Obama’s Former Top Economic Advisor Dispute Reid’s View
That The Private Sector Is Doing Just Fine
Yesterday, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley’s liberal mentor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) – whose home state has an unemployment rate of 13.4 percent and nearly 170,000 unemployed Nevadans – went to the Senate floor and said, “It’s very clear that private sector jobs have been doing just fine.”
But earlier today, Austan Goolsbee, a former top economic advisor to President Barack Obama took the Majority Leader to task for that comment, and said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he disagreed with Harry Reid’s assessment.
- Joe Scarborough: “So you would disagree with Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, who was quoted as saying ‘the private sector is doing fine we need to focus on growth in the public sector?’”
- Austan Goolsbee: ‘I guess I would disagree…’
“Shelley Berkley’s silence on her liberal mentor’s view on jobs has been deafening. But now that the President’s own former top economic advisor has weighed in, Congresswoman Berkley should step forward and tell the voters of Nevada whether or not she agrees with Harry Reid that ‘private sector jobs have been doing fine,’” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jahan Wilcox.