Obama sets agenda in SF speech

Presisdent Obama, Democratic National CommitteeAs part of President Obama’s high-tech trip to California, before donors in San Francisco he set an ambitious agenda for his remaining two years. It’s significant he did so in California because of its centrality to both his agenda and his continued political support.

The president also obviously wants to keep pointing out that, despite the beginning of the race to succeed him, he is not a lame duck. He said:

I’ve only got two years left, but two years is a long time … and two years is also the time in which we’re going to be setting the stage for the next presidential election and the next 10 years of American policy. I intend to run through the tape, and work really hard, and squeeze every last little bit of change and improvement into the lives of ordinary Americans and middle-class Americans that I can.

According to the Chronicle, he spoke before “about 60 donors at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Russian Hill home of Sandy Robertson, a tech financier, and his wife, Jeanne.”

But the president’s ambitious agenda already is putting up a higher price tag for California. As the Chronicle itself also noted in an editorial on the president’s amnesty program:

The actions, which are being challenged in court, could delay deportation for millions of immigrants who have not attained legal status — hundreds of thousands of whom live in California.

Since current state law allows “deferred action” immigrants to apply for certain government services in health and human services, that would mean a new and potentially costly strain on those programs as well.

“The President’s recent executive action on immigration would have a highly uncertain fiscal impact on human services programs,” wrote the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office in a report about the state budget released on Thursday. The office also wrote similar language in a separate report on the state’s health care budget.

The programs for which these immigrants would be newly eligible include Medi-Cal, in-home health care services, and the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants. CAPI is a state program that provides cash assistance to legal immigrants who are ineligible for Supplementary Security Income or disability assistance due to their immigration status.

The potential of adding hundreds of thousands of recipients to these programs is daunting, to say the least, and Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t included any additional funding for this possibility in his current budget.


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  1. Dude
    Dude 16 February, 2015, 12:05

    “Gov Brown hasn’t included any additional funding for this possibility”
    1). Good because they’re here illegally
    2). Good because its our $$, not his.

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  2. desmond
    desmond 16 February, 2015, 18:05

    I wonder what the middle east and the Russian situation will look like in two years. The president’s global legacy will to a great extent be determined by those. It is not a reach to say both of those could be in worse turmoil than at the beginning of his Presidency. Of course, he would never admit it if that is the way it turns out.

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John Seiler has been writing about California for 25 years. That includes 22 years as an editorial writer for the Orange County Register and two years for CalWatchDog.com, where he is managing editor. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. He was a Russian linguist in U.S. Army military intelligence from 1978 to 1982. He was an editor and writer for Phillips Publishing Company from 1983 to 1986. He has written for Policy Review, Chronicles, LewRockwell.com, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email: [email protected]

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