 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

Economy
Why Jack Lew Scares Republicans
Jan 10 2013
***********

http://swampland.time.com/2013/01/10/why-jack-lew-scares-republicans/

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Libs fear the Tea Party. They got stung by it in 2010.

SparkPlug on January 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Wrong, Obysmal. Everyone should have a “fair shot” at not being indebted for life because of government profligacy.

Obysmal always works his poll-tested, Lackoff-recommended buzz words into his speech generator. Is he still relying on a teleprompter, or has he memorized the key phrases yet.

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Jack Lew News Related Info GoldMine


Jack Lew

http://www.trendinghashtags.com/Jack%2BLew

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Obama clings bitterly to his croney banker buddies.

Ponzi scheme.

SparkPlug on January 10, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Canopfor has the scoop once again.

SparkPlug on January 10, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Libs fear the Tea Party. They got stung by it in 2010.

SparkPlug on January 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM

SparkPlug:Ouchy,from Der Speigel:)
==================================

From Der Spiegel,

Me thinks the Tea Party might be cook’n Hopey’s goose,
this analysist sounds good to me!!
———————————–
The center-left Süddeutsche Zeitung writes:

“The success of the Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell does not bode well for the Republicans, nor for the Democrats (even if they see it differently at the moment), nor for the whole American political machine.”

“Obama has underestimated the frustration in the country and the power of the Tea Party movement, which gives the prevailing disillusionment a platform and a voice. It is by far the most vibrant political force in America. Obama’s left-of-center coalition, which got young people and intellectuals involved and which appealed to a majority of women, blacks and Latinos, has evaporated into nothing.”

“The new right, though, is on the rise. It sets the agenda. America is facing a shift to the right. The Republicans have already marched in this direction of their own accord, regardless how many Tea Party reactionaries get a seat and a voice in Congress in November. The Democrats and the president have been put totally on the defensive. From now on they will only be able to react, rather than act.”

– Jess Smee
09/16/2010

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,717845,00.html

canopfor on October 14, 2010 at 8:56 AM

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM

This administration seems bound and determined to ruin the economy of this nation.

GarandFan on January 10, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on January 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Jack Lew must never be Secretary of the Treasury. His testimony before the Senate Budget Committee less than two years ago was so outrageous and false that it alone disqualifies.

Jeff Sessions

This would be the same Jeff Sessions who voted to confirm Eric the left wing nitwit Holder? Why wasn’t Holder’s neon incompetence reason to disqualify him?

Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Jim Bunning of Kentucky, both Republicans, said they would vote against the nomination because some of Mr. Holder’s actions as deputy attorney general. Both senators cited Mr. Holder’s role in the Rich pardon — “the notorious Marc Rich,” as Mr. Cornyn put it, and “this infamous fugitive financier,” in the words of Mr. Bunning.

But other Republicans said they would vote for Mr. Holder despite his acknowledged mistakes. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, for example, said he was sure that Mr. Holder would be “a responsible legal officer and not a politician.”

GFY Sessions.

Jaibones on January 10, 2013 at 8:53 PM

. Please return back to the tea parry obstructionist model. We need to get Nancy back as speaker.

HotAirLib on January 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Because she did soooooo well in’10. you are a stool

Rio Linda Refugee on January 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

every decision we make has to be an expression of who we wish to be as a nation — Obama

I’m sick of this “who we want to be as a nation” or “that’s not who we are”. There’s stuff you can afford, and stuff you can’t afford to do … there are families who don’t think about who they want to be or not be. They have a budget, and an income, and they have to meet it. This bullcrap of “who we are as a nation” is a smokescreen for profligate, unsustainable spending.

Paul-Cincy on January 10, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Jack Lew must never be Secretary of the Treasury. His testimony before the Senate Budget Committee less than two years ago was so outrageous and false that it alone disqualifies.
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………..And the Nays have it(sarc).

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Please return back to the tea parry obstructionist model. We need to get Nancy back as speaker.

HotAirLib on January 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Why, to pass more bills to see what’s in them?

I was sort of hoping Nanzi would retire to her palatial winery estate, you know, crack the whip over her non-union workforce.

Bishop on January 10, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Jacob “Jack” Lew is a Pole? Was he an original Lewinski? (Does Obysmal have a stained blue dress in his closet?)

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Definitely time to stop trying to get along. We need to be the obstructionists they say we are. Resist, obstruct, delay in every possible way.

indypat on January 10, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Put a hold on every single damn nomination from some federal judge in one of the parasite places like Minneapolis to the cabinet posts. Just shut the whole nomination process down until the Senate passes a budget (which BTW they have to do by law). Only then should we be considering this band of socialists, anarchists, and whatever the hell faction Dante represents.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Please return back to the tea parry obstructionist model. We need to get Nancy back as speaker.

HotAirLib on January 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

HotAirLib:

You just wish,that you had a gavel,as big as Pelosium!

Daily Obsession: Nancy Pelosi’s Big, Hard Gavel
7:03 pm, March 23rd, 2010
*************************

http://www.mediaite.com/online/daily-obsession-nancy-pelosis-big-hard-gavel/

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 9:04 PM

“Obama has underestimated the frustration in the country and the power of the Tea Party movement.” canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM. I think he has and that’s just fine for now. They’re running scared.

indypat on January 10, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Jacob “Jack” Lew is a Pole? Was he an original Lewinski? (Does Obysmal have a stained blue dress in his closet?)

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2013 at 9:01 PM

No matter his ethnic heritage Jacob “Jack” Lew is a tool. And if his heritage is Jewish, a tool that doesn’t care about Israel.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Canopfor has the scoop once again.

SparkPlug on January 10, 2013 at 8:45 PM

SparkPlug:Lol,well,AllahP is ahead of me today,….curse’s(sarc):)

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Incompetence is the “new normal”.

Jack Lew? The consummate Hill staffer, suck up, nobody?! Yeah, let’s go for it!

Why not? We have a president who is a mouth without a brain.

This was once a country that celebrated accomplishment, but that is now the past.

We now applaud vapid celebrity and the lack of achievement. The age of BO…. words, just words…. feed them to the idiot populace, toss them a bone, get the votes. Watch TV, vote for someone who dances, vote someone off the island, vote for an ignorant tubby, make them rich, and enjoy your life buying groceries with Food Stamps. Just pay the cable bill and self-medicate.

The land of Obama. No Shining Hill. No more.

Cody1991 on January 10, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A Twofer:

Gowdy on Executive Action Gun Control, Jack Lew
Video:(5:19)

http://freebeacon.com/gowdy-on-executive-action-gun-control-jack-lew/

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 9:15 PM

“Obama has underestimated the frustration in the country and the power of the Tea Party movement, which gives the prevailing disillusionment a platform and a voice. It is by far the most vibrant political force in America. Obama’s left-of-center coalition, which got young people and intellectuals involved and which appealed to a majority of women, blacks and Latinos, has evaporated into nothing.”

Canopfor,

I think there is a lot of truth in the above quote from Der Spiegel. The dirty little secret the moochers, takers, and parasites that voted for the rat-eared wonder never comprehended is that in willingly becoming wards of the state they are the first hit when things go South. The productive class isn’t going to give the rat-eared pig the benefit of the doubt forever. When they arise, Obamaphone lady and Sandra Flukes vajayjay among the first casualties of the awakening.

The masses that supported this bastard for stuff will be among the first to turn against him when the stuff disappears. I could reference the Biblical story of the Prodigal Son or the moralistic fable of the Cricket and Grasshopper, but I won’t. I’ll just end with a more blunt assessment. No matter what the smug left thinks, as they flit around trying to undermine the First and Second Amendment, there is still a solid core of sane people in America who is about to wake up when these efforts start hurting them. The Dems are far less secure than they think but I’m all for lulling them into that sense of security.

And BTW- this has nothing to do with the GOP sissies in Congress. They will get a spine as the public outrage increases. No more talk about pandering to the parasites with promises of amnesty and free stuff. Next step for the right is to turn the squishes out by running strong conservative challengers. Even in safe districts.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2013 at 9:19 PM

“Obama has underestimated the frustration in the country and the power of the Tea Party movement.” canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM. I think he has and that’s just fine for now. They’re running scared.

indypat on January 10, 2013 at 9:05 PM

indypat:

I just wish,that the Tea Party were more visible,it seems after the
2010 Election,they were on a roll,and Team Hopey was checked,then
the momemtum went away,…*sigh*!:)

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Then filibuster him. Buy a huge bottle for relief and spend hours and hours reading phone books into the record until he withdraws his nomination. It’s the only way anymore, start doing it….

ScottG on January 10, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Another photo op with an Ed Sullivan (shower) curtain behind him. “On with the shew, Topo Gigio.”

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2013 at 9:33 PM

So is this a guaranteed hold by Sessions???

phreshone on January 10, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Another servant of the Wall Street limousine liberals…

mnjg on January 10, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I just wish,that the Tea Party were more visible,it seems after the
2010 Election,they were on a roll,and Team Hopey was checked,then
the momemtum went away,…*sigh*!:)

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Canopfor,

The Tea Party is alive and well. It’s a grass roots movement rather than a formal political third party as you know. What needs to be done will take time, and I’d rather it be quiet yet substantial.

One question for you, a Canuck…. how did the transition occur in Canada? I’m sincerely interested. How did the political transition come about? When did the energy factor kick in and change opinion?

I’m a bit off track, but thanks for posting the Trey Gowdy vid. He’s my guy. I live in SC, and although we have our share of idiots we do produce some stars. I think Trey may be one of them. He’s a beast, relentless, and doesn’t give a rat’s ass when he decides to go for it……. prosecute the everliving daylights out of the opponent….

Yeah!

Cody1991 on January 10, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I just wish,that the Tea Party were more visible,it seems after the
2010 Election,they were on a roll,and Team Hopey was checked,then
the momemtum went away,…*sigh*!:)

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 9:20 PM

As you know canopfor there is no political body called the Tea Party despite all those groups calling them Tea Parties… The Tea Party is the American Patriot and Producers… Yes we are still here and our numbers are in the tens of millions… We have gone nowhere… The debt fight and the attack on the 2nd amendment is going to energize us like never before…

mnjg on January 10, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Aw heck, what’s the fuss? Jack Lew is a liar and not a woman — he fits right into the Obama Cabinet!

WannabeAnglican on January 10, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Then filibuster him. Buy a huge bottle for relief and spend hours and hours reading phone books into the record until he withdraws his nomination. It’s the only way anymore, start doing it….

ScottG on January 10, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Any Senator can put a hold on any nominee for whatever reason. Filibusters never come into play on this process. The President is generally given free latitude with the picks unless there are pictures of the nominee having sex with a goat or some other obvious reason.

I say shut down the whole process and refuse to confirm any nominee to any position until the Senate passes a budget. Lew, Hagel, and Kerry are worthy of holds for various reasons but there are many positions that require Senate confirmation. Good people who should be appointed will not be the automatic “thumbs up” they should be but that is a small price to pay. I say put a hold on all of them until further notice.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Aw heck, what’s the fuss? Jack Lew is a liar and not a woman — he fits right into the Obama Cabinet!

WannabeAnglican on January 10, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Can’t stop laughing….. someone else noticed. I’m not alone….!;)

And one more thing, Wannabe, as a failed Episcopalian (can’t get much lower than that) I love your nic!

Cody1991 on January 10, 2013 at 9:59 PM

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 9:20 PM: Not sure there is any particular reason to increase visibility right now. Election is over and demonization by media continues unabated. Remember that Independents are spiking in poll numbers-away from the GOP. NRA membership is up by 100,000. Folks seem pretty busy.

indypat on January 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

http://freebeacon.com/gowdy-on-executive-action-gun-control-jack-lew/

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Love Trey Gowdy!! Thanks!! Great video with Lou Dobbs.

bluefox on January 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I agree. Please return back to the tea parry obstructionist model. We need to get Nancy back as speaker.

HotAirLib on January 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Didn’t get enough of that “must pass it to see what’s inside it?” or was it the custom planes and liquor tabs she ran up on the taxpayer’s dime that you admired the most?

Pelosi is one of the dumbest, clueless people (not to discount Debbie Downer) I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime.

BruthaMan on January 10, 2013 at 10:34 PM

We need to get Nancy back as speakersinger.

HotAirLib on January 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

…so she can teach HotLips DAISY!

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Lew’s signature looks like spiraling down the drain.

How appropriate. Because that’s what our economy is doing.

portlandon on January 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM

I can’t believe party of obstruction is saying no. This is indeed a shocking development!

lester on January 11, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Of course he’s going to be the Treasury Secretary. That is unless republicans grow a set and start Borking these nominations a la Kennedy and Biden did.

Polite senatorial conversation of issues and policy won’t work. These people need to be Borked. Plain and simple.

However, Donald Trump was right. The republicans neither can negotiate nor can they fight.

kens on January 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM