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Austan Goolsbee

University of Chicago Economics Professor On What Obama Is Really Like As A Decision Maker And What Economists Think Of Trump

Quora | Posted 02.24.2017 | Politics

Well, his tax plan is an $11 trillion tax cut over 10 years and he's said he's for massive tariffs on imported goods. Those are about the only specific economic policies he's mentioned. Most economists I know-- spanning the ideological spectrum--say his plans are nutty.

My Surprising Conversation With Dick Fuld (Yes, That Dick Fuld) and the Future of America

Peter Sims | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Peter Sims

Now, America has long been an exceptionally redemptive society. Even if you screw up really badly, if you are willing to reflect long and hard, learn from your mistakes, and demonstrate a commitment to a larger purpose than your own ego, you can emerge on the other side and begin anew.

Voting on the Economy vs. Voting on Abortion

Brittney Bullock | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Brittney Bullock

It is decidedly the economy, not something like abortion rights, but the question to ask isn't whether you base your vote on who will better handle the economy, it's should you base your vote on how you think a candidate will handle the economy.

Former White House Economist: Eric Cantor Is Wrong On Taxes

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 06.15.2012 | Business

Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House Majority Leader, is misrepresenting what President Obama's economic policies actually are, says Austan Goolsbee, a form...

Obama's Body Man Reportedly Plans To Leave The White House

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

Reggie Love, President Barack Obama's personal aide, is planning to leave the White House by the end of the year, The Washington Post reported. A k...

Obama's Economic Boat Is Sinking

The Relentless Conservative | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
The Relentless Conservative

Beginning with the "Cash for Clunkers" program and "non-shovel-ready" Stimulus Program, right on through to today's entrenched unemployment rate, this President and his incompetent advisers have presided over one helluva mess.

Krueger Sounded The Alarm: Will He Answer It?

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 10.29.2011 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

Back in March, when he still enjoyed remove from the policy fray as an academic at Princeton, Alan Krueger used unusually blunt language to sound the alarm that the American economy was staring at the sort of crisis that seemed unlikely to be fixed absent sustained and aggressive action. So the real question now is whether Krueger's appointment to the top spot on President Obama's economic advisory team will in fact alter the policies coming out of Washington, delivering initiatives that can create jobs. On that score, unfortunately, there is limited reason for optimism.

Why Obama's Top Economic Adviser Should Be Missed

The Atlantic | MEGAN MCARDLE | Posted 10.10.2011 | Business

Why the White House—and Washington—should miss departing economic adviser Austan Goolsbee....


Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The jobs figures would be heartening if they meant that things were moving in the right direction. But the illusion of good news is actually a problem.

Obama Adviser: U.S. Can't 'Stand Pat' Despite Recent Job Growth

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business

Despite the 2.4 million jobs created in the U.S. over the last 17 months, Austan Goolsbee leaves his post as Chairman of the President's Council of Ec...

The Startup Act: A Proposal To Jumpstart The American Economy

Carl J. Schramm | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business
Carl J. Schramm

It's time to re-start America by jump-starting our startup engines of growth. We have no time to waste.

A President On the Verge of a Political Breakdown

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The president and his team have a clear choice: They can either retreat from this position and fight aggressively for Social Security and other popular programs, or they can stake his re-election on a misguided roll of the dice.

Janell Ross

Congressional Black Caucus Members Call for Action on Joblessness | Janell Ross | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday publicly accused the Obama administration of failing to adequately address a veritable epidemic ...

Peter S. Goodman

Obama's New Message: Welcome The Foreign Boss | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 08.20.2011 | Business

Faced with stubbornly high unemployment and a steady drip of dispiriting news about the economy, the Obama administration has embraced a new strategy ...

White House Wants Business To Help Convince Congress To Raise Debt Ceiling

Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

By Rachelle Younglai WASHINGTON -- Worried that Congress will not act in time to raise the country's borrowing cap, the Obama administration is en...

Peter S. Goodman

Larry Summers: The American Economy is Sick | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Safely removed from the Obama White House, where he was a prime architect of economic policy, Larry Summers now tells us what most regular...

When Will Obama Sound the Alarm About Jobs?

Jeff Madrick | Posted 08.09.2011 | Business
Jeff Madrick

The American economy needs more stimulus, an outright jobs-creating program, and tax incentives to keep jobs here. As far as I can see, Washington just thinks we will blithely grow our way out of the ongoing malaise.

Peter S. Goodman

White House Economist Dismisses Talk of Crisis | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON – Austan Goolsbee, still at this moment chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, is clearly tired of hearing talk ab...

Sam Stein

David Axelrod Downplays Bad Jobs News, Says Austan Goolsbee To Play Big Reelection Role | Sam Stein | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lost in this week's announcement that Austan Goolsbee, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, would be leaving the White Hous...

Something We Can Say With Certitude: The Economy Stinks!

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Reacting to the latest round of depressing jobs numbers, the president said that it is just like "if you got hit by a truck, it's going to take a while for you to mend." You know what might help speed along the mending? Surgery.

Peter S. Goodman

Top Obama Economic Adviser Leaves Behind Frustration, Economic Pain | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 08.06.2011 | Business

Austan Goolsbee, one of President Barack Obama's longest serving policy advisers and the chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers, leaves his post...

Obama's Chief Economist Considers Leaving White House

Bloomberg | Hans Nichols | Posted 08.06.2011 | Business

President Barack Obama’s chief economist, Austan Goolsbee, is considering resigning and returning to the University of Chicago where his leave as a ...

Obama Adviser: Don't Worry About Recent Lack Of Job Creation

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.06.2011 | Business

Although the U.S. private sector added only around 54,000 jobs in May, Austan Goolsbee, chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, still says t...

White House Economic Adviser: Don't Call It A Jobless Recovery

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP/The Huffington Post) -- A top White House economic adviser says the upward tilt over the past six months in new jobs is a better indica...

William Alden

Geithner: Not Raising Debt Limit Could Cause Recession | William Alden | Posted 07.16.2011 | Business

The federal government reached its debt limit Monday, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner again detailed the disastrous and widespread consequences of...