Mr. Goolsbee announced he was departing the White House for the irresistible pull of academic tenure. What this signifies is that Mr. Goolsbee, a reputable economist, knows that in terms of economic policy, the Obama armory is empty. From within the exclusively demand-side context of the president’s economic policy, there are no more bullets in the carbines.
This president is now virtually defenseless against the inexorable forces of the U.S. economy. All that’s left is whatever comes of Ben Bernanke’s 30 months of close-to-zero interest rates atop two Quantitative Easings, the greatest untested economics experiment in the history of the world.