Labor union officials and some liberal activists were seething Tuesday over Barack Obama’s choice of centrist economist Jason Furman as the top economic advisor for the campaign.
The critics say Furman, who was appointed to the post Monday, has overstated the potential benefits of globalization, Social Security private accounts and the low prices offered by Wal-Mart — considered a corporate pariah by the labor movement.
We all support Obama against McCain. And many of us support the labor movement also. Our support of Obama is not the kind of support that believes he can do no wrong: that’s for those who support Bush.
Labor leaders are rightly critical of Obama’s choice of Jason Furman as
the economic policy director. While I continue to support Obama and work for his election, I must speeak out here. This is the wrong direction.
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