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  •  LOL, I agree with Krugman (18+ / 0-)

    He's not suited for that line of work, he has no interest in or patience for playing the internal political games that are necessary when you work in that kind of government job.

    He's perfect right where he is - someone who the WH can continue to call on for expertise and advice.

    He (and other economic experts) also need to be an independent voice, not influenced by the political process.

    As Krugman says, we'll see about Lew. If he's a good negotiator, that's important.  But the best thing Lew can be is independent of Wall Street, the Fed and big banks.  That was Geithner's biggest flaw - he was too much in their pocket, never one to challenge anything they asked for.

    No, I never signed the petition to nominate Krugman. It was a bad idea all around. Krugman is best doing what he does now and if our Dem leaders are smart, they'll rely on experts like him, Stiglitz and others to get the economy moving again.

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:48:59 PM PST

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    •  if only the WH would call on Krugman for advice (1+ / 0-)
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      but that's not the case, quite the opposite and in one article in answer to an obvious barrage of emails and letters sounding like all he needed to do was get the President's ear. If only Obama had the chance to hear Krugman make the case on whatever the economic crisis was at the time then Obama would see the light (my paraphrase). Krugman's answer sounded like this was something he's heard a lot, he said "been there ,done that", it obviously didn't matter.

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:44:37 AM PST

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