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  •  His leaving is a sign that (10+ / 0-)

    Chicago told him to come back and teach in the fall, or resign. That's it. Goolsbee's an academic. A really, really good one. (Nobody gets to be full professor at a top school before he's even 40.) Academics who take time off from their real job to work in politics rarely do it for as long as Goolsbee already has. Universities rarely let their faculty go on leave for as long as he already has. It's completely natural for him to leave now.

    And the fact is the Republicans control the House and can block anything they like in the Senate. So the Dems aren't "letting" the Republicans do anything. The Dems don't have the power to pass anything without Republican support. There's no option but compromise. That's just the fact. Denying it just shows ignorance of high school civics.

    •  Sorry, I find that explanation laughable (4+ / 0-)

      Do you really think a person of this stature would drop everything and run home because his old boss whistled?

      Put it this way: I don't think Mr. Goolsbee would have had to worry about exhausting his enemployment benefits if he was unable to return to his old job.

      "The real power is in the hands of small groups of people and I don't think they have titles." -- Bob Dylan

      by nonprofit jim on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 07:39:39 AM PDT

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      •  Obviously, you're not (4+ / 0-)
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        an academic.

        Tenured full profs don't have bosses. And, yes, an academic would care more about keeping a tenured teaching position at a top university than spending another year or so as a policy advisor.

        Goolsbee doesn't have to worry about being employed. But if he likes working at U of C, he'd probably care more about his tenure there than his position in Washington.

      •  No University (1+ / 0-)
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        would stand for a faculty member returning from such a prominent national position.  There is no way a University would give one iota of leeway.  Just think... they would then have to deal with a former White House Chairman of Economic Counsel being on their staff.  Humiliating to say the least.  I bet the school was gambling that he might want to stay so that they could dump him.  Yup - no way would they tout that at all.  They may have had to wait another year or so.  Academians hate to wait as much as they hate to have to promote the fact that the have prominent figures on their staff.  Look at the Bush Administration folks - there's no one who holds a prominent academic position.  Not one.

        "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

        by newfie on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 09:50:03 AM PDT

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        •  No university (0+ / 0-)

          will let a faculty member remain on leave indefinitely. Eventually, no matter who you are, you have to come back and do your job or resign.

          Off the top of my head, I can think of professors at Chicago, Princeton, and Berkeley who had to resign their tenured positions in order to continue beyond two years in policy positions with government or international organizations. (They did fine, landing at Harvard, Columbia, and Harvard, respectively. But their original institutions made them resign if they wanted to continue in their policy jobs.)

          •  I would doubt (0+ / 0-)

            it would be indefinite but my point is thatthe prominence of his particular position might allow his leave to extend a little bit longer - maybe even to the end of the first term.  If the policies of the administration bear out and provide for economic recovery that is a benefit to the university.  And vice versa.

            "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

            by newfie on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 03:46:39 PM PDT

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            •  asdf (0+ / 0-)
              He has been working for the president between campaign and White House for four plus years," said the administration official. "The typical time for a leave at University of Chicago is two years."

              That's from the HuffPo article that the diary is based on.

              He's already extended it far beyond what's usually allowed. I've never heard of a university allowing more than two years, even for their biggest stars serving in high level positions.

    •  It may well be both. (2+ / 0-)
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      When both push and pull factors work in concert, they are nearly irresistible.  

      Did UC issue an ultimatum?  Probably.  But if Goolsbee was truly happy in the WH, that may not have been enough.  Goolsbee is an academic star, whose service in the WH only deepens an impressive c.v.  He could go anywhere, even back to UC under a new contract, after a few more years at the WH.  Any university would offer him tenure.  

      Academia has potent charms.  I miss that world myself, and no doubt Goolsbee does too.  But the environment in DC is toxic enough to make anyone with both sense and sensibility want to run screaming into the night.  Put the two together, and you have such people scrambling for the escape hatch.

      "Fighting Fascism is Always Cool." -- Amsterdam Weekly, v3, n18 (-8.50, -7.23)

      by Noor B on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 08:02:14 AM PDT

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    •  You are either naive or are someone who blindly (0+ / 0-)

      follows the president.

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