Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jack Lew's Signature

This is the signature of the nominee to be the next Secretary of the Treasury:

Lew's Loopdeloop

It looks like a child's doodle, not even coming close to resembling his name except for perhaps the first loops potentially forming a "J."  (My signature is not awesome, but at least I make an attempt and can explain its form.)

I'm not trained to interpret people's personalities based on their handwriting, but in this case I'm going to anyway.

Is his signature reflective of some sort of nihilist, post-modern world view that he may possess, where nothing, including his own name, has any meaning?  This world view will help in Washington since fiscal responsibility apparently has no meaning anyway.

Or perhaps it is a sign of supreme arrogance--he is so great, why should he have to lower himself to sign his name for those beneath him?

If he can't even take the time to make his signature even remotely reflect his name, why should we think for a minute that he will take the time to ensure his policies make sense for the people of the United States within the framework of our Constitution?  (I bet he does not hold the Constitution in high regard at all.)

His signature is ridiculous.  Here is some background on the man:

Sessions To Budget Director Lew: Stop Repeating Budget Spin (video)

Here's Obama's Message to GOP by Appointing Lew Treasury Secretary
Published: Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 1:41 PM ET
Senior Editor, (link to article)

President Barack Obama is sending a pointed message to Republicans by nominating Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary: I'm not backing down from this budget fight.

This is certainly a blow to any hope that Republicans might have had that Obama would flinch from his pledge not to negotiate over the debt ceiling. The president has said he will demand a clean bill raising the debt ceiling, unattached to any conditions or spending cuts.
To call Lew's relationship with Capitol Hill Republicans strained would be an understatement. According to some on the Hill, there just is no relationship anymore.
"We do not even bother talking to him," a staffer for a Republican senator said. 
When Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell called Vice President Joe Biden as the deadline to cut a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff loomed, it was a sign of the tensions between the senator and Lew. McConnell had to create a new channel for negotiations because he could no longer go through the White House.
Here's how Manu Raju at describes the tensions between Lew and Republicans:
Several Republicans said Tuesday they don't view Lew as a man interested in hearing GOP concerns. One aide called him "tone deaf" in understanding the compromises that Republicans could accept during high-stakes talks.
"No matter what you're proposing or no matter what compromise you're trying to forge, he comes at it from a position of, 'Whatever you want, I have to be against,'" the GOP aide said. "It doesn't advantage him in the negotiation, he doesn't get a different policy outcome than he would otherwise. It just irritates people. … It's as much personality as anything else."
These tensions are not new. Lew alienated Republican lawmakers during the summer of 2011 when he was director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. According to Rich Miniter's book Leading from Behind, House Speaker John Boehner complained during the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations that he simply could not negotiate with Lew.

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