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Jonathan Bernstein Searches for Liberal Hack Economists

Jonathan Bernstein is the anti-Diogenes, searching for a hack liberal economist:

A plain blog about politics: Liberal Hack Economists Still MIA: [Ezra] Klein reports... [on] the White House message:

recent statements from and meetings with administration officials suggest that the White House's broad approach on the economy is to emphasize how much improvement there is, rather than how much needs to be done.

So what do liberal economists say?... Paul Krugman... it's safe to say that he's not exactly been cheerleading on the economy. Brad DeLong?... Larry Mishel preaching doom and gloom. Dean Baker... "There is little basis for a hope of an improvement based on the establishment data...And there are no obvious candidates for improved growth any time soon...there is little hope for a robust growth any time soon."Cohn says this seems to be "the consensus on the center left."   Sounds right to me.

My question, which I've asked before: where are the hack liberal economists?... [T]here's a real market niche here that someone would fill.... Perhaps... there are few Democrats out there in the nation eager to buy the product of anyone basically cheerleading for the White House. Or perhaps... liberal economists all have too much integrity to fill it, and insist on saying whatever they believe is true.... I suppose it's also possible that the market exists but that liberal economists aren't smart enough to notice it....

I just think that it's striking, and I don't think the same thing was true in 2001-2002 or in 2008, when it seems to me that there were plenty of conservative economists eager to echo White House happy talk. (Although I'll admit I'm just working from memory here...anyone have citations one way or another?)...

Here is the text and signature list of the--remarkably hackish--2003 Bush economists' letter, supporting the unfunded tax cuts of the George W. Bush administration:

The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

    <p>Dear President Bush: </p>
    <p>We enthusiastically endorse your economic growth and jobs proposal.  It is fiscally responsible and it will create more employment, economic growth, and opportunities for all Americans. Moreover, it will improve corporate accountability and strengthen the nation's international competitiveness. </p>
    <p>Sincerely, </p>
    <p>Douglas K. Adie, Ohio University <br>
        Richard Agnello, University of Delaware <br>
        William Albrecht, University of Iowa <br>
        Donald Alexender, Western Michigan University <br>
        William R. Allen, UCLA <br>
        Annelise Anderson, Hoover Institution, Stanford University <br>
        Martin Anderson, Hoover Institution, Stanford University <br>
        Jim Araji, University of Idaho <br>
        Paul Ballantyne, University of Colorado in Colorado Springs <br>
        Stacie E. Beck, University of Delaware <br>
        Donald Bellante, University of South Florida <br>
        Bruce Bender, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee <br>
        James T. Bennett, George Mason University <br>
        M. Douglas Berg, Sam Houston State University <br>
        Robert Blake, Forecasters Club of New York <br>
        Cecil E. Bohanon, Ball State University <br>
        Don Booth, Chapman University <br>
        George H. Borts, Brown University <br>
        Michael J. Boskin, Hoover Institution, Stanford University <br>
        Leonard Bower, consultant <br>
        Michael Brandl, University of Texas at Austin <br>
        Emile J. Brinkmann, Mortgage Bankers Association of America <br>
        Horace W. Brock, Strategic Economic Decisions, Inc. <br>
        Wayne T. Brough, Citizens for a Sound Economy <br>
        Jackson Brown, American Dental Association <br>
        Jeffrey     Brown, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign <br>
        Phillip J. Bryson, Marriott School, BYU <br>
        Todd Buchholz, Enso Capital Management <br>
        James B. Burnham, Duquesne University <br>
        Michelle Burtis, LECG LLC <br>
        James L. Butkiewicz, University of Delaware <br>
        Samantha Carrington, California State University at Los Angeles <br>
        Kenneth W. Chilton, Lindenwood University <br>
        Ernest S. Christian, Center For Strategic Tax Reform <br>
        Lawrence R. Cima, John Carroll University <br>
        J.R. Clark, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga <br>
        Darin G. Clay, University of Southern California <br>
        Daniel M. Clifton, American Shareholders Association <br>
        Howard Cochran, Belmont University <br>
        John P. Cochran, Metropolitan State College of Denver <br>
        John Cogan, Hoover Institution, Stanford University <br>
        Boyd Collier, Tarleton State University <br>
        Phil Colling, Mortgage Bankers Association of America <br>
        Roy Cordato, John Locke Foundation <br>
        Ted Covey, Prosperity Caucus <br>
        Eleanor D. Craig, University of Delaware <br>
        Mark Crain, George Mason University <br>
        Thomas D. Crocker, University of Wyoming <br>
        Coldwell Daniel III, University of Memphis <br>
        Lawrence S. Davidson, Indiana University <br>
        Ronnie H. Davis, Printing Industries of America <br>
        Ed Day, University of Central Florida <br>
        Stephen J. Dempsey, University of Vermont <br>
        Christopher DeMuth, American Enterprise Institute <br>
        John L. Dobra, University of Nevada <br>
        Michael Dowd, University of Toledo <br>
        Thomas J. Duesterberg, Manufacturers Alliance <br>
        Douglas G. Duncan, Mortgage Bankers Association of America <br>
        John B. Egger, Towson University <br>
        Isaac Ehrlich, SUNY at Buffalo <br>
        Michael A. Ellis, Kent State University <br>
        Kenneth G. Elzinga, University of Virginia <br>
        Michael R. Englund, MMS International <br>
        Stephen J. Entin, Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation <br>
        Ed Erickson, North Carolina State University <br>
        Richard E. Ericson, Columbia University <br>
        Paul Evans, Ohio State University <br>
        Frank Falero, California State University <br>
        Allen M. Featherstone, Kansas State University <br>
        Martin Feldstein, Harvard University <br>
        John Foltz, University of Idaho <br>
        Kristin J. Forbes, MIT <br>
        William F. Ford, Middle Tennessee State University <br>
        Kenneth C. Froewiss, NYU <br>
        Robert C. Fry, Washington, West Virginia <br>
        David Garthoff, University of Akron <br>
        James F. Gatti, University of Vermont <br>
        David Gay, University of Arkansas <br>
        Richard F. Gleisner, St. Cloud State University <br>
        Claudio Gonzalez, Ohio State University <br>
        Ernest Goss, Creighton University <br>
        Scott F. Grannis, Western Asset Management <br>
        John G. Greenhut, Arizona State University West <br>
        Earl Grinols, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign <br>
        Timothy Groseclose, Stanford Graduate School of Business <br>
        James Gwartney, Florida State University <br>
        David L. Hammes, University of Hawaii at Hilo <br>
        J. Daniel Hammond, Wake Forest University <br>
        Stephen Happel, Arizona State University <br>
        Kevin Hassett, American Enterprise Institute <br>
        Joel W. Hay, University of Southern California <br>
        Will C. Heath, Heath Economics <br>
        Dale M. Heien, University of California at Davis <br>
        Pat Hendershott, Ohio State University <br>
        James W. Henderson, Baylor University <br>
        Melvin J. Hinich, University of Texas <br>
        Mark Hirschey, University of Kansas <br>
        Harold M. Hochman, Lafayette College <br>
        Robert J. Hodrick, Columbia University <br>
        Lawrence A. Hunter, Empower America <br>
        Thomas R. Ireland, University of Missouri at St. Louis <br>
        John D. Jackson, Auburn University <br>
        Lowell      Jacobsen, Baker University <br>
        Sherry      Jarrell, Wake Forest University <br>
        Michael C. Jensen, Harvard Business School <br>
        Clifton T. Jones, Stephen F. Austin State University <br>
        Richard E. Just, University of Maryland <br>
        Steven N. Kaplan, University of Chicago <br>
        Ed Kaplan, Western Washington University <br>
        Raymond J. Keating, Small Business Survival Committee <br>
        Kristen Keith, University of Toledo <br>
        B.F. Kiker, University of South Carolina <br>
        E. Han Kim, University of Michigan <br>
        Paul Koch, Olivet Nazarene University <br>
        Meir Kohn, Dartmouth College <br>
        Melvyn Krauss, Hoover Institution, Stanford University <br>
        Peter Kretzmer, Bank of America <br>
        Robert      Krol, California State University at Northridge <br>
        Larry Kudlow, Kudlow &amp; Co. <br>
        Richard La Near, Missouri Southern State College <br>
        Arthur Laffer, Laffer Associates <br>
        William E. Laird, Jr., Florida State University <br>
        Russell Lamb, North Carolina State University <br>
        Don Leet, California State University at Fresno <br>
        John D. Leeth, Bentley College <br>
        Ken Lehn, University of Pittsburgh <br>
        Cotton M. Lindsay, Clemson University <br>
        Larry Lindsey, The Lindsey Group <br>
        Dennis E. Logue, University of Oklahoma <br>
        Lawrence W. Lovik, Troy State University <br>
        Harold I. Lunde, Bowling Green State University <br>
        Donald L. Luskin, Trend Macrolytics, LLC <br>
        Burton Malkiel, Princeton University <br>
        David Malpass, Bear Stearns &amp; Co. Inc. <br>
        N. Gregory Mankiw, Harvard University <br>
        Richard Manning, Pfizer, Inc. <br>
        Dick Marcus, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee <br>
        Michael L. Marlow, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo <br>
        Merrill Matthews, Jr., Council for Affordable Health Insurance <br>
        Thomas H. Mayor, University of Houston <br>
        Tom Means, San Jose State University <br>
        Allan H. Meltzer, Carnegie Mellon University <br>
        Michael Melvin, Arizona State University <br>
        Stephen Mennemeyer, University of Alabama at Birmingham <br>
        Lloyd Mercer, University of California at Santa Barbara <br>
        John Merrifield, University of Texas at San Antonio <br>
        Jim Miller, Director, Office of Management and Budget, 1985-88 <br>
        Jim Mintert, Kansas State University <br>
        Velma Montoya, National Council of Hispanic Women <br>
        Steve Moore, Club for Growth <br>
        John Moorhouse, Wake Forest University <br>
        John Murray, University of Toledo <br>
        Harry Nagel, St. John's University <br>
        Anthony Negbenebor, Gardner-Webb University <br>
        George R. Neumann, University of Iowa <br>
        Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform <br>
        Seth W. Norton, Wheaton College <br>
        William Oakland, Tulane University <br>
        Lee E. Ohanian, UCLA <br>
        Richard W. Oliver, American Graduate School of Management <br>
        June O'Neill, Baruch College, City University of New York <br>
        Lydia Ortega, San Jose State University <br>
        Karen Palasek, John Locke Foundation <br>
        Randall E. Parker, East Carolina University <br>
        James Parrino, Babson College <br>
        E.C. Pasour, Jr., North Carolina State University <br>
        Mark Perry, University of Michigan at Flint <br>
        Tomas Philipson, University of Chicago <br>
        Barry Poulson, University of Colorado <br>
        Edward C. Prescott, University of Minnesota <br>
        Jan S. Prybyla, Pennsylvania State University <br>
        Gary Quinlivan, Saint Vincent College <br>
        Richard W. Rahn, Discovery Institute <br>
        John Rapp, University of Dayton <br>
        Eric Rasmusen, Indiana University <br>
        Martin A. Regalia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce <br>
        Carmen M. Reinhart, International Monetary Fund <br>
        Christine P. Ries, Georgia Institute of Technology <br>
        Aldona Robbins, Fiscal Associates <br>
        Gary Robbins, Fiscal Associates <br>
        Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy <br>
        Charles K. Rowley, George Mason University <br>
        Paul H. Rubin, Emory University <br>
        Roy J. Ruffin, University of Houston <br>
        Mark Rush, University of Florida <br>
        John Ryding, Bear Stearns &amp; Co. Inc. <br>
        Andrew Sacher, Caxton Associates <br>
        Gary J. Santoni, Ball State University <br>
        Thomas R. Saving, Texas A&amp;M University <br>
        Kurt Schuler, Office of the Vice Chairman, Joint Economic Committee, US Congress <br>
        Michael Schuyler, Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation <br>
        Robert      Scott, California State University, Chico <br>
        Gerald W. Scully, University of Texas at Dallas <br>
        Richard T. Selden, University of Virginia <br>
        Barry J. Seldon, University of Texas at Dallas <br>
        John Semmens, Laissez Faire Institute <br>
        Richard J. Sexton, University of California at Davis <br>
        Sol Shalit, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee <br>
        Alan C. Shapiro, University of Southern California <br>
        Gary L. Shoesmith, Wake Forest University <br>
        William F. Shughart II, University of Mississippi <br>
        Charles David Skipton, Florida State University <br>
        Amy Smith, formerly with the Office of Management and Budget <br>
        James F. Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br>
        Rodney T. Smith, Stratecon, Inc. <br>
        Vernon L. Smith, George Mason University (Nobel Laureate) <br>
        Neil H.     Snyder, University of Virginia <br>
        John C. Soper, John Carroll University <br>
        Frank Spreng, McKendree College <br>
        Beryl W. Sprinkel, B.W. Sprinkel Economics <br>
        Stan Spurlock, Mississippi State University <br>
        William G. Stanford, University of Illinois at Chicago <br>
        Ben Stein, actor, writer, economist <br>
        Carl H. Stem, Texas Tech University <br>
        Craig A. Stepenson, Babson College <br>
        E. Frank Stephenson, Berry College <br>
        Courtenay C. Stone, Ball State University <br>
        Robert Tamura, Clemson University <br>
        Fred Telling, Pfizer, Inc. <br>
        Rebecca Thacker, Ohio University <br>
        Clifford Thies, Shenandoah University <br>
        Leo Troy, Rutgers University <br>
        Kamal Upadhyaya, University of New Haven <br>
        Richard Vedder, Ohio University <br>
        Tony Villamil, The Washington Economics Group <br>
        Richard E. Wagner, George Mason University <br>
        William B. Walstad, University of Nebraska at Lincoln <br>
        Stephen J.K. Walters, Loyola College in Maryland <br>
        Harold Warren, East Tennessee State University <br>
        Marc Weidenmier, Claremont McKenna College <br>
        John T. Wenders, University of Idaho <br>
        Brian S. Wesbury, Griffin, Kubik, Stephens &amp; Thompson <br>
        Walter      Wessels, North Carolina State University <br>
        Robert      Whaples, Wake Forest University <br>
        John Whitley, University of Adelaide <br>
        John H. Wicks, University of Montana at Missoula <br>
        Gary W. Williams, Texas A&amp;M University <br>
        Michael E. Williams, University of Denver <br>
        Douglas Wills, University of Washington at Tacoma <br>
        Michael K. Wohlgenant, North Carolina State University <br>
        Charles Wolf, Jr., Hoover Institution, Stanford University <br>
        Gary Wolfram, Hillsdale College <br>
        Gene C. Wunder, Washburn University <br>
        Richard Yamarone, Argus Research Corp. <br>
        Andrew Yuengert, Pepperdine University <br>
        Paul J.     Zak, Claremont Graduate University <br>
        M.Y. Zaki, Northern Michigan University <br>
        Asghar Zardkoohi, Texas A&amp;M University <br>
        Kate Zhou, University of Hawaii <br>
        Benjamin Zycher, Pacific Research Institute </p>