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Progressives, put these two on your watch list for seats at the table

First, Krugman:

The Obama administration’s new economics advisory board would seem like a very good place to give progressive economists a voice. There are a number of excellent people whom Obama might not want to put in line positions but would be very much worth bringing in to offer well-informed alternative views. At the risk of insulting those I forgot to mention, I would think immediately of James Galbraith, Larry Mishel, Dean Baker, Jared Bernstein.

Let’s see whether progressives do in fact get a seat at this particular table.

Second, Stoller:

I want to flag one specific agency called the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a Reagan-era internal executive agency that analyzes all potential regulations for cost/benefit analysis.  This paper on what Obama can do with climate change (h/t Scott Paul at the Washington Note) notes.

For several decades, OIRA has been perhaps the most powerful agency in the Executive Branch standing in the way of needed environmental regulation. In the last eight years, the White House, working through OIRA, delayed, relaxed, or rejected many regulatory proposals. ....

..[E]very regulation goes through OIRA.  Clinton actually strengthened OIRA, but if there's one agency that could use transparency or even outright elimination, it's this one.

So, be Shrill! It works.

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Submitted by amberglow on

that what it seemed like from the announcement -- -- Obama picks Orszag to run budget office ==

"President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Peter Orszag to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the president's chief number-crunching department, and said he sees "tough choices" ahead in determining programs to keep or cut.

Orszag, who has expertise in retirement security, health care and climate change issues, is currently the director of the Congressional Budget Office, which calculates the cost of legislative proposals for the House and Senate to consider in their deliberations.

As OMB director, Orszag, 40, would prepare the president's federal budget proposals for Congress and analyze the effectiveness of government programs and policies, as well as have a big role in determining funding priorities for federal dollars. ..."

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Seriously, I hope Atrios has some role in the Obama administration. It would be nice to have an economist who got it right on board. It would also be nice to have one of our own in the Obama administration.

This would be down the line, they will hire the big shots who need Senate confirmation first, so if Atrios got a job either at the White House, Dept. of Commerce or Dept. of Labor, it would not be until February at the earliest. Still, he took a huge opportunity loss to become a blogger, it would be nice to see him back on the fast track.

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Submitted by amberglow on

but they're not doing that--they're putting the real bigshots and real power players in positions where they don't have to go thru Congress-- Summers & Volcker especially so far.

they're doing the Roberts thing with appointments--putting people without long paper trails in the confirmation-needed spots (but who are totally onboard with or protegees of the power players --and people the Village will automatically appoint, like Gates.

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Submitted by a little night ... on

has a good shot, I think.

Keep the shrill!