AUGUST 29, 2011, 11:13 A.M. ET
President Barack Obama has chosen Princeton University’s Alan Krueger to be
chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
“As one of this country’s leading economists, Alan has been a key voice on a
vast array of economic issues for more than two decades,” Mr. Obama said Monday
in a statement. He continued, “Alan understands the difficult challenges our
country faces, and I have confidence that he will help us meet those challenges
as one of the leaders on my economic team.”
If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Krueger, a labor economist, is likely to
provide a voice inside the administration for more-aggressive government action
to bring down unemployment and, particularly, to address long-term
Mr. Krueger, 50 years old, returned to Princeton a year ago after serving as
assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy during the first two years of
the Obama administration—which means he has recently cleared the sometimes
treacherous Senate confirmation process.
He would succeed Austan Goolsbee, who left earlier this month to reclaim his
teaching post at the University of Chicago.
Mr. Krueger has been on Princeton’s faculty since 1987, the year he earned
his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He did a stint as chief
economist at the Labor Department during the Clinton administration.
The work he has done in academia ranges from attempts to explain why job
growth wasn’t stronger during the 2000s, to findings that increases in the
minimum wage don’t depress employment, to a work showing that terrorists often
come from middle-class—and often college-educated—backgrounds.
While at Treasury, Mr. Krueger worked on analyses of a variety of programs,
including tax incentives to encourage employers to hire the employed, the “cash
for clunkers” initiative to jump-start auto purchases and Build America taxable
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, through a spokeswoman, said that “given
his expertise in labor economics, he is precisely the right choice to lead the
CEA at this moment in history.”
Martin Feldstein, who was CEA chairman in the Reagan White House, praised the
choice. “His experience at the Treasury will give him a running start in his new
job,” he said. “Alan is an expert in labor-market problems, taxation and the
economics of terrorism. I hope the president listens to him.”
The council’s members generally are drawn from academia, and they often serve
for only two years. Their influence has waxed and waned over time, depending on
the internal dynamics of the particular White House economic team, the
relationship between the president and the CEA chairman and the political
agility of the council members.
Like those who previously held the post in the Obama administration, Mr.
Goolsbee and Christina Romer of the University of California at Berkeley, Mr.
Kreuger is likely to be part of the public face of the president’s economic
The other two members of the CEA, both of whom have been confirmed by the
Senate, are labor economist Katharine Abraham and antitrust specialist Carl
Among the other candidates for the CEA chairmanship considered by the White
House were Rebecca Blank, currently acting Commerce secretary, and Alan
Auerbach, a pubic-finance specialist at UC-Berkeley.
The three-member council was created by Congress in 1946 to advise the
president and evaluate government policies. Each member, by law, is to be a
person “who, as a result of his training, experience, and attainments, is
exceptionally qualified to analyze and interpret economic developments, to
appraise programs and activities of the government…and to formulate and
recommend national economic policy to promote employment, production, and
purchasing power under free competitive enterprise.”
Alan Bennett Krueger was born on September 17th, 1960 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_B._Krueger
September 17th, 1960
9 + 17 +2+0+1+0 = 29 = his personal year (from September 17th, 2010 to September 16th, 2011) = Being part of Barack Obama’s economic team.
[Numerologically, a person’s life lesson number stands for themself. Barack Obama was born on August 4th, 1961. 8 + 4 +1+9+6+1 = 29 = Barack Obama’s life lesson number.
That it is Alan’s 29 year indicates that he is significant now to Barack Obama (whose life lesson number is 29).]
29 year + 8 (August) = 37 = his personal month (from August 17th, 2011 to September 16th, 2011) = Wanting what is best for everyone and for the country.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
his path of destiny = 50 = Dealing with global issues. Dealing with worldwide economic issues.
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