President Obama creates a White House Council

President Barack Obama is creating a White House council to handle issues that affect American communities and workers tied to the automotive industry. President Obama will sign an executive order Tuesday to establish the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. The council will be chaired by the president’s economic adviser, Larry Summers, and his labor secretary, Hilda Solis. The executive director will be Obama’s director of recovery for auto communities and workers, Ed Montgomery. Vice President Joe Biden is traveling to Perrysburg, Ohio, to announce the committee’s creation. This might be paving the way for intangible industries tied to automobile plants to step up to the bailout line. We have already seen the auto parts industry ask for help and with Detroit unemployment at 14%, there will be more job loss for the jobs that supported the autoworkers. There has been the loss of more than 400,000 jobs in the last decade in the auto industry. It is only natural if you close a plant with 25k workers, the restaurants and stores in the area will all take a hit. It is just like this administration to create a council and not include members of the auto workers union, auto workers family, civic leaders. The council is full of people who all live and work in Washington so how they keep the pulse of this situation is a little unclear. It sure will sound good at the press conference though.

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Let us hope Larry can stay awake as chairperson

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