He Worked for Goldman Sachs -- But He Didn't Inhale

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 01:06:47 +0000

I might need to see an optometrist to undo the damage from rolling my eyes so hard at this one, as reported in The Washington Post yesterday:

One of the leading contenders [to succeed Larry Summers as NEC director] is Gene Sperling, a longtime Democratic policy guru and veteran of the Bill Clinton White House who has spent two years advising Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. But some liberals say Sperling is too close to Wall Street after being paid $887,727 in 2008 by Goldman Sachs, one of several part-time jobs he held that year. Administration officials say Sperling was paid to develop a charity that has taught business skills to women in developing countries and did no commercial work.

Score one for the liberals on this point.  Obama doesn't need this aggravation.  How about promoting Jason Furman to the top job?  Just because he'd be awesome at it doesn't mean it's a bad idea.  He's smart as a whip, open-minded about policy, faithful to Obama's long-term agenda, and has never embarrassed himself by being paid $887,727 for some toy project at Goldman Sachs.  Or President Obama could appoint me to the job.  Think of how successful I would be with Jason Furman as my deputy.