Dispatch from the Front: The Week of August 30

August ends, but the Congressional recess rolls on. President Obama speaks from the White House on the end of combat operations in Iraq. Unemployment figures for August are released Friday, worth a weekend of pre-Labor Day punditry.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) issues its annual Labor Day report on Wednesday, this year examing the impact of uncertainty on the U.S. economy and employees. On Thursday, the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte release a survey of the public’s perceptions of manufacturing.

The Senate is recessed until Monday, September 13. The House is recessed until Tuesday, September 14.

President Obama travels Tuesday to Fort Bliss, Texas, to meet with troops. That evening, he will also address the nation on Iraq from the Oval Office. On Thursday, he meets in Washington with Israeli and Palestinian delegations in an attempt to jump-kick start negotiations. The rest of the President’s schedule is still developing; with Labor Day approaching, one anticipates an event or two on the economy. Will he mention Recovery Summer?

Executive Branch: Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke is in Nashville today for a forum with the music industry on intellectual property and piracy. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) makes the announcement; Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has a few complaints.

Economic Reports: Consumer spending figures are released today. On Wednesday, the Institute for Supply Management issues its survey of manufacturers, and new vehicle sales are also reported. Friday morning the much-anticipated BLS report on August unemployment comes out. MarketWatch previews previews the week’s economic reports, as does Bloomberg here.

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  • mickeywhite says:

    Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn (7th District Representative, Republican), wants to look beyond current issues towards new structures and forms of cooperation between the European Union and the United States.

    Yes, my fellow Americans, my congressman is not only promoting the Transatlantic Partnership, she is a Member. Does she represent the Constitution and We the People, or does she represent the European Union ?

    Why isn’t the News media covering this?

    What is the TPN? TPN has been created to promote a strong and stable partnership between the US and Europe, to influence its priorities and help to drive its development. It is a transatlantic “network of networks” whose membership is a unique blend of business, political and academic experience.

    Man, I wish Marsha would READ the United States of America’s Constitution.

    POLITICAL SUPPORT– The European Parliament has voted resolutions in May 2004 and in January 2005 in which the concept of completing the transatlantic market by 2015 is supported. Furthermore, the Parliament also agreed that the transatlantic partners should update the 1995 New Transatlantic Agenda, replacing it with a ‘Transatlantic Partnership Agreement”. These ideas were further endorsed in reports by Elmar Brok MEP and Erika Mann MEP approved by the European Parliament in May 2006. (This line of approach has also been supported by Francisco Millán Mon’s report – March 2009).The US House of Representatives has also passed a resolution endorsing the concept of a “Transatlantic Partnership Agreement” between the EU and the US.
    BUSINESS SUPPORT – Leaders of the Transatlantic Business community were present at the launch of the Strategy Document. They have consequently endorsed the idea of a Barrier Free Transatlantic Market and continue to work towards the removal of all barriers to trade and investment. Their reports to the US-EU Summit held in Vienna in June 2006, Washington in 2007, and Ljubljana in 2008 have clearly endorsed this strategic objective.
    Given this basis, the President of the European Council at the time, Angela Merkel, launched the concept of the transatlantic market in 2007 during the early stages of the German Presidency of the EU. This resulted in the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) being set up at the EU-US Summit in April 2007. This body now handles a wide range of issues of vital importance to transatlantic business.

    So Marsha Blackburn wants to have the transatlantic market in place by 2015, she wants a Transatlantic Assembly (like Parliament), and she (of-course) wants to give them hundred of BILLIONS in foreign aid to strengthen the Transatlantic Monetary cooperation and Transatlantic Capital Market.


    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    She is no conservative.
    See her unconstitutional votes at :

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