Barack Obama seems to have trouble with his economic citations. Just last week, he noted a favorable review from what Obama described as a “non-partisan” economist … who just happened to be a contributor to his campaign. Yesterday in Mansfield, Ohio, Obama told a campaign-stop crowd that Romney’s tax-reform plan had garnered an unfavorable review from “an independent, non-partisan organization … This wasn’t my staff.” Ah, but that depends on the definition of wasn’t:
And you do not have to take my word for it. Just today, an independent, non-partisan organization ran all the numbers on Governor Romney’s plan. This wasn’t my staff. This wasn’t something we did. Independent group, ran the numbers.
Adam Looney is a senior fellow in Economic Studies and policy director of The Hamilton Project. His research focuses on tax policy, labor economics, inequality and social policy. Previously, Looney was the senior economist for public finance and tax policy with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and has been an economist at the Federal Reserve Board.
In fact, Looney worked for Obama for two years, 2009-10, on the same economic advisory board that brought us “shovel-ready jobs.”
So … “independent”? “Non-partisan”?
Just wait until he starts citing Christine Romer as a conservative economist …
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