Sunday, September 12, 2010
Following the resignation of Christina Romer, the Whitehouse has announced the name of their new head of the Council of Economic Advisors: Austan Goolsbee.
As much as we'd like to think this is actually the name of a Mike Myers' movie for Halloween, the truth is that Goolsbee - an economics professor at the University of Chicago - has been a longtime economic advisor to the Obama administration. In other words, we're already enjoying the benefits of his keen financial insight!
Goolsbee also considers himself to be an amateur comedian, and has made numerous television appearances. Not, as you might think, on The Addams Family, but rather as a frequent guest on The Daily Show.
In fact, Goolsbee just may be a better comedian than economist; he's a big proponent of letting the Bush tax breaks for small business expire, even though we're in the midst of a crushing recession with record unemployment.
Now that's funny!