Goolsbee, along with Bush I council chairman Michael Boskin, testified last week at a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee about the state of the economy.
Goolsbee, responding to a question from Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) about the effect of foreign competition on the workforce, said the country needed “to make adjustments in how to train workers.”
Given changes in technology, he said, “we will have to and we should make quality investments in training.”
Technology has changed training needs, he said, but “let’s not overly dreadfulize it, if that’s a word.”
Well, Austan, that’s a big “if.” The verbing of nouns and other non-verbs (“accessorize,” for example, or “cannibalize”) is common these days and often serves a real purpose.
But making, say, a dreadful situation worse by dreadfulizing it, or overly dreadfulizing it, is getting too far out there. Even for an economist.
When apprised of the award for his new word, Goolsbee said, “I said that?”
Yes, indeed — there’s video evidence.
“Why have I been singled out for shamefication?” he lamented in an e-mail.
The protector in chief
Retired Secret Service official David O’Connor will be the White House’s pick to head the agency.
O’Connor retired last year after more than 25 years with the Secret Service, most recently as its assistant director of investigations.
The director’s post has been vacant since the retirement last month of Mark Sullivan, who was head of the Secret Service during the scandal last year in which agents hired prostitutes during a visit to Colombia.
O’Connor, whose appointment was first reported by Reuters, is expected to be a steady hand at the agency: His Secret Service career has included heading investigations, managing field agents, and overseeing dignitary protection.
The post does not require Senate confirmation.
With Emily Heil
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