CBO Director Summoned To White House: More Chicago Thuggery?

elmendorfd_portraitYesterday, the director of the CBO, Douglas Elmendorf, (also a former senior fellow at the Brookings Institute 2007-2009), was “invited” to the White House to meet with the resident’s “key budget and health advisors”, and outside experts to discuss “achieving cost savings in health reform”.

I am supposing that people would not be making such an issue about this visit if it weren’t for Bambi’s Chicago thuggery record.  Here are just a few examples and don’t be fooled by the titles:

Republicans Assail President Obama Meeting with Congressional Budget Office Director As Inappropriate

Republicans on Wednesday criticized as inappropriate a meeting President Obama held Monday with the director of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf.

Elmendorf, a Democratic appointee, has been a thorn in the side of President Obama and congressional Democrats for the way he has analyzed health care reform legislation. In their view, Elmendorf hasn’t sufficiently given their health care reform proposals enough credit for cutting costs – which has caused them political problems in getting the legislation passed. Last week, frustrated at one analysis by Elmendorf, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., snapped, “what he should do is maybe run for Congress.”

“No one blames Mr. Elmendorf for accepting an invitation from the President of the United States,” House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement.“The issue is whether it was appropriate for the White House to invite him to discuss pending legislation before Congress at all.”

CBO is tasked with providing “objective, nonpartisan, and timely analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on the wide array of programs covered by the federal budget.”

The White House flatly rejected the idea that there was anything untoward about the invitation or the meeting, which took place on Monday for just under an hour. In addition to the president and Elmendorf, present in the meeting were White House officials such as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Phil Schiliro, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle, Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag (a former CBO director himself), National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Christy Romer, senior adviser David Axelrod, and press secretary Robert Gibbs.

Others were there as well, including Department of Health and Human Services adviser Meena Seshamani, Harvard University economist David Cutler and Alice Rivlin of the Brookings Institute, who was founding director of CBO from 1975-1983.

Wow, a heck of a list of heavy hitters.  Once again, for those of you new to the Monster, check out the links on the backgrounds of these people.

Phil Schiliro, Nancy-Ann DeParle, here and here, (check out JP Morgan Chase and Covington & Burling – a Pilgrims Society law firm), Peter Orszag, Larry Summers, Christy Romer, David Axelrod, Meena Seshamani, David Cutler, Alice Rivlin (a former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve), and not to be left out, the Brookings Institute, here and here.  If you haven’t taken the time to research the Brookings Institute – now would be the time.  Brookings is tied to everything.

From my The Fed page:

Paul Warburg became known as a persuasive advocate of central banking in America, in 1907 publishing the pamphlets “Defects and Needs of Our Banking System” and “A Plan for A Modified Central Bank”. His efforts were successful in 1913 with the founding of the Federal Reserve System. He was appointed a member of the first Federal Reserve Board by President Woodrow Wilson, serving until 1918.

In 1919 he founded and became first chairman of the American Acceptance Council. He organized and became the first chairman of the International Acceptance Bank of New York in 1921. International Acceptance was acquired by the Bank of the Manhattan Company in 1929, with Warburg becoming chairman of the combined organization.

He became a director of the Council on Foreign Relations at its founding in 1921, remaining on the board until his death. From 1921 to 1926 Warburg was a member of the advisory council of Federal Reserve Board, serving as president of the advisory council in 1924-26. He was also a trustee of the Institute of Economics, founded in 1922; when it was merged into the Brookings Institution in 1927, he became a trustee of the latter, serving until his death.[8][9]

So you see the connections from the past to the present through Aldrich, Rockefeller, Warburg, The Council On Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institute?

But back to the thuggery story:

“The President invited the director to the White House to discuss health care reform and reducing health care costs,” said White House spokesman Reid Cherlin.

Gibbs described the meeting as a way to discuss ways to reduce health care costs, with no discussion of the CBO methodologies that have annoyed Democrats in their drive to pass health care reform legislation.

Former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a Republican appointee who advised the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that he never had a private meeting at the White House during his time helming CBO, from 2003 to 2005.

“The only appearance could be that they’re leaning on him,” Holtz-Eakin said. “CBO was created for Congress, for independent analysis. The White House did him (Elmendorf) a terrible disservice.”

This is what the CBO has said about Bambi’s DeathCare:

CBO: Health care reform to increase federal cost

Congress’ budget watchdog warned Thursday that Democrats’ health care bills would not lower skyrocketing costs and would drive up government spending, undermining one of President Obama’s chief arguments for the overhaul.

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf said the plans already released by the House and Senate would keep costs rising at an unsustainable pace, fueling criticism from Republicans and some conservative Democrats that the overhaul will bankrupt the country.

I keep stating that the takeover of this country started some 100 years ago and finally people are catching up.  The Pilgrims are behind the CFR, Brookings, AIG, and numerous other think tanks.  Stop worrying about George Soros.

UPDATE: Cavuto Video About This Meeting:

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  • lewisge -

    So far my Chairman Zero Inverse Statement Theory is proving true. The theory states that truth or reality is just the inverse of whatever he says about himself or whatever he says he is going to do.

    Witness his latest statement on healthcare not being about him. Truth is the inverse.
    It would be interesting to go back and catalog his major statements or promised actions versus truth/reality.

    So far this theory has proven to be an extremely accurate predictor of future reality.

  • If my understanding is correct, Marack wants to tax our employer based healthcare benefits. I have vivid memories of Marack being very holier than thou in attacking John McCain for offering the same proposal during the campaign.

    If this guy were any more full of shit he’d be…Pampers…oh wait…he is.

  • no-nonsence-nancy -

    He has NO integrity. He s a total bully and thug. Thuggery is his only game. You’re right, DT, they have been working on this for a hundred years and they were patient until they found their perfect puppet in Mr. Thug. We have to stop this robbery of our country and get him out of office soon! They underestimated the patriotism and determination of he American people. Aren’t a lot of them foreigners?

  • Letty aka Granny Gripes -

    to post everywhere: and keep the pressure on senators, congress daily, even the white house, the news anchors, letters to the editor:


    RESIGN NOW, we no longer can afford your representation:

    You were elected to represent the LEGAL citizens of this country;

    NO TO FREE HC for illegal immigrants and migrant workers and their extended families

    NO HC rationing!

    There are 5 simple solutions to fixing the few critical issues with HC,

    1. LIMIT the legal fees and awards on malpractice actions,
    2. STOP allowing these criminal class action lawsuits,
    3. then provide portability including across state lines,
    4. Organize a National HC PHP for small business,
    5. and then force every HC INS entity to ignore pre-existing conditions:

    FOR THE OBSCENE WASTE in OBAMA SCARE we can give everyone earning under $50,000 a year, $ 5,000 a year in HSA and save trillions!

    WE DO NOT WANT OR NEED to destroy our entire HC system to bring socialized HC to our country and create another 50 agencies to restrict our freedoms, liberties and our rights to self determination


    NOW GO FIX: Medicaid, Medicare, VA HC, S-Chips FIRST !


  • Letty aka Granny Gripes -

    Remind everyone:

    SENATOR OBAMA voted NO and NO HOLY way to every
    HC reform presented while he was a Senator:

    NOW he gives this tear jerking press conference, he does not have a clue:


    1. LIMIT the legal fees and awards on malpractice actions,
    2. STOP allowing these criminal class action lawsuits,
    3. then provide portability including across state lines,
    4. Organize a National HC PHP for small business,
    5. and then force every HC INS entity to ignore pre-existing conditions:


  • I will guarantee Obama and his cabal threatened Elmendorf. The CBO is a non-partisan office. Obama can’t stand the fact that they won’r agree with him. It is becoming all too apparent that no one has ever said no to this joker.

    He knows he is becoming impotent six months into his presidency. If things don’t pass now they aren’t likely to later on. He knows the whole House is up for reelection…as well as some senate seats.

    The people in this country are waking up and their not going to take it anymore. If they have their way the Congressional landscape will change next year cutting off Obozo’s wee wee.

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