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  • White House Can't Hide Look Into Koch Tax Data Misuse

    10/03/2014 3:40:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: A court tells the White House to ac knowledge the existence of a probe into whether one of its advisers used private tax records for political gain. Transparency is being forced on an administration that's anything but. In 2010, an attorney for industrialists and libertarian political donors Charles and David Koch told the Weekly Standard of a senior Obama aide telling reporters on background that the Kochs "do not pay corporate income tax" through their company, Koch Industries. How, the attorney justifiably wondered, did the White House get his clients' private information from the IRS? The anonymous official has...
  • Court: Obama Admin Can’t Hide Investigation into Former White House Adviser Austan Goolsbee

    09/30/2014 5:21:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Sep. 30, 2014 | CJ Ciaramella
    The Obama administration must acknowledge the existence of an independent investigation into former White House senior economics adviser Austan Goolsbee’s alleged unauthorized access to the Koch brother’s tax returns, a court ruled Tuesday. A federal judge ruled the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) must disclose to watchdog group Cause of Action whether records of an investigation exist. Cause of Action filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after TIGTA refused to confirm or deny the existence of the investigation in what is commonly known as a “Glomar response.” “The court has ruled that the federal government cannot...
  • Potentially explosive development in IRS scandals

    07/05/2013 11:09:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 5, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    One of the most important and so-far least noted threads in the IRS sandal cloth is the inexplicable remark made by Austan Goolsbee, at the time the Chairman of the White Council of Economic Advisors about the taxes paid by the Koch brothers - arch villains in the Manichean delusions of the American left - that would require his knowledge of their confidential tax returns. Did the White House senior staff illegally browse through the tax records of their political enemies? The Washington Free Beacon has been trying to find out, and uncovered an interesting response: CJ Ciaramella reports: The...
  • Unemployment Rate Rises to 9%, State-Run Media Cheers Obama

    05/09/2011 3:24:36 AM PDT · by Son House · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | May 6, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The news media today, gosh, the unemployment rate's up to 9%, and they're celebrating. They're talking about some of the strongest job growth, with 244,000 new jobs, 62,000 of them from Mickey D's, 62,000 from McDonald's. Now, remember in the past, those jobs have been impugned by the Democrats and the left as meaningless, futureless hamburger flipper jobs without health care. Folks, I'll tell you, if we had our news media of today back in the days of Herbert Hoover we would have never had a Depression, because it woulda never been reported as a depression. This isn't even...
  • Former Obama Economic Adviser Warns Unemployment Could Rise

    03/11/2012 1:29:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | George Stephanopoulos
    The economy has added more jobs than expected in each of the past three months, pushing down the unemployment rate to 8.3 percent and marking the best six-month streak of jobs numbers since 2008. But President Obama’s former economic adviser said today that this seemingly rosy economic picture probably won’t last. “I think the main thing that [President Obama] ought to worry anybody is that the growth rate is probably not as sustainable as at high a rate as it’s been, so the pace of expansion, which for six months has been pretty impressive, it may just slow down a...
  • Goolsbee: We Need Bipartisan Ideas to Solve Crisis(Hannity Video, Part 2)

    08/27/2011 7:54:16 AM PDT · by Son House · 23 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Aug 26, 2011 | Sean Hannity
    Fmr. chief economic advisor on Recovery Act, unemployment rate
  • Fmr. Obama Economic Adviser Now Blaming Earthquake For Economic Woes

    08/26/2011 10:45:35 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 29 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 25, 2011 | RCP
    Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and senior economic adviser to President Obama appeared on FOX News' "Hannity" to defend the President and the economy. Earlier in August President Obama cited the earthquake and tsuanmi in Japan and the Arab Spring as reasons why the economy has not improved. Goolsbee in his own words: "In the year 2010 which is when most of the clips when the president was saying we were going to grow again. We were growing and over that 17 months we added two-and-a-half million jobs. "Now, at the beginning of this year we get...
  • Goolsbee to S&P: Check your work

    08/07/2011 10:03:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/7/11 | Seung Min Kim
    Outgoing White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee went on the attack against Standard & Poor’s on Sunday, charging the agency’s credit downgrade was based on “questionable mathematics.” The rating agency lowered the U.S. credit rating on Friday from a top AAA to AA+, but not before the Treasury Department discovered an accounting error by Standard & Poor’s and urged the agency not to downgrade. “They made a $2 trillion math error, and they didn’t check their work,” Goolsbee said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Goolsbee also called for policymakers to focus not just on the deficit but also on longer-term...
  • Poor jobs data stuns Wall Street, politicians

    07/08/2011 10:11:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 56 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 8, 2011, 10:21 a.m. EDT | Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch
    Meager 18,000 increase in June heightens worries over economyWASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A disappointing U.S. jobs report has stunned Wall Street and triggered a fresh round of political recriminations as to who and what’s to blame. The economy added a meager 18,000 jobs in June, stoking worries the U.S. economy is slumping again. See story on June jobs data. Here is a sample of reaction on Wall Street and in Washington. • “Today’s report is more evidence that the misguided ‘stimulus’ spending binge, excessive regulations, and an overwhelming national debt continue to hold back private-sector job creation in our country.” —...
  • Obama Economy – Why Are We Here and What Do His Policies Portend for 2012?

    06/10/2011 4:29:47 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-10-11 | Warren Beatty
    There are quite a lot of opinions about Obama's reelectability in the face of bad economic news. The national debt is up, economic growth is slow, jobs are not being produced as promised, house prices continue to fall, and employers are complaining about policy uncertainty.1 So it will be very interesting to see just where we are, how we got here, and how the economy will effect Obama's reelection. Obama's Economy There is little doubt that today's economy belongs to Presient Barack Obama, regardless of his blaming George W. Bush for all of his problems. "Now, my administration has...
  • Obama's Egghead Economic Saboteurs

    06/08/2011 2:58:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | June 8, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Official motto of the White House economic team: Those who can, do. Those who can't, fantasize in the classroom, fail in Washington and then return to the Ivy Tower to train the next generation of egghead economic saboteurs. Life is good for left-wing academics. Everyone else pays dearly. Take Austan Goolsbee, please. President Obama's "fresh-faced" University of Chicago econ professor arrived in Washington in December 2008 to fill two slots: chief economist/staff director of the president's Economic Recovery Advisory Board and member of the Council of Economic Advisers. In September 2010, he replaced CEA head and fellow academic Christina Romer,...
  • Austan Goolsbee to leave White House (Abandon Ship!)

    06/06/2011 5:47:12 PM PDT · by TSgt · 93 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/6/11 7:26 PM ED | MIKE ALLEN
    Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, plans to return to teaching economics at the University of Chicago this fall, the White House announced Monday night. Goolsbee has been on leave for four years from the university’s Booth School of Business and could have lost his tenured position at Chicago, where he was a professor for 14 years before joining the administration, if he did not return, an official said. Goolsbee, one of Obama’s longest serving aides, was an economic adviser on the 2004 Senate campaign, and the senior economic adviser on the 2008 presidential campaign.He...
  • Barack Obama is floundering in a sea of bad news, as White House chief economist jumps ship

    06/07/2011 8:36:12 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 44 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | June 7, 2011 | Nile Gardiner
    If last week wasn’t bad enough for President Obama with the release of a series of dire economic reports, this week is looking even worse, kicking off with the resignation on Monday evening of his chief economist Austan Goolsbee. On Friday Goolsbee struggled to explain an unexpected rise in unemployment figures, comically describing them as a “bump in the road”, hardly reassuring news to the nearly 14 million Americans who are now out of work. After the announcement, Barack Obama paid tribute to his close friend and soon to be former adviser, with a surreal claim that his administration is...
  • Top White House economist Goolsbee steps down

    06/06/2011 8:26:17 PM PDT · by woofie · 45 replies
    Yahoo/(Reuters) ^ | 6/6/12 | Alister Bull and Caren Bohan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top White House economist Austan Goolsbee said on Monday he was stepping down, marking the exit of one of President Barack Obama's closest aides at a time when new signs of weakness have emerged in the economy. Less than a year after he was named chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Goolsbee plans to return to his teaching job at the University of Chicago, the Obama administration said in a statement. Goolsbee's departure leaves Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as the sole remaining senior member of the original economic team. Goolsbee and Obama got to...
  • Top Obama Economic Adviser Goolsbee to Quit to Return to Professor Position

    06/06/2011 5:46:43 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | June 06, 2011 | NewsCore
    WASHINGTON -- Key White House economics adviser Austan D. Goolsbee will resign from his role as chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, it was announced Monday. A statement from the White House said Goolsbee will return to his position as an economics professor at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in the fall term. "Prior to his time in the Obama Administration, he was a professor at the University of Chicago for fourteen years," the statement said.
  • Austan Goolsbee: 'Stiff Headwinds' Slow Job Creation

    06/05/2011 2:10:30 PM PDT · by Son House · 45 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 5, 2011 | By IMTIYAZ DELAWALA
    "Our effort now as a government should be to get the private sector to help them stand up and lead the recovery," Goolsbee told "This Week" anchor Christiane Amanpour, citing efforts on regulatory review, while maintaining policies such as reduced payroll taxes through the end of the year. "We've got to rely on policies that are trying to leverage the private sector and give incentives to private sector to be doing the growth." Goolsbee cautioned against reading too much into the report, saying "stiff headwinds" from shocks such as the disaster in Japan and higher gas prices impacted the employment...
  • What the March jobs report means for Obama 2012 ( 8.8 % ? Just an illusion...)

    04/03/2011 11:56:57 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 03, 2011 | James Pethokoukis
    OK, the unemployment is now down to 8.8 percent, and the economy added 216,000 jobs last month. Here is the political economy of the situation, which is not as good for Team Obama as you might think: 1) Let’s not overstate the strength of the report: a) based on last two nasty downturns, 1974-75 and 1981-82, jobs should be growing roughly 400K a month; b) nominal wage growth over both the last quarter and year have both been 1.7% vs. 2.1% inflation; c) the number of people who have been unemployed less than five weeks rose by 59K, first increase...
  • White House: higher oil prices won't halt recovery (White House economist Austan Goolsbee)

    02/23/2011 10:16:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/23/11 | Caren Bohan and Alister Bull - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday said higher oil prices caused by Middle East unrest must be monitored but would not stall the U.S. recovery, while reiterating a warning on the risks posed by global imbalances. "Thus far, they're up, but we're not forecasting -- and you haven't seen the private forecasters forecasting -- that at these levels they would derail the recovery," said top White House economist Austan Goolsbee. U.S. crude oil reached a 28-month high of $100 a barrel on Wednesday as violence in OPEC producer Libya caused output there to be reduced and investors bet...
  • Dr Paul Krugman, George Will And Austan Goolsbee: The Government Doesn’t Create Jobs

    01/24/2011 10:40:32 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies ^ | January 24, 2011 | Jim Vicevich
    Well … that Will is on this list does not surprise me. It’s the other two, publicly admitting the government can’t create jobs, nor can it turn the economy on again, now, that’s man bites dog stuff. Christiane Amanpour wonders what can the government do to get the economy moving again, and get business to begin spending some of it’s cash on hand, estimated at … ummm … Two trillion dollars? Two bites for your perusal. The first, Dr Krugman comes clean on the two trillion being horded.
  • Obama aide: Debt limit fight could be "catastrophic" (BS!)

    01/03/2011 4:10:50 AM PST · by tobyhill · 51 replies
    reuters ^ | 1/3/2011 | By Caren Bohan
    A fight over the budget loomed on Sunday as a top aide to President Barack Obama warned of catastrophic consequences if Republicans follow through on threats to reject an increase in the nation's borrowing limit. Republicans, who will take control of the House of Representatives this week, are demanding spending cuts to curb the $1.3 trillion budget deficit and several have said they would oppose a higher debt ceiling if Obama does not agree to a range of painful cuts. White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee accused Republicans of "playing chicken" with the nation's financial credibility. "This is not a...
  • There will be no recovery as long as Obama is President

    09/15/2010 2:02:21 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-15-10 | DrJohn
    3/13/2010 WASHINGTON (AP) - Confronting misgivings, even in his own party, President Barack Obama mounted a stout defense of his blueprint to overhaul the economy Thursday, declaring the national crisis is "not as bad as we think" and his plans will speed recovery. Barack Obama recently named Austan Goolsbee, the wanna-be comedian, to lead the Council of Economic Advisers. Goolsbee tells America that unemployment will remain high for, well, likely as long as Obama remains President: "I don't think the unemployment rate will be coming down significantly at any time in the near future," according to POLITICO's Mike Allen. Obama...
  • Austan Goolsbee -- Spinning Like a Top

    09/13/2010 11:09:03 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 13, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With President Obama's poor record on the economy, it isn't too surprising that he would want Mr. Austan Goolsbee to put a positive spin on the current economic conditions. Mr. Goolsbee, whose academic work was known for supposedly showing that increased tax rates didn't effect how hard people worked, has now been appointed as the head of the president's Council of Economic Advisors. But Goolsbee has become quite practiced for his ability to "spin" the news, not for his accuracy. We got a taste of his talents when he made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows rounds yesterday. On...
  • Chairman of Obama Council of Economic Advisers Austin Goolsbee: "Get used to high unemployment"

    09/13/2010 8:48:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/13/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s a darned good thing that Austan Goolsbee is “young, energetic, and looks good on TV,” because otherwise this would look a lot like Jimmy Carter’s “Malaise” speech. Chris Wallace tries to get Goolsbee to discuss what kind of changes have been made to White House economic forecasts in 2010, while Goolsbee wants to talk about how difficult it was … in 2007, in Europe, or anywhere else than the US after almost two years of the Obama administration policies. The big takeaway is that Goolsbee and the White House expect no appreciable decline in the unemployment rate for the...
  • ‘Irresponsible’ Mortgages Have Opened Doors to Many of the Excluded (by Obama's economic advisor)

    09/10/2010 5:28:31 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2007 | AUSTAN GOOLSBEE
    “We are sitting on a time bomb,” the mortgage analyst said — a huge increase in unconventional home loans like balloon mortgages taken out by consumers who cannot qualify for regular mortgages. The high payments, he continued, “are just beginning to come due and a lot of people who were betting interest rates would come down by now risk losing their homes because they can’t pay the debt.” He would have given great testimony at the current Senate hearings on subprime mortgage lending. The only problem is, he said it in 1981 — when soon after several of the alternative...
  • Goolsbee tells Blitzer: ‘We’ve got to be mindful,’ prevent a double dip recession

    08/31/2010 7:13:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/30/10
    August 30, 2010 Goolsbee tells Blitzer: ‘We’ve got to be mindful,’ prevent a double dip recession Posted: August 30th, 2010 03:19 PM ET (CNN) - In an interview just taped for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Austan Goolsbee, one of President Obama’s top political advisors and the chief economist for the White House Economic Recovery Advisory Board, said he doesn’t anticipate a double dip recession. But the economist added that economists should be “mindful” of the possibility.
  • How nation's true jobless rate is closer to 22%

    01/12/2010 3:21:17 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies · 1,066+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 12, 2010 | John Crudele
    This'll make you laugh. Back in November 2003 an economist named Austan Goolsbee from the University of Chicago wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times criticizing a Labor Department announcement about job growth the month before. And he attacked the idea that the country had just experienced nothing more than a mild recession. "Unfortunately, underreporting unemployment has served the interest of both political parties," wrote Goolsbee. "The situation has grown so dire, though, that we can't tell whether the job market is recovering." OK, I promised you a laugh. So here it comes. Goolsbee no longer works at...
  • Austin Goolsbee Takes The Prize

    10/01/2009 6:01:14 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 2 replies · 304+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/01/2009 | Free America
    White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee took home the top prize in the 16th annual "D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity" contest on Wednesday evening, and he did so in a very unconventional way. Instead of adopting a traditional comedic routine of joke buildup and punchline, Goolsbee peppered an otherwise expected stump speech on the Obama administration's goals with subtle asides that constituted a humorous, sarcastic, self-deprecating and conspiratorial insight into the administration's most accessible punchlines. The targets? Hillary Clinton, Sen. Ben Nelson, Rod Blagojevich, Sarah Palin and Fox News. As Goolsbee's routine unfolded, he adopted a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde persona;...
  • Obama warned at summit: No North American Union

    08/08/2009 8:06:01 PM PDT · by Man50D · 17 replies · 1,202+ views ^ | August 08, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    With President Obama expected tomorrow for the North American Leaders' Summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, a coalition of American legislators and activists took a message to the Mexican media, denouncing economic partnerships that would undermine national sovereignty and blasting Obama's failure to keep his promises on transparency and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Howard Phillips, chairman of The Conservative Caucus and head of the Coalition to Block the North American Union, spoke to Mexican print, television and radio media about the summit, which was known in previous years as the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership, or...
  • Obama WH Official Says Rising Unemployment A Sign Economy Improving…Then Lies About Automaker Crisis

    06/07/2009 8:20:06 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies · 544+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-07-09 | Curt
    Andy McCarthy demolished White House Official Austin Goolsbee's interview this morning: I caught a panel on which Obama economic advisor Austin Goolsbee conceded that the administration had previously predicted unemployment would top out at around 8%, that it was now up to 9.4%, and that double-digit unemployment was a distinct possibility in the near future. Goolsbee didn't resort to the administrations's blather about "saving or creating jobs," but he did repeat its fustian about how last month's loss of 345,000 jobs (resulting in a half percentage point jump in the jobless rate) is somehow good news because it beat predictions...
  • Administration blames Bush for GM crisis

    06/07/2009 8:31:32 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 108 replies · 4,129+ views
    Administration blames Bush for GM crisis By Mike Soraghan Posted: 06/07/09 11:24 AM [ET] The Obama administration has a familiar response to criticism of the General Motors bailout – they inherited this mess from George W. Bush. Austan Goolsbee, a senior economic adviser to President Obama, said the administration's options were sharply limited by President Bush's handling of the auto industry, and accused the prior administration of running out the clock. "They shook up the can. They opened the can and handed [it] to us in our laps," Goolsbee said on Fox News Sunday. "When George Bush put money into...
  • Rich to pay a price for Obama policies

    05/23/2009 6:23:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 53 replies · 1,952+ views ^ | May 18, 2009 | Greg Burns
    From reining in executive pay to taxing the foreign profits of U.S. companies, the Obama administration is taking aim at the wealthiest segments of society. .... With the Obama administration "moving ahead on so many fronts," the frenzy of activity eventually could draw comparisons to the New Deal, predicted economist Robert Gordon of Northwestern University. "It will be seen as a watershed." Anyone with doubts should tune into Austan Goolsbee, a University of Chicago economist and Obama campaign adviser who holds an important White House job. Asked in an interview if an inflection point for the rich has arrived, Goolsbee...
  • Obama would regulate new 'bubbles'

    04/18/2009 6:54:32 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 29 replies · 822+ views ^ | 4/18/2009 | EAMON JAVERS
    As he battles the economic downturn, President Barack Obama is bracing Americans for a recovery different than any in recent memory – not a go-go return to prosperity like the 1990s but a slow, steady climb to stability. “We know that an economy built on reckless speculation, inflated home prices, and maxed-out credit cards does not create lasting wealth. It creates the illusion of prosperity, and it’s endangered us all,” Obama said recently. But what Obama rarely says about ending the “cycle of bubble and bust” is this: he’s prepared to intervene to make sure that kind of red-hot growth...
  • Obama advisers: GM bondholders need to sacrifice

    03/31/2009 2:44:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies · 764+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 31, 2009
    "We've been facing this dynamic with the bondholders in which they've been holding out on some things on the presumption that, well, maybe the government will just keep bailing us out whenever we run out of money," Austan Goolsbee, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, told CNBC television. "That's just not going to happen. They're going to have to make some sacrifices." "If they're wanting to play chicken that seems like a bad idea," said Goolsbee, a member of the administration's taskforce on auto restructuring. Obama on Monday ordered GM and Chrysler to redouble efforts to...
  • Goolsbee sets populist tone

    03/31/2009 2:38:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 268+ views ^ | 3/30/09 | BEN SMITH
    As the Obama administration struggled to conjure up outrage at corporate America this month, it was a senior economic aide, Austan Goolsbee, who was first to channel the populist tone. “I don’t see why these guys can order dinner in a restaurant,” Goolsbee ranted on “Hardball,” “much less be getting these bonuses!” Later, on CNN, he suggested AIG executives be awarded a “Nobel Prize — for evil.” Goolsbee, an economic adviser since Barack Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign, has emerged as a ubiquitous spokesman for the president’s economic policy. In an administration that brags about ignoring “cable chatter,” he’s a world-class...
  • Obama economic adviser put stock, economic blame on GOP

    09/18/2008 12:25:00 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 199+ views ^ | September 18, 2008 | Michael Davidson
    Barack Obama's top economic adviser reiterated for Boulder business leaders Wednesday the campaign's message in the wake of even more bad news from Wall Street. Austan Goolsbee, senior economic adviser for Democratic presidential nominee Obama's campaign, told the Boulder Chamber of Commerce the recent swoon in stock prices and the housing market bust was "the very culmination of eight years of a failed philosophy." Goolsbee's presentation at Level 3 Communication's headquarters in Broomfield was scheduled before the failure of the investment bank Lehman Brothers and government bailout of insurance giant AIG this week. Information handed out to visitors did not...
  • Obama’s Troubles Mount — Just in Time for the Latest Primaries!

    03/04/2008 9:21:25 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 63 replies · 220+ views
    NYMAG ^ | 03/04/2008 | Dan Amira
    Obama, totally not saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Photo: Getty Images Barack Obama must be wondering how the worst press he’s received practically all campaign season came down just before today’s primaries — his chance to close the deal. He can look inward for answers. The big story, of course, is the meeting an Obama advisor, Austin Goolsbee, had with a Canadian official about NAFTA. After Canadian TV reported that Goolsbee had assured the Canadian official that basically all Obama’s tough talk on NAFTA was political maneuvering, the Obama campaign denied the meeting ever took place. Then, on cue,...
  • Obama’s NAFTA Dance: Goolsbee “misquoted”

    03/03/2008 7:50:50 AM PST · by jdm · 11 replies · 103+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 03, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    The NAFTA Dance continues. After Canadian broadcaster CTV reported that Barack Obama’s campaign told Canadian diplomats that his opposition to NAFTA was just campaign demagoguery, the Obama campaign denied any contacts at all. CTV then named Austan Goolsbee as the senior advisor who contacted the Canadian consulate in Chicago, telling Georges Rioux that the protectionist rhetoric should not be taken seriously, and Obama and Goolsbee continued their denials. Now the Canadians themselves have taken the next step, releasing an internal report of the conversation, and Goolsbee now says he got misquoted: Barack Obama’s senior economic policy adviser said Sunday that...
  • The Democratic Economist

    10/04/2007 3:37:22 PM PDT · by oblomov · 4 replies · 471+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4 Oct 2007 | George F. Will
    CHICAGO -- In his curriculum vitae, Austan Goolsbee lists as his "other interests" -- other than teaching at the University of Chicago -- two activities: triathlons and improv comedy. Evidently he is a masochist with a sense of humor, so he is suited to participate in presidential politics, which he is doing as an adviser to Barack Obama. Before they met in person, Obama, running for the Senate in 2004, asked Goolsbee a perplexing question. Obama's opponent, Alan Keyes, an African American imported from Maryland by Illinois' shambolic Republican Party, had been asked whether he believed in reparations for slavery....