. . . the sensible leader collects some diversity of advice. There is no intellectual diversity in the Obama White House. The left brain of the party is missing. As smart as Obama is, he cannot personally supply the 'Team B' expertise he will need in economics, finance, and other matters not found in law school curricula.
Of course qualifications matter. But so does ideology. Ideology might be understood as the summary of a view of how the world works, a set of predispositions, rules of thumb, and yes, biases, all informed by intelligence, study, experience, and practice. The "Team of Rubins" has ideology too, and now we are living with its fruits. How is that working out for us? What does it take to discredit these blokes? If their policies resulted in hordes of flesh-eating zombies roaming the countryside, would that be enough? I fear not.
The joker missing from the deck of Obama's brilliant team is a single, solitary person with an eminent track record of scholarship reflecting a critical understanding of the shortcomings of markets.
Even the Wall Street Journal is recognizing the Obama team is in denial on outsourcing, and note most of Obama's economic advisers have worked for companies who promote the offshore outsourcing of U.S. jobs.
The upshot is that the Obama folks haven’t taken the issue of white-collar outsourcing very seriously, in part because his advisers are either doing it or don’t believe it’s a real problem - Ron Hira, assistant professor of public policy at Rochester Institute of Technology and author of Outsourcing America.
It looks like the Technical wing of the CWA union is speaking out, saying they are less than thrilled about the Obama economics team.
In discussing Robert Rubin, the article mentions how Citigroup has offshore outsourcing thousands upon thousands of jobs.