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Unformatted text preview: pting to negotiate a $4 trillion deficit-reduction package, which would be another massive feat. (See: Back-channel debt-ceiling talks set up week) Beyond that, the White House isn’t going big anymore. Immigration, education, climate change and clean energy bills remain on the wish list, but Obama has devoted equal time to promoting piecemeal economic ideas that don’t require congressional approval. Aides say the more modest approach is part of a natural evolution for any presidency. Even Reagan recalibrated after suffering losses in the 1982 midterm. “While the political makeup in Congress may be more challenging, the president’s priorities have not changed and he is working every day to move forward on key priorities including relief for small businesses, incentives to help put construction workers back to work by rebuilding our infrastructure, comprehensive immigration reform and steps to reduce our dependence on foreign oil — all areas the president has always felt we should be able to find consensus,” said a White House official who asked not to be named. [CARD CONTINUES] Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 212 Mercury Politics Uniqueness – AT – Obama Political Capital Low Now (3/3) [CARD CONTINUED] After the 2010 election losses, the White House entered what it viewed as a new phase in the recovery, arguing that the private sector, not the government, would need to drive the economic turnaround from that point forward. That approach has disappointed some progressives, including Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America’s Future, who urged the White House not to think tactically about what could pass Congress and instead offer a bold job-creation plan with broad government investment that Democrats could run on. “The consistent line [from Obama aides] has been the polling shows the public is weary of spending money. That is one thing they say,” Hickey said. “The other thing they say is, we can’t even get some Democrats to vote for it. That reflects the attitude that if it can’t pass Congress, it’s not real. Our response is tell the country the truth about the scale it will take” to revive the economy. But Obama adopted a strategy focused on hitting singles and doubles. In January, he signed an executive order directing federal agencies to eliminate red-tape regulations for businesses. Obama named a Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to draw up jobs measures that don’t necessarily require congressional approval. He followed up with the creation of the Startup America Partnership, tapping AOL co-founder Steve Case to find ways to aid entrepreneurs and small businesses. Over the past month, the administration has promoted a series of “public-private partnerships”: a new White House Rural Council to advance economic prosperity in rural America; an expansion of Skills for America’s Future, which pairs community college students with manufacturing jobs; first-round grant winners for the Better Buildings Initiative, wh...
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