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One Democrat Rips Obama for Choosing Krueger as Top Economist

By Dan Weil   |   Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 01:31 PM

Many Republicans aren’t happy with President Barack Obama’s choice of Princeton University economist Alan Krueger as chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

At least one Democrat isn’t either – Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma, the National Journal reports.

The choice of Krueger shows Obama isn’t sensitive to the concerns of independent voters, who would prefer a businessman, he says.

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Alan Krueger (left) and President Barack Obama
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"If the No. 1 issue is the economy and jobs, you don't get a labor economist from Princeton," the moderate congressman says. "You get a Jack Welch-type, someone from the business world."

Most of the officials Obama has chosen for his administration don’t have much background in the private sector, except for White House Chief of Staff William Daley, Boren complains.

He says the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to help the business community. Obama doesn’t have to act as a servant to business, he says. But, "I think what's on most independents' minds is: Is the president willing to work with the business community?"

Not everyone is opposed to Krueger. Republican economists Martin Feldstein and Gregory Mankiw have lauded the selection, The New York Times reports.

“Congratulations, Alan. An excellent choice by President Obama,” Mankiw wrote on his blog. The Harvard professor was chairman of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Feldstein, who also teaches at Harvard, served in that position for President Ronald Reagan.

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