Obama presenta equipo económico clave para

 
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01:17 p.m.
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*Obama presenta al equipo encargado de sacar a la economía del "círculo vicioso"
El presidente electo de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, ha presentado a su nuevo equipo económico para ponerlo a trabajar ya en dar un "empujón" a la economía de la primera potencia mundial.

En una rueda de prensa celebrada en Chicago, Obama ha confirmado que el presidente de la Reserva Federal de Nueva York, Timothy Geithner,será su nuevo secretario del Tesoro, mientras que la persona que ocupó este cargo durante la Administración Clinton, Larry Summers, ocupará el puesto de director del Consejo Nacional Económico de la Casa Blanca.

Además, el presidente electo ha desvelado que la académica Christina Rohmer encabezará un consejo de asesores sobre asuntos económicos de la Casa Blanca.

Un plan para la clase media
Obama, que ha comparecido junto a los tres, ha subrayado que trabajará con ellos desde hoy mismo para desarrollar un plan de estímulo de la economía que no sólo esté dirigido a Wall Street, sino que logre que la economía estadounidense salga del "círculo vicioso" en el que está inmersa y que, sobre todo, restaure la confianza en la clase media.

"La clave de una economía fuerte es una clase media en crecimiento", ha subrayado el presidente electo, que ha recordado los motivos por los que ha empezado ya a dibujar sus medidas económicas de calado, sin esperar a tomar posesión el próximo 20 de enero.

"Nuestras familias no pueden esperar una solución, no pueden mirar otro mes sin facturas sin pagar, otro mes sin poder pagar la matrícula de su universidad", ha denunciado.

Por este motivo, desde ahora los miembros del equipo económico empezarán a recavar datos al Congreso, a la Reserva Federal y la Administración Bush para aunar recomendaciones para poner en marcha este plan.

Salir del círculo vicioso

"Quiero que haya la mayor claridad posible. Aunque se haga lo que se haya que hacer para estabilizar el sistema financiero tenemos que saber que el pueblo tiene que estar fuerte para que se refuerce Wall Street, no podemos separar a la gente normal de Wall Street", ha señalado.

Para Obama, la base de este plan es el consenso existente entre economistas de derechas y de izquierdas que la economía estadounidense necesita un "empujón" para salir de este "círculo vicioso".

En concreto, se propone la creación de dos millones y medio de empleos para reactivar el consumo y la reducción de impuestos para que llegue más dinero a los bolsillos de las familias de forma paralela a la recuperación de la liquidez en Wall Street.

Obama no ha querido poner cifra a este plan, aunque ha reconocido que "va a costar dinero" y que será a costa de aumentar el ya considerable déficit público que arrastran las cuentas estadounidenses.

Sin cheque en blanco
Además, ha evitado desvelar si renunciará por el momento a suprimir el recorte de impuestos a los más ricos ordenado por Bush en 2001, aunque ha subrayado que bajo su administración "los más ricos pagaremos más" para reactivar la economía.

El nuevo equipo económico también trabajará en estrategias a medio y largo plazo para que el crecimiento sea sostenible, entre las que Obama ha destacado la inversión en energías limpias que hagan más competitiva a la economía estadounidense a nivel internacional.

En este sentido, el presidente electo ha censurado la actitud de los presidentes de las tres grandes compañías de automoción de Estados Unidos ante el Congreso, al que acudieron sin concretar en qué se invertiría el dinero de los contribuyentes para salvar el sector.

"No podemos dar un cheque en blanco a las compañías de automoción, no se puede dar más dinero a unas empresas que se han resistido al cambio", ha sentenciado.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

President-Elect Obama Names Key Economic Advisers

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As expected, President-elect Barack Obama made official the appointment of five members of his economic team, including Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary. Obama also stressed his administration will honor the policies already implemented by the Bush Administration to try to improve the economy and financial markets.

In only his second press conference since winning the Presidential election earlier this month, Obama said the economic news in the past week -- including the rescue of Citigroup (C) over the weekend -- demonstrates how the economic crisis has reached “historic proportions.”

“Our financial markets are under stress. New home purchases in October were the lowest in half a century,” said Obama. “Recently, more than half a million jobless claims were filed, the highest in eighteen years -- and if we do not act swiftly and boldly, most experts now believe that we could lose millions of jobs next year.”

Obama declined to provide the size of a stimulus package that needs to be implemented, but he did say the size and scope has to be big enough to get the economy going again. He said economists from both parties agree the stimulus has to be big enough to “jolt the economy,” and has to be focused on the 2.5 million jobs he plans to create during he first half of his presidency. “We have to put people back to work,” said Obama.

The Wall Street Journal reported in its Monday edition that Obama’s economic team is working on a new economic stimulus plan that could include more than $500 billion in federal spending and tax reductions during the next two years. While Obama advisers declined to tell the paper the size of the stimulus, several senior aides have pointed to recent analyst reports that say $500 billion to $700 billion needs to be injected into the economy.

Obama cautioned that an improvement in the economy won’t be easy, nor will it happen overnight. He said he has sought a economic team that can “offer both sound judgment and fresh thinking, both a depth of experience and a wealth of bold new ideas -- and most of all, who share my fundamental belief that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers; that in this country, we rise and fall as one nation, as one people.”

Obama said he has asked his economic team to develop recommendations for a plan to jolt the economy and will consult with Congress, the current Administration and the Federal Reserve on immediate economic plans over the next two months.

“It is my hope that the new Congress will begin work on an aggressive economic recovery plan when they convene in early January so that our Administration can hit the ground running,” said Obama. Obama said he will have to “scour the federal budget line-byline” to make cuts.

In addition to Geithner, Obama announced Lawrence Summers will lead his National Economic Council, University of California at Berkeley economist Christina Romer will chair Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, Melody C. Barnes will be Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Heather A. Higginbottom will be Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

When asked where Obama stands on rescuing the auto industry, said that while the auto industry can’t “simply vanish,” a blank check can’t be given to the auto industry. “Taxpayers can’t be expected to pony up more money to an industry resistant to change,” said Obama. He said he was surprised the auto industry didn’t present a better plan when the leaders testified in front of Congress last week. He said Congress was right to send the executives back to come up with a better plan that assures long term sustainability for the auto industry.

QUICK GLANCE AT THE OBAMA ECONOMIC TEAM


Timothy Geithner: Secretary of Treasury


-Geithner currently servers as the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
-Geithner joined the Treasury in 1988 and has served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs and director of the Policy Development and Review Department at the International Monetary Fund.
“Tim Geithner offers not just extensive experience shaping economic policy and managing financial markets -- but an unparalleled understanding of our current economic crisis, in all of its depth, complexity and urgency,” said Obama.




Lawrence Summers: Director of the National Economic Council


-Summers is currently the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University
-Summer served as Secretary of the Treasury from 1991 to 2001 and president of Harvard from 2001 to 2006. Summers has served as Deputy and Under Secretary of the Treasury and as the Worlds Bank's top economist.
“As undersecretary, deputy secretary, and then secretary of the Treasury, Larry helped guide us through several major international financial crises – and was a central architect of the policies that led to the longest economic expansion in American history, with record surpluses, rising family incomes and more than 20 million new jobs,” said Obama.




Christina Romer: Director of the Council of Economic Advisors


-Romer is a Professor of Economic at the University of California, Berkley since 1988.
-Romer is best known for her work on America’s recovery from the Great Depression. Since 2003, she has been the co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research Monetary Economics program.
“Christina has also done groundbreaking research on many of the topics our Administration will confront -- from tax policy to fighting recessions. And her clear-eyed, independent analyses have received praise from both conservative and liberal thinkers alike,” said Obama.

 

 

Melody Barnes: Director of the Domestic Policy Council

-Barnes is co-director of the Agency Review Working Group for the Obama transition team
-Barnes has served as a Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to Obama for America and was previously Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress.
“Melody’s brilliant legal mind -- and her long experience working to secure the liberties on which this nation was founded and secure opportunity for those left behind -- make her a perfect fit for DPC Director,” said Obama.



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