Anonymous asked:
this woman is plain marketing (i'm happy about what she has to say, but she should try to be subtler with showing her intents)
I answered:

I feel you, anon.

Yesterday, we had a Chartist In Residence day with Cecilia Muñoz, Director of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council. I enjoyed having her on and think she spoke well on issues that are important to her, personally and professionally. In practice, that ended up looking a bit light on data and rather heavy on message. 

One of the things I love about doing CIR days is that we let the guest steer the ship. We give them the password, they log in and go. The freedom leads to some really lively and compelling days, tailored to how the person wants to use the blog. Sometimes we get a Star Wars Graphvella, sometimes a museum of silliness; one of my favorite days was when White House Economist, Betsey Stevenson stopped by on Woman’s Equality Day to talk about a bunch of really enlightening data on gender and the economy. We let people do their thing and it’s generally pretty awesome.

Anyway, of course there’s going to be a specific agenda when somebody who works with the White House is communicating publicly. We all know that going in. The fun part is that they have a great deal of information to work with, and I’m more than happy to let anybody with a reasonable agenda come and talk charts with all of us, when they bring real data to the table. Cecilia brought some data worth engaging with — I’m happy she did and was happy to see people engage. I wish we had time to get more of that data out there, go deeper and move the conversation off messaging a bit, so in the future I’ll make sure that happens. It’s really that simple! I’ll actually burn some calories making sure everyone is prepared and excited to have a substantive conversation. Promise.

Finally, to address a recurrent pet peeve, it’s so lazy and boring to yell “partisan!” every time data tied to issues relating to politics is brought up. If you know where the information is coming from, you know how to frame and and how to engage with it. Just look at the data. Know the source. Form and opinion. Learn something. Stop being boring. And as for my personal politics, everybody who knows me well knows the only thing I believe in is the inevitability of bloody revolution. 



Few things are more important than making sure we provide every child with a first-class education.

President Obama has championed a number of policies that are helping more kids graduate from high school than ever before. School Improvement Grants are turning around “dropout factories,” or schools that graduate less than 60% of their students. We’re also on our way to connecting 99% of schools to high-speed internet through the President’s Connect Ed initiative. And by “schools,” I mean every seat in every classroom.

I’m a policy wonk, but I’m also a mom who is relieved, proud, and encouraged that the Administration’s work and the hard work of all Americans to bring our economy back from the brink of collapse is succeeding. I hope that these charts are as encouraging to you as they are to me. We have more work to do, but we do it knowing that we have come a long way over the last 6 years.

Thanks for following along! It’s be a lot of fun.

- Cecilia

Let’s talk about clean energy and steps we’re taking to combat climate change. We’re making the government’s largest-ever investment in renewable energy, an investment aimed at doubling the generating capacity from wind power, solar energy, and other renewable sources over the next three years.

Across America, entrepreneurs are building wind turbines and solar panels and batteries for hybrid cars with the help of loan guarantees and tax credits, projects that are creating new jobs and new industries. These investments are good for our economy, they’re good for the environment, and they’re an important piece of President Obama’s plan to act on climate change.

Oh, and they’re also good for the grandkids I hope to have someday! (Hint, hint to my daughters if they read this.)

Let’s take a step back and remember what our health care system was like just a few years ago. Back in 2009, when I had just started working at the White House, one of our top concerns was the fact that companies and families worried constantly about the rising cost of health care.

Thanks in large part to President Obama’s efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act, health care spending in America has been growing at historically low rates over the past few years. That’s helping to increase workers’ take-home pay and cut costs for businesses.

The average premium for employer-provided family coverage grew by just 3% in 2014, tying 2010 for the slowest rate on record, and down from double-digit increases in the 2000s. If premium growth had continued at the rate we saw last decade, the average premium for employer coverage would have been $1,800 higher in 2014. That’s a lot of money that stays in your pocket!

So the Affordable Care Act is saving millions of Americans money, including my daughter who’s a recent college grad and is able to stay on my health care plan as she gets her career started.

Hey everyone! I’m Cecilia Muñoz, Director of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council, and I’ll be taking over I Love Charts today to break down some of the current trends in our economy, and what they mean for you.

Every issue we work on affects our country’s economic growth, and just like the President, we spend every day thinking about ways we can expand opportunity for more Americans and help strengthen the middle class.

So what does that actually mean? Whether we’re promoting access to education to help more young people afford college and get a good job, or investing in clean energy like wind and solar power, we’re focused on growing our economy in ways that help YOU! And every American.

This morning we got some very good news: Our businesses added 236,000 jobs last month, and are now on pace for their strongest year of job growth since 1998. Our unemployment rate dropped to 5.9%, the lowest it’s been since July 2008. That’s a big deal, but we’ve got to keep at it so more families feel the impact of the progress we’re making.

I really do love charts, because they show policy wonks like me the real impact that our decisions have over time. But for me, it’s all about what these charts mean for my daughters’ lives. So if you love charts as much as I do, follow along over the course of the day!