Friday, April 20, 2012

Say What?

Say what?

Cabinet officials should pay attention to staff briefings before testifying to Congressional panels. Here’s why.

At an appearance Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee to talk about the country’s manufacturing outlook, Commerce Secretary John Bryson seemed unprepared for some basic questions from members who were seeking some simple answers.

And Mr. Bryson committed a big "no-no" by saying China is manipulating its currency – a stand his boss took during the 2008 Presidential campaign – instead of repeating the normal Administration disclaimer that only the Treasury Department can talk about that issue.

Here are the key (amazing) excerpts from the hearing on renewal of the US Export-Import Bank (not likely to help the effort), on access to medicines in the TransPacific Partnership negotiations (huh?) and on China’s currency manipulation (oops).

Makes you wonder why he is Commerce Secretary.

Jim Berger

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