Thursday, September 8, 2011

Barack Obama - #3229 - Gibson Guitars CEO to Attend Obama's Job Speech as Guest of Marsha Blackburn - Hot Air (2) Here's the GOP's Brilliant Strategy to Counter Obama's Jobs Speech - Business Insider


Gibson Guitars CEO to Attend Obama's Jobs Speech as Guest of Marsha Blackburn - Hot Air - A gesture to please everyone on a night marked by partisan differences, with the U.S. having just dropped further down the list of the world’s most competitive economies. Republicans will enjoy the spectacle of The One being confronted by a prominent victim of overregulation and Democrats will enjoy pounding on them for inviting someone to a major presidential speech whose company is under federal investigation . Everybody wins. In addition to those Republican lawmakers who have announced – motivated, it seems, by disrespect — that they will decline to attend President Obama’s Thursday night jobs address to a joint session of Congress, Republicans are also taking the additional step of inviting a man whose company the Obama administration is investigating for possibly breaking the law. Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., will either sit in the House Gallery as the guest of his member of Congress, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. (members of Congress each get to invite one guest to sit in that balcony), or he will be invited to sit in the speaker of the House’s box for the speech, Republican officials tell ABC News… If I’m understanding the applicable law correctly, Gibson is as much a victim of Indian protectionism as they are federal meddling. Watch the quickie John Roberts segment below for the gist of it. The wood they use to make guitar keyboards is sufficiently rare/endangered that it can’t be exported legally from India unless it’s already been finished by Indian workers, and under U.S. law, if the export is illegal under Indian law, then it’s illegal here too. The governing statute, the Lacey Act, was passed in 1900, but only in 2008 was it expanded to include plants as well as animals, which is why Gibson’s now being hassled about the wood. All of which is jim dandy — except for the question of why Gibson seems to be getting so much federal attention vis-a-vis other firms. Roberts touches on that.  Read more.........

Here's the GOP's Brilliant Strategy to Counter Obama's Jobs Speech - Business Insider - GOP lawmakers have already signaled their intent to oppose President Barack Obama's jobs plan, but not wanting to be perceived as the 'Party of No,' they have locked in on a strategy to distract from Obama's substance by obscuring it behind Washington drama. First there was the spat about the timing, when Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner went back and forth on a whether to schedule the Joint Session of Congress over the GOP debate or on Thursday. But now they seem intent on turning the speech into a test of which members of Congress show up. One by one conservative Republican lawmakers announced they will boycott the speech because it is 'too political' — or said that they would in fact attend — repeating the State of the Union drama over which politicians would sit next to each other. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), and Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) have been some of the most vocal critics of Obama in advance of the speech, and have pledged not to attend. For their grand finale, Boehner and Cantor declined the opportunity for there to be an official Republican response to Obama's speech.  The move was too much for House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi to bear, and she told reporters as much — playing right into the GOP strategy.  "The Republicans' refusal to respond to the president's proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people," she said Tuesday night.  The GOP strategy of misdirection, whether consciously or not, has Democrats and Obama off their game — at precisely the time they can least afford to be.  Read more..........

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