Q&A: The White House Economic Team’s Departing Lefty

From Swampland: By Michael Grunwald

Jared Bernstein, the most prominent Manhattan School of Music alumnus on the White House economic team, has left his job as Vice President Biden’s chief economist… Before he left, we exchanged e-mails about the economy, liberal complaints about the President…

Q: You came from the progressive movement, and you’re returning to the progressive movement; a lot of your progressive allies feel let down by the Obama administration. What do you say to them?

A: Very, very simple. I’d tell them to go read [President] Obama’s 2005 commencement speech at Knox College and compare that with his speech at GW a few weeks ago on fiscal issues… the President’s essential vision of a government that helps to foster private sector innovation, that temporarily intervenes when needed to at least partially offset market failures… that to me is a progressive vision, and it’s one that Obama has consistently stood for…