Republican "holds" in the Senate, Bloomberg reports, are preventing two key economists from joining the President's Council of Economic Advisers.
March 2 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama’s economic advisers are increasingly concerned about the U.S. Senate’s delay in confirming the nominations of Austan Goolsbee and Cecilia Rouse to the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
Without Senate confirmation, the two economists are barred from advising the president as the administration tackles the worst financial crisis in 70 years and tries to advance the spending plan Obama submitted to Congress last week.
Goolsbee, who has a reputation for competence and centrism, and Rouse, who specializes in education policy, are hardly the most controversial figures. Unless one of them has tax or nanny problems, they are likely to be approved by unanimous consent. If there were ever a time when our country needed economists like a fire needs firefighters, this is it.
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My comment: Hoping he fails and doing everything they can to see that he ... and we ... fail. A little more of the Audacity of Nope? After dominating policy for 8 of the last 8 years (NO, the Democratic majorities in Congress weren't veto proof ... check the record of Bush vetoes ... one between 2001 and 2006, eleven in 2007 and 2008.) and having their philosophy and policies totally discredited, the still have the cahones ...