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Barbara Lee met with President Obama today

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 1:21 pm in Barack Obama, Barbara Lee, Obama presidency, U.S. House.

Congressional Black Caucus members including Rep. Barbara Lee met with President Obama today to discuss legislative priorities.

“I’m pleased that today I had the opportunity to discuss the goals of the CBC’s Poverty and the Economy Task Force, which I co-chair, during our meeting at the White House,” Lee, D-Oakland, said in a news release issued after the meeting. “President Obama was receptive and positive about our work, and was very clear that addressing poverty and opportunity is a high priority for his administration.

“I’m looking forward to working with the President on a wide range of critical issues that touch all of us, regardless of region, race, or economic status; issues like immigration, voting rights, the protection of our environment, as well as poverty and creating good jobs,” Lee added.

Lee was an early and ardent supporter of Obama’s campaigns and sees eye-to-eye with him on most issues, but not all; she has criticized his stances on issues including drone warfare, the timeline for withdrawing from Afghanistan, and his inclusion of the chained CPI – a cost index used to help calculate cost-of-living adjustments for benefit levels – in his 2014 budget proposal.

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  • Elwood

    Woo Hoo!

    That’ll make everything all better, I’m sure!

  • JohnW

    I thought the headline was a bit misleading, indicating a one-on-one meeting between her and POTUS. In her dreams!

    Not that I think it would have made any difference in terms of getting business done, but one of Obama’s shortcomings is that he has not done a good job of “working the Hill” — Dems or Republicans.

  • RR Senile Columnist

    The last president who didn’t care about poverty was probably Grover Cleveland. He was unlucky. It’s the same old song. Being poor isn’t your fault, being jobless isn’t either. Making stupid choices is your fault unfortunately.

  • Elwood

    ” one of Obama’s shortcomings is that he has not done a good job of “working the Hill” — Dems or Republicans.”

    That’s because he’s a complete doofus.

    As Bill Clinton said “He doesn’t know how to be President”.

    Among other things.

  • GV Haste

    Speaking of poverty and creating good jobs—

    The unemployment rate of lower skilled workers with a high school or less education, such as in East Oakland, is running well over 20%.
    The rate for African American men with similar skills and learning background, between the age of 18 and 30, is over 50%.

    Jobs in that category are few in number while those wanting them are great.

    Meanwhile, Barbara Lee supports the Senate immigration reform that clearly has proposals to bring in much greater numbers of lower-skilled workers over the coming decade.

    The independent CBO analysis says that over the next decade that influx will increase unemployment and lower wages.

    So now, Congress-member Lee, tell me– Exactly how is your vote for the Senate bill going to help those lower skilled and lesser educated workers in your own district?

    I really think “that aspect” of the Senate reform bill is going to be a disaster for the most vulnerable groups in Rep. Lee’s district.
    However its seems that any discussion of this aspect of the Senate bill is politically unacceptable in Alameda County as our political leaders have decided that our long time resident underclass is just going to have to take one for the team, so that a grander overall political victory can be achieved.
    Or something like that.

    “I’m looking forward to working with the President on a wide range of critical issues that touch all of us, regardless of region, race, or economic status; issues like immigration, voting rights, the protection of our environment, as well as poverty and creating good jobs,” Lee added.

    Somehow, I doubt she expressed the concerns I mentioned.
    Perhaps instead, Rep Lee will hold a summit of all the stakeholders and interested parties and at that confab they’ll outline 7 key points, for future discussion about potential plans to mitigate a ever increasing inflow of new lower-skilled workers into a district where unemployment of lower skilled workers is creating a permanent unemployed class.

    Then after the meeting, everyone can congratulate each other and promise to follow up in 2 years.

    Shampoo, rinse, repeat (about every two years).

    Honestly, looking ahead, 5 years or 10 years, does anyone reading here think the job market for those thousands and thousands of lower skilled workers is going to improve at all?

    Oh sure, there will be federal program to train about 1% of the group. The other 99% will face a bleak future.
    Barbara Lee has no ideas about anything to help them.
    18 to 30 now, ten years from now 28 to 40.

    Looks like our prisons will stay fully stocked.
    Or is it presumptuous to make that connection?

    Take a look at this PBS report

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/businessdesk/2013/07/jobless-rate-for-poor-black-te.html

  • Elwood

    Blacks have already been significantly displaced by Latinos.

    Guys working at the car wash or cooking at Denny’s used to be named Willie and LeRoy. Now they’re named Jose and Juan.

  • MichaelB

    @2

    It isn’t going to make any difference regardless because Lee’s and Obama’s so called “business” to address poverty (if you want to call it that) is just more government spending/wealth transfers from those who earn to those who do not.

    Why “work with” someone who just wants to rehash LBJ’s “Great Society” programs to end poverty all over again that did not work/created a welfare system that needed to be reformed later? Or someone who appeals to activists/special interest groups calling for a $20/hour minimum wage for employees with no job skills?

    End poverty by getting more private sector employers to hire people/getting government out of the way/promoting policies that encourage self reliance. Forget the utopian and childish “spread the wealth around” nonsense and the “you owe me” mentality.

  • GV Haste

    @7, I’ve not heard any groups asking for a $20 per hour minimum wage.

    I would say that somewhere around $10 per hour is not unreasonable in Northern California.

    In Australia, (in US dolars) the minimum wage is over $15 per hour.

    New Zealand (in US dollars) is $10.70

    Workers also get medical care in those nations.

  • Elwood

    @ 8

    Perhaps they should move to one of the lands down under.

  • MichaelB

    @8

    The “Occupy Wall Street” movement (that progressives are sympathetic to/supportive of) has previously called for a $20/hour minimum wage (among other demands).