The economic gobbledygook of the Trump administration.

Trump’s Top Economics Adviser Has Made Some Really Bad Calls

Trump’s Top Economics Adviser Has Made Some Really Bad Calls

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 14 2017 8:40 PM

Putting the Con in Economics

Adam Davidson sizes up Trump’s top economic adviser.

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Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors Kevin Hassett testifies on Capitol Hill on Oct. 25.

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President Trump’s top economics adviser is Kevin Hassett, a guy who has made some very bad calls—most notably, his assertion that the Bush tax cuts would make the U.S. economy recession-proof. New Yorker writer Adam Davidson takes us to economics school and parses some of Hassett’s yearsold gobbledygook.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.