Comments on: The White House’s anti-Yellen sexism, cont. A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: whoisit Sat, 24 Aug 2013 10:31:31 +0000 Is Irwin a mind-reader?
Are suppositions journalism?
Irwin will be made a fool if Obama selects Yellin or another woman

By: AlanVanneman Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:17:20 +0000 It’s a small point, but since we’ve been in the “jet age” for more than 50 years now, we can acknowledge that the “great circle” distance from DC to SF is 2,400 miles, not 3,000.

By: mattmc Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:37:55 +0000 Felix, you and Irwin fail logic. The reasoning for the sexism claim is so weak, it’s almost impossible to state clearly. Your argument goes,
a) there is a group of people who participated in an activity
b) there is person that is not in that group
c) the govt wants to hire someone from group a)
d) the person in b) happens to not share some irrelevant attribute with the people in group a (be it race, gender, age, height, etc.)
therefore, the choice in c is (sexist, racist, ageist, height-ist)

Let’s argue the case on the merits and stop confusing things with irrelevant, incorrect arguments.

By: bwickes Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:31:26 +0000 It seems to me that the White House is really organizing a campaign to make it impossible to appoint Summers. There arguments are so silly that the momentum for Yellen grows, and then Obama can say to Summers that I wanted to appoint you but there is too much opposition.

Or they are really just stupid.

By: Brent1023 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:30:06 +0000 The old boy network that controls White House economic policy, many members of which were there when the problems were created during the Clinton and Bush years, want someone who can be stampeded into decisions that favour Wall Street and big money.

Bernanke fought only one battle in the war that was the last recession – he saved the big Wall Street banks. All growth he generated was on Wall Street and in corporation bottom lines. None was in jobs for the 99%.

Well, he won that battle but lost the war.

A Fed chair that let Wall Street crumble but rebuilt main street would have given us a very different America today.

Obama’s decision on Yellen/Summers will write his page in history – Wall Street or Main Street.

Unfortunately for many who believed that Obama meant Change you can Believe, I expect to be let down again. Summers is probably rearranging Bernanke’s furniture right now.

By: eric20008 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:17:58 +0000 Unfortunately a great many female Yellen backers have inadvertently muddied the waters as do the advocates of affirmative action. The reasons to choose her are her competence and record (not to mention Summers’ dismal record of bad judgment). Gender is – properly – incidental but seems to have assumed an unduly large role in the decision making process. If she is indeed chosen, her opponents in the Administration may argue that it was a political decision rather than the right one.

By: owe.jessen Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:09:34 +0000 Insert a “not” as appropiate in the last sentence. :)

By: owe.jessen Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:08:38 +0000 Although I would agree that most of the arguments are ad hominem, I can’t see where they are sexist, aside from the point that the arguments are made against a woman. I fail to see where these arguments could have been made just as well with regard to a male candidate.

By: GRRR Wed, 21 Aug 2013 02:44:31 +0000 It bothers me that any Administration would groupthink economic policy with the chairperson (not chairman) of the Central Bank.

By: MyLord Wed, 21 Aug 2013 01:28:48 +0000 Are you so sure he doesn’t just want to go through one confirmation rather than two? Good luck either way.