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  •  I think he'd be terrible at office politics (5+ / 0-)

    which is a large part of being a Cabinet Secretary.

    It does no good to be right if you don't know how to sell your views to the decision makers.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 10:51:08 AM PST

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    •  maybe it's the office politics that need to change (1+ / 0-)
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      •  But that is true in every bureaucracy on earth (2+ / 0-)
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        It's true where I work, it's true where my wife used to work, it's true in this White House and all the predecessors, it's true in China and France and Uganda.

        It's a fact of human nature. Being right and being persuasive are different, and knowing how to pitch things to people in charge is an actual skill set that some people possess to a greater degree than others.

        You want the entire world to change so Krugman can be Secretary of the Treasury when he says he'd be bad at it. You offer not one scintilla of evidence that the mere fact of his appointment would change the system such that he would be more effective than he believes.

        Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

        by blue aardvark on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:34:13 AM PST

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      •  Not in this lifetime (0+ / 0-)

        Or the next, or the next. That's part of the human condition. Much to Spock's and Data's discombublation sometimes.

        "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

        by Catte Nappe on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:37:58 AM PST

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