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Unformatted text preview: ident enthusiastically commits to — at the very least — staying the course, then he or she is going to have to do something equally important — mind the store. The new president and his or her team must keep a sharp eye on the career civil servants in the Office of Management and Budget who control the purse strings for NASA and our human spaceflight program. In Washington there are often turf wars between the political appointees of presidents and the career bureaucrats who stay from administration to administration. I was once a political appointee and I've seen these battles up close and personal. [CARD CONITNUES] Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 232 Mercury Politics Link Turns the Case (2/2) [CARD CONTINUED, NO TEXT REMOVED] Many times, the career civil servants think they know better than the president and his team. With such a mindset comes the determination to "wait out" the political appointees — delaying or ignoring direct orders until a president you agree with, is elected. By and large, the career employees of the Office of Management and Budget, are dedicated, hard working, and have the best interests of our nation at heart. That is not to say that some, on occasion, don't forget that they are unelected staff who have the obligation to follow the marching orders of the president. For instance, this president and Congress have directed that the space shuttle fleet fly until 2010 and that the International Space Station be completed. Unfortunately, some at OMB saw it differently and did not allocate the money needed to finish those jobs. Additionally, OMB has taken $3 billion away from the president's space budget. Why? On who's orders? Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 233 Mercury Politics ***Aff Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 234 Mercury Politics Uniqueness Answer – No Obama Political Capital Now Non-unique – Obama’s political capital depleted now Young, former Congressional staffer, 7-11-11 [JT, Human Events, “Is Obama's Destiny FDR in Reverse?”, 7-11-11] FDR too had the advantage of absorbing his midterm electoral hit when he had much more political capital. Accumulated over four consecutive elections, Democrats had enormous congressional majorities. Despite high 1938 losses, FDR still retained 93-seat House and 46-seat Senate majorities. Contrastingly, Obama suffered a political setback ahead of any double dip—losing control of the House and emerging with just a six-vote Senate majority. One bad month hardly makes a recession. Yet political vulnerability to one is high, even in the strongest of Presidents—as FDR's 1938 experience shows. FDR had both high economic and political capital to weather his. At the same time his economic capital is being stressed, Obama's political capital is also depleted. Economy draining Obama’s political clout Nicholas, Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau, 7-9-11 [Peter, Los Angeles Times, “Obama turns to small-scale solutions to...
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