Even a limp horse pulls. Everyone has a purpose. But you really wonder if there shouldn't be closer adult supervision when Austan Goolsbee speaks in (non/semi/openly) public forums. Perhaps a pair of Kissinger glasses with teleprompter HUD? You certainly wouldn't be pushing him too much farther in personal appearance. Maybe a discrete earpiece with a direct signal from Rahm Emanuel. Sure, it'd sound a little like he was giving dictation, but that's whole lot better.
"If you tried to slash spending and raise taxes you would repeat what drove us into the Great Depression," he said. "Treasury and the administration have embarked on a whole bunch of policies that have eased the credit spread quite substantially. There is no question that it is going to be a bumpy ride, but it is a signal achievement to be less worse."
I'm not sure we had to bold that. Is this just poor copy-editing by Bloomberg? We don't think so. We think it more likely these words actually escaped the Gool's lips. What could this have been parsed from?
"There is no question that it is going to be a bumpy ride, but it is a signaled agreement to be less worse."
"There is no question that it is going to be a bumpy ride, but it is a singular achievement to be less worse."
"There is no question that it is going to be a bumpy ride, but it is a singular achievement to be bratwurst."
Who knows. Then there are these gems:
I am thrilled, overjoyed that we aren't all out of our jobs and we have prevented the Great Depression....
It is unrealistic to think you are going to solve all our problems in a three-month period.
Obama Prevented Depression, Now Needs Patience, Goolsbee Says [Bloomberg]