Saturday, June 14, 2008

Naomi Klein: Beware the Chicago boys

Thesre aren't the Chicago boys I fear, but Klein does give us a nice column on Obama not being quite what he seems. Carl Davidson, how feel the progressives on this one?
Barack Obama waited just three days after Hillary Clinton pulled out of the race to declare, on CNBC: "Look. I am a pro-growth, free-market guy. I love the market." Demonstrating that this is no mere spring fling, he has appointed the 37-year-old Jason Furman, one of Wal-Mart's most prominent defenders, to head his economic team. On the campaign trail, Obama blasted Clinton for sitting on the Wal-Mart board and pledged: "I won't shop there." For Furman, however, Wal-Mart's critics are the real threat: the "efforts to get Wal-Mart to raise its wages and benefits" are creating "collateral damage" that is "way too enormous and damaging to working people and the economy ... for me to sit by idly and sing Kum Ba Ya in the interests of progressive harmony".
There is the Obama you hear, the Obama you read, and the Obama who appoints advisers; and they can all be very different sorts.

Update: Also, Rob writes When Will Obama Be Firing His New Economic Adviser?
Was the hiring a reach out to moderate and conservative voters? Or does Obama really feel as Jason Furman does about economics and is merely lying on the campaign trail when he criticizes tax cuts for corporations and preaches wage stagnation?

Either Obama’s posturing or guilty of making campaign promises. Neither speaks well of his leadership.

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