Wednesday Morning Open Thread

Good morning.

It’s going to be a busy day at the White House. Early this afternoon, the President “will lay out a comprehensive regulatory reform plan to modernize and protect the integrity of our financial system in the East Room.” This is getting a lot of attention. It’s designed to impose some oversight in an arena that affects all of us. Sounds like a lot of planning went into this plan.

Then, at 5:54 PM, Obama will make what’s supposed to be the big announcement about providing benefits to the partners of federal employees. Now, we all know that’s not really a big announcement, but it’s a one small step in the right direction. It might have been a big deal back in 1996 — during Rahm’s first term. But, the White House is really playing it up in order to quell the furor over DOMA. And, sounds like the brain trust really just slapped this one together. When most people hear the term “benefits,” health care comes to mind. That’s not part of the package. DOMA, which Obama wants to repeal but is defending in the Courts, prevents health benefits for partners.

So, let’s hope the regulatory reform plan actually meets the hype, because the gay announcement doesn’t. And, let’s get started…

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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