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White House Announces Pick for State Dept. Economic Post, Other Positions

By Al Kamen
The White House announced Friday afternoon that, as expected, Robert D. Hormats, vice chairman of Goldman Sachs (International) and formerly deputy U.S. Trade Representative, assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs in the Reagan administration, deputy assistant secretary of state in the Carter administration and a senior international economic affairs aide on the Nixon National Security Council, has been tapped to be under secretary of state for economic, energy and agricultural affairs.

Foreign policy veteran Lee A. Feinstein, a former top official at the Pentagon during the Clinton administration, later at the Council on Foreign Relations and more recently a senior adviser Secretary of State Clinton, is the pick to be ambassador to Poland. Feinstein worked as national security director on the Clinton presidential campaign and then became an outside adviser to President Obama. (He's one of few Hillaryland folks to get a European embassy, albeit in Eastern Europe.)

Gary S. Guzy, former general counsel and counselor to the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration, a senior attorney in the Justice Department's environmental division and now general counsel for a company that provides registry tracking systems for carbon and renewable energy credits, is to be named deputy director of the Council on Environmental Quality.

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The press has not yet realized President Obama is skipping the press and going directly to the people through mass media and free no question ask appearances on the 3 minor networks.
When Louis 14th set up his monarchy he went directly to the people, the revolution in France - Bonaparte went straight to the people, the same in the former USSR. Louis also had a Rham, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu. He sought to consolidate royal power and crush domestic factions. By restraining the power of the nobility, he transformed France into a strong, centralized state, he made the gathering of taxes more efficient; but he needed more money to fund his programs so he raised taxes and set up leaders to represent him in different areas, sort of like czars. Now the people did not need local leader, government was centralized. He had the money to fund his programs, the right of coinage, control of the dispensing of justice, and an army to enforce the laws. Kind of like a new national police force, the fed printing money wildly, stacking the court, making nuclear decisions without consulting congress, setting up over 30 czars covered by executive privilege.

It all rings of a monarchy to me.

Shakespeare wrote 23 plays 10 had to do with the problems of kingship, one of Shakespeare's great worries; his other worry was his adorers. Might President Obama’s worries be the same?

Posted by: vaincre | July 18, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse


Don't blame HRC for the pick- her choice- according to the Huffpost (Randolph's very anti-Hillary piece Wednesday)- who was not from the brokerage houses-was shot down by Barack. This is his choice. Maybe he is not qualified to be SOS?

Posted by: NYClefty | July 18, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I"d love that job. I'd get results and I would use real numbers.
I know that the economy is already in a Great Depression
I job creation is the answer. Stopping H1-B Visas and stopping illegal immigration.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | July 17, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh No......another Goldman boy ??

These people have corrupted our finacial system and exploited their Beltway connections to profit themselves for decades. This dude is going right into the inside wheelhouse for profit making at Goldie.

Is anybody else noticing a trend here ??

Have these people no shame ??

Posted by: bandcyuk | July 17, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I won't be polite nor ambiguous. Mr. Hormats' unique qualifications are that he knows every private and governmental financial crook from London to Tokyo and, as a Goldman Sachs VP, has been a willing perpetrator in the destruction of our economy and financial system!

May I also add, Mrs. Clinton by selecting Mr. Hormats as well as some of her earlier selections sadly indicates that she simply is not up to the job as Sec. of State!

Posted by: dgward44 | July 17, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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