Summers Is Latest Misplay by Obama's Inept Econ Team
Heidi Moore can't believe these guys think they've done a good job
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 16, 2013 1:57 PM CDT
This Dec. 17, 2010 file photo shows Lawrence Summers arriving for the tax cut extension bill during a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – The main question isn't why Larry Summers pulled his name out of the Federal Reserve Chairman derby yesterday, it's "how his candidacy even got this far," writes Heidi Moore at the Guardian. Many prominent senators openly opposed his nomination, as did 300 economists. From the beginning, it should have been crystal clear to President Obama "that tying his fortunes to Summers would have been akin to tying two rocks together to see if they float." But that was not clear to Obama's economic team.

Most of Obama's advisers have worked together since the Clinton years, and backed their old pal Summers "to get the band together again." But this isn't a dream team; under its tutelage, Obama has produced a "litany of failure." He hasn't passed a stimulus since 2009, reduced inequality, passed a food stamp extension, or improved employment. Yet Obama seems blithely unaware of this, peppering speeches with "self-congratulatory" references to recovery. "Maybe he should stop relying on those he knows, and rely instead on those who know what they're doing." Click for Moore's full column.

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MSCOTTASHLEY
Sep 18, 2013 1:31 PM CDT
Screw your opinion!
sunniladi
Sep 17, 2013 6:21 PM CDT
a "litany of failures" actually describes his entire presidency.
codenameradical
Sep 17, 2013 10:57 AM CDT
With wall street hitting record highs, perhaps its time to stop pretending that Obama is the problem. Clearly the economy is doing great. The people who are doing so great (rich people and companies) are simply not hiring /you/. Or maybe they are, but you don't get paid much. But then, Republicans don't like minimum wage, and love outsourcing, so there's really no room for complaint.